NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Doctors and physician assistants at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Northampton say federal reimbursement cutbacks have prompted them to unionize. "We've been facing budget cuts-direct-care budget cuts-every year for nearly 10 years," said Bruce Bennett, vice president of Local 218 of the American Federation of Government Employees, which was recognized by federal labor officials in October. He said the hospital has experienced staff cutbacks. The 24-member union is the third organized by doctors in Massachusetts, according to the state medical association.
WOONSOCKET, R.I.-Lahey Clinic will lend its name and expertise to an outpatient cancer center to be built by Landmark Medical Center, a 173-bed not-for-profit facility. Landmark recently obtained state certificate-of-need approval to provide radiation therapy. Landmark President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Gaube said construction on the $12.9 million, 50,000-square-foot center will begin in February, with scheduled opening in February 2001. The center will be staffed by physicians of Lahey Clinic, based in Burlington, Mass.