|SVMC OB/GYNs to Appear on WAMC's Medical Monday|
Medical Monday is a segment of Vox Pop, WAMC's live call-in talk program. Guests with expertise in areas ranging from Astronomy to George Washington speak with WAMC's hosts and answer questions posed by WAMC listeners.
|SVMC Helping Train Paramedic Students Learn to Intubate|
The Operating Room at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Anesthesiology Associates of Bennington have joined Vermont Technical College to provide paramedic students the opportunity to intubate patients.
|Williamstown Ambulance Service in Dire Straits, Seeks Town Funding|
The town's ambulance service is in critical condition, officials told the Finance Committee on Wednesday.
And if Village Ambulance does not receive town support, it likely will go out of business in the next six months, according to the president of its board of directors.
|Lanesborough Ambulance Presents Options For Stability |
The Ambulance Squad has turned the call response around in the last three months and is looking to improve even more.
The squad is ran through the Fire Department and on Tuesday fire and ambulance officials met with the Board of Selectmen to discuss long-term stability of the squad.
|North Adams BMC Adds Cardiac Rehabilitation to Medical Services|
The program, hosted in the new Northern Berkshire Specialty Practices of BMC on the first floor of the main building, opens on Thursday offering North County residents easier access to rehabilitation services. The announcement was made Wednesday at an open house event to show off the new suites and reception area for the specialty practices that opened last fall.
|Southwestern Vermont Health Care Offers Qi Gong for Cancer Survivors|
The classes are scheduled 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Jan. 18, and will take place in Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington. There is no charge to participate in the class.
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|Southwestern Vermont Health Care Announces Three New Members to its Board of Trustees|
"These individuals have unique skills and experiences and will make tremendous contributions to our Board of Trustees," said Tommy Harmon, the board chair. "I am delighted to welcome them and eager to see what we can accomplish together."
|SVMC Celebrates Second Anniversary of Pulmonary Rehabilitation with Expanded Availability|
For the program's two-year history, patients started and ended their eight-week class together. Starting this month, patients will be able to begin at any time there is an opening, rather than wait for the next session to begin.
|Pittsfield Delays Needle Exchange Vote Until March, Maybe Longer|
At the request of the mayor and City Council, the Board of Health has put the brakes on the opening of a needle exchange program.
Just one month ago the board was ready and planning to vote in favor of giving the authorization to allow Tapestry Health to pursue opening one somewhere in the city in tandem with the state Department of Public Health.
|Lanesborough Considering Privatizing Ambulance Service|
The Board of Selectmen have a proposal to privatize the ambulance service. But the Fire Department, which runs the town's volunteer ambulance now, is fighting to keep it.
The town's ambulance service has been facing tough financial times for the last few years and slowly depleting its reserves. Selectmen Henry "Hank" Sayers recently reached out to County Ambulance in Pittsfield about a service contract and the for-profit service agreed to provide 24-7 coverage at no cost to the town. County A
|New Nurse Joins SVMC ExpressCare|
SVMC ExpressCare’s board-certified physicians are a part of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system and have access to more than 1,200 primary and specialty care physicians and state-of-the-art-technology and services.
|Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation Welcomes Two to its Leadership|
|Winter Healthier Living Workshop Helps Patients Manage Chronic Pain|
Registration for the winter session is open now. The workshop is scheduled 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 2-March 9 at the Vermont Department of Health, 324 Main St., Room 180, Bennington. Sessions are confidential, and family and supportive friends are welcome.
|FreshStart Classes Offered to Help Women Quit Tobacco|
Through a cooperation among the American Cancer Society, Vermont Blueprint for Health, Vermont Quit Partners, and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, local women can attend a special class designed just for them.
|SVMC Welcomes Doctor to Hospital Medicine Department|
Dr. Soe has worked as director of Hospital Medicine at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Massachusetts since April 2015. Before that, he was a hospitalists at both Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and at North Adams Regional Hospital. He was chief of medicine, Department of Medicine, and the director of Hospital Medicine at North Adams from 2011-2014.
|CHP Names Two to Board|
"Chuck and Allyson are excellent additions to our board, with their business expertise, community roots and commitment," said Jodi Rathbun-Briggs, chair of the CHP Board. "We look forward to having their input as we move CHP into our next steps of providing excellent health care and family services in our region."
|SVMC Northshire Campus Adds Two Providers to Medical Staff|
These family nurse practitioners offer Northshire patients robust clinical training and a patient-centered approach. Northshire employs these nurse practitioners to provide appointments more quickly and see patients more promptly.
|Berkshire Health Systems Expands Primary-Care Access Across County|
Berkshire Health Systems has appointed five primary-care physicians, all accepting new patients throughout the Berkshires, from south to north.
The addition of these five physicians is a significant expansion of primary-care services in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont, which has been experiencing the national shortage of primary-care physicians.
|Berkshire Medical Group Joins Berkshire Health Systems|
Effective Nov. 1, the practice will be renamed Berkshire Internists of BMC, and will remain at its existing location in the BMC Medical Arts Complex in Pittsfield, with few if any noticeable changes for patients.
|Adams Increases Board Of Health Fees|
The Board of Health reviewed all its fees and has made some increases that will come into play the first of the year.
The board voted last week to hike fees to make them more in line with surrounding communities and to make sure they cover the cost within the department.