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    December 03, 2019


    HOLYOKE, MA – December 3, 2019 -- Spiros Hatiras, President and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems, has announced Simon Ahtaridis, MD, MPH as the new Chief Medical Officer at Holyoke Medical Center.

    “I want to partner with staff members and find ways to support them to provide better patient care. Medicine has become more team-oriented. The best doctors and nurses require coordination of care,” said Dr. Ahtaridis.

    Before joining Holyoke Medical Center, Dr. Ahtaridis was the National Clinical Advisor / CMO for Sound Advisory Services. In this role he oversaw the overall clinical performance of Sound’s onsite and remote advisory services.

    His prior experience also includes serving as the Chief Medical Officer for Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, where he also served as the Chief of Hospitalist Service and Chief of Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Ahtaridis has been an instructor in medicine, first at Harvard Medical School and most recently at the University Of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ahtaridis’ main focus has been the area of improving utilization management in the inpatient setting and population health programs, including improved documentation, reduced length of stay, readmissions and appropriate utilization of resources.

    Dr. Ahtaridis received his medical degree from the Temple University School of Medicine. Prior to graduation, he took two years off to serve as the legislative affairs director for the American Medical Student Association in Washington, D.C., and also received his Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health with a focus on health systems. Dr. Ahtaridis completed his residency in internal medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he received several teaching awards. Dr. Ahtaridis was additionally a chief resident and the chief of the hospitalist service at the Cambridge Health Alliance.

    “We are very excited to have Dr. Ahtaridis join Valley Health Systems,” said Hatiras. “His extensive background and commitment to strengthen hospital performance will support the continued alignment between our medical staff and the important performance and quality improvement initiatives we are working on to fulfill our vision of becoming the best place for care and the best place to work.”

    Dr. Ahtaridis lives in Northampton, MA, with his wife, ten-year-old son and three-year-old daughter.



    About Holyoke Medical Center:

    Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) is a 198-bed independent community hospital with over 1,300 employees serving individuals and families throughout the cities and towns of the Pioneer Valley. The medical staff includes more than 375 physicians and consulting staff.  Holyoke Medical Center is a nationally-accredited hospital and is the first and only hospital in Western Massachusetts to obtain the prestigious accomplishment of becoming certified in the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. HMC received the Top Hospital Award in 2016 and 2014 from the Leapfrog Group for excellence in quality of care and patient safety. This full-service hospital provides a complete line of inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services, including an award-winning Stroke Service consistently recognized as one of the best in the state for the past decade and receiving the 2019 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus & Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Holyoke Medical Center is a member of Valley Health Systems in Holyoke which also includes the affiliates Holyoke Medical Group, Holyoke Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Life Care, and River Valley Counseling Center. To learn more, visit www.holyokehealth.com.




    Rebecca MacGregor, Director of Marketing