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Jeffrey J. Kellogg Joins SVMC Pownal Campus

Kellogg holds a master's in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska, an associate's in Physician Assistant Studies from Albany Medical College and Hudson Valley Community College, a master's in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, and a bachelor's in business administration from Saint Michael's College in Vermont.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Certified Hand Therapist

St. Jacques is an occupational therapist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Outpatient Rehabilitation.

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Pierre Morin Joins SVMC Dentistry

SVMC Dentistry provides a full range of services, from basic care to the most modern treatments. Services include preventive cleanings and treatments, general dentistry, restoration, exams, crown and bridge, implants, and cosmetic dentistry. The practice also provides dental surgery and emergency care, if needed.

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Bromley Offers 'Mom's Day Off' Fundraiser With Bennington Cancer Center

That's the day that Bromley Mountain Ski Resort will hold its annual "Mom's Day Off" fundraiser to benefit women's breast cancer care at the center. The Cancer Center is part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Southwestern Vermont Health Care.

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Two Named to SVHC Foundation Northshire Regional Advisory Board

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation Northshire Regional Advisory Board welcomes two new members: Regina Downer and Parker Rice.

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State Officials Urge Public to Stay Safe On and Near Ice

Safety officials ask that if you witness a person or animal fall through the ice, call for help before attempting a rescue on your own to prevent becoming a victim yourself.

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Operation Better Start receives Community Impact Grant from Fallon Health

The funds, totaling $10,000 will help support the Food and Families program in the Pittsfield Public Schools' 21st Century After School Program.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Jan. 21

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SVHC Foundation Welcomes Suzanne Anair

Until recently, Anair was the administrator of the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation (CLR) in Bennington, which is currently owned by Allaire Health Services in partnership with SVHC.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Lorna Mattern

Mattern is the executive director of United Counseling Service (UCS) in Bennington.

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SVHC Announces DAISY Award Winners

They are Ashley Andrews, AD, RN, and Hannah Hill, BSN, RN, both of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Emergency Department; Katie Klebbe, BSN, RN, of the Intensive Care Unit at SVMC; and Misty Roy, BSN, RN, of the SVMC Med/Surg Unit.

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BMC Awarded Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification

The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization's commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

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SVHC Offers Tool for Sending Meals to Front-Line Staff

Numerous restaurants in the SVHC service area are participating. Visitors to the Meal Train website volunteer to purchase a meal for a particular department electronically and call the restaurant to order the food to be delivered.

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Bromley's 'Mom’s Day Off' Cancer Fundraiser

Moms ski or ride for just $25 when they show the ticket seller a snapshot of their kid or kids. Regular lift tickets cost $89.

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CHP Hosts Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs

The meetings take place Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m. via Zoom, and are facilitated by Rania Markham, social media intern with CHP Family Services. The group is open to any parents or caregivers in Berkshire County. Pre-registration is required.

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 17.

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ACA Enrollment Open, CHP Available to Assist

Unlike in previous years, the Open Enrollment period will not be extended this year in Massachusetts. However, federal COVID-19 relief funding provides qualified applicants with additional monthly premium assistance.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes: Journaling for Health

Monk is a registered social worker, an expert in journaling for health and director of the International Association for Journal Writing.

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SVMC's Trey Dobson to Appear on Shires Health Program

The program is produced in cooperation with Catamount Access Television.

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SVHC Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes KMarie King

Dr. King is a pancreatic and liver surgeon and the chief of surgery at Albany Medical Center. She is notable for being the first black female chair of surgery at an academic health sciences center in the nation.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Jan. 7

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Berkshire Health Systems Updates Visitation Policies

In most cases, the policy limits visitation to one care partner for non-COVID-19 inpatient units and allows limited window-separated visits for COVID-19 inpatients.

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Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative Holding Additional Vaccination Clinics

A clinic will be held in Pittsfield on Saturday, Jan. 8, and a Williamstown clinic will be held on Friday, Jan. 14.

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Second Community COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic Scheduled

The clinic will provide Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, including first or second doses for those 5 to 11, Pfizer boosters for those 16 to 17, and first, second or booster doses to eligible adults.

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Toiletry Drive to Benefit Soldier On

Collection bins are placed at the CRA, Dalton Youth Center, and St. Agnes Academy. Most needed items include brand new washcloths, brand new towels, lotion, body wash, feminine hygiene pads, razors, and shaving cream.

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Medical Matters Weekly Returns for Second Season

Cole contracted COVID before vaccines were available. He spent 18 days as an inpatient at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in the early days of 2021. He will share his experience, including his continuing struggle with COVID symptoms.

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Carr Hardware Announces Prize Winners

Carr-nniversary weekend celebration prizes were valued over $4,700

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SVMC Welcomes New Member to Orthopedics Practice

Murphy holds a master of science in Nursing from Saint Joseph's College of Maine, a first assistant certification from the University of Rochester in New York, and a bachelor's in nursing from Southern Vermont College.

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CHP Names Director of Dental Medicine

Brazill will oversee CHP's dental practices in North Adams, Pittsfield and Great Barrington. He will also see patients at the North Adams practice.

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: Dec. 23

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Holiday Hours: Christmas & New Year's

Businesses, schools and government offices will be taking breaks over the next week as the nation celebrates Christmas and New Year's.

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BHS COVID-19 Testing Centers Holiday Hours

Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) has been testing over 600 people each day at its three COVID-19 testing centers in Pittsfield, North Adams, and Great Barrington, and the need for testing is expected to continue to be strong throughout and just after the holidays.

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Clark Art Offering Free Admission in January

While admission to the galleries is free to all visitors throughout the month, advance registration is strongly recommended.

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BRTA Service Planning Survey

The BRTA is seeking input from customers and community members about current and future bus services. Users are asked to share candid input about what the BRTA should prioritize in the coming years.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Dec. 10

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SVMC Collects More Than 2,000 Pounds of Unwanted Drugs

The specialized box is available to the public 24 hours each day.

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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Joins Operation Better Start at BHS

Poussard provides care for children and adolescents with failure to thrive, eating disorders and other nutritional related illness. She is also passionate about LGBTQ+ health.

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BMC Earns 2021 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, Berkshire Medical Center received a Top Teaching Hospital distinction.

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SVMC's Dr. Trey Dobson Answers COVID-19 Questions

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Trey Dobson appears on "ShiresHealth" live to answer COVID-19 questions.

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SVHC Early Intervention/Children's Integrated Services Relocate

The building was among those renovated during the Putnam Block Project.

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BMC Nurse Earns DAISY Award Recognition

LaPlante, who serves on 4 East in the hospital, received a glowing nomination for her care of a patient in her final days.

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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2021

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at iberkshires.com. Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.

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SVHC Launches Website for Emergency Department Renovation Project

The new website includes a project summary, photos and videos, illustrated designs of what the new Emergency Department will look like, a parking map, a project timeline, and recent updates.

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SVMC Launches Patient and Family Advisory Council

The new Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) aims to provide a forum for dialogue among patients, families, community members, and the health system as a way to ensure that the health system is meeting the needs of the community.

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Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 25.

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Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs 2021

This list of holiday fairs and markets will be updated.

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: Nov. 19

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BMC Cited for Excelling in Critical Care & Vascular Outcomes

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions

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SVMC Lab Receives National Accreditation

The laboratory is staffed by a team of phlebotomists, technical laboratory technologists, medical technologist, cytologist, and pathologists who work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to deliver laboratory results to the patients of SVMC.

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Dentist Joins CHP Neighborhood Dental in Pittsfield

She earned her dental surgery degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India, with academic distinction. A Berkshire resident, she enjoys baking, hiking, reading and traveling.

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SVMC is First in Vermont to Receive American Nurses Credentialing Center Practice Transition Accreditation

It is the first program in the state and one of only 208 in the United States to have received the accreditation.

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Physician Joins CHP Berkshire Pediatrics

A graduate of Harvard Medical School and Wellesley College, Dr. Need practiced at Yogman Pediatric Associates P.C./Mount Auburn Pediatrics in Cambridge before moving to the Berkshires to join CHP Berkshire Pediatrics.

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BMC Achieves 'A' Grade for Patient Safety

This national distinction recognizes BMC's achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.

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New Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Provider Joins BMC

Dr. Weingart joins Drs. Katie Hatt and Nicole Payne at Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services of BMC and is accepting new patients in need of Physiatry care.

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SVMC Anesthesiology Welcomes David Record

Dr. Record earned his medical degree at the University of Utah School of Medicine and a bachelor's in biology from the University of Utah. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

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Allison Niemi Joins SVMC Pownal Campus

Dr. Niemi completed her undergraduate studies at James Madison University in Virginia, her medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and her residency in family medicine at the Medical College of Georgia.

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: Nov. 5

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Winter Parking Ban Announcements

This list will be updated as more municipalities announce their parking bans.

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SVHC Welcomes New Foundation Board Member

He is the immediate past chair of the SVHC Board of Trustees.

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MCLA Professor Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award

Dr. Ward will lecture at Nelson Mandela University as part of a project to examine the use of interactive engagement activities in the first-year physics series to address under-prepared student learning.

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DA's Office Holding Town Hall Meetings Across County

District Attorney Andrea Harrington will provide a brief presentation on the state of the justice system, the office's reform efforts, and her blueprint for safety and justice in Berkshire County before opening the discussion to questions and answers.

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2021

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours and/or events on Halloween.

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Pediatric Critical Care Physician to Discuss COVID Vaccines for Kids

It's season one finale, scheduled for October 27, will feature Pediatric Critical Care Physician Rebecca Bell, MD, MPH, of the University of Vermont (UVM) Children's Hospital. The live show will air one day after a Food and Drug Administration meeting that is expected to recommend the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 – 11.

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SVHC Announces First DAISY Team Award

This was the first time SVMC has honored a team with a DAISY award

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CHP Will Assist with Open Enrollment for ACA Insurance Starting Nov. 1

The Community Health Programs insurance enrollment team is available to assist consumers with questions, plan changes or new enrollments.

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SVHC Announces DAISY Award Winner

Skoug was nominated by a fellow nurse colleague from the Women's and Children's Department for her role in making a patient more comfortable.

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World Osteoporosis Day

Each year, clinicians and health professionals come together to celebrate World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) on Oct. 20 and the kick-off of a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.

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SVHC Masters in the Mountains Golf Tournament

Among the components of the event were a raffle, a live auction, a closest-to-the-pin contest, a longest drive contest, and two hole-in-one contests featuring a $250,000 cash prize and a Hawaiian vacation.

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Child And Adolescent Psychiatrist Joins Berkshire Health Systems

Dr. Halabi joins the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at BMC.

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Dr. Kryskow Joins BMC Surgical Services

Dr. Kryskow is accepting new patients in need of general surgery or chest wall injury services and is partnered with Drs. Adam Bowling, Michael DiSiena, Christian Galvez-Padilla, Andrew Lederman and Clayton Peterson at Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

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SVMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Service Recertified by National Program

SVMC was first recognized in 2018 and continues its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

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Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates Earns Star Performer Recognition for Osteoporotic Fracture Care Program

The orthopaedic practice with locations in Pittsfield, North Adams and Great Barrington has received Star Performer recognition each year since 2016.

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Carr Hardware Expanding With the Purchase of Lee Hardware

Carr Hardware will continue operating as Lee Hardware True Value with no interruption in service.

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BMC Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Stroke Treatment

Each year program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Berkshire Medical Center also provides education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.

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BCC's '40 Under Forty' Awards Night Scheduled

40 Under Forty honors talented millennials and Generation Z professionals in the Berkshires who have shown their support for the region through leadership, community service, and a dedication to improving the quality of life for those living and working in the community.

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BART Upcoming Enrollment Deadline

The next enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year for grades 6 through 9 is Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at noon. The first enrollment deadline for the 2022-2023 school year for grades 6 through 10 will be in January though applications can be submitted anytime.

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BCC Institutes Debt Forgiveness Program

HEERF funds were earmarked as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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MountainOne Insurance Named a Top Insurance Employer

This is the second time that MountainOne Insurance has been recognized, having also achieved this distinction in 2019.

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Finalists Selected for Lever Berkshire Intrapreneur Challenge

The winner will receive a $25,000 Lever Innovation Grant to continue developing their idea.

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Berkshire Money Management Team Receives Payroll Plus-up Bonus

The "plus up" is 5.4 percent of 2020 W2 wages—salary plus paycheck bonuses. For people not employed through 2020, equal flat payments will be made to each person. The minimum for any employee will be $2,500.

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LitNet featured as BerkShares' Business of the Month

The show will air on Wednesday, August 18 at 9:05 AM on local radio station WSBS. LitNet is BerkShares' featured business for the month of August.

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MountainOne Insurance Agency Appoints Commercial Insurance Account Executive

As Commercial Insurance Account Executive, Nowlan will be responsible for business development as well as maintaining current client relationships.

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MCLA Athletics Golf Classic Returns

The Golf Classic serves as a major fundraiser for the College's Athletics Department. Over the years, the Classic has netted more than $40,000 in funds to support the MCLA's student-athletes.

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Paige Fillio Joins SVMC ExpressCare

Fillio earned her master's degree in physician assistant studies from Westfield State University in Massachusetts in 2021. She received her bachelor's in allied health and biology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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Harvesting for Health: CHP and Berkshire Fallon Health Collaborative

Participants Receive CSA Farm Shares in Program Showing Measurable Health Improvements, in Second Funding Round

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SVMC Awards June DAISY Award

Duchene presented the award during a surprise presentation on the unit on Tuesday, June 8.

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Dr. Payne Joins Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC

Dr. Payne is accepting new patients in need of Physiatry services and is partnered with Katie Hatt, DO, at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC

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SVMC Earns 'A' Rating from Leapfrog

The national distinction recognizes SVMC's achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

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SVHC Announces DAISY Award Winner

Duchene presented the award during a surprise presentation on the Women's and Children's Unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC).

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SVMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Offers Certified Hand Therapy

She is now a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) with the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.

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Emergency Medicine Physician Honored with BMC Patient-Centered Award

Batya Cohen, MD, a member of the BMC Emergency Department, was awarded the honor during a special ceremony in May.

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Carr Hardware Advertising Campaign Wins Telly Award

The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens. Campaigns are judged by the Telly Award Judging Council.

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Greylock Federal Credit Union and Greylock Insurance Agency Raise Minimum Pay

Additionally, they have adjusted the salaries of all employees making less than $20.00 per hour.

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Pittsfield to Reopen Public Buildings

As part of the governor's announcement issued last week, the state's mask mandate is no longer in effect for fully vaccinated people for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Mass Audubon West Director Recognized by Garden Club of America

As director of Mass Audubon West's network of 18 wildlife sanctuaries, which includes Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, Ms. Cushing-Gop is the driving force behind the successful Berkshire Environmental Literacy Program, a core component of environmental education for elementary students in western Massachusetts.

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Berkshire Humane Society: How to Tell a Stray From an Outdoor Cat

With warm weather on the horizon, residents are bound to see more cats roaming their neighborhoods, many of whom are outdoor cats just going about their daily routine.

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UPDATED: Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day

Monday, April 19, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day is celebrated on the third Monday in April.

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SVMC Announces Winners Of Its DAISY Awards

Patients nominate nurses, and a committee presents one award each month.

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