Health Care

At Baystate, Mercy, Cooley Dickinson and Holyoke Medical Center, hospital losses from coronavirus response mount — and reopening might not be the cure

Holyoke Medical Center took a $6-million-a-month budget hit from the coronavirus pandemic as expenses mounted and people stopped going in for other types of care. Spiros Hatiras, the hospital’s president and CEO, said Wednesday that Holyoke was nearly able to fill the gap with $3 million in cost cutting, including employee furloughs, and with aid…

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New Mercy President Leads by Example Amid Stern Challenges

Debbie Bitsoli understood she was taking on a huge challenge when she accepted the role of president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates late last fall. But she certainly wasn’t expecting anything quite like this. Indeed, the first six months of her tenure have been dominated not only by a global pandemic…

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More than 600 businesses apply to help with coronavirus response in Massachusetts to make personal protective equipment

Charlie Merrow, a seventh-generation manager of Merrow Manufacturing in Fall River, estimates the company will produce up to 4 million medical gowns, coveralls and other protective items in the coming months in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Enlisting the help of the Baker administration, Merrow pivoted from making sewing machines and apparel to producing protective…

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Massachusetts employers lose more confidence in midst of coronavirus; but optimism grows about conditions 6 months from now

Businesses lost even more confidence in the current state of the Massachusetts economy last month but appear to hold out rosier hope for the future, according to survey results released Tuesday by Associated Industries of Massachusetts. AIM’s Business Confidence Index fell 1.8 points after suffering its largest monthly decline ever during March. The Index ended…

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Holyoke Medical Center gets ‘A’ for patient safety in national survey

Holyoke Medical Center received an ‘A’ grade from a national organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality and patient safety. The Washington D.C.-based Leapfrog Group, which assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals across the country, released its semi-annual report on Thursday. “Our goal is to inform patients about local hospitals with…

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STCC Respiratory Care Program Lends Ventilators to Hospitals

Springfield Technical Community College’s respiratory care program is lending its five ventilators to area hospitals preparing for a surge in patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Christopher Scott, dean of the School of Health and Patient Simulation, said STCC is prepared to donate or lend any equipment hospitals need during the coronavirus emergency. The school…

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Coronavirus: Holyoke manufacturing business turns to making face shields to help medical employees

A company that specializes in specialized plastic packaging has joined in the fight to prevent the coronavirus from spreading to already-taxed health care workers. Employees at Walter Drake Inc. have gone from making clamshell packaging for electronics, blister packages for pharmaceuticals and trays for many uses to making much-needed plastic face shields for doctors, nurses…

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