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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Mercy Medical Center announced the opening of the Center for Breast Health and Gynecologic Oncology. Formerly known as the Breast Care Center, the new center provides a comprehensive approach to breast and gynecologic cancer care with an enhanced focus on malignancies of the breast, cervix, endometrium/uterus, fallopian tube, ovaries, vagina, and vulva. Services are provided…

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Trinity Health Of New England announced the opening of the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research at Mercy Medical Center. Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients in the Greater Springfield area are now able to access their healthcare needs in one central location with a team of specialists…

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Researchers at the Center for Smart and Connected Society at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently released a new digital contact-tracing technique that is based on widely-deployed Wi-Fi technology. They intend the open-source software tool to help universities and colleges deploy campus contact tracing as students return under special pandemic management rules this fall. The…

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Massachusetts Rep. Bud Williams filed a nearly $1 billion bill this week to create an independent bureau that oversees services and programs for certain communities to address health, education and economic disparities in communities of color. The legislation would create the Massachusetts Bureau on Social and Economic Equity in Recovery and Reconstruction, which would be…

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Baystate Health has selected Kindred Behavioral Health as its partner in a long-sought standalone behavioral health hospital project that was put on pause last year. The plan is to build a $43-million, 120-bed behavioral health hospital from the ground up, opening two years from the start of construction. The new hospital would employ 220 people,…

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Baystate Health announces the appointment of Marion A. McGowan, BSN, MPM, PhD as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She is President and CEO of Health New England, and SVP for Payer Innovation at Baystate Health. Marion’s successes during her professional healthcare career, from her start as a staff nurse to her continually expanding,…

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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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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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