CHP Berkshires Expands Primary Care Team

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Michelle Bedard, FNP and Sharon Bigler, FNP
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — CHP Berkshires has expanded its primary care practice with new clinicians at practice locations in North Adams and Lee.
Michelle M. Bedard, Adult Acute Care Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, has joined the primary care team at CHP North Adams Family Medical, where she will care for patients 13 years and older. 
She earned her doctor of nursing degree from Elms College, concentrating on adult-gerontology acute care and earning certification in this specialty. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at Southern New Hampshire University and earlier received her associate degree in nursing from Berkshire Community College (BCC).
She also received training as a licensed practical nurse at BCC, where she earned a Clinical Excellence Award in 2014. 
Bedard completed her advanced practice nursing rotations at Berkshire Medical Center in the ICU and as a hospitalist. As a registered nurse, she worked for eight years in the BMC emergency department, and previously she worked as a licensed practical nurse and as a certified nursing assistant. 
Bedard is a resident of Adams, where she lives with her two sons.
Sharon K. Bigler, a family nurse practitioner, has joined CHP Lee Family Practice, where she will care for patients of all ages.
She earned her doctorate of nursing practice at the University of Tulsa (OK), where she also received her bachelor of science in nursing. Prior to earning her DNP, Sharon was a critical care nurse, working for 15 years in medical-surgical, cardiovascular, burn, and neurotrauma intensive care units. Earlier, she worked for two years as a registered nurse case manager.
She and her husband reside in Pittsfield.

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BAAMS Celebrates Three Years With Benefit Concert

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Founder Richard Boulger is a North Adams native. 
ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS) marked three years with a concert featuring the academy's faculty.
Hundreds attend the benefit concert that was held Friday, May 26, at the Adams Theater.
"We at BAAMS are truly grateful and inspired as we celebrate tonight, at the opening night of the Adams Theatre our Third Year Anniversary Celebration of being able to continue to work with young musicians throughout Berkshire County," said founder and Creative Director Richard Boulger.
The nonprofit came into existence in 2019 when Boulger, a professional jazz trumpet player and North Adams native, brought a lineup of world-class jazz musicians to teach in the academy. 
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