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SVMC Expands Program for Patients with Chronic Lung Disease
The upcoming session, which will accommodate up to 16 patients during either morning or afternoon classes, begins Feb. 9.
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SVMC Expands Program for Patients with Chronic Lung Disease
The upcoming session, which will accommodate up to 16 patients during either morning or afternoon classes, begins Feb. 9.
Village Ambulance Service Lands New Director
With more than 30 years of experience in emergency medical services and a resume that included extensive experience in administration, Mike Witkowski was having a hard time finding his next professional challenge. And when he saw the advertisement posted looking for someone to lead Village Ambulance Service, he was not overly optimistic.
Berkshire Health Systems Opens Williamstown Walk-In Clinic
Since sick days are not scheduled and not all illnesses are emergencies, Berkshire Health Systems has opened its second walk-in care facility, this one in Williamstown. North County BHS Walk-In Care is for patients ages 2 and up who are not able to be seen by their primary-care physician but whose condition is not so urgent that they need to visit an emergency room.
Adams Board Of Health Updating Tobacco Regulations
The Board of Health agreed to update all tobacco regulations during the process of increase the legal age of buying tobacco from 18 to 21. The Board of Health decided Tuesday at a workshop meeting that the tobacco age increase would not be a new regulation, but an amendment. However, while working with Tri-Town Health Department it may be a chance to make sure all of their tobacco regulations are up to date.
New Doctor Joins Barrington Family Medicine in Great Barrington
In addition to comprehensive primary care, Hickey brings expertise in HIV, Hepatitis C and addiction medicine.
SVHC Named One of Vermont’s Best Places to Work Two Years Running
SVHC received the honor for the first time in 2015, and is the first and only hospital or health system to be recognized.
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Cancer Center Invests in New Linear Accelerator
The device — which delivers external beam radiation treatments for patients with cancer — is used to treat all parts and organs of the body.
BMC Adds 'Observation' Beds to North Adams Emergency Department
The expansion of health care services continues in the city with the addition of two "observational beds" at Berkshire Medical Center's Satellite Emergency Facility. The limited-use beds at the former North Adams Regional Hospital will offer a level of care that may allow a patient to remain in North Adams for a period of time rather than being transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.
Farley-Bouvier Pushing Bill to Aid Rape Victims
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier said 20 percent of victims who report the crime regret they did so because of the way they are treated in the justice system. She is pushing a bill in the State House to provide consistency across the state in how rape cases are handled. The bill received a hearing on the Judiciary Committee last Wednesday and the Pittsfield Democrat is hoping it'll make it to the legislative floor by the end of the year. The bill focuses on ensuring victims have information
Forum on Health Care Solutions Introduces Community Health Workers
These specially trained, paid workers fill a lot of different roles, from direct services like health screenings and home assessments to helping residents navigate systems of care and advocate for themselves.
SVHC Launches Health Text Message Service
Each one offers a health-related timely, friendly tip or reminder.
New Neurosurgeon Joins Berkshire Health Systems
Emrich is accepting new patients in need of brain and spinal care and provides both surgical and non-surgical treatments.
Fairview's Monster Dash Helps People's Pantry
The donation was made possible by proceeds of the 2015 Fairview Hospital Monster Dash, the annual 5k walk/run that was held on Oct. 31 in Great Barrington.
Dr. Peterson Joins Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC
Peterson is accepting new patients in need of general surgery.
Berkshire Health System Offering Help to Patients of Dr. Tang
Berkshire Health Systems is trying to step into the health-care gap caused by the abrupt closure of a local primary care practice. According to a statement from BHS, it "will adjust and augment the Neighborhood for Health program to manage the coordination and continuation of care for Dr. Tang’s patients."
SVMC Earns ‘Top Performer’ Status from The Joint Commission
SVMC is one of only three hospitals in Vermont to achieve the Top Performer distinction.
Medical Board Suspends North Adams Physician's License
A local physician had his license summarily suspended last week for posing "immediate and serious threat to the public health, safety and welfare." According to statement from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, the disciplinary action was taken against Dr. Shaohua Tang at its meeting on Jan. 7 in Wakefield.
SVMC Endocrinologist Named to Best Doctors in America List
Only the top 5 percent of doctors in their respective specialties are listed.
YMCA Holding Registrations for Youth Swim Lessons
Lessons are for all boys and girls 6 months to 12 years old.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation Welcomes Senior Gifts Officer
In his new role, he will support the SVHC Foundation in its mission to raise funds for SVHC.


 
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