Check it out: New ER open at Holyoke Medical Center

Monday, July 17, 2017

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com.

New ER open at Holyoke Medical

The Holyoke Medical Center is now providing care in its new Emergency Department which opened this month.

It is located next to the main entrance of the hospital at 575 Beech St., Holyoke. It will be accessible via Hospital Drive or Corser Street.

The new emergency department is a 21,460 square foot area featuring a new Crisis Center for Behavioral Health Services, 40 treatment areas, multi-patient trauma rooms, advance lifesaving equipment and a patient navigation service.

Beginning in August, the second floor of the building will be the new offices of gastroenterology, general surgery, and the weight management program.

In support of the emergency department, the Holyoke Medical Center capital campaign has reached $2.1 million, of its $3 million goal. Anyone interested in helping with the campaign may call the hospital's Development Department at 534-2579.

Breast cancer resource online

Breast360.org is a new resource for people who have questions about breast health.

Dr. Holly Mason, a breast surgeon located at Baystate Health in Springfield, has contributed to the site on a number of topics, including prophylactic mastectomy, the links between treatments and a history of depression in breast cancer patients, benign breast disease, and the decreasing mortality rates from breast cancer.

Breast cancer, Breast360.org, details risks, prevention strategies and answers many questions that women — and men — have about breast health.

Red Cross sees blood shortage

The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing a call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types.

Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply.

“It’s crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood,” said Kelly Isenor, External Communications Manager of the Massachusetts Blood Services Region.

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross has added more than 25,000 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate

Blood shortages often worsen around Independence Day due to many fewer volunteer-hosted blood drives at places of work, worship or community gathering. Overall, the summer months are among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they vacation and participate in summer activities.

Nearly one-third fewer new blood donors came out to give last summer than during the rest of the year due in part to schools — where many blood drives are held — being out of session during the summer months.

Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant procedures, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.