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SVMC Launches Total Joint Replacement Class
This free class is appropriate for both patients who are scheduled for a joint replacement surgery and for those who have received an orthopedic surgeon's recommendation for a joint replacement.
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SVMC Launches Total Joint Replacement Class
This free class is appropriate for both patients who are scheduled for a joint replacement surgery and for those who have received an orthopedic surgeon's recommendation for a joint replacement.
United Cerebral Palsy Awarded Assistive Technology Regional Center Contract
The anticipated annual amount for the contract is $100,000 per year. Funding for this program is part of the MassMATCH federal program which is administered by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and allows UCP to lend assistive technology equipment and offer demonstrations throughout Western Massachusetts.
HospiceCare Offers Eight-Week Grief Support Group
The eight-week support group, "Living with Loss," is offered for anyone who has experienced a loss of a family member or friend.
Patients Give Near Perfect Marks to Two CHP Providers
These results are based on post-visit surveys sent to all patients and are compiled by the data company MedStatix.
CHP Looks to Add Physicians, Services in North County
Community Health Programs has opened its renovated offices on the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center and hopes to add new doctors to its North County practice. Members of 1Berkshire and the North Adams Chamber of Commerce got to tour the new offices at a joint chamber event on Wednesday catered by Bounti-Fare and Kelly's Package Store. CHP moved into the former 3rd North wing of the hospital last December.
Williamstown Planning for Pot
Town Planner Andrew Groff brought the board a proposed bylaw for discussion that limited retail pot establishments to one of the town's commercial zones, the Planned Business zone at the north end of Simonds Road and on Main Street (Route 2) west of Stratton Road.
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Williamstown Fire District: No Request Received to Fund Ambulance Study
The Board of Selectmen walked out of Monday's meeting thinking that a study to look at the financial viability of Village Ambulance Service would be paid for by the town, Williams College, the service and the Williamstown Fire District. That was news to the members of the Prudential Committee that governs the fire district.
Medical Marijuana Dispensary On Pace To Open In Pittsfield Soon
Construction is on pace for what could be the first medical marijuana dispensary in the county. Khem Organics has started renovations on a building on Dalton Avenue, which currently houses Jay's Custom Muffler & Auto, Casey's Billiards, and used to house the Salvation Army store. All three businesses are vacating the facility to make way for the dispensary.
SVMC OB/GYN Service Now Available at Pownal Campus
Dr. Paine offers all of the same services at the Pownal Campus that he currently offers at his office in Bennington, including screenings, prevention, treatment, and prenatal care.
SVHC Earns State, National Employer Recognitions
The health system was named one of 2017's Best Places to Work in Vermont for the third year in a row. In addition, SVHC was named to the Becker's Hospital Review 2017 list of "150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare."
North Adams Preschoolers Now Brushing Their Teeth in School
To help make those two minutes go more quickly, Nicholas brings an iPad into the bathroom and uses the Colgate SmileMakers app, which plays a catchy little tune while counting down in large numbers that the children can see. Halfway through, the kids switch from brushing their bottom teeth to their top teeth, and at the end they brush their tongues.
New Urologist Joins Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Dr. Cowder has served on the SVMC medical staff since 2002 and has operated a successful private practice, Monument Urology, since 2004.
Vascular Surgery Specialist Joins Berkshire Health Systems
Semaan comes to the Berkshires from New Hampshire, where he operated a vascular surgery practice for the past year.
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Walk with Me in the Berkshires Returns for 15th Season
Community registration for the Walk with Me program is Tuesday, March 28, beginning at 10 a.m. sharp on the iBerkshires website. Up to 2,400 people from the community, formed as teams of between two and 20 people each, will receive a free step counter and be able to log-in to a step-reporting site on iBerkshires in order to participate in the six week walking program.
Congressman Tours Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch was in Bennington on Monday to tour some of the facilities at Southwestern Vermont Health Care and later met privately with hospital officials. He also held two town halls at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester and at Elm Street Market and addressed Town Meeting.
Anesthesiology Associates of Bennington Welcomes New Doctor
The practice provides general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, and pain control primarily for procedures conducted at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
Family Nurse Practitioner Joins CHP Health Center
A Berkshire County native, she previously worked as a registered nurse at Berkshire Medical Center and for Berkshire County ARC.
Pittsfield Approves Needle Exchange Program
It took seven months to make the decision but on Wednesday the Board of Health approved a needle exchange program. The board approved the letter authorizing the state Department of Health to pursue a vendor for such a program. The state will now take over the process of funding, issuing a request for proposal, and ultimately opening a site. The issue had been before the board since August, neared a vote in December, and then was pushed until March.
Nurses Picket BMC As Staffing Issues Hold Up Collective Bargaining
Nurses and supporters paced back and forth along North Street and Wahconah, holding signs, chanting "if we're out here, something is wrong in there." On the otherside of those walls, the administration is reviewing data showing Berkshire Medical Center ranking in the top when it comes to patient safety and preparing a forum to celebrate those numbers with employees. Outside, the nurses chant that the staffing levels are unsafe. Inside, a staffing office is reviewing the personnel on hand to m


 
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