HOSPITALS

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.

On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving's "village" — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta to say goodbye.

The American Medical Association (AMA) is opposing the presence of federal immigration agents in hospitals and clinics. A new resolution declaring this stance was passed Wednesday by the AMA's House of Delegates, the policy-making body for the association.

Between 2015 and 2016, Connecticut hospitals reported nearly double the number of sexual assault or abuse incidents involving patients. That’s according to an annual report released by the State Department of Public Health this week.

At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, doctors and nurses are moving as many patients as they can from intravenous medications to the same drugs in pill form.

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts, has just launched a major software transition, requiring hundreds of employees to change the way they record and read patient information.

For immigrants in the country illegally, the fear of running into U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents has made some public places appear threatening. In the current environment, that can include a visit to the emergency room.

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

Union nurses at Berkshire Medical Center returned to work Sunday, following a temporary strike over staffing levels.

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

About 800 unionized nurses with Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield held a one-day strike Tuesday. It's the latest in a more than year-long contract dispute between the nurses and the hospital centered around staffing levels.

Sandra Vosburgh works in the maternity ward. She said on her unit, one position has gone unfilled for 10 months, which is making it difficult to care for patients.

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