|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.
|Avoiding the Top Six Hiking Injuries|
For a carefree hiking experience, hike with friends or on trails you know well and with daylight to spare. Also take precautions to prevent the most common hiking-related injuries.
|BMC, Nurses Return to Bargaining as Strike Hangs Over Head|
In the middle of a strike authorization vote and the union filing charges against the hospital with the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Nursing Association and Berkshire Medical Center return to the bargaining table Thursday in hopes to come to an agreement on a new contract.
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|SVMC Launches ExpressCare Service at Northshire Campus|
The service will be available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Both SVMC Northshire and Northshire ExpressCare are located at 5957 Main Street, Route 7A, in Manchester Center.
|Lanesborough FinCom Looks to State For Help With Retiree Health Care|
With support from the last election, Finance Committee Chairman Ray Jones is now calling on the state legislature to allow the town to increase the percentage retirees pay for health insurance.
Jones had requested a ballot question on the town election to "change the health insurance premium contribution rate for eligible town retirees from town's share 85 percent and retirees' share 15 percent to town's share 70 percent and retirees share 30 percent."
|BHS Named Among 2017's 'Most Wired'|
According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals like Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information.
|Centers for Living and Rehabilitation Graduates Four New LNAs|
Holly Buckley, Brian Cody, Laura Lampman and Kourtnie Lamson finished the three-week, 120-hour course on June 6 and passed their LNA examination on June 26.
|AYJ Fund of North Adams Lead Sponsor of Cancer Conference|
The AYJ Fund of North Adams was a lead sponsor for the 2nd International Gliomatosis Cerebri Conference that was held at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
|Neal Talks Health Care In Recent Berkshire Visit|
A single payer health care policy has been picking up steam and support among Democrats locally and nationally.
It had been a key part of Bernie Sander's presidential platform. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth recently called for such a program to be considered. And Massachusetts state legislatures have put forth a bill to study on moving to one.
|Health Care Dominates Warren's Town Hall in Pittsfield|
The most pressing issue before U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren right now is the proposed federal health care bill.
And that's what she spent most of her time discussing with more than 800 people who attended her town hall at Berkshire Community College on Saturday.
|Neal Delivers 100K Grant To Help Fairview Hospital|
Since 2010 80 rural hospitals have closed and 363 others are just struggling to get by, according to Fairview Hospital President Eugene Dellea.
The Berkshires know that well. It has only been a few years since the former North Adams Regional Hospital closed up. On the federal level, massive changes to healthcare delivery could be looming, meaning hospitals are struggling with knowing how to plan.
|Lanesborough to Give Police Stipends For Helping Ambulance Service|
The town is now incentivizing the Police Department to help the struggling ambulance service.
The Board of Selectmen agreed on Tuesday to a new contract with the Police Union, which includes bonus pay to run an ambulance rig if needed. The department has about a half dozen EMTs and one paramedic on staff and if the officers need to fill in as an ambulance driver, they'll get paid extra- but only in life threatening cases.
|Mosquito Tests Positive For West Nile In Richmond|
The finding is the first in the state and it was collected on Tuesday. The town is part of the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project, which monitors and performs mosquito control measures in tandem with the local Board of Health.
|SVMC Announces Winners of SVMC Orthopedics Active Lifestyle Photo Contest|
The contest drew nearly 70 entries between January and April. Participants' photos were judged based on creativity, photographic quality, genuineness, connection to local community, and relation to an active life. Judges included Dr. Jonathan Cluett and a team from SVMC Orthopedics; local artist Rita Dee; and photographer Greg Nesbit. They selected nine winning photos.
|Mount Greylock School Committee Reapproves Concussion Policy|
Lindsey von Holtz also shared data she has compiled about the instance of head injuries at the school — whether on the playing field or not.
In the academic year ending this month, Mount Greylock students have reported 38 head injuries, including 24 diagnosed concussions. Of those concussions, 10 were linked to interscholastic athletics, six happened during physical education, one was a non-sports accident on school grounds and seven occurred outside of school activities.
|Telemedicine Initiative Connects SVMC to Specialists Nationwide|
With the push of a button, doctors and nurses can tap into certified specialists in emergency medicine — both registered nurses and physicians — through Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Center for Connected Care during the day and through Avera Health, which partners with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, at night. A company called Specialist on Call is also available.
|Plan to Exclude Pittsfield Parks From Mosquito Spraying Rejected|
The Parks Commission is deferring to the Health Department on whether or not the parks should be sprayed for mosquitoes.
The Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project heads efforts to prevent mosquito-spread disease through a control program, using pesticides to limit the population. There is an option for property owners to exempt their land from being sprayed and Commissioner Joe Durwin, an opponent of the use of the chemicals, proposed using that exemption for city parks unless there is a