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That’s Cool!

AlexLemonNorthwestern Mutual Springfield Group recently teamed with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a national fund-raising movement to raise money for childhood cancer research, by setting up a lemonade stand in front of the company’s 1351 Main St. offices in downtown Springfield. During the height of the heat wave, the public was invited to enjoy an ice-cold lemonade and offer donations. From left, Diane Barnes, recruiting and selection professional with Northwestern Mutual, receives a cold lemonade from Stephanie Killian, event planner and marketing assistant, and Jill Monson, owner, both of Inspired Marketing.

Photo by Ed Cohen



Teacher Report

TeacherQualityKate Walsh, president of the Washington D.C.-based National Council of Teacher Quality, recently addressed Springfield Business Leaders for Education and others at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame regarding a first-ever national report on teacher preparation. The report, developed in partnership with U.S. News & World Report, evaluated more than 1,100 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. that educate and prepare elementary- and secondary-school teachers, including 35 within Massachusetts. A panel discussion followed the presentation. The panel included, from left, Tom O’Brien, human relations administrator for Springfield Public Schools; Walsh; Paul Hyry-Dermith, interim assistant superintendent, Holyoke Public Schools; and Henry Thomas, president of the Urban League of Springfield.


Closing the Deal

PicThisClosingCooley Dickinson’s recent Closing Day marked the official start of the Northampton-based hospital’s system-wide affiliation with Massachusetts General Hospital. Pictured, CDH president and CEO Craig Melin, left, and Mass General President Dr. Peter Slavin sign off on the affiliation closing memorandum using telemedicine technology. The technology, already in place at Cooley Dickinson for telestroke and teleneurology consultations with Mass General physicians, is one way the affiliation will bring expanded services to the people of the Pioneer Valley. Noted Slavin, “Mass General and Cooley Dickinson have had a successful working relationship the past four years with the collaboration between the Mass General Cancer Center and Cooley Dickinson Cancer Care Program. We welcome the opportunity to build on that and other clinical services.”

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