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Community Benefits Program Database - FY2012


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Note: The information contained in the Community Benefits Program Database is posted on this site as it has been reported by the hospitals and HMOs. The Attorney General's Office does not audit or "approve" the program information that the hospitals and HMOs submit, and makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.


 

Anna Jaques Hospital

Program Name : Women’s Night Out
Brief Description or Objective : A seminar series delivering information on topics including osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, breast health, cardiac care, stress reduction, mental health, proper diet, and exercise, and asthma. Topics are determined based on input from community members.

Program Name : Healthy Snack Corner
Brief Description or Objective : Children at local schools are encouraged to select healthy snacks each day, tracked on a door size tracking chart. Each week, children receive a healthy snack hero trading card , i.e. "Captain Broccoli" to encourage healthy snacking. Those who read library books about health and fitness sit on special chairs and rugs.

Program Name : How Far Can You Go pedometer program
Brief Description or Objective : The pedometer program encourages school children to walk, tracking their steps on a wall size map through historic landmarks across the US. Families, senior citizen centers, school staff, and classrooms currently use the pedometer program.

Program Name : Senior Dinners
Brief Description or Objective : Dinners are offered to 40 to 50 senior citizens on a monthly basis so that they can have healthy dinner at the hospital, hear a physician speaker and receive health information on a select topic of interest to this population.

Program Name : Teddy Bear Clinic
Brief Description or Objective : Staff performs "wellness checks" on teddy bears as way to entice children and parents to talk about health care, receive info on hospital services.

Program Name : Resource for Triton Wellness Committee
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques provides resources, information and physician speakers to the Triton Regional School District Wellness Committee.

Program Name : Just Right Kids
Brief Description or Objective : Teaches pre-school children about portion control, farm to table concept

Program Name : Newburyport Farmer's Market
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques Hospital is one of two main sponsors of the Newburyport Farmer's Market. Staff regularly attend and present at the Farmer's Market to ensure that the community has access to healthy, affordable food choices – especially fruits and vegetables. Eating healthy can help reduce people’s risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, and several types of cancer, as well as help them maintain a healthy body weight.

Program Name : Morning Java Radio Show
Brief Description or Objective : A weekly 1/2 hour radio show interviewing physicians and community members in order to provide health and wellness, and disease prevention information to the community.

Program Name : Coastal Trail Coalition Sponsorship
Brief Description or Objective : The hospital sponsored a mile of the Coastal Trails Coalition Rail Trail in Amesbury, MA, part of the 30 mile system of trails that connects Salisbury, Amesbury, Newburyport and Newbury. This sponsorship is part of the hospital's efforts to promote healthy living by being physically active.

Program Name : Breast Cancer Support Group
Brief Description or Objective : This monthly support group is a gathering where breast cancer patients and survivors can meet and discuss their situation with others who have faced similar issues. The group shares experiences, triumphs, challegnges, and friendship.

Program Name : Cancer Support Group
Brief Description or Objective : Individuals and families affected by cancer are welcome to join the monthly support group. The group is open to anyone coping with a cancer diagnosis so that they can spend time with others facing similar situations. The group provides ongoing support, en

Program Name : Food Drive
Brief Description or Objective : The registered nurses of Anna Jaques hospital volunteered their time on January 7, 2012 to help restock the shelves of local food pantries after the holidays and were amazed by the generosity of shoppers in Newburyport and Amesbury. The nurses set up shop outside of the Stop & Shop in Amesbury and the Shaw’s in Newburyport and handed out lists of what items local food pantries need the most. Shoppers then added some of those items to their own grocery order and handed them off to the nurses on their way out. The nurses filled a few cars with groceries and also collected over $300 in cash donations. The donations benefitted two local food pantries: The Pettengill House in Salisbury and Our Neighbor’s Table in Amesbury.

Program Name : Health and Home
Brief Description or Objective : Direct mail magazine to elderly women who may be house bound and underserved in Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury. Funded by a grant from the Newburyport Society for the Relief of Aged Women.

Program Name : Make One Change Magazine
Brief Description or Objective : This magazine is directly mailed to 20,000 residents, and distributed through physicians offices, gyms, libraries, schools and hospital events. Articles educate readers on breast health, obesity and weight reduction, healthy eating, cardiovascular health. In the fall 2011 issue, an article educated readers about mammograms and the importance of regular screening for early breast cancer detection.

Program Name : Heart & Sole High Heel Dash
Brief Description or Objective : Together with Interlocks Salon & Day Spa, Anna Jaques Hospital hosted the Heart & Sole High Heel Dash for the Newburyport Community. The dash challenged men, women, and kids to a 50-yard dash—in high heels. The event helped raise awareness for women's heart health. During the event, AJH staff reminded women to take care of their hearts, by eating fruits and vegetables every day, not to smoke and to exercise at least three times per week for 30 minutes.

Program Name : Newburyport Youth Basketball Camp
Brief Description or Objective : Anna Jaques Hospital sponsored the Newburyport Youth Basketball Camp. The annual camp promotes exercise and physical activity among youth.


Athol Memorial Hospital

Program Name : Lifeline
Brief Description or Objective : Subsidized program offering greatly reduced fee services for individuals.

Program Name : Health and Wellness Education
Brief Description or Objective : Presentations and interactive health and wellness efforts

Program Name : Support Groups
Brief Description or Objective : Provides space, publicity, and in some cases, staffing, for a variety of Support Groups to address health related issues in the community

Program Name : Community Outreach Nurse
Brief Description or Objective : Flu clinics, outreach education, prevention efforts

Program Name : Emergency Preparedness
Brief Description or Objective : Leadership role in organizing and coordinating Community Emergency Preparedness efforts

Program Name : Workforce Development
Brief Description or Objective : Internships, externships, mentoring, job shadows, career education opportunities


Baystate Franklin Medical Center

Program Name : Youth Education
Brief Description or Objective : In partnership since 2003 with public schools throughout BFMC's service area, BFMC has offered experiential programming to expose children and adolescents to the relationship between science, math and health care, and to stimulate their interest in pursuing further education in the field.

Program Name : BFMC Support Groups
Brief Description or Objective : Baystate Franklin Medical Center offers a variety of support groups for community individuals and families facing specific health issues - giving them opportunities to gain the insight and knowledge needed to best address their conditions.

Program Name : Outreach to Seniors
Brief Description or Objective : To improve individual compliance with medication protocols, promote home safety and support general wellness in the senior population of Franklin County, BFMC offers a variety of educational programs, materials and services.

Program Name : Financial Assistance Counseling
Brief Description or Objective : For over ten years, Baystate Health has provided financial counseling services to inpatient and outpatient individuals who have concerns about how to pay for care. Financial Counselors are dedicated to identifying and assisting patients who are unable to pay their estimated care prior to treatments or who have large existing balances. This assistance includes linking patients to available funding sources such as Medicaid and Medicare and determining whether they are eligible for charity care or for Baystate’s Financial Assistance Program.

Program Name : BFMC Healthbeat
Brief Description or Objective : “Healthbeat” is a community interview show featuring physicians, nurses, community leaders, and volunteers, who discuss a wide variety of health care and BFMC-related topics. Produced by Amy Swisher, Regional Director, Public Affairs & Communications, Baystate Health Northern and Eastern Regions. Co-hosted by Chuck Gijanto, President, Baystate Health Regional Markets. "BFMC HealthBeat" airs on cable access channels throughout Franklin County, a total of 65-85 times per month. It can be seen regularly on Greenfield Community Television Mondays at 6:00 pm and Thursdays at 11:00 am.

Program Name : Community Outreach and Education
Brief Description or Objective : Baystate Franklin Medical Center offers a variety of education, wellness and prevention programs to the community at large at no cost. These various programs are presented by BFMC physicians, nurses and allied health staff. The programs help participants live healthier, more productive lives by offering a variety of educational opportunities and health screenings that promote disease prevention, behavior change, and healthier lifestyles.


Baystate Mary Lane Hospital

Program Name : Emergency Medical Technician Training
Brief Description or Objective : Baystate Mary Lane Hospital partners with Quality EMS Educators of Worcester to offer Basic EMT Training to community members. Strained town budgets make EMS training and education a challenge for many rural fire/ambulance squads. To date over 90 community members have taken the EMT Basic Course. EMS providers are a vital part of the safety infrastructure of our community, and the first link in the chain of care for our residents. Many of the candidates that have completed this EMT course are now providing essential emergency care in the communities they live in.

Program Name : Community Health Outreach and Education
Brief Description or Objective : Baystate Mary Lane Hospital offers a variety of education, wellness and prevention programs to the community at large at no cost. These various programs are presented by BMLH physicians, nurses and staff. The Community Health Education programs help participants live healthier, more productive lives by offering a variety of educational opportunities and health screenings that promote disease prevention, behavior change, and healthier lifestyles.

Program Name : BMLH Support Groups
Brief Description or Objective : Baystate Mary Lane Hospital offers a variety of support groups for individuals and families facing specific health issues—giving them opportunities to gain the insight and knowledge needed to best address their condition.

Program Name : Financial Assistance Counseling
Brief Description or Objective : For over ten years, Baystate Health has provided financial counseling services to inpatient and outpatient individuals who have concerns about how to pay for care. Financial Counselors are dedicated to identifying and assisting patients who are unable to pay their estimated care prior to treatments or who have large existing balances. This assistance includes linking patients to available funding sources such as Medicaid and Medicare and determining whether they are eligible for charity care or for Baystate’s Financial Assistance Program.

Program Name : BMLH Healthbeat
Brief Description or Objective : “Healthbeat” is a community interview show featuring physicians, nurses, community leaders, and volunteers, who discuss a wide variety of health care and BMLH-related topics. Produced by Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs & Community Relations Specialist. Hosted by The Ware Community Television Program. "Healthbeat" airs on Ware Community Television, local cable access channel 15, Mondays at 6:00 pm and Thursdays at 11:00 am.

Program Name : Emergency Department Blood Pressure Screenings
Brief Description or Objective : BMLH Emergency Department RN’s offer daily blood pressure screening and education (as appropriate) to the community. Screenings are offered daily between the hours of 6:00 am and 9:00 am, seven days a week. There is no cost and no appointment necessary.


Baystate Medical Center

Program Name : Partners for a Healthier Community
Brief Description or Objective : Baystate Health is the primary funding partner for Partners for a Healthier Community. Partners for a Healthier Community is committed to building a measurably healthier Springfield through civic leadership, collaborative partnerships, and advocacy.

Program Name : Family Advocacy Center
Brief Description or Objective : The Family Advocacy Center provides assessment, treatment and crisis support to child abuse victims and their non-offending caretakers affected by child abuse and domestic violence in western Massachusetts.

Program Name : Baystate Springfield Educational Partnership
Brief Description or Objective : Through a series of enrichment and career development programs, BSEP aims to provide a health career pipeline for disadvantaged Springfield students.

Program Name : Baystate Brightwood Community School Based Health Clinic
Brief Description or Objective : The Baystate Brightwood Community School Based Health Clinic, located in Brightwood Elementary School in the North End of Springfield, is a satellite for the Brightwood Community Health Center. This program is collaboration between Baystate providers and other area providers as well as community services to ensure cohesive health care for school aged children and the broader community.

Program Name : Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts
Brief Description or Objective : Safe Kids of Western MA strives to prevent accidental childhood injuries and death through public awareness, safety education and distribution of safety devices. Program activities include car seat safety education and inspections, bicycle safety workshops and parent seminars.

Program Name : Mason Square Community Outreach and Education
Brief Description or Objective : Identify unmet community health needs and provide outreach to underserved residents of the Mason Square community via the coordination of health education focus groups, community health forums and fairs.

Program Name : Transgender Support Group
Brief Description or Objective : In parntership with UNITY of Pioneer Valley, this support group is a peer lead and psychosocial support group for Transgender individuals, their allies and all GLBTs. The confidentiality of the meeting provides a safe environment in which to address issues related to transition, such as relationships, family, spirituality and the workplace.

Program Name : Baystate Community Health Centers
Brief Description or Objective : Baystate Medical Center operates three Springfield-based community health centers including Baystate Brightwood Health Center, Baystate High Street Health Center (Adult and Pediatric Medicine) and Baystate Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center. Our health centers are comprehensive primary care medical practices that offer Adult and Pediatric Ambulatory Services, staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, and many other health care professionals.

Program Name : Baystate Regional Tuberculosis Program
Brief Description or Objective : The Tuberculosis Clinic provides TB diagnosis and treatment to patients throughout Western Massachusetts. It has been providing services for over 25 years. The majority of patients served are non-English speaking immigrants who have been referred for examination and treatment after receiving a positive PPD test or with a history of TB exposure in their native country. It serves both adult and pediatric patients.

Program Name : Indigent Pharmacy Program
Brief Description or Objective : Prescription drug assistance for uninsured patients. Program staff assist low-income patients access free prescription medications who might not otherwise have access to necessary medications.

Program Name : Financial Assistance Counseling
Brief Description or Objective : For over ten years, Baystate Health has provided financial counseling services to inpatient and outpatient individuals who have concerns about how to pay for care. Financial Counselors are dedicated to identifying and assisting patients who are unable to pay their estimated care prior to treatments or who have large existing balances. This assistance includes linking patients to available funding sources such as Medicaid and Medicare and determining whether they are eligible for charity care or for Baystate’s Financial Assistance Program.

Program Name : MIGHTY (Moving, Improving and Gaining Health Together at the Y)
Brief Description or Objective : MIGHTY is community-based multi-disciplinary pediatric obesity treatment program. It is held at the Springfield YMCA and includes 14 - 2 hour sessions which include physical activity, nutrition and behavior modification. It targets children and adolescents age 5-21. Sessions are augmented by weekly phone calls, monthly group activities, cooking classes and a gardening experience. In addition participants and their families are given a free 6 month long membership to their local YMCA. Ongoing monthly maintenance groups are available to all previous program participants. This program enrolls approximately 300 children per year.

Program Name : Library Outreach to Teach How to Find Reliable Online Sources of Health
Brief Description or Objective : Starting in March 2010, the Outreach Librarian met with several community groups to explore possibilities of teaching classes on how to find reliable online health information. The librarian offers her knowledge and skills and (in some cases) use of the library’s computer lab. The community workers are the contacts to populations facing chronic disease and racial/ethnic disparities. The teaching is a collaborative effort of the Outreach Librarian and the community workers.

Program Name : Consumer Health Library
Brief Description or Objective : In 1998, the Consumer Health Library was established by Baystate Health. The location at 3300 Main Street, Springfield, MA was designed to offer library resources and services to patients and their families. The Consumer Health Library is open Monday-Friday from 12:00-5:00pm. Our Outreach Librarian is available by appointment during morning, evening and Saturday hours. The Consumer Health Library is staffed by a librarian or trained library assistant to handle requests for information about health topics. The library has standard drug and medical reference books, current newsletters from Harvard, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and UC Berkeley and free pamphlets on general health topics. Visitors have access to subscription databases through the use of two PCs and a wireless connection. Visitors look at anatomical models and medical images to gain greater understanding about anatomy and physiology. A medical librarian performs searches for anyone interested in more detailed information on a personal health topic. Requests are taken in-person, over the phone, via email, or forwarded from the web form on www.baystatehealth.org. All resources and services are offered free of charge.

Program Name : Trauma and Injury Prevention
Brief Description or Objective : Trauma centers have an important role in reducing the impact of injury by participating in prevention efforts. These efforts are based on identification of specific injuries and risk factors in patients, families and the community. For many injuries, prevention is often the only, if not the best, means of dealing with this health care problem. Examples of our programs include; Brains at Risk, The Balancing Act, AARP Drivers Safety Program, And Drowsy Driving Campaign. Currently there are several programs that are in development.

Program Name : Somos Mujeres Poderosas
Brief Description or Objective : This support group addresses postpartum depression and anxiety and support the mental and physical health of Latina women and immigrant mother and babies specifically in the North End of Springfield. Data shows that 10-25% of mothers will experience ppd/p


Berkshire Medical Center

Program Name : Physician Recruitment/Workforce Development
Brief Description or Objective : Financial support to recruit new physicians, providing practices with communication, advertising and office start-up assistance. 20 new physicians joined staff in 2012, along with 15 new allied health professionals (Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants). Provided over 300 BMC/BHS employees tuition/fees for nursing training, radiologic technologist or lab technician training, including graduation of 15 RNs from the BHS/Elms College RN to BSN program, for which BHS pays full tuition and fees for eligible participants, as well as provides local class facility so instruction is done close to home. In all, BHS/Elms program has seen 107 nurses participate with 44 achieving degrees to date and 43 more enrolled and taking courses. Overall investment by BHS in the critical shortage program is over $7 million.

Program Name : Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Brief Description or Objective : Addresses identified cardiovascular risks in our community through education programs and health screenings. Heart health community education programs; over 3,000 screenings, including free blood pressure clinics; Worksite Wellness programs provided to numerous local companies and over 8,100 employees, focusing on reducing health risks; BMC recognized with American Heart Association awards for coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure care, also recognized by CareChex and HealthGrades for excellence in heart and stroke care; BMC Heart Failure Clinic works directly with patients to help prevent readmission to hospital through education and clinical intervention; Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association uses unique telemedicine program for heart failure patients, in order to be able to constantly monitor their health changes in order to avoid readmission to the hospital.

Program Name : Enrollment and Access to Care
Brief Description or Objective : Facilitated enrollment of over 13,000 eligible applicants into MassHealth, Commonwealth Care and other health coverage programs. Designed to eliminate or reduce the number of people who are uninsured/underinsured, to create awareness of different programs that help to pay for health services. Health Outreach program/van provided free health screenings and information on applying for health coverage, seeing over 3,000 people in 2012.

Program Name : Cancer Treatment/Prevention
Brief Description or Objective : Comprehensive cancer treatment and prevention effort, focusing on colorectal, breast, prostate and other cancers. In 2012, announced the beginning of construction of new BMC Cancer Center, to be located at the BMC Hillcrest Campus, providing comprehensive cancer care and diagnostic services and wellness and support services all under one roof. Recognized by American College of Surgeons with national awards for outstanding achievement and reaccreditation of cancer program with commendation. Provided mammography, colonoscopy screening, public programs on cancer prevention, treatment options, treatment side effects and living with cancer. Participate in community events related to cancer education and prevention and American Cancer Society Relay for Life programs to help raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment options locally. Colonoscopy Patient Fund helps those in our community with financial barriers to be screened for colorectal cancer through colonoscopy, including assistance in paying high co-pays or deductibles. Continued Open and Direct Access program for residents to directly schedule their screening colonoscopy. Breast cancer patient fund aids in providing financial assistance to those in need of annual mammography and other breast cancer prevention and treatment services. Held community prostate cancer awarewness programs with Urologists discussing prostate cancer, testing, prevention,diagnosis and treatment options both through community lectures and prostate cancer support group discussions. Patient Care Navigation program aids patients with cancer to obtain services needed and educational material and resources, helps patients navigate a complex healthcare system and addresses questions and concerns.

Program Name : Community Outreach Program and Van
Brief Description or Objective : Community Outreach Program and mobile outreach van used to provide direct, on-site community access to healthcare for at-risk populations, uninsured/underinsured, and to improve the health of the community through preventive services and screenings. Provided over 3,000 free health screenings, including blood pressure and blood glucose screenings, and hundreds of referrals for multiple services. Conducted numerous health promotion and educational programs in the community, and promotional campaigns targeting specific health issues, such as vascular health, falls, joint issues and prostate health.

Program Name : Operation Better Start
Brief Description or Objective : A unique community program providing services to pregnant women, children, adolescents, young adults and their families, with a focus on reducing risk for health conditions, particularly childhood obesity, through good nutrition and lifestyle changes. In 2012, Operation Better Start, in collaboration with the Pittsfield Public Schools and Family YMCA, continued to provide nutrition consultation and educational services directly to students in the school system. This program serves students in 12 schools. In 2012, the program provided financial and resource support to the City of Pittsfield for a Community Gardens initiative, which included the creation of a community garden in the West Side of Pittsfield that was utilized by local residents. The garden provided fresh vegetables and nutritional education, and children and parents worked directly on the development of the garden with the help of Operation Better Start. Operation Better Start also continued to provide free dental screenings and sealants for students in area schools through the BMC Dental Residency program, with 186 students evaluated and 372 sealants applied. In all, Operation Better Start provided nearly 1,450 clinical visits with almost 135 families in 2012.

Program Name : BMC Emergency Operations Program
Brief Description or Objective : BMC emergency service providers work collaboratively with numerous organizations, municipalities and state and local agencies to maintain and enhance preparedness for potential disasters; hold communitywide drills and tabletop drills testing response to mass casualty, hazardous materials spills, evacuation, potential terrorist threat and other situations; provide EMS education programs. Also, help coordinate mass vaccinations, in coordination with city and town public health agencies, in the event of a pandemic event.

Program Name : Suicide Prevention
Brief Description or Objective : BMC has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Suicide Prevention Program on a strategy for reducing suicide within Berkshire County and identifying best practices that could be emulated by others in order to reduce the suicide rate across the Commonwealth. Part of the focus is on educating “gatekeepers” and improving screening for depression, substance abuse and suicide risk in mental health settings, primary care settings, employee wellness programs, and the medical center’s inpatient population. Depression screening among hospitalized patients is one element in the five year project. In addition, the program has trained hundreds of local police, firefighters, first responders, visiting nurses, elder outreach workers, pastors, parole officers and jail staff to better recognize people at-risk for suicide. In two pilot projects, 45% of patients who answered yes on a questionnaire about depression showed moderate to severe forms of depression, a treatable condition. 30% of those answering yes to the screening question showed evidence of suicidal thinking.

Program Name : Walk with Me in the Berkshires
Brief Description or Objective : Community walking program with two parallel components - one for the general community, the other for BHS employees. Nearly 3,500 people were given free pedometers and a six-week walking period in 2012 with the goal of increasing steps each week and reporting online. In all, 1.2 billion steps were recorded in 2012, or 642,000 miles walked. 2,000 people from the general community participated, while nearly 1,500 Berkshire Health Systems employees participated. BHS is the county's largest employer, and this program is a key part of its Wellness program for employees.

Program Name : BHS Pain Management Initiative
Brief Description or Objective : For seven years, Berkshire Health Systems has led a community Pain Management Initiative, a collaboration among local healthcare providers, social and law enforcement agencies, schools and the court system and other stakeholders. The program is designed to help prevent the misuse and/or diversion of pain medications in the community. In 2012, the program again collaborated with local law enforcement and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency on medication roundups, where the community was given the opportunity to bring unused or outdated medications - prescription or over the counter - to a location for proper disposal. This program also accepted used sharps devices.

Program Name : Smoking Cessation Program
Brief Description or Objective : Providing both individual and group counseling, the BMC Smoking Cessation program provides smokers with the tools needed to quit, so that they may improve their health status. Smoking has been identified as the leading risk factor in many diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and pulmonary disorders. The program offers support services and medications that can help the smoker to cope with the physical and emotional reactions to quitting. In 2012, the program provided care to 1,100 patients, both individually and in group sessions. In 2012, the program collaborated with Redfield House, BFAIR of North Adams, Berkshire Community College, several multi-unit housing sites in the county and local housing authorities to provide services to clients of those organizations. The program also continued outreach counseling for patients at the Community Health Programs' office in Pittsfield and Soldier On, a residence for Veterans.

Program Name : Wellness at Work
Brief Description or Objective : A comprehensive employee wellness program developed for area businesses and Berkshire Health Systems employees (as BHS is the county's largest employer). Wellness at Work provides health risk analyses and screenings and a range of programs to support healthier lifestyles and to help reduce health coverage costs for employers. In 2012, the program provided wellness services to nearly a dozen local companies, reaching close to 8,000 employees. It also served the employees of several municipalities and school districts. Within BHS, the program serves over 2,800 employees.

Program Name : Injury Prevention
Brief Description or Objective : With leadership from its Trauma program, BMC has identified key areas where preventive programs can help to reduce the number of injuries caused by participation in risk-associated activities. These programs include Teens at Risk, which works with local teens on the dangers of drinking and driving; and Think First, a program aimed at youth and adolescents, stressing the importance of injury prevention through the wearing of seatbelts and helmets.

Program Name : BMC Dental Clinic
Brief Description or Objective : The BMC Dental Clinic is one of the few providers of comprehensive general dentistry to clients enrolled in MassHealth and Commonwealth Care Dental assistance plans in the Berkshires. The majority of those treated at the Dental Clinic are uninsured or underinsured and patients typically have an advanced level of dental disease and a multiple discipline treatment plan is necessary. The clinic provides urgent care services for walk-in patients daily and BMC dental residents provide 24-hour coverage for dental care services as needed through the BMC Emergency Department. In 2012, the BMC Dental Clinic provided care for nearly 10,500 patients, providing over 22,000 procedures, and reached into the community to provide adult oral cancer screenings and educational materials to children and adolescents. The Dental Residency Program also provided free dental screenings and sealants to students at several public schools in the county through a collaboration with Operation Better Start.

Program Name : Berkshire VNA Senior Health/Elder Services
Brief Description or Objective : The Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association provides senior health counseling, education and disease prevention services through senior housing projects in the county. In 2012, the BVNA teamed with Elder Services on a Community-Based Care Transitions Program, designed to help reduce re-hospitalization of patients by improving care transitions between providers and having either a transitional care nurse practitioner or transition coach managing the patient's care. The Berkshire VNA also continued to provide skilled nursing and physical and occupational therapy for elder citizens through a collaboration with Elder Services.

Program Name : BHS Diabetes Self Management and Education Program
Brief Description or Objective : Certified by the American Diabetes Association, the BHS program uses national standards of care to provide high quality services, utilizing Certified Diabetes Educators and staff specialized in diabetes care. The program offers both individual and group counseling for those with diabetes and their family members or those diagnosed with pre-diabetes, education programs in the community and support groups and sessions. In 2012, the program provided services to over 1,200 people, including 400 new patients, and nearly 80 patients diagnosed with pre-diabetes received care and education.

Program Name : Get Cuffed Berkshires
Brief Description or Objective : In 2012, Berkshire Health Systems continued its two year initiative promoting the dangers of hypertension and how to prevent it or control it. Get Cuffed Berkshires provides monthly blood pressure screenings in the community at various locations throughout the Berkshires, educational programs and a blood pressure education class. Each participant in the class receives a free electronic blood pressure cuff to measure their blood pressure on a regular basis. In all, over 1,000 free blood pressure cuffs were distributed to people who were at risk for high blood pressure or who have hypertension. In addition, the program has a monthly television program on the community access station, Pittsfield Community Television, promoting different aspects of hypertension, includings its relationship to chronic conditions and major health risks. Approximately 17% of working people in Berkshire County have high blood pressure, which is both treatable and preventable. The program provides the tools people need to get to goal and stay there.

Program Name : Care Navigation Program
Brief Description or Objective : The BMC Care Navigation program helps to simplify the patient's individual experiences by providing access for them to one-on-one support, services and resources. Originally created to aid patients diagnosed with breast and prostate cancers, the program is now available to help all patients. The program helps with questions about insurance coverage, education, coordination of care among specialties and specialists, transportation and general support. In addition, there is a toll-free Link Line, which is available for patients to call with any questions about the system and their experience in navigating through it. The program is staffed by nurses who respond directly to all inquiries.

Program Name : Project Empowerment
Brief Description or Objective : In 2012, Berkshire Medical Center assumed responsibility for the operation of the area's HIV/AIDS self management program from the American Red Cross. Renamed Project Empowerment, this program helps clients to coordinate their care with a range of services, including mental health, nutrition, medical care, peer support and mentoring and substance abuse. In 2012, Project Empowerment helped 60 patients with HIV/AIDS to attain the services they need and to achieve self-management.


Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham

Program Name : Stroke Education
Brief Description or Objective : Awareness campaign to educate the community about the signs of a stroke and the importance of getting a stroke patient to an emergency department as quickly as possible.

Program Name : Cancer Awareness
Brief Description or Objective : BID-Needham clinical staff conducted a skin cancer screening in conjunction with the Needham Department of Public Health in May, 2012. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October we provided educational materials for women that talked about the risks and treatment of breast cancer. We held a free lecture with oncologist Erin DeRose, MD,who talked and answered questions from the public about Breast Cancer Awareness and Treatment.

Program Name : Diabetes Education
Brief Description or Objective : Diabetes is a known health risk and illness among our patients and our community at large. To serve this population more readily and consistently we added a nurse practitioner and expanded our days of service from three to five days a week. The diabetes center staff also includes a licensed dietitian/nutritionist who conducts educational seminars on diabetes-related nutrition.

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