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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Reaches 92% Employee Flu Vaccination Rate Posted on Dec 31

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Reaches 92% Employee Flu Vaccination Rate

The Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke vaccinated 92 percent of all employees against influenza this season, establishing a new record at the home, nearly double the national average for health care providers in long-term care facilities. In Massachusetts, which has the highest rate of vaccinations of all states,   …Continue Reading Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Reaches 92% Employee Flu Vaccination Rate

DVS Joins Wreaths Across America Posted on Dec 20

DVS Joins Wreaths Across America

As another round of holidays is upon us, we are reminded of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, and the families who will never be able to take a full family picture again.  Each year, Wreaths Across America  honors these lost family members by   …Continue Reading DVS Joins Wreaths Across America

DVS Joins Comcast to Support Veterans in Crisis Posted on Dec 18

DVS Joins Comcast to Support Veterans in Crisis

This week, the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) joined Comcast to launch a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to support the Statewide Advocacy for Veterans Empowerment (SAVE) Outreach Team. The two PSA’s, feature DVS employees Kevin Lambert and Viviana Marcotte, both veterans of the war   …Continue Reading DVS Joins Comcast to Support Veterans in Crisis

2nd Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium a Legacy and a Tribute Posted on Dec 13

2nd Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium a Legacy and a Tribute

This week the mental health community came together for the 2nd Stephanie Moulton Symposium at the John F. Kennedy Library on Tuesday with a turnout of more than 400 direct care workers, staff and consumers.  We gather for this annual training event to honor Stephanie   …Continue Reading 2nd Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium a Legacy and a Tribute

Massachusetts Commemorates Pearl Harbor Day Posted on Dec 10

Massachusetts Commemorates Pearl Harbor Day

Saturday marked the 72nd year since the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and community groups commemorated the day by honoring World War II veterans at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke and by supporting the Honor Flight program. It was the morning of Dec. 7, 1941 when   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Commemorates Pearl Harbor Day