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Telemedicine Initiative Connects SVMC to Specialists Nationwide
With the push of a button, doctors and nurses can tap into certified specialists in emergency medicine — both registered nurses and physicians — through Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Center for Connected...
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Telemedicine Initiative Connects SVMC to Specialists Nationwide
With the push of a button, doctors and nurses can tap into certified specialists in emergency medicine — both registered nurses and physicians — through Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Center for Connected Care during the day and through Avera Health, which partners with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, at night. A company called Specialist on Call is also available.
Plan to Exclude Pittsfield Parks From Mosquito Spraying Rejected
The Parks Commission is deferring to the Health Department on whether or not the parks should be sprayed for mosquitoes. The Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project heads efforts to prevent mosquito-spread disease through a control program, using pesticides to limit the population. There is an option for property owners to exempt their land from being sprayed and Commissioner Joe Durwin, an opponent of the use of the chemicals, proposed using that exemption for city parks unless there is a
Berkshire Family YMCA Hires Mission Advancement Director
To her role at the Y, she will bring comprehensive experience in marketing and special events, nonprofit management, sales, constituent outreach, training and development, and a passion for helping people.
Berkshire County Arc Hires Director of Day and Family Enrichment Services
Kilby has been with BCArc since 2006. She has been a residential site manager and a case manager at Berkshire County Arc's Center for Development day program. Most recently, she worked as a case manager and family advocate in the Advocacy and Family Support department.
Nurse Practitioners Join CHP in North Adams, Great Barrington
At CHP Northern Adams Family Medicine, family nurse practitioner Donna Tew has joined the staff as a primary care provider for the practice. At CHP Barrington OB-GYN, Molly Rivest has joined the staff with a special focus in obstetrics and gynecology care.
Gardening For Your Life
Gardening also relates to many desirable health benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control, "gardening is an excellent way to get physical activity." And physical activity is a great way to ward off lots of common diseases, like type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer and more.
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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Launches Multispecialty Practice
The specialties include gastroenterology, infectious disease, neurology, pulmonology, and rheumatology. The practice is located in suite 307 of the Medical Office Building at 140 Hospital Drive in Bennington.
Malkas Honored by Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition
Proceeds benefit MBCC, which is the state's leading breast cancer organization that seeks to understand the causes of breast cancer in order to find ways to prevent the disease.
Doctor Returns to Provide Hematology Oncology Care at BMC Cancer Center
Dr. Mullally had previously served with Berkshire Hematology Oncology from 2007 to 2010, and most recently was medical director of the Massachusetts General Cancer Program at Cooley-Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.
Parents Sought for Substance Abuse Focus Groups
Two focus groups are being held: 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, and noon Thursday, June 15. Both groups will be held at the Coalition offices at 61 Main St. and will include child care and food. Participants also will receive a $25 gift card for gas or groceries.
Pittsfield Health Officials Back Tobacco Control Programs
Recently, the Board of Health was asked to ease the compliance standards. Currently, every three years a store clerk has to become certified, at a cost of $25, through watching 45 minutes worth of videos and taking an exam. Chairman Jay Green said the program is working and results show that, so he'd be hard pressed to advocate to loosen the restrictions.
BHS Expands Gastroenterology Care, Adds Doctor
Dr. Reichling, an experienced practitioner with advanced clinical and procedural skills, is accepting new patients in need of gastroenterology care. He is partnered with Drs. Jeffrey St. John, Rangan Murali and Jason Bratcher at Gastroenterology Professional Services of BMC.
New Doctor Joins Expanded Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC
Dr. Touloukian is expanding outpatient general surgery services in Northern and Central Berkshire. He and Dr. Robert Lincer provide minimally invasive outpatient general surgery utilizing the state-of-the-art operating rooms at the North Adams Campus of BMC and also provide surgical services at BMC in Pittsfield.
New Member SVHC Foundation Northshire Regional Advisory Board
Kimball worked for NASCAR as both their track services manager and premier touring series' credentials manager. She has also worked as an administrator of a $1 million training and education grant for women in construction in New Jersey.
BMC Nurses Reject Hospital's 'Best and Final' Offer
The nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have rejected the hospital's "best and final offer." The union put the hospital's offer to a member vote on Wednesday and the nurses rejected the offer.
Students Display Artwork at SVMC Through June 7
The exhibit will remain on display through June 7. The Corridor Gallery is open to the 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility Administrator Honored for Leadership
The award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach.
HospiceCare Offers Support Group For Loss Due to Substance Abuse
The group will meet the second Monday of each month, beginning June 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Medical Center Chapel.
Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates Holding Meet & Greet Event in North Adams
The event will be held on Tuesday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mass MoCA, and will feature the surgeons of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates and members of the Berkshire Health Systems orthopaedic care team.
Berkshire Health Systems, Soldier On Team Up for Wellness Workshop
The next workshop, Thrive, will be offered on Wednesday, June 8, at 5 p.m. in the dining room on the Soldier On campus at 360 West Housatonic St. in Pittsfield.


 
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