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Berkshire County Rx Round Up Set for April 29
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Berkshire County Rx Round Up Set for April 29
Anyone with unused, unwanted and expired prescription, over-the-counter and controlled medications may stop by to dispose of them safely. Personal needles will also be accepted in puncture-proof plastic containers.
Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, BHS Holding Meet & Greet Event
This free event will showcase the most advanced care and surgical and non-surgical techniques keeping people of all ages living life pain free and to the fullest.
Muraca Buys Nuclea Assets, Starts New Company
Patrick Muraca is picking up where he left off with Nuclea Biotechnologies. The former CEO has started a new company and purchased the assets of the bankrupt Nuclea. NanoMolecular DX is now based out of Lee and is entering the commercial field with products developed under Nuclea, with many of the same investors, and some of the same employees.
BMC Achieves Straight A's for Patient Safety
BMC has achieved straight A's since the inception of the Safety Grade in 2012, and is one of only 63 hospitals nationwide to attain this honor.
Substance Abuse Prevention Part 2: The Efforts
Through grant funding the District Attorney's Office is now training educators on a specific curriculum to prevent drug use. The office's Community Outreach and Education Program is now teacher Life Skills, a three-pronged approach to help students make better decisions when presented with drug use. The curriculum is eyed to be rolled out into all schools and help prevent students from going down the path of drug use.
Substance Abuse Prevention Part 1: The Data
Prevention is just one aspect of tackling the opioid problem in the county. So far signs show local efforts are working, but that local effort still have a lot of work ahead of them. Over the last 10 years data collected from the Berkshire United Way is showing a decreasing percentage of county students using alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco products. However, compared to the national average, Berkshire students are still using those substances at a greater frequency than national averages.
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Dalton CRA registering for Fitness Boot Camp
The Fitness Boot Camp at the CRA is the longest running fitness boot camp in the Berkshires. Since its first session, hundreds of folks from around the area enlisted and participated.
Berkshire County Arc CEO Receives Prestigious Leadership Award
The Sheraton Hotel Framingham was full of many supporters as Singer accepted the award. Twelve of BCArcís staff, BCArc self-advocate Margaret, and Singerís wife Christine, along with family members, were present as Kenneth stepped up to the podium.
BHS Doctor Honored As 2017 Community Clinician of the Year
Board-certified in adult psychiatry, Dr. Smothers is the medical director of Acute Care Services of Berkshire Health Systems and The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, a community-based, non-profit agency providing care for children, adolescents, adults and families who suffer from chronic mental illness, substance use disorder, and behavioral health disorders.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Recognizes Medical Staff
In addition to the awards, several providers were recognized for their years of service. Among them, Drs. David King and Greg King were recognized for 30 years of service, and Dr. Charles Salem was recognized for 20 years of service.
SVMC Outpatient Rehabilitationís Functional Capacity Evaluator Now Certified
The rigorous certification required St. Jacques to demonstrate skills and standards-meeting activities through the submission of more than 10 reports over 18 months.
Workshop to Help Grandparents Reduce Risk of Drug Use By Grandchildren
BMC Named Among Top 10 Hospitals in U.S. for Patient Safety
Berkshire Medical Center is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.
Tapestry's Syringe Access Program Holding Open House
Tapestry's new syringe access program opened in February on West Main Street. The office is holding an open house for the community from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday to answer questions and show how the program works.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care Launches Teen Meme Program
Students 13 and older should text "GO" to 802-768-9224 to enroll. In response, they will receive a link to the enrollment agreement and instructions to text "agree" after they and a parent or legal guardian read and understand the Terms of Service and consent to receiving text messages from SVMC at the phone number used.
BHS Expands Orthopedic Care in Northern Berkshire
The state-of-the-art space, which includes in-office X-Ray and Rehabilitation, is located on the first floor of the North Adams Campus, conveniently just off the main lobby.
North Adams Native Honored as Urologist in New Hampshire
The selection process was completed by Castle Connolly Medical LTD, a health care research and information company founded in 1991 by a former medical College Board chairman and president to help guide consumers to Americaís top doctors and hospitals.
Healthy Living Photo Contest Deadline Approaching
Winners from two categories, Youth photographers (18 years and younger) and Adult photographers (19 years and older), will be honored. The top prize is $300.
Berkshire Money Management Pays For BCC Nursing Exams, Licensing
The times Bill Schmick from Berkshire Money Management was in the hospital, it was BCC graduates who helped him. For that he is grateful. So grateful that he's helping Berkshire Community College nursing students with their licensing and exam fees. Berkshire Money Management on Monday donated $7,740 to the 18 students currently enrolled in the college's nursing program. The money will pay for the exam and licensing costs for when the students graduate and enter the field.
SVMC Health Blog: Three Food-Related Decisions That Can Help Lower the Risk of Colon Cancer
Almost 100,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer every year, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Some of the risk factors are unavoidable, such as age and family history. Others are within your power. When you make choices to improve your diet and increase your activity, you decrease your risk.


 
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