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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...


Pioneer’s new auxiliary gym a ‘valuable resource’ that boosts student health
05-21-2024 11:01 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — With a one-time financial investment into the complete overhaul of its auxiliary gym, Pioneer Valley Regional School is hoping the work will pay dividends for students in the classroom, on the athletic field and for the rest of their...


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,...


More than man’s best friend: Emotional support dog brings priceless comfort to Greenfield teen with PTSD
04-05-2024 1:45 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

Zeal, a soulful-eyed chocolate lab, may well be “man’s best friend” to 15-year-old Rain Sanborn. But if all goes well, Zeal will also be a great comfort to the boy who suffered through years of trauma and anxiety brought on by a near-fatal ski...


Greenfield’s health leaders mull federal food inspection program
04-02-2024 1:21 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The city’s new public health officials intend to further research an idea floated at a recent Board of Health meeting that would align the city’s inspection system with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Voluntary National Retail...


Local success informs federal guidelines on methadone treatment
04-01-2024 7:11 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

The federal government is marching to the beat of Behavioral Health Network’s drum in its new methadone treatment regulations, effective Tuesday, April 2.BHN, a mental health service provider in western Massachusetts with methadone clinics in...


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...


GAAMHA opens new Athol facility for women with substance abuse, mental health disorders
03-31-2024 11:45 AM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Seeking to address a lack of resources for women battling with substance abuse and mental health disorders, Gardner-based GAAMHA has opened a new facility in Athol called Sunrise Ridge.The 32-bed residential treatment facility at 648 Pleasant...


Greenfield health officials eye stricter tobacco regulations
03-27-2024 5:24 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Board of Health is drafting new tobacco regulations that, if approved, would increase penalties for businesses caught selling tobacco products to underage customers, and would put loopholes used to sell flavored tobacco products up in...


Franklin Medical Reserve Corps podcast bolsters emergency preparedness
03-22-2024 10:00 AM

By GRACE LEE

Franklin Medical Reserve Corps volunteers Denise Schwartz and Carmela Lanza-Weil have the answers to all your in-case-of-emergency questions and more in “Prep School: A Readiness Podcast.”With the first episode having been released on Nov. 29, 2023,...


Focus on Your Health: Pulmonary health is attainable: If you struggle with shortness of breath, pulmonary rehab can help
03-22-2024 10:00 AM

By ANITA FRITZ

National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week happens in March, so it’s a good time to think about your pulmonary health.If you or someone you know has shortness of breath because of lung problems, pulmonary rehabilitation can help.Whether you want to manage...


New Greenfield health director seeks to combat opioid epidemic, manage dilapidated properties
03-14-2024 5:50 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The city has hired Michael Theroux as its new health director, filling a position that has been vacant since former Director Jennifer Hoffman’s resigned in October.Theroux will assume his new position on Monday, March 18.“Addressing the...


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...

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