PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At a time when there is a severe deficit of mental health providers specializing in the care of
children and adolescents, Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Fadi Halabi, MD, a board certified and fellowship trained Psychiatrist specializing in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center.
Dr. Halabi joins the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at BMC.
"Berkshire Health Systems is very pleased that Dr. Halabi has joined our exceptional team of Psychiatric care providers," said Liliana Markovic, MD, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. "There is a national shortage of behavioral health practitioners specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at a time of great need for such services. Dr. Halabi’s expertise will help us to enhance care for this vulnerable population."
Dr. Halabi received his medical degree from American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon and completed his residency in General Psychiatry at Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He is board certified in General Psychiatry and fellowship trained in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry from Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) recently released its enrollment data for fall 2021 — a season still impacted by COVID-19, but with a growing number of first-year and continuing students.
Key findings include:
Overall enrollment is up 1.4 percent over 2020
The first-year student population is up 16.4 percent
Continuing students are up 3.9 percent
Full-time equivalent (FTE) students are down 1.2 percent
Readmitted students (those who leave college for less than a year and reapply) are down 27.27 percent
The number of non-degree-seeking students has also grown, largely due to BCC's Early College program, which offers up to 15 free college credits to high school juniors and seniors. BCC has increased the number eligible students for the program.
"I'm thrilled that our new student and continuing student numbers are up. The BCC team has worked so hard to create an environment during the pandemic in which students could continue to thrive," said Adam Klepetar, BCC Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. "We continue to operate successfully in a very challenging enrollment environment, with decreases in the number of high school graduates and increases in competition."
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