Freedom Credit Union commits $15K to Baystate Franklin Medical Center

Freedom Credit Union announced their plan to commit $15,000 to Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s new Department of Family Medicine over the next five years. According to a statement released by Freedom Credit Union, the new department is described as a partnership between Baystate Franklin Medical Center and UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate. Read the source article…

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Amherst Couple Gives $1 Million to Cooley Dickinson Emergency Department

Dr. Lynnette Watkins, the new president and CEO of Cooley Dickinson Health Care, announced the receipt of a $1 million gift from John and Elizabeth Armstrong of Amherst to support the hospital’s Emergency Department. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to talk to the Armstrongs about their commitment to the Emergency Department,” Watkins…

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Dr. Lynnette Watkins Takes the Helm at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Dr. Lynnette Watkins says she is most definitely her father’s daughter. By that, she meant she is a second-generation ophthalmologist, following the lead set by her father, L.C. Watkins, who is one of the first African-Americans practicing in that specialty in St. Louis. “When I say that I stand on the shoulders of giants, I…

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Cooley Dickinson Health Care’s newest President starts Monday

Cooley Dickinson Health Care’s latest President and CEO, Doctor Lynnette M. Watkins starts Monday. According to a news release from Cooley Dickinson Health Care, Dr. Watkins was found for the position following a national search, and chosen to lead the extensive Northampton-based health care system due to her experience in health care leadership and notable accomplishments in…

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UMass Announces $175 Million Transformational Gift to Its Medical School

The University of Massachusetts has announced a history-making $175 million donation from the Morningside Foundation to UMass Medical School. The transformational gift is unrestricted and will more than double the medical school’s endowment. It comes as the medical school celebrates its 50th year of educating future physicians, nursing leaders, and biomedical scientists and as its…

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Lynnette Watkins, MD, MBA, Named President and CEO at CDH – BusinessWest

Lynnette Watkins, MD, MBA, an ophthalmologist and widely respected health care administrator and leader, has been named president and chief executive officer at Cooley Dickinson Health Care.  Currently the group chief medical officer for the Baptist Health System/Tenet Healthcare — Texas Group, she will begin her new role at Cooley Dickinson Sept. 27. Read the…

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Baystate Medical Center Names Interim President, Interim Chief Nursing Officer

A respected healthcare professional with more than 30 years of clinical leadership, Frank Cracolici, has been named interim president of Baystate Medical Center. Meanwhile, Joanne Miller, who has more than 30 years of hospital-operations experience, has been named interim chief Nursing officer (CNO). Cracolici has an extensive background in leading hospitals and most recently served…

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HNE Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

SPRINGFIELD — Health New England announced the recent appointment of Lisa Cohen to the role of vice president of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. In this position, Cohen is responsible for leading Health New England’s financial strategy, accounting, actuarial, underwriting and financial reporting, ensuring its ability to provide cost-effective health care coverage while maintaining high-quality…

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Springfield Regional Chamber Seeks Nominations for Super 60

The Springfield Regional Chamber (SRC) is seeking nominations for its annual Super 60 awards program. Marking its 31st year, Super 60 recognizes the success of the fastest-growing and privately-owned businesses in the region. The last awards ceremony took place in 2019, honoring winners from 21 communities across the region and representing all sectors of the…

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