Baystate Celebrates Acquisition of Wing
PALMER — Team members and leaders from Baystate Health and Baystate Wing Hospital joined elected officials and members of the Palmer community Friday to celebrate Wing’s official entry into the Baystate Health community. Wing formally became part of Baystate Health at midnight on Monday, September 1. “Our community hospitals enable us to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time for thousands of patients and their families,” said Dr. Mark Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health. “We expect the addition of Baystate Wing Hospital to have a major positive impact on quality, access, and affordability of healthcare in Western Massachusetts, and on our ability to continue to provide outstanding, high-value care for our patients close to where they live. Bringing two organizations together is a major undertaking, and doing it well requires vast amounts of teamwork and planning. Over the last several months, I have witnessed the outstanding commitment and expertise of both Wing and Baystate Health team members, who are driven by the common desire to ensure a smooth transition for patients and families. I thank all who have contributed their energy and expertise to this transition. We’re proud to bring Wing into our organization, and we’re grateful to be welcomed so warmly into the Palmer community.” Dr. Charles Cavagnaro III, president and CEO of Wing for the past 15 years and newly appointed president of Baystate Health’s Eastern Region, saluted his team’s grace in dealing with the change in ownership. “I’m so encouraged and so heartened by the way my colleagues at Wing have greeted this change with enthusiasm, open-mindedness, optimism, and hope — and by the way Baystate has eased the transition and greeted us with open arms. This new partnership has us well-positioned to meet the challenges of fulfilling our mission in a turbulent time in healthcare. It will take hard work, open minds, partnership, and commitment. And I believe our future is very bright.” Baystate Health’s Eastern Region encompasses Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, Baystate Wing Hospital, and its affiliated medical centers. Collaborations between Baystate Mary Lane and Baystate Wing will be a key element of improving the delivery of care in the region, said Keroack. “We are committed to the success of Baystate Mary Lane and Baystate Wing, and are eager to explore innovative ways of working together that also provide new and exciting opportunities for physicians and all Baystate team members in the region.” Baystate Wing Hospital is the third community hospital to join Baystate Health. Baystate Mary Lane Hospital became part of the health system in 1991, after Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield in 1986. Baystate Health acquired Wing Memorial Hospital from UMass Memorial Health Care, based in Worcester. The two health systems continue a collaborative relationship announced in September 2013. Baystate Wing Hospital has been serving patients in the Palmer, Quaboag Hills, and Pioneer Valley region since 1913. The 74-bed hospital and its five community medical centers in Belchertown, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, and Wilbraham offer emergency, diagnostic, medical, surgical, and psychiatric services as well as outpatient services provided by more than 50 medical staff and 165 registered nurses. Baystate Wing Hospital’s network also includes the Griswold Behavioral Health Center and the Wing VNA and Hospice. Baystate Wing is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and is designated a Primary Stroke Service hospital by the Mass. Department of Public Health. It was also recently recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as one of model hospitals promoting health and improving quality of life. Together, the hospital and its community medical centers are focused on high-quality, patient-centered care delivered by physicians specializing in 45 medical disciplines, including adult family medicine, internal medicine, geriatric medicine, ob/gyn, and pediatric medicine.
Business Growth Center Expands Programming
SPRINGFIELD — The Business Growth Center at Springfield Technology Park has received a grant from the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) to help underserved or disadvantaged business owners in the Pioneer Valley grow, or stabilize, their enterprises. The funds will enable the center to continue its Stronger Businesses Program, starting Oct. 7, and supplement funding for its staff. This is the second time the Business Growth Center has received this MGCC grant for the Stronger Businesses Program, which focuses on businesses with fewer than 20 employees. An assistant program manager will also be added to the center’s staff to support its Growth Advisory Program and seminars. The grant is part of the MGCC’s 2015 Small Business Assistance Grants Program, which is designed to complement and enhance the traditional public and private small-business assistance network. The Business Growth Center is one of 30 organizations statewide to receive 25 grants, and the only one in Hampden or Hampshire county to receive funding from the MGCC. “Businesses with fewer than 20 employees dominate the Pioneer Valley,” said Marla Michel, the Business Growth Center’s director. “They will benefit from this support, as it allows us to re-offer a proven business-growth workshop and build our capacity for other growth programs.” The Stronger Businesses Program is an eight-session, in-depth offering for motivated leaders of for-profit and nonprofit businesses aiming to strengthen their organizations and accelerate growth through better decision making, new-product introductions, and more efficient operations. The program starts on Oct. 7 and, after a five-week ‘homework’ period, runs from Nov. 12 to Dec. 23. Business owners can bring an associate at no additional charge to help absorb what they learn more effectively. Discounts are available to members of all the regional chambers of commerce and the Western Mass. chapter of the National Machine and Tooling Assoc., as well as clients of the Business Growth Center’s service providers: the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, the New England Business Associates Business Development Center, and SCORE. Participants in last year’s program reported increased business stabilization or growth as a result of the program. “If I hadn’t taken this class, my company wouldn’t have been in as upward a position as it is,” said Kristin Maier, program participant and president of Peerless Precision Inc. in Westfield. Added Leslie Belay, senior program manager at MGCC, “we are pleased to have the Business Growth Center as one of our grantees in Western Mass. Their Stronger Businesses Program is compelling and will assist small-business owners in expanding their products and services to meet new growth opportunities in the Pioneer Valley.” Registration is open for the Stronger Businesses Program and available on the center’s website.
Women’s Fund Announces $240,000 in Grant Awards
EASTHAMPTON — The Women’s Fund of Western Mass. announced a total of $240,000 in grant commitments in Berkshire, Franklin, Hamden, and Hampshire counties. Working within its focus areas of educational access and success, economic justice, and safety and freedom from violence, partners in these communities will each receive $60,000 over three years to deploy innovative programs that will help shift the landscape for women and girls. Among the grantees, Berkshire United Way will spearhead a coalition effort titled Face the Facts Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition; in Franklin County, Greenfield Community College will launch the Franklin County Women’s GARDEN Project Collaborative; in Hampden County, the Prison Birth Project will continue its social- and reproductive-justice efforts for incarcerated and post-incarcerated mothers; and in Hampshire County, funding will go to the Treehouse Foundation’s project titled Re-envisioning Foster Care Together. “We have incredible partnerships with our grantees,” said Elizabeth Barajas-Román, who joined the Women’s Fund as its new CEO earlier this month. “By investing in these organizations, the fund is deepening our impact and strengthening our reach.” In addition to the financial award, the Women’s Fund is investing an additional $12,000 into the partnership by giving each organization the opportunity to select two of their staff, constituents, or board members as participants of the Women’s Fund’s Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI). LIPPI, a program of the Women’s Fund, has equipped 200 women from across the four western counties to become civic leaders in their communities; impact policy on the local, state, and national levels; and seek and retain elected positions. Collectively, these four grantees will help leverage the Women’s Fund’s impact on the lives of women and girls in Western Mass. The Women’s Fund will also continue to convene skill-building sessions and support the programming of organizations that work on issues that impact women and girls. The Women’s Fund advances social-change philanthropy to create economic and social equality for women and girls in Western Mass. through grant-making and strategic initiatives. Since 1997, the WFWM has awarded more than $2 million in grants to more than 100 programs in the four counties of Western Mass. The WFWM is building its capacity to be the go-to organization for all issues related to improving the lives of women and girls.
State Touts Web Portal for Municipal Grants
BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration has unveiled a new web portal for cities and towns to easily identify grant opportunities that could benefit their communities. The Municipal Grant Finder (mass.gov/municipalgrants) is a one-stop web shop for local officials and residents to learn about grant opportunities across state government, regardless of which state agency manages a grant program. “Through the new Municipal Grant Finder, the Patrick administration is continuing its commitment to provide resources to help our municipal partners deliver core services to their communities,” said Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor. The web portal will highlight what resources exist and where to find them, as management of these grants and resources is decentralized among a multitude of state government agencies. The Municipal Grant Finder will help them navigate state government by succinctly profiling more than 60 funding and support opportunities for cities and towns. Working together, the Patrick administration and the Commonwealth’s municipalities have already achieved real, meaningful savings and structural changes to keep costs down so municipalities can make the necessary investments in community services that keep them thriving. Municipal healthcare reform is providing significant and immediate savings to cities and towns, and 257 communities and school districts across Massachusetts have already collectively saved more than $247 million in health-insurance premiums over the past three years as a result of the landmark municipal healthcare reform law signed by Patrick in July 2011.