HOSPITALS

Nurses on the picket line at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass. during a one-day strike in June 2017.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Union nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, went on strike last week for the second time in less than a year. They're back at work now, and say they want to resume negotiations. 

Nurses on the picket line at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass. during a one-day strike in June 2017.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

About 200 unionized nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, could go on strike next week -- for the second time in the last year. 

Figures on overdose deaths grab headlines, but treatment data could save lives. In response, health officials have released new information on emergency room visits for drug overdoses, numbers that paint a fuller picture of the state's opioid crisis.

A clean-cut man in his early 30s buttons the jacket of his tailored suit as he strides to the head of a conference table at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Hi, I’m Mike, and I’m a recovering heroin addict,” the man tells a dozen emergency department (ED) physicians gathered to learn about buprenorphine, a drug used to treat heroin addiction.

Vermont's U.S. Attorney says Brattleboro Memorial Hospital allegedly submitted bills to Medicare and Medicaid without the proper documentation.

Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Unionized nurses at hospitals in Pittsfield and Greenfield, Massachusetts, have called off separate strikes, scheduled for this week. They would have been the second at each facility in the last year.

The current flu season is still getting worse, federal health officials said Friday. And it continues to take a toll on children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an additional 16 flu deaths among children, bringing the nationwide total this season for youngsters to 53.

A sign for a blood drive in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

The American Red Cross has raised the alert on its blood supply to "critical" -- the last step before "emergency."

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 3, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The union representing about 800 nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield is voting whether to authorize a second one-day strike. The union says it's frustrated about contract talks with Berkshire County's largest hospital.

Three Western Mass. Hospitals Penalized By Medicare

Dec 27, 2017
Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, along with Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, and Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield are among hospitals penalized for rates of patient injury.
File Photo / The Republican

Nearly three-dozen New England hospitals will see a reduction in federal funding over the the current fiscal year, as a penalty for patient injuries.

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