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Geriatrics Physician Joins SVMC Internal Medicine

With this appointment, Dr. Downing-Forget also joins the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group. She will see patients who are 65 years old and older. click for more

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Hires...

The practice, known as SVMC Endocrinology, is a part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Southwestern Vermont Health Care. It replaces the Bennington Osteoporosis Center, where Dr. David Gorson had provided similar services to the community until his retirement in 2019. With the appointment,... click for more

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Guest Column: The Time is Now to Protect Our Local...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the United States could need up to 3.5 billion respirator masks to confront the brunt of this virus. But right now, the Strategic National Stockpile — the country's emergency medical supply "bank" – holds only a small fraction of that,... click for more

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Guest Column: SVMC Preparing for Coronavirus...

The health and safety of the patients, caregivers, and communities we serve is our most important priority. Our hospital and community health centers remain open and safe, and there has been no disruption to the high-quality patient care that we provide. click for more

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State Creates COVID-19 Command Center

The command center reports to Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and will be the commonwealth's single point of strategic decision making and coordination in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. click for more

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Berkshire Health Systems Institutes Visitor...

Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital, in Great Barrington, have announced changes to visitation policies in line with national trends and to further lower the risk of transmission of infectious disease, including the coronavirus COVID-19. click for more

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SVMC Offering Drive-up Testing for Referred...

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is now offering drive-up testing for patients who have a referral for COVID-19 testing from their primary-care provide. click for more

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Open Meeting Law Modification Allows for Remote...

This emergency order suspends the requirement for public access to the physical location where a public meeting is taking place, provided there are other means of access available. click for more

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Governor Baker Calls on Feds to Certify Testing...

Speaking in front of City Hall, Baker, who was accompanied by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Mayory Linda Tyer and the Berkshire delegation, said the state has received enough materials to test 5,000 more people. click for more

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Social Worker Joins CHP Behavioral Health Team

Moro is now seeing clients at CHP’s Great Barrington Health Center and Barrington OB/GYN.

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Pignatelli, Barrett File Bill to Establish...

State Reps. William "Smitty" Pignatelli and John Barrett III have filed an emergency bill to establish a "COVID-19 Quarantine Assistance Fund."

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Berkshire County COVID-19 Cases at 7; Governor...

The total number of presumptive positives for COVID-19 in the state rose to 92 — double the number on Monday — with seven of those in Berkshire County.

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CDC: Updates and Information

Updates, links and realtime changes at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

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Clarksburg Closes Public Buildings in Wake of...

The decision was made Sunday during an emergency meeting of the Board of Health, Select Board and School Committee members, said Select Board Chairman Ronald Boucher.

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Berkshire County's First Coronavirus Case...

The patient could not be tested before Friday, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the state Department of Public Health rules were changed to allow him to be tested. The CDC had limited testing to those who had traveled to areas where the disease was prevalent or had contact with someone who had.

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Adams Board of Health Says It Controls Tobacco...

The board had no real update Wednesday on its proposal to limit the number of tobacco purveyors but after some pushback from Selectman James Bush, Vice Chairman David Rhoads said members are willing to negotiate but the decision is theirs.

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Officials Explain Steps Being Taken to Address...

Officials say Massachusetts is well positioned at this point at address any expansion in the state of Covid-19, a coronavirus that's killed more than 3,000 worldwide.

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Physical Therapy Assistant Joins CHP

Community Health Programs has expanded its physical therapy staff in Great Barrington with the addition of Jennifer Valente.

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Adams Boy Named Down Syndrome Ambassador

Four-year-old ​Lucas is one of 29 new ambassadors from across the globe. He was chosen to represent Nothing Down and, alongside his family, will assist the organization through community outreach, fundraising and social media promotion for the duration of 2020.

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BFAIR Names New Director of Adult Foster Care

The director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of both programs, the development and implementation of the AFC/SL, accreditation, policies and procedures as well as the fiscal administration of the AFC department.

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SVMC ExpressCare Welcomes New Family Nurse...

Smith earned his master's degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee in 2018. He received his bachelor's in nursing from the University of Rochester School of Nursing in New York in 2015. He holds a second bachelor's degree in environmental science from the State University of New York at Brockport.

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New Doctor Joins Berkshire Surgical Services of...

Dr. Basile, who has operated Basile Vein Specialists for many years, has been named the medical director of the Berkshire Vein Center at BMC. As a result, he is closing his Basile Vein Specialists practice and will provide advanced vein care services at the Berkshire Vein Center beginning on March 2.

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CHP Names New Physician to Berkshire Pediatrics

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a 1981 graduate of Harvard Medical School, Pride-Boone most recently worked as locum tenens physician with the Indian Health Service in Albuquerque, N.M., and at pediatric practices in Plattsburgh and Brooklyn.

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Letter: Quit Smoking for Heart Health

If you want to quit and tried in the past, don't give up. It often takes several tries before you quit for good. However, with planning and support, you can become tobacco-free.

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Berkshire Health Systems Taps New Chief Medical...

Lederer most recently served as the vice president for Clinical Excellence of Allspire Health Partners in Conshohocken, Pa., where he was responsible for setting clinical priorities and establishing best practices for member organizations.

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Adams Delays Tobacco Cap Implementation

Chairman Peter Hoyt had a draft policy in hand Wednesday but felt the working document needed more time and more input from other town departments.

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All stuffed up? It might not be a cold. It might...

Indoor air can be between 200 percent and 500 percent more polluted than outdoor air, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leading to symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, postnasal drip, headaches, coughing, itching, nasal congestion, runny nose, fatigue and sneezing.

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BHS, Williams College Collaborate on Retail...

The Williamstown Apothecary is scheduled to open in early spring, following the completion of renovations to the property being undertaken by Berkshire Health Systems and municipal permitting.

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New Plastic Surgeon Joins SVMC

Dr. Drabyn is a board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has more than 35 years of experience.

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