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Physician Pathway Act, co-sponsored by Amherst rep, may help ease physician shortage
05-15-2024 5:06 PM

By JIASHAN ZHENG

When she fled to the United States amid Haiti’s political turmoil, Dr. Marie Jacques envisioned continuing her work. However, upon claiming asylum in 2019, she encountered the harsh realities of the Massachusetts medical licensing system.“As a...

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Rallygoers at Baystate hospital in Springfield highlight plight of health care in Gaza
05-21-2024 6:44 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

SPRINGFIELD — Calling for an end to the destruction of hospitals and health care in Gaza, a dozen protesters gathered with songs and banners in front of Baystate Medical Center on Tuesday morning.“If this were Palestine, we wouldn’t have this...


Health care gaps create reentry hurdle for incarcerated individuals
05-16-2024 6:52 PM

By JIASHAN ZHENG

Despite ongoing reform efforts, the Massachusetts prison health care system continues to be confronted with significant challenges, deeply affecting the well-being of incarcerated individuals and complicating their reentry into society...


Wheeling for Healing returns to South Deerfield to raise money for cancer treatment
04-16-2024 11:03 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After a successful move to Yankee Candle last year, the 17th annual Wheeling for Healing event is back on May 19, as the fundraiser seeks to continue raising tens of thousands of dollars for cancer patients receiving treatment within...


Retention of docs, new residents helping curb family medicine workforce shortage in Greenfield
04-07-2024 3:01 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — As it enters its third year, the Baystate Franklin Family Medicine Residency Program is welcoming four new doctors this summer and anticipates retaining three members of the original cohort to work at the hospital after they graduate,...


GCC uses $119K grant to expand nurse training program for English language learners
03-31-2024 11:56 AM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is revamping its free certified nurse aide (CNA) training program, expanding training an extra six weeks to support an English language learners cohort program after receiving $119,129 in grant funding.Funding...


Sen. Comerford talks health care legislation with region’s physicians
03-14-2024 5:15 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Before a room filled with local health care professionals, state Sen. Jo Comerford shared details about legislation she’s filed this session in hopes of bolstering the health care system to “do well by” those physicians and, in turn,...


Point32Health acquiring Health New England
03-14-2024 11:06 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

The parent company of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan has announced it signed a definitive agreement with Baystate Health to acquire its subsidiary, Health New England.Point32Health, a health and well-being organization based in...


Northampton Area Pediatrics to absorb Sugarloaf Pediatrics in South Deerfield
03-14-2024 10:20 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Sugarloaf Pediatrics in South Deerfield will be changing hands on July 1, with the pediatric center shifting under Northampton Area Pediatrics, according to an announcement made by its current owner Cooley Dickinson Hospital and its...


With 50 staffers, FootCare by Nurses moves to new space in downtown Greenfield
03-14-2024 10:00 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — FootCare by Nurses has settled into its new space on School Street, a 1.9-mile stroll from the French King Highway spot it has called home since it started eight years ago.The foot care practice moved last week and opened its doors on...


Baystate Health taps new leader to replace Keroack
03-13-2024 12:05 PM

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Health has appointed Peter D. Banko as president and CEO, succeeding Mark Keroack.Banko was most recently president and CEO of Centura Health in Colorado.“Among a slate of high-qualified candidates, Peter stood out for both his...


Change the world in 1,000 days: It starts with supporting babies and their families
03-08-2024 10:20 AM

By DOUG SELWYN

A recent essay by Blythe Thomas, initiative director at 1000 Days, an organization that fights “to make health and well-being during the first 1,000 days (between pregnancy and a child’s 2nd birthday) a policy and funding priority,” begins by asking...


State suspends Northfield EMS chief’s paramedic license
03-04-2024 1:28 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

The state Office of Emergency Medical Services has suspended the paramedic license held by Northfield EMS Chief and Orange EMS Capt. Mark Fortier, but town officials say paramedic staffing levels are sufficient to ensure continued ambulance...


CDC considers dropping 5-day COVID isolation rule as local hospitals bring back mask requirements
02-20-2024 5:52 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering loosening isolation requirements for people who test positive for COVID-19, meaning they would no longer have to stay at home for at least five days when infected with the virus.Under the...


GCC nursing students talk single-payer health care, workplace safety concerns with legislators
02-12-2024 6:36 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Four women representing western Massachusetts in the state Legislature visited Greenfield Community College on Monday for a panel discussion about health care with second-year nursing students.State Sen. Jo Comerford was joined by state...


Blue Cross pauses anesthesia policy after doctors raise concerns
01-29-2024 7:00 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Less than a month after it began enforcing a longstanding policy restricting the use of anesthesia during colonoscopies and other procedures, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is pausing that action after physicians statewide lobbied the insurer...


McGovern legislation would ease access to medically necessary foods
01-27-2024 9:16 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The Democrat representing the 2nd Congressional District of Massachusetts has teamed up with a Republican colleague from Florida to sponsor a bill aimed at making it easier for Americans to get medically necessary foods.Jim McGovern and John...


Flu cases down at Baystate, up at Cooley Dickinson
01-23-2024 1:33 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

The slight uptick of influenza B cases countering a decrease in influenza A infections across Baystate Health’s facilities, including at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, is no cause for alarm, according to the health system’s chief of...


Health care coalition demands hospitals bring back masks, take precautions amid fears of COVID surge
11-20-2023 6:03 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Before the pandemic, Dr. David Alpern, like many health care workers at the time, didn’t think twice about going to work with a runny nose or cough.But since symptoms of COVID-19 are indistinguishable from the common cold, the retired Cooley Dickinson...


With slew of specialties, rural health care providers serve as ‘a reliable resource’
11-15-2023 7:08 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Some people choose to live in rural areas for the slower pace of life. Some enjoy being closer to nature and farther away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Still others are capitalizing on the more affordable real estate. Whatever the reason...


Senate will press for prescription drug cost relief
11-09-2023 5:05 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Patients would pay no more than $25 for certain name-brand medications to treat some chronic illnesses and face no costs whatsoever for similar generic options under the latest prescription drug legislation set to emerge in the Senate.Senate...

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