Baystate doctors offer dads advice

  • Dr. Stephen Boos Contributed photo—

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Compiled by Andy Castillo. Please send items of interest to acastillo @gazettenet.com.

Doctors offer ‘Fatherly advice’

To note Father’s Day, which is Sunday, five physicians and pediatricians from Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, all fathers, share some advice for dads.

“You should never smoke! said Dr. Nico W. Vehse, a physician at Baystate Children’s Hospital. “Smoking is highly addictive and once you start it is very hard to stop. Smoking is very bad for your health and vaping is just another form of smoking.”

“The world seems to pay great attention to people who are loud, powerful, and obsessed with winning,” said Dr. Stephen Boos, medical director of the Family Advocacy Center at the children’s hospital. “I would point out to my kids that sometimes it is more important to listen quietly, to be kind and flexible, and to play fair even if you lose.”

“I remind my children to always wash their hands after they’ve been playing outdoors,” said Dr. J. Michael Klatte, another doctor at the children's hospital.

“Parents can’t always control how our kids feel, but we should always try to help our children feel valued and proud of who they are,” said child psychiatrist Dr. Barry Sarvet.

“Your kids will imitate how you act, so by demonstrating how one can be a kind and compassionate adult, parents may be giving their children the best gift possible,” said Dr. John O’Reilly, chief, Baystate General Pediatrics, Baystate Children’s Hospital.

For more information on Baystate Medical Center, visit baystatehealth.org/bmc.

Memorial butterfly release planned

The Center of Extended Care  in Amherst along with Beacon Hospice, will hold a butterfly release in memory of those who have died, Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

The public is invited to participate in the event which will take place in the garden at the center, 150 University Drive, Amherst.. Refreshments will follow

CDH lauded for stroke care

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have recognized Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton with a quality achievement award for its treatment of stroke patients.

The  hospital earned the recognition by meeting specific standards for diagnosis and treatment, aligned with the most up-to-date, guidelines for speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

Stroke is the  fifth highest cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Call-in line for caregivers of children in crisis

There is now a free statewide call-in line for caregivers of children struggling with substance abuse. The service is the result of a collaboration between The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a national nonprofit.

Trained parent support specialists, many who are parents themselves, are available for consultation by calling 844-319-5999, or by texting HOPEMA to 55753.

Cardiac risk screening at Baystate Franklin

Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield will hold a cardiac risk cholesterol screening Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  in Conference Room A. 

Participants must fast for 12 hours before the test. Results will be forwarded to participants and their primary care providers. The cost is $10, and pre-registration is required. To register, call 413-773-2727. The medical center is located at 164 High St., Greenfield.

Blood donations opportunities

 Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rockridge Retirement Community, 25 and 37 Coles Meadow Road, Northampton