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'Mom's Day Off' Raises More than $8,000 for Cancer Center at SVMC
The first 100 participants received an SVHC gift bag. All ticket revenue, a total of $8,140, was donated to the Cancer Center.
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'Mom's Day Off' Raises More than $8,000 for Cancer Center at SVMC
The first 100 participants received an SVHC gift bag. All ticket revenue, a total of $8,140, was donated to the Cancer Center.
BMC Rebuilt Surgical Residency Program Earns New Accreditation
"That was the year things changed radically around here. We had to regroup and rethink about surgical education. We had to develop a whole new process and whole new program," Dr. Michael DiSiena said.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Welcomes New PA
Cornwell-Khan received her master's degree from the University of New England in Portland, Maine, in 2016. She holds a bachelor's degree in African Development Studies from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.
SVMC Gastroenterology Uses New Technology for Better Imaging and Diagnostics
A duodenoscope and endoscopic ultrasound device now give SVMC physicians access to extensive internal views and observation capabilities that lead to better diagnostics and treatment.
SVMC Sponsoring Active Lifestyle Photo Contest
Participants should photograph people being active in Bennington County and its surrounding communities. Examples of activities participants may photograph include hiking, biking, running, or team sports. Entrants can submit photos for consideration electronically through April 1.
SVMC Welcomes PA to Orthopedics Practice
Isbell is a former Certified Nutrition Support registered dietitian and attended graduate school to receive her master's degree in health sciences and a physician assistant certificate both from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., in 2009.
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New Trash Pickup Plan Heads to Pittsfield City Council
A proposal to change the way residential trash is collected is heading to the City Council. The Resource and Recovery Committee on Wednesday passed a favorable recommendation on Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo's petition to switch to a totter system. The committee's plan is to give all households a 35-gallon tote for trash and as much as a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes will then allow Republic Services to switch to automated trash pickup.
Health Officials Make Case for Needle Exchange in Pittsfield
It wasn't long ago when a young man came to the Brien Center looking for help after he had overdosed on heroin. Dr. Jennifer Michaels, the center's medical director, got him into sober housing, meetings, and family support. He "did all the things he needed to do."
Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates Affiliates with Berkshire Health Systems
This affiliation helps to stabilize the physician practice and ensure continued and expanded access to these orthopedic care services.
Williamstown Medical Changes Name, Relocates North Adams Offices
Williamstown Medical Associates has changed its name to Williamstown Medical of BMC (Berkshire Medical Center) and relocated its North Adams offices. The practice moved on Feb. 1 to the second floor of the main building of the North Adams Campus of BMC at 71 Hospital Ave. The suite has been fully renovated and refurbished and can be accessed through the main lobby. The practice had previously been in the Ambulatory Care Center.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Welcomes New Orthopedic Doctor
Donovan is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and has a certificate of advanced qualification in Sports Medicine. He is also a fellow of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
Pittsfield Holding Public Forum On Needle Exchange Program
The first public engagement session about a needle exchange program is scheduled for Tuesday. The city is considering authorizing a needle exchange program to operate in the city and the Board of Health was close to voting to give that authorization last month. But, the board decided to hold off and in conjunction with the mayor's office launch a series of public sessions to gain additional feedback and inform citizens about the program.
Bromley’s 'Mom’s Day Off' Cancer Fundraiser Set for Feb. 3
Once again, this year's event will benefit the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). The Cancer Center will receive the entire $20 lift ticket cost as a donation.
SVMC Radiologic Therapists Complete VisionRT Training
VisionRT now allows the radiation therapist to confirm that the machine and patient are aligned during breathing, to an accuracy of just a few millimeters. The therapist can now very reproducibly instruct patients to hold their breath while the treatment is given to allow for precise administration of radiation.
'Chefs In Schools' Brings Healthy Eating to Pittsfield Children
Eat well, sleep well, and exercise are the keys to a healthy life. Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield, the first of which is being instilling in young children throughout the city schools by bringing in Project Bread's Chefs in Schools program. One of Project Bread's initiatives is ran out of Boston and brings chefs into schools to help train cafeteria staff, test out new recipes, and teach children about healthy eating - even getting the picky eaters to try new things. The overall goal is to t
Southwestern Vermont Health Care Promotes Ladies First Vermont
Ladies First is a free program funded through the Vermont Department of Health. Most Vermont women are eligible, even if they have insurance. Benefits include those for prevention, screening, diagnostic testing and more.
SVMC Receives Grant for Prevention of Increased Substance Abuse
The Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) grant — a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, in cooperation with the Vermont Department of Health — aims to identify those at risk and conduct brief interventions to thwart increased use of drugs and alcohol.
Hinds, Mark Re-File Bill Aimed To Help Volunteer Ambulance Services
A bill to change the staffing requirements of an ambulance service could be a game changer for struggling volunteer services. But, the state Department of Public Health has opposed the bill in previous legislative sessions.
Adams-Cheshire District Fixing Water Taps That Tested Positive For Lead
Eight plumbing fixtures in the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District have tested positive for actionable levels of lead. All were turned off on Friday. Faucets and other water fixtures in the three schools in the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District were tested for lead and copper in late December through a state grant.
SVMC OB/GYNs to Appear on WAMC's Medical Monday
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