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New Life at Reed’s Landing

Carol Katz, CEO of the Loomis Communities, chats with Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno at the recent rededication of Reed’s Landing, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and was purchased by Loomis. None of the resident contracts have been affected by the change in ownership.

Traditions of the Heart

Jewish Geriatric Services joined a national effort to highlight local assisted-living facilities in a variety of ways as part of the recent National Assisted Living Week. “Traditions of the Heart” was the theme, and a variety show was held to showcase the talents of those who live, work, and volunteer at Ruth’s House. Pictured, left to right, are Muriel Cohen, mistress of ceremonies, clowning it up with Mary Argenio, Ruth’s House program coordinator; and Laurie Kenney, Ruth’s House director of resident care.

Rays of Hope

More than 15,000 walkers in Springfield and Greenfield participated in the annual Rays of Hope – A Walk Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer on Oct. 25, raising more than $900,000 for the care and treatment of breast cancer patients and cancer research in Western Mass. For the first time, breast cancer survivors, their relatives, friends, and supporters participated in simultaneous walks in Forest Park in Springfield and Energy Park in Greenfield. More than 190,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Many of the programs funded by the walk are geared toward early detection and breast cancer awareness.

Knowledge Seekers

Cheryl Sheils (pictured) and Emma Dundon, Nursing faculty members of Elms College and UMass Amherst, respectively, recently received research grants from the Research and Scholarship Committee of the Beta Zeta at Large Chapter, the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. The objectives of the research grants are to encourage nursing research and advance knowledge in the area of nursing science by providing financial assistance for the conduct of research. Sheils’ research project is titled “Latinos in the Pipeline to Baccalaureate-prepared Nursing: Challenges and Supports in Persistence to Degree and Professional Licensure.” Dundon’s project is titled “A Brief Motivational Intervention for Mildly Depressed Adolescents in School-based Health Centers.”

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