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Offiicials at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield are still trying to determine why there was a disinfection lapse that left 293 patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and why it took so long for the error to come to light.

Noble Hospital apologizes for communication breakdown in colonoscope disinfection lapse

Friday, February 5, 2016

WESTFIELD — After Noble Hospital staff members corrected a safety breach in April 2013, one or more of them failed to take the important next step — notifying senior hospital officials, according to the results of an internal investigation released Friday by Baystate Health and Baystate Noble Hospital. Baystate officials on Friday apologized for that communication breakdown, which left nearly …

Baystate Noble officials continue investigating disinfectant lapse that put 293 colonoscopy patients at small risk for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C

Saturday, January 30, 2016

WESTFIELD — In the wake of a disinfection lapse that left 293 patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, Baystate Health officials continue to piece together the puzzle of what went wrong and why it took so long for the error to come to light. The hospital acquired …

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren to visit Westfield State University, talk about student debt

Friday, January 29, 2016

WESTFIELD — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will visit Westfield State University Monday morning to talk with local officials and students about college affordability. Senate Democrats launched a legislative package and educational campaign called #InTheRed earlier this month, encouraging Congress to address the cost of higher education and move the country toward debt-free college. Senators proposed making two years of community college tuition-free, adjusting …

Following news of Baystate Noble disinfection lapse, patients undergo screening, consider legal action

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WESTFIELD — Kathy Pitoniak wasn’t too keen on the idea of a colonoscopy. But, as a screening doctors recommend to everyone above 50, she figured it was a necessary step and “rite of passage.” Her 2012 procedure showed …

Baystate Noble Hospital alerts 293 colonoscopy patients to ‘small risk’ of infection due to improper disinfection

Friday, January 22, 2016

A lapse in disinfection procedures means that 293 patients who had colonoscopies at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, including 13 Hampshire County residents, may have been exposed to blood-borne pathogens that could put them at risk of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, hospital officials said Friday. The …

Jury finds former SealRyt Corp. bookkeeper Lori Towne not guilty in corporate larceny case

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury on Wednesday found Lori A. Towne not guilty of stealing over $200,000 from SealRyt Corp., a former employer where she worked as a bookkeeper and business manager. Towne, 51, of Easthampton …

State Board of Higher Education approves Ramon Torrecilha as new president of Westfield State University

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The state Board of Higher Education on Tuesday formally approved Ramon S. Torrecilha as the 20th president of Westfield State University. A lifelong educator from California who immigrated to the United States as a migrant worker at age 17, Torrecilha will be the first Latino to serve as …

California sociologist Ramon Torrecilha chosen as Westfield State University president

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WESTFIELD — A lifelong educator from California has been named the next president of Westfield State University, pending confirmation by state higher education officials. The university’s board of trustees Wednesday unanimously recommended Ramon S. Torrecilha, a professor of sociology and former provost and vice president for academic affairs …

Westfield State University expected to select 20th president

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

WESTFIELD — The Westfield State University board of trustees is expected to select the school’s 20th president at a special meeting Wednesday. The open session is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in the president’s board room at the Horace Mann Center on campus. The three finalists are: • Linda …

Man crushed to death by falling tree in Huntington

Thursday, October 1, 2015

HUNTINGTON — A man died Thursday afternoon after he was pinned beneath a tree off Goss Hill Road in Huntington, according to according to State Trooper Michael O’Neil. MassLive.com reported that the victim crushed to death by a falling tree was a 44-year-old Westfield man. Huntington Police Chief …

Finalists announced for 20th Westfield State University president

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WESTFIELD — Three finalists are candidates to become the 20th president of Westfield State University. They are Damian J. Fernandez, the chief executive officer and head of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City; Ramon S. Torrecilha, a professor of sociology and former provost and vice …


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State Valor Act may apply to Westfield man accused of smashing wine bottles, smearing blood in restaurant’s kitchen

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Westfield man who was arrested Saturday after allegedly smashing wine bottles in a restaurant and then smearing his blood through the kitchen of a nearby eatery was not arraigned in court because he qualifies for possible resolution under the state’s Valor Act. The act relative …