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Northeast IT Systems Expands to New Site
WEST SPRINGFIELD — Northeast IT Systems Inc. is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a planned move to a larger space.
The business is relocating to 777 Riverdale St. in West Springfield to better serve clients. “We are currently in a 750-square-foot space with limited highway access,” said partner Joel Mollison. “Our new location offers more than 2500 square feet and easy parking, and we believe it is situated ideally at the crossroads for our customers from Worcester to the Berkshires, and Greenfield to Windsor, Conn.” Founded in 2003 by Joel Mollison, Northeast IT has grown significantly over the years, evolving by 2010 into a partnership with Brian Sullivan. Northeast IT aims to tailor technology solutions to specific client needs. Certified technicians manage technology and create unique solutions, alleviating stress while increasing productivity and return on investment. Learn more about Northeast IT Systems at www.northeastit.net.

Health New England Medicare Advantage Plan Ranks Highest in State
SPRINGFIELD — The National Commission for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-14 was released last month, highlighting NCQA’s rankings of the nation’s private, Medicaid, and Medicare health plans based on their combined HEDIS(r), CAHPS(r), and NCQA accreditation standards scores. Health New England (HNE) is the top-ranked Medicare Advantage HMO plan in Massachusetts and the 13th-ranked Medicare Advantage Plan in the U.S., based on the 2013-14 NCQA rankings. “HNE will continue to work hard on the measures that make up these rankings. HNE has a lot to be proud of, and these quality rankings are a testament to the high-quality care and service we provide our members,” said Peter Straley, HNE president and CEO. The Medicare annual enrollment period begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. HNE expanded into certain areas of Berkshire County in 2013 and intends for the 2014 expansion to include all of Berkshire County.

Monson Savings Bank Wins Philanthropy Award for Post-tornado Work
MONSON — Monson Savings Bank recently won the Gold Community Champions Award in general philanthropy given by the New England Financial Marketing Assoc. (NEFMA). The award was specifically given for the bank’s community support following the tornadoes of June 1, 2011 and continuing through the recovery. Judging for the award was done by members of the PennJerDel Bank Marketing Assoc. in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Community efforts by banks and credit unions across New England were considered. “This award belongs to the employees of Monson Savings,” said Steve Lowell, bank president. “When I accepted the award, I told the audience that, in times of need, it is easy to write a check, and we certainly did that, but what made the difference was our employees’ compassion and commitment to our customers and community. Our employees in every branch and division were involved in the recovery in so many ways, and they also served as sounding boards and sympathetic ears for customers for months after the tornadoes.” The award ceremony was held in Framingham on Sept. 26. Patti Mitchell, chair of the NEFMA awards committee, said that “the competition for these awards was strong, and the submissions were detailed and inspiring. The winners demonstrated exceptional work. We couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved.”

Wing Reaches Goal for Hospital Cleanliness
PALMER — Wing Memorial Hospital’s Environmental Services staff recently achieved its goal of being ranked in the 90th percentile in its patient satisfaction score related to cleanliness of the hospital environment. “We have been implementing and developing new techniques from the hospitality industry that continue to change the everyday patient experience in the hospital environment,” said Matthew Ashford, director of Environmental Services at Wing. “This is a huge accomplishment for the department; a team has been working very hard to hit this mark.” Wing Memorial uses the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (HCAHPS), a nationally standardized survey, to measure how patients perceive the care they receive at the hospital. HCAHPS includes a core set of questions that can be combined with a broader, customized set of hospital-specific items. “We have put specific emphasis on patient-centered care into their daily routine, focusing on making the patient room an extension of their home by spending quality time with every patient when we are in their room,” Ashford said. “We want our patients to know that the hospital environment is not only about décor and cleanliness, but also caring staff who are an active part of their healthcare team, and we are here to help.” Janice Kucewicz, Wing’s senior vice president, added that “being in the 90th percentile means we are amongst the best. We are incredibly proud of the Environmental Services Department and all of their efforts. They are a great example of the hard work taking place throughout all of Wing.”

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