Career Pulse

Valley Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Welcomes Stoddard

GREENFIELD — Baystate Medical Practices – Valley Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine has added an athletic trainer, Shayna Stoddard, to its staff to further enhance the services it offers its patients.

As a certified athletic trainer, Stoddard is recognized by the American Medical Assoc. as an allied health professional. In her new role, she will be working both in the office and in the community. In the office, Stoddard assists Dr. Darius Greenbacher, medical director of the Sports Medicine program. She evaluates patients before they see Greenbacher and assists him with exams. She also instructs patients on rehabilitative exercises specific to their injuries. “We also prescribe physical therapy for patients when indicated,” she added.

In the community, Stoddard brings her specialized skills and knowledge to area high schools, both on the sidelines at sports events and in weekly in-school sports medicine clinic sessions, where she is involved in prevention and care of sports injuries. She is also involved in community outreach and education, to bring the public the latest information in the field of sports medicine.

“We are excited to have Shayna on our staff,” said Greenbacher. “She brings the new element of athletic training to our sports medicine program. She has a great attitude and is full of energy. Her knowledge of sports injuries will give our community one more top-notch resource. We are thrilled to have her aboard.”

A graduate of Keene State College with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, Stoddard was head athletic trainer at Concord High School before coming to Baystate Franklin Medical Center. While at Concord High School, she worked with both male and female athletes in a wide variety of team sports, including football, ice hockey, wrestling, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse. Her experience as an EMT has also given her a strong background in first aid, emergency response, and generally working in stressful situations.

For more information on the sports medicine program or the services of an athletic trainer, contact Baystate Medical Practices – Valley Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at (413) 773-2220.

Mont Marie Names Tillman Administrator

HOLYOKE — Diane Tillman has been named administrator of the Mont Marie Health Care Center, an 84-bed skilled nursing facility operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield.

Tillman has been in the nursing home field for more than 30 years and has spent her entire career working with the elderly.

“It is with great confidence that I welcome Diane Tillman as our new administrator,” said board member and former administrator Sr. Betsy Sullivan. “Diane comes with a strong knowledge of regulatory issues and experience as a social worker and a nursing home administrator.”

As administrator, Tillman will oversee the day-to-day operations of the center, ensure regulatory compliance, and maintain high levels of resident and staff satisfaction.

“It’s an honor to be chosen,” she said. “The Mont Marie Health Care Center is a premier facility that gives quality care in a compassionate manner, and my hope is to continue that commitment to excellence.”

She added that she hopes to continue the center’s move toward “person-centered care,” which provides a more home-like environment and gives residents more choices in their daily living activities.

Tillman’s experience in nursing home administration includes three years as administrator at Charlene Manor in Greenfield. She has also been administrator at Renaissance Manor in Holyoke; director of social work and administrator in training at South Shore Rehab & Skilled Nursing Care Center in Rockland, Mass.; and health facility surveyor for the Mass. Department of Public Health.

Tillman holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Elms College. She has been a licensed nursing home administrator in Massachusetts since 2005.

Lamontagne Joins BMC Kidney Practice

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Steven Lamontagne, a fellowship-trained nephrologist, to the Kidney Disease & Hypertension Center at BMC. He joins Drs. David Albert, Hani Erian, David Henner, Stephen Nelson, and Henry Rose on the physician staff at the center, and is accepting new patients in need of dialysis and/or kidney disease services.

Lamontagne is board-certified in Internal Medicine and was fellowship-trained in Nephrology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y. He received his medical degree from UMass Medical School, and completed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

For an appointment with Lamontagne or one of his colleagues, call the Kidney Disease & Hypertension Center at BMC, (413) 447-2764.

Moriarty Named President of District Medical Society

SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Kevin Moriarty a pediatric surgeon and Baystate Medical Center’s chief of Pediatric Surgical Services and chief of Pediatric Surgery, was recently named president of the Hampden District Medical Society (HDMC) at its annual meeting.

Moriarty, also medical director of Pediatric Trauma and associate clinical professor of Surgery for Tufts University School of Medicine, is a graduate of UMass Medical School. He has written more than 75 publications, and 104 invited contributions, and national and international presentations.

In 2007, he co-organized, with Judge Dan Swords, Gifts for Guns, a gun buyback program, and in 2010 he volunteered his time to Haiti earthquake relief with CRUDEM, Hospital Sacre’ Coeur, Milot, Haiti.

Moriarty is a member of many national and local hospital committees and boards. He has been a member of Hampden District Medical Society since 1992 and serves as a delegate representing the society at the Mass. Medical Society House of Delegates, and is a member of the Medico-Legal Committee. While attending medical school, he was a recipient of the HDMS Medical School Scholarship and the Dr. Max & Ida Millman Medical School Scholarship. He now serves as co-trustee of the fund.

Other officers installed at the annual meeting are president-elect, Dr. Teresa Klich-Nowak, a rheumatologist at Internal Medical Associates in Northampton; vice president, Dr. Francis Cannizio, surgeon at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield; and secretary/treasurer, Dr. Mark Mullan, an internist at Cardiology & Internal Medicine in Springfield.

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