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  • Elms College Adds Certificate Program in Global Health

    CHICOPEE, Mass. -- To prepare professionals in a variety of fields to manage culturally complex healthcare issues, the College of Our Lady of the Elms has established a new certificate in global health program to launch in September 2019.

    Using global health as a critical lens, students in this certificate program will study how the global burden of disease affects populations locally, nationally, and abroad.Led by expert faculty in biology, nursing, psychology, and social work, the certificate program emphasizes diverse frameworks for identifying, understanding, and developing interventions for global health issues. Students will focus on developing an adaptable, interdisciplinary skill set that can be applied to multiple contexts, including clinical nursing, healthcare administration, social work, community activism, education, and mental health.

    Coursework will challenge students to engage with global health case studies, using epidemiological analysis, biostatistics, social determinants of health, and healthcare management strategies to deepen your expertise and knowledge of the health continuum. 

    Establishing a strong foundation in the principles of global health can pave the way for many career paths, including community health program coordinator, health researcher, nurse educator specializing in population health or public health, manager of health promotion and disease prevention programs, or manager of international healthcare planning and delivery programs.

    The certificate in global health is 12 academic credits, made up of four courses from four majors at Elms: social work, biomedical studies, psychology, and nursing healthcare management. A final capstone project gives students the opportunity to synthesize the coursework and reflect on how they will apply global health principles to their careers.

    With the asynchronous online format, the certificate program can be completed in as little as four 11-week semesters, taking place over one academic year. The online course structure also gives students the option to complete the program at their own pace. The program can be started in either the fall or spring semester. 

    Interested students and prospective students are encouraged to contact Cynthia Dakin, Ph.D., RN, director of MSN programs at Elms, at 413-265-2455 or dakinc@elms.edu for more information.

    About Elms College

    Elms College is a coeducational Catholic college offering a liberal arts curriculum that gives students multiple perspectives on life. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Elms College has a tradition of educating reflective, principled and creative learners, who are rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to civic and social obligations, and capable of adjusting to change without compromising principle.

  • Ohana School of Performing Arts Offers All-inclusive Dance Weeks for All Ages and Abilities

    Settled in its new location at 41 Sheridan Street in Chicopee, Ohana is currently enrolling for all-inclusive dance weeks. Full-day, half-day and daily participation is available to meet any family's summer schedule. Sibling and multi-week discounts are also offered. Weekly sessions are planned around popular themes that are bound to get your kiddos excited: LOL Surprise Fashion and Dance, Broadway Bound, Celebrate. Create. DANCE! and Spirit of Aloha. Evening classes and a week long intensive are also available. 

    Ohana's mission is to spread peace and positivity through performance, and so children of any age or ability are welcome to join. For more information about summer dance weeks, click through to https://www.ohanaperformingarts.com/summer. More information about summer session classes can be found here: https://www.ohanaperformingarts.com/summerclasses


  • Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa Presented with James C. Hendy Memorial Award

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa has been selected as the winner of the James C. Hendy Memorial Award, given to the outstanding executive in the American Hockey League for 2018-19.


    Costa was recognized Thursday evening at a gala reception during the Board of Governors’ Annual Meeting at Hilton Head Island, S.C. The James C. Hendy Award is named for the late Jim Hendy, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and AHL Hall of Fame and long-time statistician and historian for the AHL who won four Calder Cups as general manager of the Cleveland Barons.


    “It’s a great honor to be recognized as this year’s Hendy award winner for the success our front office has had in the Springfield community this past season,” said Costa. “None of this would have been possible without the dedication of our entire staff, as well as the support of Paul Picknelly and the entire ownership. This award has been won by so many great individuals, and I am humbled to now be a part of that group.”


    Costa has reenergized professional hockey in his hometown of Springfield, Mass., with passion, creativity and dedication at the helm of the Thunderbirds. The club has seen dramatic increases in attendance in each of the franchise’s first three seasons, including a 5,085 per-game average for the 2018-19 season. 11 different nights were sellouts for hockey inside the MassMutual Center, including the AHL’s signature event, the All-Star Classic. It marked the second straight season in which nine Thunderbirds games were played before a capacity crowd of 6,793 fans.


    “On behalf of our local ownership group, I want to congratulate Nate on this prestigious and well-deserved honor,” said Paul Picknelly, Managing Partner of the Thunderbirds. "Under Nate’s leadership, the T-Birds have shattered ticket sale records, created unique and memorable events for our fans, and sparked a renewed interest in professional hockey that has brought energy and excitement to a city and region. In just three short years, he has truly set a new standard for fan engagement, sales, and marketing for our entire league."


    In addition to Costa’s recognition for the Hendy Award, the Thunderbirds were also recognized in Hilton Head for excellence in digital media for the 2018-19 season in the Eastern Conference. These two honors add to a Thunderbirds trophy case that already includes recognition for a 15% growth in per-game Full Season Equivalents and for the Marketing Campaign of the Year (#RiseUp). Those two honors were presented to the Thunderbirds at the AHL Marketing Meetings last month in Charlotte, N.C.


    For more information or to become a 2019-20 Springfield Thunderbirds ticket member, call (413) 739-GOAL (4625) or visit www.SpringfieldThunderbirds.com.

  • Truehart Wellness Welcomes Tina Godin, Psychic Medium & Reiki Practitioner

    As a child, I was always sensitive to spirit and energy.  My mother was very spiritual and never dismissed my experiences. In fact, she was able to explain so much to me at a very young age, and as I grew older, my connection to the spirit world subsided as I was going through life's lessons.  It wasn't until a few years ago, when I lost my fiancé , that I was nudged back to my spiritual journey, and onto finding answers.  I was hurting so badly and I didn’t know where to turn. My heart was shattered.

    One evening, as I was in deep grief, I was on my computer googling the word "Grief" and came across a book that was written by an author and channeled from a spirit guide.  That then led me to reading the material. I found myself absorbing all of the information and yearning for more.  It opened up so much for me, and soon all the synchronicities starting happening.  

    I knew I was being guided and led by spirit.

    It wasn’t long before I dived into the metaphysical, became a Usui Reiki practitioner, enrolled in psychic/mediumship courses to master my craft. Its been an amazing journey thus far. Being a mom of two daughters, and owning my own company as well, I’ve been able to share some of my experiences to help inspire, encourage, and motivate others that spirit has sent to me. I am entirely grateful to spirit as I have been led to serve a higher purpose.

    Tina is available at Truehart on Tuesdays and Saturdays. To book an appointment, visit her web page at www.messagesofcomfort.com or call 413-345-5518

  • Holyoke Medical Center Honored with Five Awards for Excellence in Stroke Care

    Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) has received five prestigious national and state awards for excellence and quality of stroke care in Massachusetts, including the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus & Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Quality Achievement Award. The other four awards were presented by the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

    Angela Smith, R.N., HMC’s Manager of Stroke Service, stated “at Holyoke Medical Center we have an amazing team focused on providing the very best care to all of our patients, and with stroke patients that means providing the best care with speed and efficiency to protect from brain loss. We are honored to be recognized again for our hard work and dedication to our patients.” 

    Recognition for HMC’s stroke program included:


    American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s:

    • Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus & Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award, recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. HMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions. HMC also met the quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.


    Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health:


    • Coverdell National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) Rate of at Least 95 Percent Award, recognizing HMC for performing NIHSS assessments on at least 95 percent of stroke patients from January 2018-December 2018. The NIHSS is an evidence-based tool that is used to provide a quantitative measure of stroke-related neurologic deficit.    
    • Defect-free Care Award, which recognizes HMC for providing defect-free care for 90 percent or more of its stroke patients by utilizing all of the interventions for which each patient was eligible, from the period of January 2018-December 2018. Defect-free care is achieved when a patient receives the appropriate care based on clinical guidelines.
    • Modified Rankin Scale greater than or equal to 85% Award, which recognizes HMC as a hospital which completed the Modified Rankin Scale on at least 85% of stroke patients from January 2018-December 2018.
    • Dysphagia Screening greater than or equal to 95% Award, recognizing HMC for completing dysphagia screening on at least 95% of stroke patients from January 2018-December 2018.

    “Holyoke Medical Center is committed to following evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes, such as those implemented by the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Spiros Hatiras, President and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems.  “We commend our team for continuing to efficiently utilize the tools and resources provided to help us track and measure our success for the benefit of every patient.”


    “We are pleased to recognize Holyoke Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”


    Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and across the United States, and a leading cause of adult disability. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Immediate assessment and treatment are critical to help improve outcomes.