Health care providers at East Mountain Medical in Great Barrington, from left to right: Dr. Blake Williams; Denise Kincaid, DNP; Dr. Edward Weiner; Dr. Daniel Patel; Clare Tullock, FNP; Dr. Andrew Potler; Kari Mendel, DNP; Dr. Eric Bush. Absent: Laurie Basinait, ANP. Photo courtesy Berkshire Health Systems

Business Briefs: East Mountain Medical reorganizes; CHP expands; ‘Empower Hour’; BMM sponsors BETA; Greylock annual meeting

The two-year, $150,000 Massachusetts Health Insurance Navigator Grant grows the current health insurance navigator staff from two to four positions.

East Mountain Medical improvess access to care in South County

Great Barrington — Fairview Hospital has announced an expansion and reorganization of East Mountain Medical services at 780 Main St., which will improve access to care for patients and support the growing community of medical professionals providing services in the southern Berkshires.

A newly formed network of specialized services, previously spread throughout the region, is now joined in one centralized site, facilitating convenience to access more specialized services beyond primary care. Access between these multi-specialty services will diminish the burden of distance and transportation for patients and improve collaboration for providers.

East Mountain Medical has expanded to welcome Dr. Edward Weiner and Dr. Blake Williams, formerly of Fairview Internal Medicine, to the practice. East Mountain Medical Primary Care will continue in the space it currently occupies.

The following specialty practices will be located at East Mountain Medical and open to see patients as indicated:

  • Surgical Services, previously Berkshire Surgical, provided by board-certified surgeon George Veinoglou, M.D., and Stacy Mihlek, D.N.P., are in Suite 104;
  • Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine of Fairview Hospital by orthopedic surgeon Pier Boutin, M.D., are in Suite 106;
  • Fairview Gastroenterology Services provided by board-certified gastroenterologists Jeffrey St. John, M.D., and Jacques Reichling, M.D., are in Suite 104;
  • Fairview Urology Services by board-certified urologist Kevin Killeen, M.D., will be in Suite 104; and
  • Fairview Endocrinology provided by board-certified endocrinologist Brian D. Phillips, M.D., and Robyn Korte, N.P., are in Suite 106.

–E.E.

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CHP expands health insurance enrollment staff

Great Barrington — Community Health Programs has received a state grant to expand its health insurance enrollment team to assist more area residents.

The two-year, $150,000 Massachusetts Health Insurance Navigator Grant grows the current health insurance navigator staff from two to four positions. The grant also supports free pre-enrollment insurance information services at CHP through Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, ahead of the state’s open enrollment period, which runs Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, through Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021.

The pre-enrollment period helps consumers to obtain information, determine eligibility requirements and learn about the open enrollment process. CHP’s insurance enrollment programs are open to all Massachusetts residents regardless of whether or not they are patients of CHP.

CHP’s health insurance enrollment staff will be attending outreach events at various locations such as area food banks, churches and at CHP’s mobile health unit sites. Funding for CHP’s expanded staffing comes from the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, also known as the Health Connector program.

–E.E.

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1Berkshire, EforAll announce new entrepreneurial jumpstart event

Pittsfield — 1Berkshire and EforAll Berkshire County, with support from the Pittsfield Economic Redevelopment Corporation, have announced an event to help business startups: “The Empower Hour+: Make Your Business Happen!” will be held virtually Thursday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m., providing inspiration and tactical guidance to anyone in the Berkshires with an idea that they would like to turn into a business.

The program is limited to 25 participants so as to make sure that all receive individual attention. Applications are open through Thursday, Oct. 15. Each selected applicant will have direct access to a wealth of knowledge from key subject-matter experts, including those in accounting, marketing/branding, permitting, incorporation and market research. Additionally, those who attend the entire event will earn a $50 microgrant to help them take the next steps in launching their business.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Money Management to sponsor pilot BETA-1 program for local students

The Berkshire Innovation Center. Photo courtesy Berkshire Innovation Center

Dalton — Berkshire Money Management has committed $30,000 to sponsoring the Berkshire E-Talent Accelerator program at the Pittsfield-based Berkshire Innovation Center. The pilot program is open to high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates countywide, and is an experiential learning program that will expose students to local STEM career opportunities. The goal of the program is to immerse students in fundamentals critical to these career paths and teach them to utilize the advanced equipment and community mentors available through BIC. There were more than 40 applicants for the fall module and 20 were recently selected to participate.

The first BETA-1 program will run after school Monday, Oct. 12, through Tuesday, Nov. 24, and will be separated into four verticals: advanced manufacturing and material science, software and programming, electronics and electrical engineering, and IT and security. Students will each receive a $1,500 stipend for their participation. At the conclusion of the program, each student team will present projects to a panel of judges. Each member of the winning team will receive a scholarship prize. Project work and presentations will be captured digitally and archived on the virtual collaboration platform and on the BIC website.

–E.E.

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Greylock Federal Credit Union annual meeting held virtually

Pittsfield — Greylock Federal Credit Union held its 85th annual meeting Sept. 22. Due to the pandemic, the meeting was postponed from its original date of March 24 and was hosted virtually.

Board Chair Stanley Walczyk, a retired longtime Dalton pharmacist who has been a member of the board since 2011, called the annual meeting to order. One of the primary agenda items was an election to fill four open seats on the board of directors. Four of Greylock’s current board members were reelected to the board, including John Bissell, Greylock CEO and president; Gerard Burke, president and CEO of Hillcrest Educational Centers; Kelly Krok, a senior advanced human resources advisor for General Dynamics Mission Systems; and Sheila LaBarbera, executive director of the Berkshire County Retirement Board.

The meeting included a presentation on the state of the credit union by Chief Financial Officer Michael Stoddard: “In summary, at the close of 2019 our loan and deposit totals were at new all-time heights, our earnings amounted to the second best in our history and our capital and asset quality ratios were the best we’ve experienced in over a decade.” Bissell also spoke: “The good news is that Greylock entered the COVID crisis with the highest levels of capital in our 85-year history.”

Greylock also held an organizational meeting of its board of directors Sept. 29, at which the following officers were appointed: Walczyk, chair of the board; John Law, vice chair; Peter Lopez, secretary/financial officer; and JamieEllen Moncecchi, assistant secretary.

–E.E.