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Furloughs, Retirement Cuts And Less Pay Hit Mass. Doctors And Nurses As COVID-19 Spreads

WBUR, March 27, 2020
As infections grow on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, so does stress for health care workers. Read more »

Tent Medicine To Treat Those With The Coronavirus In Boston's Homeless Community

WBUR, March 23, 2020
On Saturday morning, in the medical mecca some call Boston, Dr. Jessie Gaeta learned a valuable skill: the boola-boola knot. Read more »

National community health centers issue dire plea

Business Wire, March 20, 2020
BOSTON - Working with CEOs of primary care associations across the country, the National Association of Community Health Centers requests immediate financial relief of between $3.2 and $3.3 billion through the federal Stimulus Bill. Our nation’s community health centers, which provide critical primary care to 29 million lower-income Americans could see total losses exceeding $3 billion over the next 12 weeks alone. We need help now. Read more »

Third Massachusetts resident believed to have COVID-19

WBUR, March 6, 2020
A Massachusetts woman in her 60s has tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, according to Massachusetts health officials. It's the third case detected in Massachusetts residents. Read more »

Lynn Community Health Center preparing for 'likely' arrival of coronavirus

Item Live, March 5, 2020
LYNN - The coronavirus will likely come to Lynn, according to health officials at the Lynn Community Health Center. "We don't want to be alarmist, we want to be realistic," said Dr. Geoff Pechinsky, chief medical officer. Read more »

As coronavirus gains ground, health centers offer routine care - and screen patients

DirectRelief, March 5, 2020
At the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York City, COVID-19 is forcing staff members to learn on the fly. While the federally qualified health center hasn’t seen any confirmed coronavirus cases, they have seen a few patients whose symptoms and travel history necessitated calls to the state’s Department of Health - and careful handling within health center walls. Read more »

Coronavirus preparations announced for Baystate Medical Center in Springfield

DirectRelief, March 5, 2020
SPRINGFIELD - Baystate Medical Center will continue to screen patients suffering from respiratory problems for the new type of coronavirus, which continues to be rare in Massachusetts. However, any testing to confirm the virus must be done by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state Department of Public Health has also recently received approval to conduct the tests, hospital officials said Wednesday. Read more »

Holyoke Medical Center proposes behavioral health hospital; says timing not related to closure of Providence Behavioral Health beds in Holyoke

Beckers Hospital Review, March 3, 2020
Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, Mass., plans to end inpatient psychiatric services for children, adults and geriatric patients, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reports. The decision will result in about 200 employees losing their jobs, and was due to "serious psychiatrist shortages," the hospital told the newspaper. Read more »

Holyoke Medical Center proposes behavioral health hospital; says timing not related to closure of Providence Behavioral Health beds in Holyoke

MassLive, March 2, 2020
HOLYOKE - Holyoke Medical Center announced Monday that it plans to build a 100-bed inpatient behavioral health hospital on its existing campus. The announcement follows last week’s news that Trinity Health Of New England, parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Providence Behavioral Health, plans to close 74 inpatient psychiatric beds at Providence Hospital in Holyoke as well as Providence’s outpatient methadone clinic in Springfield. Trinity cited a shortage of psychiatrists and the availability of other methadone clinics in Springfield. Read more »