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May 26, 2021

Information for Patients, Families and Visitors  

Masks/face coverings will continue to be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals at all times at Valley Medical Group effective May 29,th in accordance with the order by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

 

 

 

April 1st, 2021

 

Dear Valley Medical Group Patients and Families,

I hope this communication finds you well. As vaccinations continue to be rolled out across Massachusetts and the country, we need to keep a few contradictory ideas in mind. The vaccination process is going great; it has not been smooth and has been far too complex, but 70% of older Americans have had at least 1 dose of a COVID vaccine and by the second week of April, all adults in Massachusetts will be eligible. At the same time, cases are climbing, including in our communities. This is due in part to new variants but also relaxed behaviors around masking and distancing. While many high risk people are vaccinated, many are not. Things will be better by summer; until then, it is up to us to get vaccinated as we are able and stay masked and distant to prevent a spike in illnesses and death in the next 8 weeks.

Valley Medical Group is still not receiving doses of vaccines from the State. For those of you awaiting a second dose of vaccine at VMG, I am sorry if your appointment has been cancelled or delayed; we do still hope to be able to complete your series. As supplies increase in the coming weeks, we hope primary care practices like ours will be included so we may begin to offer vaccines again in our health centers. Please continue to use vaxfinder.mass.gov to search for shots at mass vaccination sites, pharmacies, hospitals, and sites run by Boards of Health. You may also use vaccinesignup.mass.gov to pre-register at mass vaccine sites and be notified when a dose is available to schedule your appointment. If you are not on the web, call 211. If you are homebound, call 1-833-983-0485 to schedule a vaccine in your home.

In our Health Centers, we are working to increase in person appointments every week to meet your needs. It has been over a year since many of you have been inside our buildings and we have made changes to our processes and spaces for your safety. I would encourage you to schedule any care you have put off in the last year, since heart disease, cancer, and depression have not been idle during the pandemic. We will continue to provide telehealth visits even as the pandemic winds down when appropriate at your preference.

Be well,

Paul D. Carlan, MD

President, Valley Medical Group

 

VMG Working to be an Anti Racist Practice

In honor of Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17th), we want to raise awareness of the Kaiser Family Foundation's report on Racial Disparities in Women's Maternal Health. VMG stands firmly in the belief that "It Takes A Village" to raise a child, to raise awareness, and to undo racism! Therefore, we are sharing resources so our whole community can become more knowledgeable on this topic, starting with the Black Mamas Matter Toolkit!

 

Where better to begin than in utero to assert the birthright of our children, mothers, and all humans to live in a world free from racism. This past year, COVID highlighted the racial differences in access to healthcare and the prevalence of illnesses that co-exist among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Now, let us take the recent CDC statement committing to address racism as a serious threat to public health as a collective call to action to encourage systemic interventions to address the factors that impact the health and wellbeing of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. These include stress, food insecurity, police brutality, inequities in the legal system, poverty, employment discrimination, environmental hazards, educational inequities, etc.

 

We hope this holistic, race conscious approach to health will redirect resources to racially marginalized groups and support funding for research on the long term impacts of racism and intergenerational trauma on mental and physical wellbeing. Valley Medical Group, for its part, has committed to a Climate Survey and Interrupting Racism trainings for our whole staff to root racism out of public health and provide culturally sensitive and proactive, racially responsive care to all our patients.  

 

For further resources, please check out: 

Nine Organizations Working to Save Black Mothers

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CONTACT US

Valley Medical Group can be contacted through each of our offices listed below.​

31 Hall Drive
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone (413) 256-8561
Fax 1-866-644-0869

 

Office Hours: 

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

 

Full service laboratory on site.

Hours are Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm

 

238 Northampton Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Phone (413) 529-9300
Fax 1-866-644-0870

Office Hours: 

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

          Telephones, 8am-5pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Full service laboratory on site.

Hours are Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm

329 Conway Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Phone (413) 774-6301
Fax 1-866-644-0871

Office Hours: 

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

         Telephones, 8am-5pm

Saturday Urgent Care, 10am-1pm

         Telephones, 9am-1pm

Full service laboratory on site.

Hours are Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm

 
CONTACT US

Valley Medical Group can be contacted through each of our offices listed below.​

31 Hall Drive
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone (413) 256-8561
Fax 1-866-644-0869

 

Office Hours: 

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

 

Full service laboratory on site.

Hours are Monday–Friday, 7am–4:20pm

Scheduled Appointments Encouraged

 

238 Northampton Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Phone (413) 529-9300
Fax 1-866-644-0870

Office Hours: 

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

          Telephones, 8am-5pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Full service laboratory on site.

Hours are Monday–Friday, 6:30am–4:20pm

Scheduled Appointments Encouraged

329 Conway Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Phone (413) 774-6301
Fax 1-866-644-0871

Office Hours: 

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

         Telephones, 8am-5pm

Saturday Urgent Care, 10am-1pm

         Telephones, 9am-1pm

Full service laboratory on site.

Hours are Monday–Friday, 6am–4:20pm

Saturday, 7am - 10:20am

Scheduled Appointments Encouraged

 

70 Main Street
Florence, MA 01062
Phone (413) 586-8400
Fax 1-866-644-0872

Office Hours: 

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

          Telephones, 8am-5pm 

Saturday Urgent Care, 8am-4pm

          Telephones, 8am-4pm

Sunday Urgent Care, 8am-12pm

          Telephones, 8am-12pm

Full service laboratory on site.

Hours are Monday–Friday, 6:30am–4:20pm

Saturday, 8am - 11:20am

Scheduled Appointments Encouraged