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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CHP Names Director of Operations

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. – Community Health Programs has named Christa Gariepy to the position of director of operations.

Most recently the director of patient relations at Berkshire Medical Center, Gariepy has also worked as program director at Childcare of the Berkshires and at The Brien Center as a human rights representative and case manager.

In her new position, she reports to CHP's chief operating officer, Jennifer Wilkinson.

A graduate of Boston University, Gariepy holds a master's degree in clinical psychology. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Western New England College.

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