Ann Talarico, MBA, has recently joined Baystate Franklin Medical Center as the new program director for the Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Baystate Medical Practices in Greenfield.
The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, located in Baystate Medical Practices, 48 Sanderson Street, is an outpatient program focusing on chronic and non-healing wounds. As the new director, Talarico will provide operational leadership and manage a multidisciplinary team of physicians and health professionals specially trained in the evidence-based care.
“Most wounds heal with cleaning, bandages, and a little time. The Wound Center treats difficult wounds--the persistent ones, often complicated by other medical problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease,” she explained.
Talarico continued, “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the advanced treatment options we offer. It is one of the most powerful tools for treating the hardest-to-heal wounds. It works by improving oxygen flow to tissues that stimulate the formation of new blood vessels and encourage cell growth. In short, it speeds up the healing process.”
A graduate of Simmons College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Management and concentration in Finance, Talarico continued her studies at University of Massachusetts, Boston, receiving a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management.
Upon graduation from Simmons, Talarico worked as a financial and business analyst at Boston Scientific in Marlborough, Mass., then as a senior financial analyst with Steward Health Care in Boston. Boston Children’s Hospital recruited Talarico to join their financial team in 2011; she served as a senior financial analyst there for three years before joining the Center for Ambulatory Treatment and Clinical Research, Waltham Infusion, and Therapeutic Apheresis departments. Co-leading a six-sigma process improvement project, Talarico collaborated with a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, providers, financial analysts, and administrators to focus on scheduling efficiency in order to increase access and patient satisfaction.
“I designed, completed, and presented a full business expansion proposal to increase the hospital’s income by $1.5 million annually. To not only work diligently on a project, but to see it come to fruition was very rewarding,” she said.
Outside the Wound Center, Talarico enjoys hiking, biking, spending time outdoors, and rooting for her favorite New England sports teams. She looks forward to her new position with Baystate Health and is excited to further her career in healthcare administration. “I enjoy the interactions with patients and following their progress through treatment.”
For more information on BFMC’s Wound Center, call 413-773-2441.