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SVHC Receives Strong Nurse Satisfaction Survey Results

SVMC's nurses scored SVMC higher than the national average in all categories.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Dec. 2

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SVHC Physician Aims for the Olympics

Her hope is to serve the athletes as a volunteer physician.

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Samantha Kaftan Joins SVMC ExpressCare

Kaftan earned her master's degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She received a bachelor's in biology from the University of Dallas in Texas.

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Grace Hallenbeck Joins SVMC Pownal Campus and SVMC Cardiology

Hallenbeck will divide time between the Cardiology practice and the Pownal practice.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Nov. 25

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Dr. Manoharan Joins BHS Cardiology Services

Dr. Manoharan is accepting new patients in need of Cardiology care and joins Drs. Peter Chien, Paul Katigbak, Stephen Phlaum, Andrew Potash, Stuart Ruch, Jialin Su, Georgianne Valli-Harwood and Shyama Wickramaaratchi at Cardiology Professional Services of BMC.

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SVHC Receives Donation from Lundgren Subaru and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

By the end of the year, Subaru and retailers will have brought more than 230,000 blankets, 31,000 arts and crafts kits, and thousands of messages of hope, written by Subaru retailers and customers.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Nov. 4

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2022

Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

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SVHC Announces DAISY Award Winner

The DAISY Award is part of a national merit-based recognition program established by the DAISY Foundation.

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Provider Profile: Christian Galvez, MD, BMC Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Galvez joined BMC and Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC in 2010, and specializes in general, thoracic and vascular surgery.

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Functional Medicine Physician Joins CHP in Great Barrington

With a certification in functional medicine, Lenherr most recently worked at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, where her patient care incorporated medicine, nutrition, exercise physiology, life management and spirituality. At CHP she will care for adults and children.

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North Adams Chamber Announces LumiNAMA Holiday Lights Initiative

All businesses in North Adams are encouraged to create a window display and illuminate their windows with holiday lights from 4 pm to 8 pm daily, coinciding with the City's tree lighting ceremony on the evening of Nov. 23

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Oct. 28

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SVHC Recognizes Nursing Advisory Council Leadership

Munsell is an emergency nurse. He holds bachelor's degrees in biology and psychology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a bachelor's in nursing from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2022

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

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Berkshire Humane Offers Free Rabies Vaccines, Microchips, Reduced Adoption Fees

The free rabies and microchip clinic for cats and dogs will be from 9 am to 11 am at Haddad Subaru at 625 East Street. Dr. Charlotte Barkley of Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital will administer the vaccines.

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: Oct 21

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Recognizes Nursing Staff

Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) nursing leaders have chosen four nurses whose work represents each of the four qualities of a Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, including transformational leadership, innovation, structural empowerment, and exemplary professional practice.

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BHS grows its healthcare workforce through unique "talent pipeline" program.

Targeting people who are just starting out or looking for more meaningful work, the goal of the pipeline programs is to create a direct career path from education and training to full-time employment in healthcare at BHS.

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: Oct. 16

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: Oct. 7

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Holiday Hours: Indigenous Peoples Day / Columbus Day

Indigenous Peoples Day is being observed Monday, Oct. 11. As Columbus Day, it commemorates Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492.

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Pittsfield Street improvements Oct. 3 to 7

On-street parking is prohibited during this work between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.

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Fall Foliage Children's Race Winners Announced

This year's Children's Fair & Races were moved to the North Adams Armory on Saturday because of the potential for rain.

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Road Closings, Times for 66th Fall Foliage Parade

This year, the parade will once again start at the intersection of State Street and Old State Street.

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BHS Appoints General Surgeon to Fairview Hospital

Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Mark A. Taylor, II, MD, a General Surgeon, to the medical staff of Fairview Hospital and the provider staff of East Mountain Medical Specialty Services.

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BHS Adds Board Certified Pulmonologist

Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Dr. Joseph L. Simonson, a pulmonologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the provider staff of Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC.

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SVMC Welcomes New Surgeon to General Surgery

MacGregor received his medical degree from University Medicine and Health Sciences in St. Kitts. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Creighton University School of Medicine in Phoenix

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Pittsfield Sidewalk Repairs Beginning Sept. 21

Please be advised of the upcoming sidewalk repair work in the city of Pittsfield scheduled to begin Wednesday, Sept. 21.

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National Grid to Host Customer Energy Assistance Pop-Ups

Beginning Sept. 20 at McCann Technical School in North Adams, National Grid and other partners will be hosting customer energy assistance pop-ups, at which customers can meet with National Grid representatives

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Vt Fish & Wildlife Warns About Rabbit Virus

There have been no cases in either state but Connecticut Department of Agriculture this week confirmed an outbreak in Hartford County that killed 14 domestic rabbits. The disease has also been found in New York State and New Jersey.

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SVMC Adds New MD to Emergency Department

Dr. Kaftan earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska and his bachelor’s in biology from the University of Dallas. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Dartmouth Health in New Hampshire.

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Great Barrington Police to Hold Officer Entrance Exam

The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Eating Psych Expert Sept. 21

Marc David, MA, is the bestselling author of the books, Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being and The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss.

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COVID-19 Resource Center Vaccinates Hundreds With Updated Boosters

The clinic exhausted its supply of Moderna and will be offering Pfizer boosters only in the coming days. In addition, a limited number of Pfizer shots available for Thursday’s clinic has caused the health system to reduce clinic hours to 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 15.

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SVHC Announces July DAISY Award Winner

Amanda Crossman, RN, a nurse in the Emergency Department (ED) at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), was the July recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).

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Bird Observatory Director Speaking at Pittsfield Green Drinks

Nickley will discuss BBO's current research projects and will also show some of the many pictures of birds in hands captured this year.

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Pittsfield Street Improvement Project Schedule Sept. 12 to 16

Please be advised of the following work that will take place Sept. 12 to 16, as part of the city of Pittsfield’s 2022 Street Improvement Project.

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Girls on the Run VT Director Next Guest on Medical Matters Weekly

Desautels has been the executive director of Girls on the Run Vermont since 2019, before which she served as a statewide program manager, program coordinator for Northern Vermont, and a volunteer coach

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SVHC to Have Hermitage Hoedown Fundraiser Oct. 1

The event will raise funds for Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s Vision 2020, A Decade of Transformation Capital Campaign, which includes the renovation and expansion of the institution’s Emergency Department and the construction of an all-new regional Cancer Center.

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Polling Stations in Berkshire County

Where to vote:

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SVMC Deerfield Campus Adds Family Nurse Practitioner

Lisa Moulton, family nurse practitioner, has joined SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Woebot Health Chief Clinical Officer

Robinson holds a PhD with a specialty in behavioral medicine from the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University; a master's in clinical psychology from San Diego State University; and a bachelor's in psychology and social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

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BERK12 to Pilot Two Dual Enrollment Courses

The courses will run during the school day with live virtual class meetings and likely opportunities for in-person experiences throughout the school year. Approximately 20 seats are available for each course.

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Pittsfield Street Improvement Schedule Aug. 29 to Sept. 9

On-street parking is prohibited during this work between the hours of 6 a.m.-6 p.m. The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions. The city of Pittsfield thanks you for your patience during this time.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Population Health Leader

The next guest on Medical Matters Weekly is Matilde Castiel, MD, a nationally recognized leader in population health and health equity programs in Worcester, MA. The show airs on Facebook Live at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

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SVMC Hires Pulmonologist and Medical Director of Critical Care

With the appointment, Geriani will see patients with problems related to lung function, perform bronchoscopy procedures, and provide critical care in SVMC’s Intensive Care Unit.

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SVMC Hires Pulmonologist and Medical Director of Critical Care

With the appointment, Geriani will see patients with problems related to lung function, perform bronchoscopy procedures, and provide critical care in SVMC’s Intensive Care Unit.

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SVHC Foundation to Host Katica Illenyi Concert

All proceeds will support the building of the new Hoyt-Hunter Regional Cancer Center, a component of the Vision 2020, A Decade of Transformation Capital Campaign

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Exercise Scientist

Martin Ginis is the Reichwald Family University of British Columbia Southern Medical Program chair in Preventive Medicine. She has also researched and taught within the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University.

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Pittsfield Street Improvement Schedule Aug. 15 to 26

Please note there may be impacts to traffic. The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.

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SVMC: Update on Monkeypox

The infection reached Vermont last week. And this week, the United States declared it a health emergency, which will open access to resources to help quell the spread. It's time for an update.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Social Worker Kris Perry

Perry holds a bachelor’s in sociology and psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s in social work from San Francisco State University.

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Pittsfield Street Improvement Project Schedule Aug. 8 to 12

On-street parking is prohibited during this work from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please note there may be impacts to traffic. The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Psychologist Sheehan Fisher

Sheehan Fisher, PhD, an associate professor and clinical psychologist at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, is the guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11.

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Berkshire Health Systems Hires Chief Diversity Officers

Charles Redd, MS, RN, will begin as BHS's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion officer on Aug. 1

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Medical Matters Welcomes Lifestyle Physician Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis, MD, is a critical care pediatrician, a lifestyle medicine physician, and the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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City of Pittsfield Street Improvement Project Schedule for August 1 to 4

Please be advised of the following work that will take place August 1-4, as part of the city of Pittsfield’s 2022 Street Improvement Project. On-street parking is prohibited during this work between the hours of 12a.m.-Noon. Please note there will be impacts to traffic.

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Pittsfield Track and Field Games set for July 30.

The city of Pittsfield Department of Community Development Recreation Program has announced that Pittsfield Track and Field Games will take place Saturday, July 30 at the Taconic High School track, 96 Valentine Road (please enter the track off of Lakeway Drive).

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J.K. Adams Donates 1,000 Infection Prevention Shields to SVMC

On Friday, July 8, J.K. Adams’ Company President Daniel Isaac and the company’s Creative Director Sean Osborne traveled from their Dorset factory to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) in Bennington to deliver a gift of 1,000 infection prevention shields manufactured at the factory.

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SVMC Physician Earns Strategic Centre for Obesity Professional Education Certification

Kimberley Sampson, MD, FACOG, DABOM, an OB/GYN at SVMC OB/GYN, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), has earned a certification from the Strategic Centre for Obesity Professional Education (SCOPE).

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Medical Matters Weekly Features Expert in the Connection Between Environment and Wellbeing

Esther Sternberg, MD, is an expert in neuroimmunology and how our physical surroundings affect our health. She will be a guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20.

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Efficiency of Canopy Entrance Allows Closure of Flagpole Entrance at SVMC

All patients and visitors entering Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) will use the "canopy entrance" starting on Sunday, July 17. Visit https://svhealthcare.org/patients-visitors/parking for a map.

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BAAMS Grand Opening to Feature Allman Brothers Band Drummer

BAAMS, a music academy for students ages 12 to 18, announced in June that it would be moving into Building 6 in Heritage State Park after primarily only existing virtually through the pandemic.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Leader of the Vermont State Parks

Viewers are invited to tune in at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, and learn about all of the wellness and other fun opportunities available through the parks system.

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Pittsfield Street Improvement Project Schedule

The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update July 1

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Speech Therapy Now Available at SVMC's Northshire and Deerfield Valley Campuses

Speech-language pathologist Kate O'Neill, MS, CCC-SLP, will be traveling from SVMC Outpatient Rehabilitation in Bennington to the primary care offices in Manchester and Wilmington.

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day

Independence Day will be celebrated Monday, July 4. It is a federal holiday.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Pioneer in Art's Role in Healing

Viewers are invited to tune in at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. The show will address the power of art as a component of health and wellbeing in addition to the mental and physical healing processes.

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SVMC Named as Efficiency Vermont 'Energy Leader'

The organization honored seven large commercial and industrial customers with the award at the end of last year.

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SVMC Celebrates Accredited Nursing Residency Graduates

The year-long program is completed during the students' first year of employment and as they serve in nursing roles across the organization. Monthly meetings connect RNs with nurse educators, leaders, and skilled preceptors for mentorship.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: June 24

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SVHC COVID Resource Center Will Discontinue Testing

SVHC remains ready to resume the availability of PCR testing at the COVID Resource Center (CRC) as the situation requires.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Cleveland Clinic's Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus

Viewers are invited to tune in at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29. The show will address the power of everyday choices in preventing disease and prolonging productive and enjoyable lives.

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SVHC Honors the SVMC ICU Team with DAISY Team Award

Duchene presented the award during a surprise presentation in the ICU last month.

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SVHC Summer Gala Raises Record Funds

The event hosted more than 400 people and raised more than $450,000. This is the highest amount ever raised at an SVHC event.

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Deerfield Valley Event Raises Money for SVHC

The event was sponsored by Caplan and his wife Laurie of Deerfield Valley Real Estate and by Richard Messina, founder, president and CEO of The Benchmark Company, an investment banking firm based in New York City, and his wife and Pam Brocius.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians

The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV).

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BHS continues to enhance services for the LGBTQ+ community

Determined to further tear down any real or perceived barriers to fully inclusive, equitable healthcare to thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning and other members of the community in the Berkshires, Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) the county's leading healthcare system is continuing to explore new ways to better serve the unique needs of patients who identify as LGBTQ+.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: June 10

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Independence Day Run Returns

The 5K race has not been held since 2019 due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The return of the run marks its 35th year.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Vernon has been instrumental in procuring advanced technology for cancer treatment in southern Vermont, including a linear accelerator. The device delivers treatment with greater accuracy and fewer side effects.

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BHS Wellness Hosting Men's Health Workshop

The Men's Health Workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 21 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Zion Church, 74 First Street in Pittsfield.

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Vein Specialist Joins Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC

He is accepting new patients in need of vein care.

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CHP Seeks Designer/Contractor for 'Food Depot'

During the COVID-19 pandemic food insecurity issues grew, and today CHP is distributing up to 2,000 bags of free food each month. CHP has also benefited from the generosity of farmers, businesses, grant programs, individuals and community groups to keep shelves well-stocked at CHP's Family Services on Stockbridge Road.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: June 3

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Taconic High School Track Will Be Temporarily Closed

While the track is not open to public use, arrangements have been made to accommodate specific student activities on portions of the track.

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Rain, Thunderstorms on the Horizon This Week

This weekend looks better with mostly sunny skies predicted for Saturday and Sunday with temperatures in the low to mid-70s.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes the Red Cross's Vermont Leader

The show will address the broad spectrum of work the American Red Cross does in Vermont communities.

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Fairview Hospital Named Among Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S.

Fairview achieved two Top 20 recognition awards, the first for Overall Hospital Performance based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX and its eight indices: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and finance.

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Dr. Brahmanandam Joins BMC As Head of Vascular Surgery

Dr. Brahmanandam joins the Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) medical staff and the provider staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC. She is accepting new patients in need of Vascular care.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: May 27

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Memorial Day Events 2022

All events are on Monday, May 30, unless otherwise noted.

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CHP Names Two New Dentists to Practices in North Adams, Pittsfield

Two dentists have joined Community Health Programs' (CHP) dental practices in Pittsfield and North Adams, where they provide care to adults and children.

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