Career Pulse

Bolognani Joins BFMC as Oncology Program Manager

GREENFIELD — Naomi Bolognani, RN, OCN, has joined the staff of Baystate Franklin Medical Center as the Oncology program manager.

Prior to joining the BFMC staff, Bolognani served as a nursing supervisor at Berkshire Hematology/Oncology (BHO) in North Adams. Previously, she worked in the medical-surgical inpatient unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, then joined the nursing staff at North Adams Regional Hospital. It was during her tenure there that Bolognani became interested in oncology, spending 10 years working in the Chemotherapy department.

“Oncology has become my absolute love,” she noted. “I actually took an orientation class in chemotherapy with Carol Curtiss [the first nurse manager of BFMC’s Oncology department], and I was in awe of her. Little did I know I would be working in the hospital where Carol started.”

She added that, “at this point in my life and career, this is exactly where I am supposed to be. It feels comfortable and right,” although “it’s quite different coming back to a hospital setting, where oncology is one of many disciplines, after having worked in a specialized office setting for 10 years. I’m impressed with how everyone works together as a tight-knit team to offer our patients the highest-quality care.”

Bolognani admires the personal, friendly community base at Baystate Franklin. She concluded, “I feel fortunate — and truly blessed — to have this opportunity to work with such a solid group of compassionate, caring professionals. I’m honored to be part of the BFMC team.” She can be reached at (413) 773-2221.

HMC Taps Marquis as Case Management Head

HOLYOKE — Debbie Marquis has been named manager of the Case Management Department at Holyoke Medical Center.

Marquis is a graduate of Elms College in Chicopee, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Prior to assuming her new position, she was director of Case Management at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

She is a member of the American Case Management Assoc. and is certified in managed care by the American Assoc. of Managed Care Nurses.

Quabbin Adult Medicine Welcomes Gul to Group

WARE — Dr. Muhammad Gul has joined Quabbin Adult Medicine, serving as medical director for the Baystate medical practice. Gul will also be providing Primary Care at both Quabbin Adult locations: 95 Sargent Street in Belchertown and at the practice located at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware.

“As the most recent addition to the Baystate Mary Lane Hospital medical staff, Dr. Gul joins the growing team of providers that represent Quabbin Adult Medicine, including Dr. Ronald Beauzile, Dr. Anuja Garg, and nurse practitioners Rosario Nelson and Suzanne Dabakis-Choquette,” said Dr. Mohammed Ahmed, chief medical officer of Baystate Mary Lane and the Baystate Health Eastern Region. “We are delighted to have Dr. Gul as a member of our expert team of medical providers who are committed to offering care to the people living throughout the many communities served by Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.”

Gul noted that “what I love the most about being a primary care provider is that I am allowed the privilege of developing a long-term relationship with my patients and their families. And I feel it is important that I not only provide medical care but to also be a trusted source of information, support, and advice to all my patients. Success to me is improving the quality of life for each of my patients.”

He is board-certified in internal medicine and a member of the American Medical Assoc. and the Mass. Medical Society. He comes to BMLH having provided both primary care and hospital medicine at both Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

Gul is now accepting new patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (413) 967-2040.

Wing Staff Welcomes Johnson, Santiago-Cruz

PALMER — Dr. Charles Cavagnaro III, president and CEO of Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers, announced that Dr. Thomas Johnson and Dr. Luis Santiago-Cruz have joined the hospital’s medical staff.

Johnson, a board-certified general surgeon, performs general, oncologic, and minimally invasive surgeries. He has more than ten years’ experience with advanced laparoscopy, as well as specialized experience in the management of breast and colon cancer. In addition, he has a particular interest in advanced wound care management and hyperbaric medicine. Laparoscopic surgeries are performed without a major incision. This means there is less pain for patients after surgery, so they can resume normal activities more quickly.

Johnson earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his surgery residency at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y. His office hours are every Monday through Friday at Wing Memorial Hospital. To schedule an appointment, call (413) 284-5400.

Santiago-Cruz is board-certified in family medicine and has joined the Internal Medicine practice at the Wing Medical Center in Wilbraham. He received his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and also completed his residency at the University of Puerto Rico. Santiago-Cruz has daily office hours and is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call (413) 596-3455.

Noble Appoints Percy to Be Chief Hospitalist

WESTFIELD — Noble Hospital administration has announced the appointment of Dr. T. Britton Percy as chief hospitalist. In this new role, Percy is responsible for the day-to-day clinical operations of Noble’s hospitalist service.

Percy has worked at Noble Hospital for more than three years. He completed his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, followed by residency at Baystate Medical Center. He is board-certified in internal medicine.

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