Check it out: Chief nursing officer joins Cooley Dickinson staff

Monday, March 12, 2018

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Chief nursing officer joins Cooley Dickinson

Angela Belmont, DNP, RN, a nurse administrator with over 30 years of experience, is the new vice president patient care services and chief nursing officer (CNO) at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

Belmont, who started work in December, is responsible for advancing the hospital’s program of nursing and physician collaboration, and works with Cooley Dickinson’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Estevan Garcia, focusing on quality and patient safety, said Cooley Dickinson’s Health Care President and Chief Executive Officer Joanne Marqusee. “In this regard, Angela will help us to drive improvements in patient satisfaction and nursing practice at Cooley Dickinson,” Marqusee said.

Belmont has held leadership positions in acute care hospitals throughout her career, including more than 20 years with Faxton-St. Luke’s Hospital, a 370-bed hospital in Utica, New York.

Before joining Cooley Dickinson, Belmont was the assistant vice president of nursing for Mohawk Valley Health System, a community health care system with over 4,000 employees in upstate New York.

Belmont earned both her bachelor of science in nursing and master of science in nursing administration degrees at the State University of New York and her doctorate in nursing practice in system leadership from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois.

"I feel both honored and privileged to be the CNO at Cooley Dickinson," Belmont said. "This is a great community hospital filled with some of the most committed staff I have worked with in my 34 years of nursing."

Help available for health plan enrollment

For those who need help enrolling in a health insurance program Hilltown Community Health Care navigators will be available Wednesday and March 28 at the John P. Musante Health Center at the Bangs Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst.

They will offer assistance with applying for health insurance coverage for MassHealth, the Health Connector and the health center’s sliding fee scale programs. They also will share tips on how to avoid losing health insurance coverage.

Walk-ins are welcomed. For more information call 667-2203 / Buliah Mae ext. 330 or John ext. 331.

Bystander training workshops offered

Two workshops aimed at teaching individuals how to interrupt harassment, discrimination and incidents involving social bias will be held at the Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton this month.

Interrupting Sexual Harassment and Assault will be held Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interrupting Racism is set for Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. They are being run by Human in Common, an online business run by Deborah Cohen, a teacher, trainer and activist from Florence.

Both workshops involve discussions about bias-based harassment and discrimination, specific strategies for peacefully and effectively interrupting harmful behaviors, scenarios to try out new skills, videos and small group activities according to Cohen.

“It seems that every day in the news we are hearing of another story of someone being sexually assaulted or discriminated against,” she said.  “So often reporters uncover that there were witnesses who could have made a difference if only they had known what to do.”

The cost to attend is $60 for one workshop, or $100 for both. More information is available at humanincommon.com where participants may register on the events page. Cohen may be reached at deborah@humanincommon.com.

Blood donation opportunities

To donate blood simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.

Thursday, 1 p.m. to  6 p.m., Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton.

Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gateway Regional High School, 12 Littleville Road,  Huntington

Saturday,  9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Williamsburg First Congregational Church, 4 North Main St., Williamsburg