Valley Health Systems Inc., which consists of Holyoke Medical Center, Holyoke Medical Group, Holyoke VNA Hospice Life Care, and River Valley Counseling Center, will express appreciation to employees by providing a voucher to use at locally owned food establishments. “Normally, we would celebrate the season by serving a holiday meal with all the trimmings to…

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Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Holyoke Medical Center was named a Top General Hospital nationally by the Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers widely acknowledged as the toughest standard setters for healthcare safety and quality. “Holyoke Medical Center is proud to once again accept the…

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A rundown of the big issues facing healthcare 20 years ago would, in some ways, be similar to the same list today, encompassing persistent challenges like hospital finances, staffing shortages in certain specialties, strategies to tackle substance abuse, and diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.  Yet, the solutions to those issues have certainly evolved. For example,…

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Health New England announced the recent appointment of Dr. Ira Klein to the role of vice president and chief medical officer. In this position, he is responsible for ensuring the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services for Health New England members, and will focus on clinical excellence, innovation, and technology to improve health outcomes. Klein…

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Dr. Mark Keroack doesn’t feel like a Healthcare Hero. But he’ll gratefully accept the honor on behalf of everyone who does deserve the award. In his estimation, that’s a lot of people. “Whenever some new challenge comes up, it’s been our tradition to step up and play a leadership role in Western Mass.,” said the…

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Baystate Health has named Richard Swift the president and CEO of Health New England. His appointment is effective immediately. Swift served as Health New England’s interim chief financial officer since April 2020. Maura C. McCaffrey, former president and CEO of Health New England and a member of the Baystate Health President’s Cabinet, died in April…

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The state’s three casinos recorded about $71 million in gross gaming revenue in August — a year-over-year decrease of 17.4% in the first full month of operations following a nearly four-month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park…

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Caring Health Center, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center, has named Yvonne L. Williams its first Chief Development Officer. Williams was previously a six-year member of Caring Health Center’s Board of Directors, and brings to her new position a strong understanding of the organization. She also has deep roots within the community, and will be…

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