Fairview, SBVAS Offer Emergency Training Focused on Lifesaving Skill

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — In honor of Emergency Preparedness Month, Fairview Hospital will host three sessions of "Stop the Bleed," offering important life-saving skills for lay persons and health and safety professionals. The training is free and open to the public by advance registration.

The Stop the Bleed program teaches the basics of recognizing severe bleeding, getting help and controlling bleeding immediately using simple tools and skills that can be mastered in this class. The skills are valuable for anyone who encounters a construction accident, motor vehicle crash, or any other emergency where someone may suffer a serious injury and is at risk of experiencing life threatening blood loss.

The program dates/times are Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 3 to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 5 to 6 p.m.  All classes are held in the ground floor conference room at Fairview Hospital, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To register, please contact Heather Barbieri via email or call 413-854-9656

Fairview Hospital also offers monthly life safety skills and safety courses and programming, for both lay people and health and safety professionals, including CPR, First Aid and AED training through its CPR Plus Program. Due to community feedback, Stop the Bleed kits are now available for sale at Fairview Hospital in the Fairview Auxiliary Gift Shop.  For information about programs and dates, call Nanci Race at 413-528-2663.

 


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Berkshire Workforce Board Hires Second Career Readiness Coordinator

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Responsible for overseeing employment and training services in the region, the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board recently hired a South County career readiness coordinator; a position that is funded by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Ruthann Eagen will be responsible for assisting the Berkshire Workforce Board youth director with coordinating strategies to further enhance career readiness systems and programming within the public school systems in Southern Berkshire County. She will also assist with the development of a South County College and Career Advisory Team and individual school district teams with the goal for every student to graduate with a completed college and career plan.  

As a youth, Eagen was a member of the Nassau County Law Enforcement Career Exploring Program through the Nassau County Police Department in Long Island, N.Y., and as an adult volunteered for the same program. She looks forward to bringing her career exploring experience to her new role.

Eagen was previously the senior district executive for the Appalachian Trail District of the Western Massachusetts Council, Boy Scouts of America. She received her masters of science in human services and leadership in 2017 from Saint Joseph's College, Patchogue, N.Y., and her bachelor's of science in criminology in 2014 from State University of New York (SUNY) Old Westbury.  She also holds a business administration certificate from Nassau Community College, Garden City, N.Y.

Eagen can be reached at 413-442-7177, ext. 144, or by email.

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