Business briefs, Nov. 10, 2017

  • Estevan Garcia

  • Marcia Brooks

Thursday, November 09, 2017
Garcia hired as chief medical officer at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Dr. Estevan Garcia, who has a background in hospital safety and quality management, joins Cooley Dickinson Health in Northampton as its chief medical officer.

He replaces Dr. A. Kim Saal, who left in February for personal reasons after a two-year tenure.

Garcia comes to Cooley Dickinson from Hospital Insurance Co., a risk management organization in White Plains, N.Y., where he was vice president and medical director.

Before that, he served as associate chief medical officer for quality and safety at Maimonides Hospital and was chief medical officer at Brookdale Hospital, both in Brooklyn.

The search committee selected Garcia for his experience in promoting patient safety, says CEO Joanne Marqusee. “We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Garcia’s caliber,” she said.

In this new role, which he took on in September, Garcia oversees a number of departments, both at the hospital and in outpatient offices throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Brooks completes course to become ‘seniors real estate specialist’

Marcia Brooks, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors, has recently earned the nationally recognized Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation from the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors.

Brooks was required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the particular needs, considerations and goals of real estate buyers and sellers ages 55 and older.

“Working with seniors to meet their housing needs requires an expert understanding of their lifestyle and financial needs, and the SRES designation means that a Realtor has that understanding,” Brooks said. “Whether they are buying, selling, relocating or refinancing, seniors can be confident that a Realtor designated SRES will be able to help them every step of the way.”

Brooks, a resident of Deerfield, grew up in Shelburne Falls, attending local schools, and graduated from Bay Path College.

Brooks works out of both the Shelburne Falls and South Deerfield Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont offices.

Northampton Staples closed

NORTHAMPTON — Staples closed the doors on its North King Street store in Northampton for good on Saturday.

The 122 North King St. store closed because of lower profit margins and the expiration of its lease, a store representative said. The representative also said that all employees were given the chance to transfer to other stores.

“We continually evaluate our store performance to ensure we’re operating the business in the best way,” spokeswoman Kaleigh Sands wrote in an email. “As customers shift online, we are taking aggressive action to right-size our retail footprint.”

She also said that area customers will still be able to shop at the company’s Greenfield and Hadley locations and at: Staples.com.

New info tech manager at Florence Bank

FLORENCE — Florence Bank, a mutually owned savings bank serving the Pioneer Valley through 10 branch locations, has promoted David Limero of Feeding Hills to the position of vice president/information technology manager.

Limero joined Florence Bank in March 2015. Before his recent promotion, Limero had served as the assistant vice president/project manager.