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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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SVHC Weekly Health Update: May 20

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Executive Director of Come Alive Outside

Come Alive Outside is a non-profit organization that inspires collaborative community systems and creates awareness, intention and opportunity for people to live healthier lives outside.

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SVHC Announces DAISY Award Winner

Duchene gave the award during a surprise presentation on 2 West at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

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Pittsfield Cultural Council Extends Invitation to Join Committee

Those who join in the summer will be on board in time to participate in reviewing of the fall grant applications. The committee invites potential members to come to a meeting, ask questions and see how they can be involved.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Dartmouth Institute Leader

The show will cover Barnato's wide range of expertise, including public health/preventive medicine, hospice/palliative medicine, the institute's work, health equity, and Barnato's research regarding life support decisions families and physicians make for patients in the ICU.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Dartmouth Health's Diversity Officer

Malcolm served most recently as chief executive officer at the coaching firm Master Physician Leaders. She also currently serves as associate program director for the American Medical Women's Association's Leadership Certification Program.

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The SVHC Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

Dohaney is an investment advisor and has been with MountainOne Investments since 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from MCLA and his MBA from Quinnipiac University.

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BMC Nationally Recognized with an 'A' Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients.

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SVHC Announces DAISY Award Winner

Duchene gave the award during a surprise presentation in the Emergency Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) on the morning of April 11, 2022.

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CHP Names Director of Behavioral Health

A licensed independent clinical social worker, Ryanmann earned her master's in social work from the State University of New York/Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Lifestyle Medicine Expert

Dr. Frates is an award-winning assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, director of Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness for the Department of Surgery at Mass General Hospital, and president-elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

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SVHC Presents at American Hospital Association Rural Healthcare Leadership Conference

Presenters had 7 minutes to share how their rural hospitals are implementing strategies that enhance the patient experience, designing care delivery to meet patients where they are, addressing their patients' medical, mental, and social needs, and improving value

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Seline Skoug Takes on Role as SVMC Breast Health Nurse Navigator

In this new role, Skoug works as part of a multidisciplinary team to coordinate care and will provide ongoing emotional and clinical support in developing a patients' breast health treatment plan.

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SVMC Celebrates National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30

The observation provides a reminder for community members to look through their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of medications that could cause harm to others.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Emergency Medicine Leader

Dr. Cohen received his medical degree at the State University of New York Medical Center in Brooklyn, a graduate degree in physiology from Hahnemann University in Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's in psychobiology from Binghampton University in New York.

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BCC Announces Two New Academic Certificate Programs

Certificate programs, which may be completed in as little as a year or less, provide the skills needed for immediate entry into the job market or the first step toward continuing higher education

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Flushing of Pittsfield's Water System to Begin Monday

Water mains throughout the city will be flushed through hydrants over the course of four weeks to remove accumulations of pipeline corrosion products.

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CHP Mobile Health Unit Visits Lenox

The van will be parked at the community center from 10 am to 12 pm.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: April 22

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Vermont Food Security Leader

Sayles joined the Vermont Foodbank as the CEO in March of 2009 after serving ten years in senior appointed positions with the State of Vermont at the Department of Public Service and Agency of Natural Resources.

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BMC Announces Healthcare Scholarships

All applications are due by May 23

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Community Health Programs Names New Board Members

The Community Health Programs board of trustees has named two new members: Arlene D. Schiff and Katherine Westgate.

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BHS Launches New Training Program to Support Nursing Assistants

BHS covers the cost of all training in its pipeline programs and, in most cases, also pays a full-time salary with benefits to the program participant while they are completing their training course so that no candidate is required to make the difficult choice between receiving a full-time salary and completing the training requirements necessary to advance their career.

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Best Selling Author Joins Next Medical Matters Weekly

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

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day

Monday, April 18, 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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New Funding Helps CHP Complete Phase 1 of Dental Expansion Project

These steps are part of CHP's multi-year plan to improve dental care access in the Berkshires who rely on MassHealth. Due to low reimbursement rates, fewer dental practices accept MassHealth. CHP intends to fill this widening gap.

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BHS Hospitals Earn Top Performer Honors in Healthcare Equality Index

The HEI the nation's foremost benchmarking survey of healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees.

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Berkshire 150 Enters Second Year: Community Wellness Program Promotes Exercise as Spring Commences

Berkshire 150 is a community wellness program promoting exercise over a 6-week period, with the goal of exercising at least 150 minutes a week. That's the number of minutes recommended by the Centers for Disease Control to help maintain a healthy lifestyle, in addition to eating the right foods.

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: April 1

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SVHC Launches Healthy+ Magazine

The magazine topics are based on those identified by the community health needs assessment, a triannual process that includes a wide-ranging health and wellness survey and regional focus groups. It was conducted last year.

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Vermont Legislator Joins Next Medical Matters Weekly

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

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SVMC Welcomes Anthony Donaldson to SVMC Urology

Dr. Donaldson received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and his bachelor's in history from Dartmouth College, both in Hanover, NH. He completed his residency training in urology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

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BMC Cancer Center Nurse Earns DAISY Award

George, who serves at the BMC Cancer & Infusion Center, received a nomination from Susan DeSanty, a patient she has cared for at the Center.

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Dr. Instrum Joins Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates

Dr. Instrum is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and was fellowship-trained in Shoulder and Knee Surgery at the University of Calgary.

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New Physician Assistant Joins SVMC ExpressCare

Gelzinis earned her master's degree in physician assistant studies from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies Program in Manchester, NH, in 2019.

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Tough Mudder Exec Joins Next Medical Matters Weekly

Chris Maltbie, the company's director of global product, will be on the show at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: March 18

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Tracy Dolan

Dolan manages day-to-day operations and expansion of services for Vermont's refugee program.

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SVMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Offers Dry Needling

Dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling and myofascial trigger point dry needling, helps patients who are experiencing pain in their muscles or connective tissues.

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CHP Hosts IEP Training for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs are entitled to an individualized education plan (IEP), which is developed in collaboration with parents/caregivers and school education specialists.

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CHP Names New Clinicians to Practices in Pittsfield, Great Barrington

Community Health Programs has named three new clinicians to CHP practices in Pittsfield and Great Barrington.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: March 11

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Community Care Team's Health Advocate

After the program, the video will be available on area public access television stations.

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SVMC Welcomes Joshua Tobe to Anesthesiology

Dr. Tobe earned his medical degree at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry of Western University in Ontario, Canada and an honorus bachelor in biological science from the University of Guelph, also in Ontario.

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SVHC Expands Tuition Forgiveness Benefit for New Graduate Nurses

The new offering joins other tangible benefits—including a $5,000 sign-on and retention bonus, competitive pay and benefits, and ongoing tuition support for further education—to inspire increased applicants.

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CHP Names New Dentist to CHP Neighborhood Dental Center

Dias' appointment comes as CHP begins an expansion of its dental network in Berkshire County.

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SVMC Emergency Nurse Recipient of Daisy Award

Bentley Munsell, a registered nurse in the Emergency Department, was the February recipient of the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Southwestern Vermont Health Care.

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New Cardiologist Joins Berkshire Health Systems

Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Dr. Stephen R. Phlaum, a board certified and fellowship trained cardiologist, to the medical staffs of Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital.

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BHS Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Hours in Pittsfield

Effective on March 7, COVID-19 vaccination will be available three days a week compared to the current seven-day schedule.

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Berkshire Health Systems Expands Visitation

In most cases, except for the Emergency Departments and Critical Care Units, the new Visitation Guidelines allow for two visitors.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Integrative Psychiatrist

He is a psychiatrist at Taconic Psychiatry in Manchester, Vt., which offers treatment for ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and trauma. It is among the first practices to offer ketamine-assisted therapy.

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SVMC Welcomes Pathologist Leslie Allan Dowd

Dr. Dowd earned his medical degree at the New York Medical College and his bachelor's degree in at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Feb. 25

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Positivity Expert

Posner is a training specialist, personal strategic coach, conference speaker, author, and consultant who emphasizes rational positive thinking and its power to transform our outlook.

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SVMC Welcomes Pathologist

Dr. Theiss earned her medical degree at the Marshall University School of Medicine in West Virginia and her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Montana, Missoula.

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SVHC Among Vermont's Best Places to Work for Eighth Year Straight

SVHC received the honor for the first time in 2015. It remains the only hospital in the state of Vermont to be recognized by the awards program.

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Turtles Carry a Heavy Load

Where did the original turtle turn up, so known for carrying its armored shield on its back ?

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BCC to Hold Virtual Open House

All participants will receive a free gift card to local lunch spots, a discount at the BCC Bookstore, and a chance to win BCC swag.

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MAUHS Interact Club Donates Baked Goods to SVMC Staff

Sponsored by the Catamount Rotary Club, the Interact Club performs service throughout the greater Bennington area, and is dedicated to helping students develop leadership skills, demonstrate helpfulness and respect for others, understand the value of individual responsibility and hard work, and advance international understanding and goodwill.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Feb 18

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Olympic Mountain Biker

Davison is a two-time Olympian from Jericho, Vermont. She is a graduate of Middlebury College, where she competed as a downhill ski racer. She began mountain bike racing in 2001. Her career highlights include a silver medal at the 2016 World Championships, bronze medal at the 2014 World Championships, and 3rd overall in the 2015 World Cup series.

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 21.

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BHS Pediatric Practice Wins MHQP Patient Experience Award

The "MHQP Patient Experience Awards" is an annual awards program introduced in 2018 by MHQP, a non-profit measurement and reporting organization that brings together providers, health plans, and patients to improve the quality of patient care experiences in Massachusetts. MHQP conducts the only statewide survey of patient experience in primary care in Massachusetts.

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SVMC Clinical Staff Gather for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Week

The observance was initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) to help generate attention for the improvement cardiac rehabilitation can make in the lives of those diagnosed with heart disease or dysfunction. SVMC's Cardiac Rehabilitation is accredited by the AACVPR.

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Feb. 11

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Area Health Education Leader

The organization aims to improve the health workforce in Southern Vermont.

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CHP Launches Dental Care Expansion

Just over 25,000 Berkshire County residents (about 20 percent of the population) are covered by MassHealth. But dental care for these patients is often a challenge because just a handful of area dental practices can accept MassHealth as payment.

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SVHC Honors the Endoscopy Team with DAISY Team Award

The department was nominated by two patients.

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