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EMT Basic Training to begin October 1 at Baystate Mary Lane

August 31, 2015

Baystate Mary Lane Hospital will partner Quality EMS Educators, Inc. to offer a Basic Emergency Medical Technical Program to be held at the hospital this fall. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-10:00 pm beginning October 1, 2015 and will include 180 hours of class time and 10 hours of Emergency Room observation time.

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Backpack basics for back to school

August 31, 2015

It’s back to school, which means that students from elementary through high school will be carrying backpacks weighed down with textbooks, binders, laptops, lunch and school sports gear.  “As essential as backpacks are, if they are too heavy or worn incorrectly, they can strain muscles and joints and may cause back pain for the over 79 million students in the United States that carry them,” said Peter Ouellette, DPT, MEd, OCS, Physical Therapist and Manager of Baystate Rehabilitation Care at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.  

Baystate Children's Hospital and Springfield Police Department remind drivers to take it slow as the school bell rings

August 31, 2015

Baystate Children’s Hospital is teaming up with the Springfield Police Department to remind drivers on the road to take extra precautions as children return to school.

Vaccines aren't just for kids - adults need them, too

August 28, 2015

Every year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination.

Water Bottles

Do we, or do we not, need to drink 8 eight-ounce glasses of water daily?

August 27, 2015

Confused over the latest attempt to debunk a popular health myth about the need to drink eight glasses of water a day?


Mutant head lice invade Massachusetts and other states - what to do

August 26, 2015

Over-the-counter medications may not be enough any longer to fight those pesky little creatures called head lice. Some 25 states, including Massachusetts, have reported lice populations which have developed a high level of resistance to popular over-the-counter medications.

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Returning to the classroom or starting kindergarten can be anxiety provoking for some kids, but it can be prevented

August 25, 2015

It’s not easy going back to school for some kids after spending a fun summer not having to worry about homework and other school issues. For others, it may be the first time they are setting foot in a classroom as they enter kindergarten.

Dr. Joseph Lellman

Ensuring a safe sports season

August 24, 2015

As the summer draws to a close and the new school year looms ahead, student athletes at all levels will be starting their new fall sports season with high expectations.  “Avoiding injury is a fundamental aspect of athletic success, which most athletes take for granted,” said Dr. Joseph Lellman, Orthopedic Surgeon at BMP- Mary Lane Orthopedics. “Although many traumatic injuries are the result of unavoidable accidents, especially in collision sports like football, most overuse injuries, and many traumatic injuries, can be avoided with proper preseason and in season training.”


Baystate awarded $2.5 million federal grant to support care for older Americans

August 21, 2015

As hospitals and healthcare facilities across the nation prepare to meet the increasing care needs of an aging population, Baystate Health has received a $2,524,170 three-year grant from HRSA’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program to support quality care for older Americans.

Brain injury support group at Baystate Franklin Medical Center August 26

August 20, 2015

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) sponsors a Brain Injury Support Group on the fourth Wednesday of each month, 5 – 7 pm, in Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Conference Room A. The next meeting takes place on Wednesday, August 26.