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SVHC Honors Employees with 2016 Putnam Awards
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SVHC Honors Employees with 2016 Putnam Awards
One award every year is presented for each of the organization’s five core values: quality, empathy, safety, teamwork, and stewardship. The employees who received the awards are noted standard bearers and role models within the organization.
Community Health Programs Names Permanent CEO
Spiliotes' healthcare administration experience, leadership style and background running federally qualified health centers were key factors in the board’s decision. But her initiatives in forging community connections and strategic partnerships – unusual for an interim leader -- were also standout factors in the board's decision.
Authorization For Needle Exchange In Pittsfield Could Come Next Week
The decision whether or not to authorize the state to fund a needle exchange program in the city should come next week. The Board of Health is the authority needed to authorize the program and is expected to take up the topic next Wednesday. Tapestry Health is looking to open one through funding from the state Department of Health to combat the spread of infectious diseases, similar to the one opening in North Adams in the coming months.
SVMC's Diabetes Education Program Expands to Meet Need
The addition of a third full-time certified diabetes educator allows the hospital to offer prevention education and specialized diabetes consultations for patients, nurses and physicians in primary care offices, some hospital practices and departments, inpatient units, and at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation.
Coalition Forum Tackles Opioid Abuse Epidemic
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition sponsored a screening of “Faces: Five Voices from One Community – Addiction and Recovery in North Berkshire” by local videographer Joe Aidonidis at the theater in place of its usual monthly forum in the First Baptist Church.
Brien Center Staffer Receives Leadership Award
Each year, ABH recognizes individuals and groups that have made impressive contributions to the field of mental health and addiction treatment. This year, Denise Galvagni, Division Director of Community Services of The Brien Center, received the Excellence in Program Leadership Award for exemplifying outstanding leadership qualities.
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SVMC, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Expand Orthopedics Services
Beginning January 1, 2017, patients with painful joints, complex fractures, and sports-related injuries will find greater access to an exceptional physician group, enhanced services, and a renovated office environment at SVMC Orthopedics.
Berkshire Medical Center Earns Straight A's for Patient Safety
The grades were recently released by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Berkshire Medical Center once again earned an "A," accomplishing the difficult task of being awarded Straight "A's" since the inception of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade in 2012. Berkshire Medical Center is one of only 72 hospitals out of over 2,600 across the country to attain this honor.
SVMC Pownal Campus Marks Successful First Year
"We knew that Pownal was an underserved area and having primary-care health center was critical," said Thomas Dee, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care. "We're looking to have a number of these centers throughout out our coverage area. This is the first one that was built from the ground up." The center's development became more critical as North Adams (Mass.) Regional Hospital closed in 2014 during its planning and several primary care physicians left the area widening an al
Adams Board of Health to Update Fees
Last week, Chairman Bruce Shepley provided board members with a spreadsheet of fees from surrounding communities. "I would like us to read this over and look at the different communities," Shepley said. "I made some calls and got information from six or seven towns."
BHS Opens Specialty Practices Center at North Adams Campus of BMC
Northern Berkshire Specialty Practices of BMC opened Nov. 1 on the first floor of the North Adams Campus, with access through the main lobby at 71 Hospital Ave.
Pittsfield Board of Health Keeping Eye On Turf Field Concerns
The Board of Health is satisfied with the due-diligence put in by those proposing a turf field at Berkshire Community College.
Pittsfield Health Officials Reluctantly Approve Tobacco License On East Street
The Board of Health made a decision it didn't want to make. It approved the transfer of a tobacco retail permit to a location it tried so hard to disallow. On Wednesday, the board approved the transfer of Rina Shah's tobacco permit to 730 East Street, a space being leased Naveed Asif and Zameer Alhaq, a pair who had been denied a permit for the exact location. The pair had purchased the former O'Connell's and intended to open Gas Man but only late into the process, after spending hundreds of
SVMC Nurse Wins Worldwide Recognition
The award was bestowed for Richardson's commitment to structural empowerment, one of the five tenants of the Magnet model.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation’s 2016 Jingle Bell Set
The Jingle Bell reflects the giving spirit of the season and provides local businesses and community members the opportunity to demonstrate their support for SVHC in a fun and festive way.
Acupuncture Society Honors Rep. Pignatelli
During the event, Linda Robinson-Hidas, Amherst-based acupuncturist and president of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts, presented Pignatelli with a "Person of the Year" award on behalf of the organization.
Adams Increases Age for Tobacco Sales to 21
The Board of Health has banned the selling of tobacco products to those under the age of 21 in town and updated its regulations. The board heard no opposition to its proposals during a public hearing on Tuesday night and voted to put the new regulations in effect on Feb. 1, 2017.
Permit Granted For Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Pittsfield
Manna Wellness was granted a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday to operate a medical marijuana facility, despite protest from a resident who lives nearby. Julia Germaine of Manna Wellness said the company is looking to build a 3,200 square-foot facility on undeveloped land in the Cloverdale Business Park. The site is located next to Dollar General on outer West Housatonic Street and Ice River Springs.
NBCC Hosts Forum on Youth and Substance Abuse
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is sponsoring a forum on marijuana and substance abuse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. at Massachusetts college of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center. The event is free and open to the public; pizza will be served at 5:45 p.m.
Health Connector Launches Insurance Enrollment Drive in North Adams
Health Connector officials are urging citizens to explore their health insurance options during this enrollment season. Open enrollment runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. With expected rises in health insurance premiums under the federal Affordable Care Act, it behooves people to look over their plans and update their accounts. The word from the Health Connector is it's the time to shop for the best plan.


 
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