|Fairview Receives 5-Stars for Overall Hospital Quality|
The HCAPHPS summary star rating combines information about different aspects of patient's experience of care.
|CHP Accepting New Primary Care Patients in Pittsfield|
Three primary care providers are now accepting new adult patients at CHP Neighborhood Health Center in Pittsfield.
|Family Services Expands Playgroups to Stockbridge Pinewoods Community|
Playgroups are open to Pinewoods families and any others in the nearby community; the group will be led by local educator and Community Health Programs playgroup leader Sue Ebitz.
|Grant Funds Video Remote Medical Interpreter Equipment for CHP|
With quick access to translators, CHP doctors, nurse practitioners and other staff can have better medical discussions with patients, regardless of language barriers.
|United Way Grant Funds CHP Blood Pressure Cuffs|
This equipment provides easy one-touch operation, allowing home blood pressure monitoring that is both simple and accurate.
|CHP Board of Trustees Names New Members|
Nicole Antil and Gloria Escobar took their seats on the board of the countywide health care network in December, said Christopher Phillips, board chair.
|BMC Nurses Call Off Strike|
The union nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have called off the strike.
After a late night of last-minute negotiations Thursday, the local Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter and BMC's administration opted to withdraw the strike as a contract settlement potentially nears. The nurses were planning on a one-day strike on Tuesday, which likely have been followed by a lockout.
|Berkshire Pediatric Associates Joins CHP Health Network|
CHP Berkshire Pediatrics, as it will now be known, will remain in its present location at 777 North St. The Pittsfield practice includes Drs. Jacqueline Jones, Eimear O'Loughlin, Gary Shalan and Betsy Valade, and pediatric nurse practitioners Kelsey Holland and Brenda Landes.
|Pittsfield Health Director Concerned With Plastic Bag-Ban Enforcement|
The petition, filed by the Green Commission and local attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo, is before the City Council now. It would place a ban on certain single-use plastic bags — mostly the plastic bags used for groceries at the supermarket. But the enforcement of that falls on the Board of Health, which says it wouldn't be able to do regular inspections.
|SVMC Nurse to Speak at American Association of Heart Failure Nurses Meeting|
Thuermer will be a co-speaker during the research session. She will share her experiences developing and executing nursing research.
|Two Certified Nurse-Midwives, New OB-GYN Join CHP|
With certified nurse-midwives now in place in the Great Barrington practice, CHP and Fairview Hospital can offer women the CNM option for pre-natal, maternity and other women's health care for adult patients of all ages. Barrington OB-GYN has been without a certified nurse-midwife since 2014 when its CNM retired.
|BMC Nurses Schedule Second Strike|
The nurses at Berkshire Medical Center plan to go on strike for the second time.
The local chapter of the Massachusetts Nurses Association voted to hold a one-day strike on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Some 800 nurses have been in difficult contract negotiations with the hospital for about a year and a half after the last agreement expired in September of 2016.
|SVMC Issues Flu Alert and Visitor Policy Update|
To help protect the community, patients and staff, SVMC has temporarily restricted its Visitor Policy, requesting that people who have the flu or flu-like symptoms not visit patients. These symptoms include cough, fever, diarrhea, rash, or known exposure to a contagious illness in the past 14 days. Additionally, no visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed in the hospital until further notice.
|BMC Opens Central County Renal Dialysis Center|
Edith King doesn't feel like the hours she spends receiving renal dialysis is a problem.
"This is the greatest place you can come to if you've got kidney problems. I feel like I don't have a kidney problem. I feel like I am just sitting here, visiting with friends, and having a good time. It is just a great place," King said on Friday as she awaited her doctors to start another procedure.