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Hospital profit report points out disparities in Western Massachusetts; Springfield's Mercy Medical Center report $12.6M loss

MassLive.com, September 28, 2019
SPRINGFIELD - Mercy Medical Center reported a $12.6 million loss in its 2018 fiscal year, according to figures released Friday by the Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis. That’'s a loss of 4.2% compared with an average statewide profit margin for hospitals of 4.5%. Among other local hospitals, only Northampton’s Cooley Dickinson, part of Partners HealthCare, reported a loss - 0.3% or $600,000. Read more »

More inclusive EHRs can help extend welcome, save transgender lives

Health Care IT News, September 27, 2019
Life for many transgender individuals involves a constant struggle of being misgendered or referred to by the wrong pronoun or name. In many aspects of their lives, this ranges from annoying to personally invalidating. But when it comes to healthcare, it can be dangerous or even deadly. Read more »

NEW Health rated in top 1 percent of health centers by HRSA

North End Waterfront.com, September 26, 2019
North End Waterfront Health (NEW Health) has been recognized as a top-quality leader by The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA). Read more »

3rd person dies from EEE in Massachusetts, health officials say

Boston Globe, September 24, 2019
A third person has died from the mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus in Massachusetts this year after being diagnosed last month, state health officials confirmed Tuesday. Read more »

Mass. Governor Baker orders ban on all vaping products and declares public health emergency

The Brink, September 24, 2019
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday declared the recent surge of vaping-related illnesses a public health emergency, calling for a four-month ban on all vaping products—both tobacco and marijuana e-cigarettes—and vaping devices being sold in the state. Read more »

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center To Honor Framingham Health Director Wong

Framingham Source, September 23, 2019
FRAMINGHAM - The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center will be presenting its 2019 Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Awards to: Samuel Wong, PhD, Director of Public Health in the City of Framingham, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Read more »

Joe Kennedy visits South End sites 'looked over' in opioid crisis

Boston Herald, September 23, 2019
U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III toured the Methadone Mile Monday to hear from treatment providers and listen to the community’s frustrations about rampant drug use in the area, two days after announcing his challenge for Sen. Ed Markey’s seat. Read more »

Doctors are not using tools to help youths quit smoking

EurekAlert!, September 23, 2019
BOSTON (September 23, 2019) -- At a time when the rapid growth in electronic cigarette "vaping" among young people threatens to reverse decades of progress in reducing tobacco use, a large study published today in JAMA Pediatrics finds that medical professionals are largely failing to use existing tools to help young people quit smoking. Read more »

Boston cracks down on vaping with changes to tobacco, nicotine regulations

Boston Fox 25, September 19, 2019
BOSTON - Amid a national crisis surrounding vaping products, the City of Boston is issuing changes to the existing regulations on the sale of tobacco and nicotine products. Read more »

HHS awards over $85 million to help health centers expand access to oral health care

HRSA Newsroom, September 18, 2019
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded over $85 million to 298 health centers to expand their oral health service capacity through new infrastructure enhancements. These investments are the first by HRSA to solely focus on oral health infrastructure and will enable HRSA-funded health centers to provide new, or enhance existing, oral health services. Read more »

Hilltown Voices: Hilltown Community Health Center lands award for LGBTQ inclusiveness

Daily Hampshire Gazette, September 13, 2019
The Hilltown Community Health Center (HCHC) has been awarded a "Top Performer" designation by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation in its 12th annual Health Care Equity Index. Read more »

Health center's new top doctor starts work today

Itemlive.com, September 8, 2019
LYNN - Lynn Community Health Center's sustained effort to expand behavioral care takes another step forward today when Dr. Carlos Cappas goes to work. The native of Puerto Rico is leaving Boston Children’s Hospital to work as the Center’s chief behavioral health officer. Cappas’ specialty, according to a statement provided by the Center, is making sure a patient’s primary care and behavioral health work hand in hand. Read more »

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