Lenox: Providence Care Center deficiency free

Providence Care Center has earned a perfect, deficiency-free survey from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the second year in a row.

To receive such a survey, skilled nursing facilities must successfully complete a rigorous evaluation for compliance with federal and state standards regarding staffing levels, quality of care, safety, food services and cleanliness of facilities.

DPH surveys are unannounced and conducted by health care professionals such as registered nurses and social workers. The center is evaluated annually by DPH.

The most recent evaluation spanned three days and included a tour of the care center, the review of resident charts, and interviews with administrators and staff. This evaluation marks the fourth time the facility has achieved a deficiency-free survey.

Pittsfield: Insurance agent earns certification

Jenifer Powers of Colt Insurance Agency Inc. has had the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) bestowed upon her after successfully completing a rigorous insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.

The announcement was made by William T. Hold, president of the Society of CIC, which is a key member of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research.


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Powers demonstrated her professional competence through the successful completion of the five CIC institutes and comprehensive written examinations focusing on all major fields of insurance, insurance management, and agency operations.

Powers is the commercial lines manager at Colt Insurance where she has worked for 24 years. She has more than 30 years of insurance experience. She resides in Pittsfield with her husband, Bill, and daughters, Abigail and Jessica.

Berkshires: ‘Cut-A-Thon' targets breast cancer

In honor of Mother's Day, the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is organizing a statewide "Cut-A-Thon" event to benefit their work toward preventing breast cancer.
During the weekend of May 4-5, Massachusetts salons will devote one day to donate all proceeds from haircuts to MBCC. Salons will charge $15 per haircut and events will bring communities together in an effort to make a difference and change the legacy of breast cancer.

To find a participating salon or to register a salon for the event, contact Cheryl Osimo at cosimo@mbcc.org or (508) 360-5513. The deadline for salons interested in participating is April 1.