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Elms College School of Nursing Dean Scoble Retires
CHICOPEE — Elms College announced the retirement of Kathleen Scoble, dean of the college’s School of Nurs- ing, effective Sept. 10. The college has been conducting a national search for Scoble’s successor since she notified the college of her retirement this past January.
When Scoble joined Elms Col- lege in 2003, the Division of Nurs- ing consisted of one baccalaureate program with 100 students. In
the 2020-21 academic year, there were nearly 500 nursing students enrolled in the 12 programs that now comprise the School of Nurs- ing. Scoble had the strategic vision
to establish several forward-looking programs, such as the Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Master of Science in Nursing programs, as well as the Accelerated Second Degree program.
In March 2019, Scoble, Elms College President Harry Dumay, and Walter Breau, vice president of Academic Affairs, began a unique partnership with the Episcopalian University of Haiti to offer a continuing-education cer- tificate program that prepares the future Haitian nursing workforce to deliver competent, patient-centered care within their communities.
In recognition of her stewardship of the School of Nurs- ing, Scoble has been named dean emerita of the School of Nursing, becoming the first Elms College dean to receive this distinguished title.
The college has also created the Kathleen B. Scoble Leadership in Nursing Award, which will be presented each year to the nursing student who best exemplifies the ideals of servant leadership, as demonstrated by Scoble, through academic excellence and the individual’s impact on the School of Nursing, Elms College, and the greater commu- nity.
Scoble has more than 30 years of experience in academic, administrative, and consultant roles. Prior to Elms, she held faculty appointments at Teachers College, Columbia University, and UMass Boston, as well as several adminis- trative positions in acute-care organizations ranging from manager to chief nurse executive.
She has held leadership positions at several Massa- chusetts nursing associations and, in 2014, became the first nurse to serve on Baystate Health’s board of trustees. Internationally, She has consulted for the INHL and Partners Healthcare International (formerly Partners Har- vard Medical International) since 1999. She also has had programmatic experience in multiple countries, including Colombia, Mexico, India, China, Dubai, and Turkey.
Neurologists Tuhrim, Mintz Join Berkshire Health Systems
PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Health Systems announced the appointment of Dr. Stanley Tuhrim and Dr. Betty Mintz, board-certified and fellowship-trained neurologists as well as husband and wife, to the medical staff of Berk- shire Medical Center and the physician staff of Neurology Professional Services of BMC. They join Drs. Octavian Adam, Herbert Gregg, Thomas Kwiatkowski, and Laurence “Jay” Ufford; and nurse practitioners Anurag Bansal and Kathleen Hanley at Neurology Professional Services of BMC.
Tuhrim is board-certified in both neurology and
vascular neurology. He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is fellowship-trained in cerebrovascu- lar disease from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Mintz is board-certified in both neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine. She completed her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is fellowship- trained in neuromuscular disease from Johns Hopkins Hospital in
Baltimore. Mintz specializes in electromyography and nerve-conduction studies, as well as treating patients with myasthenia gravis, which is a condition caused by a break- down in communication between nerves and muscles.
For more information or an appointment with Neurol- ogy Professional Services of BMC, call (413) 395-7694.
Altman to Lead Convenient Care at Baystate Wing Hospital
PALMER — Dr. Evan Altman has joined Baystate Wing Hospital as medical director of Convenient Care, an extension of Baystate Primary Care – Palmer. She will be responsible for providing strategic and clinical leadership for Convenient Care providers and staff. Convenient Care is a new model of care dedicated to meeting the same-day care needs of patients and the local community through a collaboration with primary care, specialty care, and ancil- lary providers.
Altman earned her medical de- gree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Atlanta and completed her residency at Broward Health Medical Center Department of Family Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She earned her master’s degree in global health from Emory University, Rollins
School of Public Health in Atlanta. Prior to joining the Bay- state Wing Hospital medical staff, she was a hospitalist at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield. She is board-certified in family medicine and a member of the American Board
of Family Medicine. She is also a member of the American Medical Assoc., the American Academy of Family Physi- cians, and the Society of Hospital Medicine.
Convenient Care is located on the first floor of Baystate Wing Hospital within the Baystate Health & Wellness Cen- ter – Palmer, next to Baystate Primary Care. Patients can schedule an appointment by calling (413) 370-7000.
is a pioneer in services for children, teens, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the four counties of Western Mass.
Ruth started her career at Pathlight four years ago in the Family-Based Living program, working first as a manager and then as a director of the program. In her new role, she will oversee the programs and services that support the people of Pathlight, including training, quality, and clinical and behavioral supports.
Ruth says she has been drawn to career paths centered around helping others. She attended Lincoln University for her bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education and then continued her education by obtaining a degree in organizational leadership and management from Central Connecticut State University and Springfield College. Her clinical background is in marriage and family therapy.
Willie Ross School for the Deaf Announces Stearns as Trustee
LONGMEADOW — Willie Ross School for the Deaf (WRSD) announced that Mary-Anne Stearns, CPA has joined the school’s board of trustees. A partner at Whit- tlesey since 2014, with more than 35 years of experience in public accounting, she has served on the school’s audit committee for several years.
Stearns is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massa- chusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is a finance
and audit committee member for the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. She has also been involved with the Loomis
Communities for many years and currently serves on the finance and audit committee, and is a past board member for the organization.
Stearns is also a past board member and treasurer of the Greater Springfield Chapter of CISV Inc., an international nonprofit organization. She has a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in business administration with a concentration in accounting from UMass Amherst.
The Willie Ross board of trustees also recently appointed two board members to its executive committee in at-large positions. Lucie Lewis and Claire Sanders are new to the board in the past year. Lewis is an adjunct professor at various local colleges and is also an author. Sanders is the chair of the Deaf Studies program at Holyoke Community College.
Family-medicine Provider Dunton Joins Williamstown Medical
WILLIAMSTOWN — Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) announced the appointment of Dr. Shauna Dunton to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the provider staff of Williamstown Medical, a rural health clinic of Fair- view Hospital affiliated with BHS.
Dunton is accepting new pa- tients in need of primary care, in- cluding broad-spectrum women’s health services. She joins Drs. Steven Cherry, Karen Dobe-Costa, Kristin Lamontagne, Douglas O’Neill, and Sarah Turner; nurse practitioners Sarah Kangas, Jen- nifer Mygatt, and Ana Luisa Neal,
Ruth Named Vice President of
Program Supports for Pathlight
SPRINGFIELD — Lakesha Ruth, an educator and advocate within the disability and human- services field, recently joined Pathlight’s leadership team as vice president of Program Supports.
Pathlight, established in 1952 and headquartered in Springfield,

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