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Lanesborough Again Considering Joining Mosquito Control Project
Lanesborough voters will be asked a second time if the town should join the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project. At November's special town meeting, voters will be asked to first sign onto...
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Lanesborough Again Considering Joining Mosquito Control Project
Lanesborough voters will be asked a second time if the town should join the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project. At November's special town meeting, voters will be asked to first sign onto the project and second to spend $4,500 to allow the project to get the preliminary work done in the spring - to be ready for the peak of mosquito season.
Pittsfield Medical Associates Awarded Medical Leadership Role at Berkshire Place
Dr. Ellis Fribush will be the new medical director and Bruce Rosenhein will be the lead physician's assistant.
Berkshire County Arc Hires Director of Brain Injury Services
Steele has been with BCArc since 2011. She has worked in a variety of capacities within BCArc, including as site manager and as a senior site Manager. Most recently, she worked as a residential supervisor in the Brain Injury Services Department. Prior to arriving in the Berkshires, she worked as a residential coordinator at CapeAbilities in Hyannis, Mass.
Work Group Discusses Stigma Associated With Heroin Use
Terms like junky, addict, drug abuser, clean versus dirty, carry a negative connotation when it comes to the opioid epidemic. And that stigma makes it even more challenging to address the nationwide problem, according to Jennifer Michaels, medical director of the Brien Center.
SVMC Wins Magnet Prize for Nursing Program
The prize was given for SVMC’s Transitional Care Nursing Program, a part of the Accountable Community for Health Project. It is the highest honor that can be granted to a Magnet organization. Only one Magnet Prize is given worldwide each year.
Berkshire Health Systems Named a 2017 WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts
The award recognizes Berkshire Health System's achievements developing, implementing, and participating in corporate health improvement and wellness programs. BHS is one out of four Gold Level award recipients for 2017.
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SVMC Grant Enables Data Collection to Boost Patient-Centered Care
On Thursday afternoon, Houle joined Cluett, doctors from Dartmouth-Hitchcock and officials from Aircast to discuss the grant, which is enabling SVMC Orthopedics to adopt Dartmouth-Hitchcock's GreenCare Model, a data-gathering research program DHMC has been using since 2011.
Striking Nurses Get Support From Other Labor Unions
The striking nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are finding support from other labor unions.
CHP Adds Three Providers to Staff
Community Health Programs has added three new health care providers to its medical and dental ​network in the Berkshires.
BMC Management Focusing On Inside While Nurses Strike Outside
The unionized nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are certainly making their voices known this week, as they picket outside of the hospital.
BMC Nurses Strike; Picket Hospital
Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center went 36 years without a labor strike. But that was until Tuesday. The local chapter of the Massachusetts Nursing Association took to the picket line on Tuesday after a year of contract negotiations have seemingly hit a wall. The union and supporters gathered just outside of the property line, forming two lines and holding signs, awaiting the nurses ending their shift at 7 a.m. to walk through.
BMC Nurses Hold Vigil Prior To Strike
The nurses will be silent on Tuesday morning when the nurses walk out on the job and head to the picket lines. But, on Monday night, the nurses were filled with songs and speeches as it held a vigil outside of Berkshire Medical Center prior to the start of the strike.
BMC Administration: Patient Care Will Be Unobstructed By Strike
Berkshire Medical Center brass say they've taken proper precautions to make sure patient care is uninterrupted during the strike and subsequent lock out. "We fully expect that our operations will be as they are any other day. If you are a patient and you need to be here with us or you are scheduled to be here and it is elective, it will be no different than it was any other day," said Berkshire Health Systems President David Phelps during a briefing with the media on Tuesday.
Judge Denies BMC's Request To Halt Strike
A federal judge has denied Berkshire Medical Center's request for a temporary injunction to halt the one-day strike planned by the nursing union. The hospital had filed an emergency motion requesting the federal courts to put a stop to the strike. The hospital alleged that the union did not follow the proper grievance process as outlined in the contract. On Friday, Judge Mark G. Mastroianni denied that emergency request.
New Doctor Joins SVMC's Emergency Department
Neal earned his medical degree from University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed a combined internal medicine and emergency medicine residency at Vidant Medical Center and East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine in North Carolina.
Local Animal Hospital Sponsoring Rabies Clinic After Fox Attack
Greylock Animal Hospital is offering a free rabies clinic on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 4 at Greylock School after a fox bit a man in the West End.
BMC Asks Court To Halt Nurses Union Strike
The hospital is seeking a preliminary injunction to halt the nurses strike. Berkshire Medical Center filed for an injunction in federal court, claiming the Massachusetts Nursing Association had not followed contractual obligations prior to calling a strike. The union, however, asserts that the strike is legal and is continued to take to the picket lines on Tuesday.
Health Matters: The Hidden Benefits of Local Food
If you are not accustomed to shopping at a farmers market, it is a great time to check it out. What you'll find there — in addition to the festival atmosphere, friendly neighbors, live music and delicious ready-made ethnic foods — are conditions that make it easier to eat healthfully.
Local Democrats Rally Against Latest Federal Health Care Bill
The so-called Graham-Cassidy bill, sponsored by Republicans Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, is the latest attempt at a new federal health care program.
Recovery Event Calls for 'Audacious Hope' to Prevent Drug Abuse
Nearly 200 people gathered at Colegrove Park on Saturday with the "audacious hope" that their loved ones, friends and neighbors can overcome the scourge of addiction.


 
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