CHP Adapts to Changing Health Care Needs

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has been adapting rapidly while continuing our care for patients during this COVID-19 emergency. 

Now, instead of an office visit, patient care may happen in a video call (telemedicine), a parking lot tent, in our mobile health unit, in the home, or in an office. Why the dramatic change? COVID-19 dominates our days but thousands of patients still need routine care: for the flu, a tick bite, newborn or pre-natal care, chronic conditions, lab work and more. This is an unprecedented and challenging time but CHP is  adjusting and working creatively to care for our community. 

Click here for a detailed update from our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Everett Lamm. Wash your hands. Keep social distance. Call us if you need us.

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Biz Briefs: Wheeler & Taylor Insurance Donates Masks, Face Shields for Poll Workers

Facemask, shield donation

Charles Burger, director of the Southern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee, was struggling with how he could help local towns obtain the personal protective equipment they need to protect poll workers from coronavirus. Many of the 12 towns in the region will hold town elections soon. Several town administrators asked Burger, who is also the Great Barrington fire chief, for help in getting PPE. But that was problematic because the committee is charged with helping emergency responders in the region.

But then, unexpectedly, Scott Rote, president of Wheeler & Taylor Insurance, called him. Rote wanted to donate 2,000 surgical masks the insurance agency had purchased and then took it a step further. Rote had procured foam, elastic strapping material, and 200 sheets of polycarbonate plastic, and the staff of Wheeler & Taylor went to work constructing face shields as PPE. "It was quite a pleasant surprise when Scott called,” Burger said. “The donation came at a perfect time. It would have been a very difficult need to fill otherwise."

The face shields will be used by poll workers. Facemasks will be provided to poll workers and to ensure that all voters have proper facemasks on. Burger will allocate the PPE to the 12 towns in southern Berkshire County — from West Stockbridge and Stockbridge down to the Connecticut border. Egremont and Sheffield have elections coming up soon, and other towns will soon follow.

After the face shields are used for elections, they’ll be cleaned and repurposed afterward, Burger said. Wheeler & Taylor will unveil further COVID-19 charitable initiatives in the coming weeks. More information can be found online.

Established in 1871, Wheeler & Taylor Insurance is a full-service independent agency that is headquartered in Great Barrington with branch offices in Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Dalton, and Sheffield.


Restaurant gift certificate auction

Bon Appetit Berkshires is an effort to support restaurants in and around the southern Berkshires. Community members will buy gift certificates from participating restaurants and donate them to Bon Appetit Berkshires for an online auction that runs from Monday, May 25, through June 2 on the Bidding for Good platform. All proceeds from the auction will go to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, co-led by Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Recipients of the funds have included Berkshire Health Systems (Fairview Hospital), The People’s Pantry, Construct and VIM, among others. Gift certificate purchases will benefit human services organizations that have deep roots in the community and experience working with vulnerable populations

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