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Pittsfield Warns Of Aggressive Foxes
The Health Department is telling homeowners to be on the lookout for aggressive foxes. The Health Department said a resident was bitten by a fox in the area of Wahconah Street, specifically near...
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Pittsfield Warns Of Aggressive Foxes
The Health Department is telling homeowners to be on the lookout for aggressive foxes. The Health Department said a resident was bitten by a fox in the area of Wahconah Street, specifically near Dower Square, over the weekend. That fox was captured but health officials are asking residents to use caution.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care Wins Two Regional Marketing Awards
SVHC received a Silver Lamplighter Award for Digital Strategy, including the integration of website, social media, and e-newsletter content. In the category for Community Relations Events, the health system's Jump Rope Challenge was also honored with a Silver Lamplighter Award.
New PA Joins Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's Emergency Department
Evankow earned his master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from University of New England in Maine and his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Vermont.
Clarksburg Sprays Mosquitos After West Nile Discovered
A swath of the town was sprayed this week after West Nile virus was detected last week in the Cross and Pecks Road area. The town is also asking residents to remove standing water such as in bird baths and tires, and to wear long sleeves and pants and use repellent in the evenings. Should any dead birds be observed, residents should not touch them but instead contact the Mosquito Project at 413-447-9808.
Nurses File Second Unfair Labor Practices Against BMC
The nurses at BMC have filed a second complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against hospital administrators. The nurses are accusing Berkshire Medical Center leaderships, particularly Vice President of Human Resources Arthur Milano, of denying them information they deem is needed to negotiation health insurance. The nurses asked detailed financials surrounding the hospital's health insurance offer during negotiations.
BMC Nurses: No Resolution Found In Latest Bargaining Session
Another negotiation session concluded Monday and nurses say little progress has been made toward a resolution. Mark Brodeur sits on the bargaining committee and on Monday night he said hospital officials rejected the change put forth by the nurses to leave charge nurses unassigned. The nurses have been trying to push for what they call "safe staffing" in the negotiations and contractually binding the hospital to provide what they see is adequate staff.
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Community Health Programs Elects New Board Officers
Christopher Phillips of Pittsfield has been elected board chair. A board member since 2014, Phillips is a marketing and communications consultant based in Pittsfield.
Pittsfield Raises Concerns Over Rise in Tick-Borne Illnesses
The Health Department has expressed concern with a growing number of tick-borne illnesses. Public Health Nurse Kayla Donnelly-Winters cited rising numbers of human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA)and Lyme disease over the last three years. In 2014, she said there were 15 cases of HGA and 51 cases of Lyme. In 2016, the number of HGA was up to 17 and 82 for Lyme. The number of cases of HGA is already at 25 and there have been 74 cases of Lyme.
BMC Nurses Take Second Step Toward Strike
The nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have taken the second step toward a strike. The Massachusetts Nursing Association filed a notification to end the existing agreement. The contract currently in place prohibits a strike and while the contract had an expiration date of September 2016, the duration clauses continued that unless a 30-day notice from either side was made or a new contract was signed, the existing one remained in place.
Mosquito Control Spraying Planned in Pittsfield
To reduce the mosquito population and potential for infection, truck-mounted mosquito spray application is scheduled for 10 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Aug. 3, on roads within a one-mile radius of Route 41and Route 20 intersection (Route 41 to Richmond line; Route 20 to and including Callahan Drive, Cloverdale and Branch streets, Southpond Drive, Thistledown, Scace, Sunny Croft, and Windmere).
Governor Signs Re-Written Marijuana Bill
Gov. Charlie Baker signed updated marijuana regulations into law Friday. Voters had passed the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in November and since then lawmakers have been reworking the law, which included a six-month delay. After negotiations between the House and Senate, the Legislature passed changes to the citizen's referendum on July 20, which was then signed on Friday.
SVMC Becomes 24-Hour Drug Take-Back Location
The MedSafe collection receptacle is located in the lobby of SVMC at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington. It looks like a mailbox, featuring a one-way medicine drop. It can be used to dispose of unused or expired controlled substances, non-controlled substances, and even over-the-counter medications. The lobby is open 24 hours a day.
BMC Nurses Give Bargaining Committee Authority to Call Strike
The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are willing to strike over contract negotiations for what they say is chronic understaffing.
Berkshire Healthcare Communities Earn 15 National Awards for Customer, Employee Satisfaction
Berkshire Healthcare communities captured 60 percent – 15 out of 25 - of the Massachusetts awards.
Centers for Living and Rehabilitation Welcomes New Medical Director
Dr. Poole has served as a hospitalist with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center since 2008 and has been a member of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians since its inception in 2012. In addition to his roles as a hospitalist and as medical director of CLR, Dr. Poole is hospitalist director and medical director of medical affairs.
Pittsfield Man Fined For Illegal Asbestos Removal
DEP has fined a city man for illegally removing asbestos from a home on Circular Avenue. The Department of Environmental Protection fined Robert Clum $27,100 for removing the material from 65 Circular Avenue in August of last year. The work, removing and disposing of asbestos pipe insulation, potentially exposed the residents to asbestos fibers, DEP says. Clum does not have a contractor's license to the work nor did he notified the state regarding it.
SVMC Podiatry Residency Graduates First Resident
Six residents remain in the program. They are incoming third-year residents Suzanne McGuire and Evan Yoo, second-year residents Marie "McCamie" DeArmon and Jeffrey Pantano, and first-year residents Cody Anderson and Kurt Malkames.
Hillcrest Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Receives National Award
Hillcrest Commons is one of only nine facilities in Massachusetts, and one of 191 facilities in the nation, selected to receive the silver award in 2017. The competitive award program highlights select centers across the nation that serve as models of excellence in providing high-quality long term care.
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