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Symptoms of Summer
Below are a few quick reminders for enjoying summer without the most common health-related pitfalls.
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Symptoms of Summer
Below are a few quick reminders for enjoying summer without the most common health-related pitfalls.
New Doctor Joins Community Health Programs
Most recently a physician with Family Practice Associates in Pittsfield, Dr. Alsdorf cares for children, teens and adults. He has special interest in sports medicine, preventive and wellness care, chronic disease management and mind-body medicine.
High Demand Shown For Pittsfield's Needle Exchange Program
The needle exchange program has collected more than 15,000 dirty needles in the first five months of this year. According to Berkshire Health Systems Director of Infection Prevention and Control Michael Perreault, that shows the need for the disease prevention program is there.
Presence of West Nile Prompts Mosquito Spraying in Pittsfield
A truck-mounted adulticide spraying in the area of Elm and Williams from 10 p.m. until midnight on Monday, July 16. If it rains, the spraying will be rescheduled for Wednesday, July 18.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Appoints New Medical Staff Leadership
Dr. Themarge Small of SVMC OB/GYN was elected president and Dr. Marie George, an infectious disease specialist at SVMC Multispecialty Practice, was elected vice president.
Nurse Joins Centers for Living and Rehabilitation
Thompson is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Thompson works with Dr. James Poole, CLR medical director, to provide medical care to both long-term care residents and short-term rehabilitation patients at the centers.
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SVHC Offers Variety of Classes, Programs
Southwestern Vermont Health Care offers classes and events to help patients learn more about their health in groups.
Community Health Programs Achieves 100 Percent Federal Compliance Score
The Health Resources Services Administration delivered its findings following an onsite review in April. CHP manages CHP's eight primary care and dental practices throughout Berkshire County: in Great Barrington, Lee, Pittsfield, Adams and North Adams.
SVHC Gathers Evidence for World-Record Submission
Currently, the Southwestern Vermont Health Care team is gathering evidence necessary to present the event for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Emergency Responders Jointly Practice Mass Casualty Incident
This is just a test of the emergency response system. One man died during a fire at Berkshire Health Center's Central County Dialysis Center Thursday evening and 17 others were taken to the hospital. Shortly after 7 p.m. the fire alarm went off at the center with 18 patients in the midst of treatment. Staff had to quickly unhook the panicked patients from the machines and one by one get them out of harm's way.
Pittsfield Backs Compromise For Mosquito Control
The City Council ratified what they see as a compromise with the Board of Health over mosquito control. The City Council voted in favor of recommending to the Board of Health to eliminate spraying properties by request and instead base it only two pieces of criteria. The Board of Health is in charge of the project and has verbally agreed to vote on the policy.
Mack Molding Donates $5M Toward SVHC's ER Renovation
Mack Molding, the privately-owned business of Don Kendall and his family, has donated $5 million for Southwestern Vermont Health Care's emergency department expansion and renovation project at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
New Doctor Named to SVMC Board of Trustees
Salem is a general surgeon in the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center General Surgery department with more than 20 years of experience as a physician.
SVMC Board Welcomes Retired Nurse
McGuire is a graduate of Vermont College/Norwich University and has worked the past 41 years as a registered professional nurse.
Be Safe When the Temperatures Soar
"It's important for everyone to realize that warm weather can be dangerous," said Holly Grant, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. "The Red Cross has steps you can follow to make sure you and your loved ones are protected when hot weather hits your area."
Pittsfield Warns of Increased Tickborne Illnesses
The department has been ramping up a public education campaign to help inform people the best ways to protect themselves. The effort is in response to an increasing number of tick-borne illnesses being reported.
Two Named to SVHC Foundation's Northshire Regional Advisory Board
Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation's Northshire Regional Advisory Board has welcomed two new members: Julie Citron and Carol Patterson.
Strike Averted: Hospital, Nurses Union Reach Agreement
The nurses union and the hospital have tentatively settled on a contract, averting what would have been the second strike. Bargaining for three consecutive days and stretching late into the night, Berkshire Medical Center and the local Massachusetts Nurses Union chapter settled on a five-year deal. That agreement needs to be ratified by a vote of the full 800 members.
Middle Ground Sought In Pittsfield Mosquito Control Plans
City Councilors think they've found a compromise with the Board of Health over mosquito control. The council's Public Health and Safety subcommittee met again on the issue Thursday night in the wake of pushback and a petition from citizens to end the adulticide spraying. Councilors Helen Moon and Peter Marchetti filed a petition to leave the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project.
BMC Registered Nurses Plan to Strike Again
The nurses union has re-issued its plans to strike after lengthy negotiations Monday. The Massachusetts Nurses Association's Berkshire Medical Center chapter is planning to strike again. The union and the hospital has been attempting to settle a contract for more than a year and a half after the last contract expired in September 2016. In October, the nurses went on a one-day strike which was followed by a four-day lockout.


 
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