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Proposals Sought to Assist Hospital Coalition with Project Implementation
October 17, 2014: The Coalition of Western Massachusetts Hospitals has issued a request for proposals
 
November 5th Lecture to Discuss Heartburn and GERD
October 15, 2014: Area women are invited to attend “When Heartburn Gets Serious” a women’s health lecture.
 
Celebration of Hope and Healing to feature Fr. Mark Stelzer, Associate Professor of Elms College
October 14, 2014: The community is invited to attend an interfaith service of prayer, music, and reflection
 
Belchertown Girls Volleyball Team Lead in Healing and Volunteering
September 30, 2014: Student athletes from Belchertown High School girls’ volleyball team recently took a break from their busy class schedule and fall volleyball season to volunteer their time maintaining the Healing Garden located at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.
 
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Announces Support Group Listing for 2014 - 2015
September 22, 2014: Facing a major illness or stressful life change can be a daunting prospect.
 
“Look Good…Feel Better” Program to be held at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital
September 11, 2014: The program teaches beauty techniques to women who are undergoing cancer treatment.
 
Diabetes A1C Champion Program to be held at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital on September 10
August 21, 2014: The program will be held in the Main Conference Room of the hospital located on the second floor.
 
Local Poet Provides Comfort to Patients
August 21, 2014: The right words can offer comfort and can bring relief during the most difficult of times.
 
Massage Therapist joins Rehabilitation team at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital
August 19, 2014: Licensed and certified massage therapist, Donna M. Longtin, LMT, RYT, HCC, has joined the Rehabilitation team at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.
 
Sweet Sixteen, Rose Sale celebrates 16 years of supporting local cancer care.
August 04, 2014: September 10th will mark the 16th Anniversary of the Annual Shirley Batsie Memorial Rose sale which features a dozen roses for only $8.00.
 
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Seeks Community Health Initiative Proposals
August 01, 2014: Baystate Mary Lane Hospital (BMLH) has released a request for proposal (RFP) for community health initiatives from area not-for-profit organizations.
 
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital to offer Grieving Support Group beginning in September
July 29, 2014: Healing after a loss is often a long and difficult journey.
 
Dr. Ahmed named by Becker Hospital Review as one of top 500 “People to know in Healthcare”
July 21, 2014: Dr. M. Shafeeq Ahmed, Acting President and Chief Operating Officer at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and Chief Medical Officer of the Baystate Health Eastern Region, was recently named by Becker Hospital Review as one of the top 500 “People to know in Healthcare” in the nation.
 
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital welcomes general surgeon, Dr. Kelly Galster to its Medical Staff
July 21, 2014: Dr. Galster is a welcome addition to our medical staff,” said Dr. Shafeeq Ahmed, Acting President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. “He will be a great asset to our patients who need emergency or routine surgical care as we continue our mission to meet the needs of patients in our community.”
 
Emergency Medical Technician Basic Training Program to begin in September
July 09, 2014: Baystate Mary Lane Hospital will partner Quality EMS Educators, Inc. to offer a Basic Emergency Medical Technical Program to be held at the hospital this fall.
 
Lightning storms can pose serious risk
July 07, 2014: The start of summer brings warmer weather that often leads to the rumble of thunder. While lightning displays in the summer sky can be quite spectacular, lightning is completely unpredictable, and can be deadly.
 
Dr. Mark A. Keroack assumes leadership of Baystate Health
July 01, 2014: On July 1, Dr. Mark A. Keroack, MPH, a native of Springfield, officially became president and chief executive officer of Baystate Health, succeeding Mark R. Tolosky, JD, FACHE, who has served in that role since 2004.
 
ER Physician encourages families to make water safety a top priority
June 24, 2014: Drowning can happen any time of year, but it is important to be particularly vigilant during warmer months when the number of drownings skyrockets.
 
Country Bank awards $12,000 to the Carson Center
June 16, 2014: Paul Scully, President and CEO of Country Bank, and Shelly Regin, First VP, Director of Marketing at CB, paid a surprise visit to the Baystate Mary Lane Community Benefits Advisory Committee (CBAC) this past week.
 
Emergency Room Nurse offers Hiking Tips to Stay Safe
June 12, 2014: Whether you decide to take a short, scenic stroll or plan an extensive hiking adventure a safe hiking outing requires some planning.
 
Emergency Physician offers tips to reduce your risk of tick-borne disease
June 06, 2014: Be extra vigilant now and through September when ticks are most active.
 
“Look Good…Feel Better” Program to be held at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in July
June 02, 2014: The Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and the American Cancer Society will present “Look Good…Feel Better,” a free program for area women on Thursday, July 31, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
 
Prevention is Best Way to Combat Mosquito Population now on the rise
May 29, 2014: In Massachusetts, the diseases linked to mosquitoes are West Nile virus (WNV) and eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus.
 
Babysitter Academy to be held in July at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital
May 23, 2014: The class will be held in the Main Conference Room located on the second floor of the hospital.
 
Health and Safety Fair planned for Tuesday, June 3
May 21, 2014: The staff of Baystate Home Infusion & Respiratory Services will hold a Personal Health and Safety Fair on Tuesday, June 3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Main Conference Room at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.  
 
9th Annual Walk of Champions Raises $84,000
May 15, 2014: Since 2006, the Walk of Champions has raised over a half a million dollars.
 
Blood Pressure Screening Offered Mornings by Emergency Department Team
May 12, 2014: Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Emergency Department offers blood pressure screenings daily between the hours of 6:00 am and 9:00 am, seven days a week.
 
Ware Emergency Room Nurse Finds Calling in Providing Critical Care
May 07, 2014: May 6-12 is National Nurses Week
 
West Brookfield Medical-Surgical Nurse Inspired by her Dad
May 07, 2014: May 6-12 is National Nurses Week
 
Occupational Therapist specialize in problem solving
April 17, 2014: Ask any occupational therapist and they’ll tell you that their job is unique. For Kevin Smith, Occupational Therapist (OT) and Certified Hand Therapist at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, no two days are the same as he works to help his patients cope with the social, emotional and physical effects of illness and injury.
 
Mexicali Grill in Ware to donate percentage of profits to the Walk of Champions
April 11, 2014: Mexicali Fresh Mex Grill will be donating a percentage of its profits on Monday, April 21, and Tuesday, April 22 to the Walk of Champions. 
 
Babysitter Academy to be held in May at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital
April 11, 2014: Baystate Mary Lane Hospital will sponsor a Babysitters Academy in May to ready area youth for summer babysitting responsibilities. 
 
Spirit of Women to sponsor “Enhance Your Dance” an educational program for young dancers
April 04, 2014: A special evening devoted to the young dancer is planned for Tuesday, April 29, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.
 
D & D Fitness Factory invites community to Annual Lift for Life and 5K Walk/Road Race on April 13
March 24, 2014: The Goudreau family invites community members to join them on Sunday, April 13 to compete in the Fitness Challenge, the Road Race or to cheer on the competition throughout the morning. 
 
Dr. Mohammed Shafeeq Ahmed of Baystate Mary Lane named one of the top 100 “CMO’s to know”
March 18, 2014: Many of the leaders were nominated by their peers and the list was vetted by industry experts.
 
Restorative yoga classes to benefit breast cancer patients to begin April 2
March 14, 2014: The program is grant-funded by Rays of Hope and is free to breast cancer patients and survivors.
 
The Quabbin Reservoir’s set to Host the Ninth Annual Walk of Champions on Sunday, May 4
March 05, 2014: Sunday, May 4, marks the ninth annual Walk of Champions. In 2013 the Walk of Champions raised a record setting $91,000 in support of integrated cancer services at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.
 
Silhouettes Salon holds Cut-A-Thon to benefit annual Walk of Champions on March 1
February 25, 2014: Silhouettes Cut-A-Thon will feature $15 Haircuts and Manicures with no appointments necessary from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the salon located at 164 B West Street, Ware.
 
Program designed to help the young dancer recover from injury
February 07, 2014: As with any sport or exercise routine, dance can lead to overuse injuries.
 
Spirit of Women to sponsor "Heart-Warming Ladies" Night in February
January 24, 2014: February is American Heart Month; a month to spread awareness about the importance of heart health.   
 
Babysitter Academy to be held in March at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital
January 22, 2014: The one day program will be held on Sunday, March 9, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
 
Team work vital at Diabetes Support Group meetings
January 17, 2014: Diabetes can affect nearly every aspect of your daily life, and dealing with it can be a daunting task
 
Is your cell phone making you sick?
January 02, 2014: With the flu season underway, most of us work hard at figuring out how to avoid getting sick.
 
Get your shovels out, snow is coming!
December 31, 2013: US hospitals treat on average about 11,500 injuries and medical emergencies a year related to shoveling snow. 
 
Exercising in the Cold Weather
December 30, 2013: No matter what time of year, exercising and breathing fresh air can be good for you! 
 
"Look Good...Feel Better" Program to be held at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital
December 09, 2013: The program teaches beauty techniques to women who are undergoing cancer treatment.
 
Winter Health Survival Guide
December 09, 2013: Winter is quickly approaching
 
BMP - Quabbin Adult Medicine welcomes Dr. Hanumagutti
November 05, 2013: Dr.Hanumagutti is currently accepting new patients; her office is located at BMP Quabbin Adult Medicine, 95 Sargent Street in Belchertown.
 
EMS Training benefits Rays of Hope
October 23, 2013: Since its inception in 1994, Rays of Hope has been helping women and men in the fight against breast cancer
 
Autumn Open House at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital to Highlight Community Support
October 03, 2013: The community is invited to an Autumn Open House at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital on Wednesday, October 16, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to tour the new Healing Garden.
 
Every Picture Tells a Story
October 03, 2013: Country Bank recently pledged $100,000 to Baystate Mary Lane Hospital to help upgrade the general radiography unit located in the radiology department.
 
Basic EMT DOT Refresher Course Offered at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital to Benefit Rays of Hope
September 13, 2013: Baystate Mary Lane Hospital will partner with Charles “Michael” Callahan, EMT-P, to offer a Basic EMT DOT Refresher Course to be held at the hospital.
 
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital seeks Community Health Initiative Proposals
September 13, 2013: Baystate Mary Lane Hospital (BMLH) has released a request for proposal (RFP) for community health initiatives from area not-for-profit organizations that can offer innovative approaches to addressing unmet health needs in the Quaboag Hills Region of Hampshire, Hampden and Worcester County’s.
 
It's flu shot time - children and adults need annual flu vaccines
September 13, 2013: The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May, most commonly the flu peaks in the U.S. in January or February.
 
Get your Zzzz's to protect your body from disease
September 03, 2013: The quality of our sleep directly affects the quality of our waking life, including mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality, safety and even weight.
 
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Recognized for Organ and Tissue Donation Outreach
August 21, 2013: Baystate Mary Lane Hospital was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching gold, silver, and bronze levels of outreach for organ and tissue donation and registration.
 
Group Support for People with Diabetes
August 21, 2013: Even though millions of people have diabetes, many people feel very much alone when they receive their diagnosis.
 
Podiatrists to join medical specialists providing care at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital
August 21, 2013: New patients are welcome and most insurance plans are accepted. For more information or to make an appointment call Western Massachusetts Podiatry Associates at 413- 525-4373.
 
Everything is coming up roses.....Rose Sale celebrates 15th anniversary
August 06, 2013: This year the annual Shirley Batsie Memorial Rose sale which features a dozen roses for only $8.00 will take place on September 11 through September 14. Over the past 15 years the rose sale has raised over $225,000 in support of Integrated Cancer Services at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital through the Baystate Regional Cancer Program.
 
September Blood Drive held at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital
August 06, 2013: The community is invited to participate in an upcoming blood drive to be held on Tuesday, September 3 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital on the Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile.
 
Emergency Medical Technician Basic Training Program to begin on September 23
August 06, 2013:
 
Safey in the Sun
July 19, 2013: Long summer days, the extreme heat and exposure to the more intense summer sun’s UV rays can greatly increase your risk of getting a sunburn.
 
Heat Exhaustion & Heatstroke: What You Should Know
July 17, 2013: Heat related illnesses are common in athletes but they can also affect the elderly, the very young and persons with predisposing medical conditions as well as those taking a variety of medications.
 
Emergency Physician offers tips to reduce your risk of tick-borne disease
July 02, 2013: While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant now and through September when ticks are most active.
 
Prevention is Best Way to Combat Mosquito-borne Illness
July 02, 2013: Mosquito larvae usually take up to seven days to hatch and the rains the past week have provided plenty of breeding pools.
 
Safety tips for youth attending summer sports and athletic camps
July 02, 2013: School has come to an end and soon many athletic fields will be filled with summer sport camps.
 
Give blood. Win a pair of Red Sox tickets!
June 13, 2013: Summer is here! Time for long weekends, vacations, and donating blood! Blood donations decrease in the summer as donors are busy enjoying time off with family and friends. We need your help to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply is available all summer long!
 
Dr. Joseph Lellman to offer Lecture on Osteoarthritis
May 29, 2013: Osteoarthritis is a common disease affecting as many as 33 million Americans, causing pain, stiffness and swelling in joints. It can reduce joint mobility and interfere with daily activities.
 
Risk Management for EMS Providers presented in June
May 29, 2013: On June 5, Emergency Department physician, Dr. Paul Gerstein, will present Risk Management for EMS Providers beginning at 6:30 pm in the Main Conference Room.
 
"Look Good....Feel Better" Program to be held at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital
May 23, 2013: The Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and the American Cancer Society will present “Look Good…Feel Better,” a free program for area women on Thursday, June 27, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
 
Babysitter Academy to be held in June
May 20, 2013: Baystate Mary Lane Hospital will sponsor a Babysitters Academy in June to ready area youth for summer babysitting responsibilities.
 
8th Annual Walk of Champions Raises record $91,000
May 20, 2013: Sunday, May 5, marked the 8th annual Walk of Champions.
 
D & D Fitness Factory holds Competition in Memory of Loved One
April 24, 2013: D & D Fitness Factory a co-ed training facility in Ware will sponsor two special events to be held on Sunday, April 28; The Lift for Life and 5 K Road Race. Both events are held in memory of their family member Donna Goudreau.
 
Silhouettes Salon holds Cut-A-Thon to benefit Walk of Champions
April 24, 2013: On Saturday, April 27, Debbie Rozzen owner of Silhouettes Salon and her dedicated staff will donate their earnings and tips that day for all hair cuts, manicures and facials to raise funds for the Walk of Champions.
 
Sacred Gathering to be held for all those touched by cancer on April 21
March 19, 2013: The community is invited to attend an interfaith service of prayer, music, and reflection for those touched by cancer to be held on Sunday, April 21 beginning at 2:00 pm at All Saints Church, 17 North Street in Ware.
 
WALK ON...The Quabbin Reservoir set to Host the Eighth Annual Walk of Champions
March 19, 2013: Once again the Goodnough Dike area of the Quabbin Reservoir will be filled with hundreds of people walking in honor or in memory of loved ones affected by cancer, all with the determination to make a difference in those affected by the disease.
 
Restorative yoga classes to benefit breast cancer patients to begin March 20
March 07, 2013: An eight-week restorative yoga class designed for breast cancer patients will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning March 20 and continue through May 8 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
 
Sugar: How much is too much?
February 25, 2013: Our bodies rely on natural sugars to function, yet eating too much can lead to serious health issues.
 
"Look Good...Feel Better" Program to be held at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital
February 22, 2013: The Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and the American Cancer Society will present “Look Good…Feel Better,” a free program for area women on Tuesday, March 19, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
 
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital to host March 1 Blood Drive
February 14, 2013: “During the winter months, blood donations decrease due to the inclement weather and illness,” said Suzanne Stockley, recruiter of the Baystate Health blood donor program. “All blood types are needed to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply is always available.”
 
Keeping your heart healthy
February 11, 2013: February is American Heart Month; a month to spread awareness about the importance of heart health. Each year, countless American families are impacted by heart disease and stroke.
 
Important numbers to know for heart health
February 05, 2013: High blood pressure is an easy disease to overlook. There are often no visible signs or physical symptoms. Because of this, it is important to have your blood pressure checked.
 
Her handy work for his healing hands
January 25, 2013: Rebecca Sherman, of Palmer, was just 24 years old when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune condition. From the onset, she vowed that this progressive disease, which causes damage to joints with significant pain and swelling, would not keep her from being active.
 
Lecture held in February to discuss GERD
January 14, 2013: Most people get heartburn once in a while. If you have heartburn two or more times a week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a term used to describe chronic heartburn.
 
Area women invited to lecture on menopause
January 14, 2013: For years, menopause has been the subject of rumor and myth. Today, menopause is seen as a perfectly natural part of life. It's also known that menopause is an easy transition for some, and sometimes more difficult for others.
 
Media Advisory: Flu Season Intensifies, Baystate Health Visitor Policy Changes
January 10, 2013: Our community is seeing a high incidence of influenza infection. In order to protect its patients, guests and staff to the greatest extent possible from exposure to the flu virus, Baystate Health has adopted changes to its Visitors Policy.
 
A New Year Resolution You Can Keep
January 03, 2013: Studies suggest that 20% of resolutions are broken within the first week of January and at least 80% are broken within one year, and the actual figure is probably much higher.
 
Your Best Defense is Still a Flu Shot
December 27, 2012: It may seem too late in the season to worry about the flu vaccine, but health officials say that's not true.
 
Emergency Physician Offers Snow Shoveling Safety Tips
December 27, 2012: The winter season brings the cold weather, snow and a list of injuries that are common with the season, said Morris Leibowitz, MD, board certified Emergency Physician at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.
 
SNAPSHOT - Jeffrey Gutterman, MD
December 17, 2012: How long you been an emergency room physician at BMLH? I have been an emergency room physician with BMLH ER for over 12 years working nights from the start. Why did you become an emergency room physician? I grew up in a health care family. I certainly felt that I too wanted to help others but I also wanted a broad area of practice which I found in Emergency Medicine. It is a specialty that for me is quite dynamic and often provides more immediate results.
 
Get Heart Smart for the Holidays by Managing Your Blood Pressure
December 17, 2012: Ware, MA (December 17, 2012) -With the holiday season upon us, it is important to continue to monitor your health, especially your blood pressure. According to the American Heart Association, although your blood pressure may rise for a short time while you're feeling stressed, stress is not a proven cause of high blood pressure. It’s how you respond to stress, like smoking, drinking alcohol, sleeping poorly, and eating salty junk food that can raise your blood pressure.
 
Local Artist’s Donation Has Great Meaning
November 21, 2012: Art has been a part of Paulette Charpentier life for over 20 years.  From the time she took her first class in watercolor painting, it was apparent that she had a great gift.  A resident of Ware, Charpentier has since been a featured artist at special events and craft shows throughout Hampden and Hampshire Counties.  Her vibrant work is easily recognizable as it often features area landmarks and local scenes. 
 
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Offers 30-Minute ER Pledge
October 25, 2012: The mission of the Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Emergency Department is to provide exceptional timely care. With our new 30-minute pledge, our goal is for a provider to see every patient within 30 minutes of their arrival at our facility.
 
Happy Healthy Halloween
October 22, 2012: Halloween is only one night, but for many it’s a holiday that leads to temptation that could last a month. “While it’s ok to occasional indulge in the bite side treats that Halloween offers, there is always the risk that one treat can lead to many,” said Dr Kirti Nagpal, BMP-Quabbin Pediatrics. “Eventually, we find ourselves with unintentional weight gain and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet!” The smaller than a full size bar offer built-in portion control for children and adults but the trick is to stop after one. The average fun size candy bar is 100 calories, these popular fun-size treats can add up quickly. “It's far too easy to eat four of five "little" candies, that can easily add up to 400 or 500 calories in no time,” said Dr. Nagpal.
 
Fall and winter months can increase your exposure to the common cold
October 11, 2012: The common cold is one of the most prevalent illnesses, leading to more doctor visits and absences from school and work than any other illness every year.
 
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital moves BMC satellite Hematology Oncology unit to expanded space
September 25, 2012: The Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital has expanded and relocated its outpatient care and infusion services. The new space, formerly the Women & Infants Unit, located on the 4th floor of the hospital, now offers an enhanced area where experts from the Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Medical Center continue to provide convenient access to comprehensive cancer care, clinical trials and a multidisciplinary team approach to cancer care locally in Ware.
 
Thinking about a flu shot, children need annual flu vaccines too
September 14, 2012: Each year millions of people suffer from the cough, fever, aches, and pains caused by the flu, a highly contagious infection. While it may seem to early to think about flu season, now is the time to get vaccinated against contagious respiratory illness.
 
The benefits of breakfast for children
September 10, 2012: Dr. Kirti Nagpal, Pediatrician with BMP Quabbin Pediatric offers information about the importance of a eating a healthy breakfast.
 
Prevention is best way to combat mosquito-borne illness
September 07, 2012: Dr. Richard Gerstein, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital alerts community members to the continued risk of mosquito-borne (arboviral) illnesses, such as those caused by West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus.
 
The Baystate Mary Lane Hospital welcomes Dr. Oscar Martinez to its OB-GYN Practice
August 24, 2012: BPM Mary Lane OB/GYN is pleased to welcome Dr. Oscar Martinez to their team. Dr. Martinez joins Dr. Mohammed Ahmed, Chair of Ob/Gyn services and Lisa Beaudry, Certified Nurse Midwife in providing a full range of comprehensive care to women in the many communities served by Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.