|Southwestern Vermont Health Care's Harvest Ball Raises Record Donations|
The event, hosted by the SVHC Foundation, honored two individuals with 2016 Vision Awards. Dr. William Ketterer received the 2016 Health Care Leadership Award, and Brian Knight received 2016 Distinguished Community Service Award. The Vision Awards honor two individuals, a physician and a community member, for their efforts to advance the health system's vision of healthier communities.
|SVMC Presents 'Taking the Scare Out of an Abnormal Mammogram'|
That's why clinicians from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's (SVMC) Imaging Department and the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center partnered to offer this special presentation, titled "Taking the Scare Out of an Abnormal Mammogram," from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 25 at the Manchester Community Library in Manchester, Vt.
|Massachusetts Health Connector's 'Hidden Gems' Tour Visits North Adams|
During Open Enrollment, current Health Connector members can shop for new coverage that could be more affordable or better meet their needs, and those without insurance can apply for coverage – often with subsidies making it more affordable.
|New Prescription Tool Has Launched Statewide|
The purpose of the training was to increase familiarity with the recently launched MassPAT tool that replaces the old Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), which was cumbersome and not user friendly. The new system is easier to use, includes the ability to eventually search records in other states, as well as provides more information to help providers make the proper decisions for patient care.
|DA, Doctor Advocate Against Legal Marijuana at United Way Forum|
Dr. Jennifer Michaels says every patient she sees struggling with serious addiction began by smoking marijuana at a young age.
Michaels, the medical director at the Brien Center, joined District Attorney David Capeless Tuesday in a forum at Berkshire Community College urging a no vote on the referendum to legalize marijuana, which will be on the ballot in November. Michaels outlined her belief that the legalization will lead to more issues with addictions while Capeless said public safety wou
|Pittsfield Retailers Mistakenly Still Violating Polystyrene Ban |
The Board of Health is discovering that many vendors may be inadvertently still using the banned polystyrene food containers.
The Green Commission was updated on the Styrofoam ban Monday night in which member Jim McGrath reported that many businesses have swapped out the white clamshell Styrofoam containers in the favor of clear plastic containers. However, those clear plastic containers are still polystyrene, which is banned.
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|Medical Marijuana Dispensary Eyed For Pittsfield's Callahan Drive |
Manna Wellness has received the site plan approval to move forward with a medical marijuana facility on Callahan Drive.
The company has been trying to open a dispensary in Pittsfield since voters passed the ballot question allowing marijuana for medicinal purposes. Since 2013, the company has been trying to secure a permit to operate a facility and had eyed a site off of West Street in Pittsfield.
|Pittsfield Prevention Partnership to Hold TIPS Training Session to Promote Alcohol Safety|
TIPS is a skills-based training program that is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving. Session participants will become certified in the TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) program, the leading alcohol server training program in the country.
|Pittsfield, North Adams Firefighter Unions Raises $7K For Muscular Dystrophy|
The firefighters union raised more than $3,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the annual Fill the Boot drive.
Some 25 members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2647 spent four hours last Saturday asking for change from people exiting Dunkin Donuts or the Donut Man in Pittsfield to raise the money. The effort is an annual drive to support IAFF's charity of choice.
|Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Welcomes New OB/Gyn|
Dr. Chadee received her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, and completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY, which is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.
|Diabetes Prevention Classes Forming Now|
The Diabetes Education department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Vermont Blueprint for Health, and the YMCA have teamed up to provide the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program locally. Classes are forming now.
|SVMC ExpressCare Welcomes New Nurse Pactitioner|
Gallen is a board-certified gerontology acute care nurse practitioner and an advanced registered nurse practitioner.
|Adams Board of Health Sets Tobacco 21 Hearing |
The Board of Health set the public hearing on raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 for Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.
Wednesday afternoon board member Bruce Shepley updated the Board of Health on some lingering questions they had on the new regulations and the board agreed it was time to move toward adoption.
|Pittsfield May Have To Allow Tobacco Sales At Gas Man Location|
Despite the Board of Health's attempts to keep a tobacco retailer from moving into 730 East Street, one might be coming.
The Board of Health had previously denied a tobacco license to Naveed Asif and Zameer Alhaq, which purchased the former O'Connell's on East Street in September 2015. The application had come right after the board opted to cap the number of permits, so there wasn't any available. Despite pressure from the mayor and city councilors, the Board of Health stuck to its regulation
|FreshStart Classes Offered to Help People Quit Tobacco|
They will learn new ways to stop smoking or chewing, get tips on how to handle stress and withdrawal symptoms, meet others trying to quit, and receive free nicotine replacement.
|Southwestern Vermont Health Care Offers Yoga Classes for Cancer Survivors|
Yoga classes are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday in Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, which is located at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington.
|Local Physicians to be Honored at LitNet Gala|
At this year’s event, LitNet will honor two distinguished members of the hospitalist program at Berkshire Medical Center, Dr. Tony Makdisi and Dr. Sukhpal Mann. Each physician will receive LitNet’s Founders of America Award, which recognizes individuals whose strength of character and commitment to service have improved lives in the Berkshires and beyond.
|SVMC Health Blog: Five Easy Swaps for a Healthier Lunch Box|
However, just as the New Year is a good time to make resolutions, a new school year is a prime time to reexamine last school year’s lunch habits and try to incorporate healthier choices. Whether you are packing your child’s lunch or choosing your own lunch items, there are a few simple swaps you can make for a healthier lunch.
|Pittsfield Denies Permit For Medical Marijuana Facility In Former KFC|
The Zoning Board of Appeals denied a special permit for a medical marijuana dispensary at the former KFC because the members felt it would be detrimental to the character of the neighborhood.
Happy Valley Compassion Center was looking to turn the former Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant into a medical marijuana dispensary - provided it received all of the necessary approvals from state and local government. But, the Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously rejected the company's application for a
|Renal Dialysis Center Opening at BMC's North Adams Campus|
The dialysis center is the latest medical service to open on the former North Adams Regional Hospital campus since its acquisition by BMC. The center had been under consideration for some time and the board of directors approved its construction last year, along with a planned relocation of the Pittsfield center. with fewer chairs, to the former hematology/oncology offices on Dan Fox Drive. Fairview Hospital also has a six-chair center.