Career Pulse

Baystate Names Sarvet Vice Chair of Psychiatry

SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Barry Sarvet, who joined the Department of Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center in 1999 as chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has been promoted to vice chair of the department.

Sarvet received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University. He did his internship at Norwalk Hospital, where he was selected as Intern of the Year, and completed his general psychiatry residency and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale.

Before coming to Baystate, Sarvet was director of training in the Division of Child Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico and associate medical director of the UNM Children’s Psychiatric Hospital. He later served as executive medical director of the Behavioral Health Department for Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque.

During his tenure as chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Baystate, Sarvet helped to design the nationally recognized Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP), an innovative statewide program assisting primary-care physicians in responding to children’s mental-health problems in the primary-care setting. He has served as the statewide co-medical director for the program since its inception. He has also championed the development of a variety of evidence-based psychotherapy practices for children within outpatient programs at Baystate, and has worked to disseminate these treatments within the community.

Sarvet currently serves as president of the Western Mass. Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He was also recently appointed by the commissioner of the state Department of Mental Health to chair a committee on the promotion of best practices in children’s mental health within the state’s current Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative.

Hartnell Tops 1,000 Procedures at CDH

NORTHAMPTON —Dr. George Hartnell, of Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Vascular and Special Interventions department, recently performed his 1,001st interventional procedure since joining CDH in 2008.

Hartnell, a cardiovascular specialist with more than 25 years experience in vascular and interventional radiology, is board-certified in diagnostic radiology and holds a certificate of additional qualifications in vascular and interventional radiology. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology and the American College of Cardiology.

Hartnell specializes in the treatment of diseases affecting arteries and veins using balloons and stents. He also uses minimally invasive techniques such as embolization to treat uterine fibroids and cancers of the liver and kidney. As an alternative to surgery, the purpose of embolization is to prevent blood flow to an area of the body, which can shrink a tumor or block an aneurysm.

Hinz Leads CDH Childbirth Center

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital is pleased to announce the arrival of Mittie Hinz as the new administrative director for the Childbirth Center and Women’s Health.

Hinz has over 40 years of broad-scope experience and background in health care positions including as a manager, director, program administrator, and university professor and consultant. She is a clinical and management expert in both outpatient and inpatient services for women’s health.

Hinz received her master’s of science in Nursing from the University of Texas with a focus on nursing education and administration. She also attended City University in Bellevue, Washington, where she earned her master’s of business administration, which focused on organizational management. She is completing her doctorate in leadership and business from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

Previously, Hinz worked as the director of the Women’s and Children’s Service Line at Salem Health Care in Salem, Oregon.

McGovern Joins BFMC as Oncology Nurse Practitioner

GREENFIELD — Tricia McGovern has joined the staff of Baystate Franklin Medical Center as an oncology nurse practitioner.

A graduate of the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, McGovern earned her master’s degree in Nursing, with a concentration in oncology, at Columbia University in New York City. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from UMass Amherst, and received her post-master’s certificate in the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner program from UMass Boston.

McGovern began her career in health care as a staff nurse in Adult Hematology/Oncology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. She held various positions there, advancing to the position of director of the Clinical Trials Office. In 1999, she came to Baystate Franklin Medical Center as Oncology nurse manager.

After briefly leaving nursing to pursue a master’s in Business Administration, McGovern realized that she missed working directly with patients, so once again went back to school, this time to become certified as a nurse practitioner. “Life is too short not to do what makes you happy, and nursing makes me happy,” she explained. “I’m so glad to be back at Baystate Franklin, working with salt-of-the-earth people who appreciate the joys in life and are all working together for the good of our community.”

As an Oncology nurse practitioner, McGovern practices under the supervision of BFMC’s oncologists, enabling the department to provide on-site medical coverage five days a week. “Our oncologists practice both at Baystate Medical Center and at Baystate Franklin, so they are not always physically available here,” she said. “I can bridge the gap, following up with patients, prescribing medications, available to meet their needs quickly and efficiently. If I need help from the physicians, they are just a phone call away.”

Tuttle Attends Training in Homeland Security

WARE — Mark Tuttle, RN and manager of the Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Emergency Department, recently completed Homeland Security training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) located in Anniston, Ala.

Tuttle, who attended the CDP training on behalf of the hospital, was selected from the nation’s 11 million emergency responders. The Healthcare and Public Health training attended by Tuttle is conducted at the CDP’s Noble Training Facility, the nation’s only hospital facility dedicated to training hospital and health care professionals in disaster preparedness and response. The CDP is operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, and is the only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction Training facility in the nation.

“This weeklong, intensive training provided me education and experiences to ensure I have the critical skills needed to effectively respond to local emergency incidents,” said Tuttle. “The advanced, hands-on training I received has better prepared me to help guide Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and the Emergency Preparedness Committee to effectively respond to and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and hazardous materials.”

As part of a team of health responders and community organizations, Tuttle leads the hospital’s emergency preparedness committee. The group, which meets monthly, readies the hospital to addresses the challenge of dealing with the threat of terrorism, natural disasters, and public-health emergencies.

Todd Slated to Speak at Aging Services Conference

HOLYOKE — The Mass. Aging Services Assoc. (MassAging) has announced that Lori Todd, administrator of the Loomis House Retirement Community and Nursing Center in Holyoke, will be a presenter at the organization’s 2010 annual conference on May 6 in Boxborough.

Todd will be speaking on the importance of providing opportunities for residents of senior-living communities to have a voice in the decision-making process of the organization.

MassAging is the only organization in Massachusetts representing the full continuum of mission-driven, not-for-profit providers of health care, housing, and services for the elderly.

Bajwa, Hankel, Soto Named to HMC Board

HOLYOKE — Dr. Mohammad Bajwa, Kathleen Hankel, and Anthony Soto have been selected as new members of the board of directors of Holyoke Medical Center.

Bajwa, who has been on the staff of Holyoke Medical Center since 1979, is a graduate of Government College in Lahore, Pakistan and obtained his medical degree from King Edward Medical College, also in Lahore. He completed his post-graduate training at Catholic Medical Center and Queens Hospital Center in Queens, N.Y. He is board-certified in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases.

The past president of the Holyoke Medical Center medical staff and also past chief of Medicine, Bajwa currently maintains offices at 10 Hospital Dr. in Holyoke.

Hankel is currently the dean of Health at Holyoke Community College. She is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and South Dakota State University, and was employed for 20 years at the University of South Dakota Department of Nursing as a program director and curriculum chairperson. She has authored several articles on nursing education and has presented at regional and national conferences on nursing.

Hankel currently serves on the editorial board for Teaching and Learning in Nursing, the official journal of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, and is a consultant for the National League for Nursing Center of Excellence. In addition, she is a program evaluator with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and a consultant to associate-degree nursing programs across the country regarding curriculum, program evaluation, and program development.

Soto is a representative to Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin. He has been a member of various civic and community organizations and currently serves on the board of Project 13 for at-risk youngsters in Holyoke. He has also been a fire commissioner for the city of Holyoke, a member of the board of directors of the Holyoke Visiting Nurse Assoc., and a board member with Holyoke-Springfield-Chicopee Head Start.