News and Events

September 12, 2016

Flu Shots 2016-2017

It's that time of year again!  We have recieved our flu vaccine for the upcoming flu season and are giving flu shots in Adult Medicine during routine follow up visits.  If you are not due for a routine visit schedule your flu shot in one of our Flu clinics. If you have a MyChart account you can schedule your flu shot directly! 

Pediatrics is also giving flu shots at office visits.  If your child does not have an upcoming visit simply call the office to schedule their flu shot with a nurse.

May 02, 2016

RiverBend Medical Group is honored for Lactation Care Services

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized RiverBend Medical Group for excellence in lactation care.

RiverBend has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® certification (IBCLC®) and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families.  In addition, the facility demonstrated that is has recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

According to Decalie Brown, President of ILCA, “This recognition highlights the efforts being made by maternity facilities all across the world to help mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding, and to support them in reaching their goals.  IBCLC is the leading internationally recognized lactation certification in the world, and IBCLC certificants are highly skilled in helping mothers with the questions and concerns that can arise. They are also an important part of the overall maternal and child health team by assuring that evidence-based policies and practices are in place that help mothers succeed with breastfeeding.”

Chair of IBLCE states, “IBCLC Care Award recipients should be applauded for their efforts to improve maternal and child health by promoting and providing expert lactation care within their community. By hiring IBLCE certificants, they ensure that their patients are receiving lactation care from healthcare professionals that are educated and trained to deal with the most challenging situations.”

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess the mother and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping mothers overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and continuing to support them as their baby grows. They assist mothers returning to work or school, help mothers in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant, and help train nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.

As allied health care professionals with the leading internationally recognized certification for professional lactation services, IBCLC professionals work in hospitals and birthing centers, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies, and in research. There are currently more than 28,100 IBCLCs in 102 countries worldwide that are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (, a program independently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).  NCCA accreditation represents a mark of quality for certification programs.

Brown says that “Breastfeeding rates are on the rise today and with that dramatic increase, the need for trained professionals who can help also increases. Breastfeeding is natural and often works quite well without intervention. But there can be complications or risk factors and mothers need extra support. An IBCLC is the trained expert with clinical skill who works with the entire health care team so that a mother’s breastfeeding goals can be met.”

In addition to finding IBCLC professionals at RiverBend Medical Group mothers can also find an IBCLC near them by visiting Follow the “Find a Lactation Consultant” link and search for an IBCLC by postal code, city and state, or country.   

For more information about the IBCLC Care Award program, contact IBLCE at   

February 23, 2016

Partnership with Mercy Medical Center

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Mercy Medical Center. RiverBend Medical Group has been providing excellent medical care to families in the Pioneer Valley for almost 40 years.  Over that time, we have attracted high-quality, committed professionals to better serve you and your family. As a result, we have experienced tremendous organizational growth over the past decade.

Our new relationship with Mercy Medical Center will allow us to continue to pursue our vision of an inspired patient experience. We will be able to further enhance our patient care and increase the services available to you and your family. This transition should be seamless to our patients- you will continue to receive care from the same providers in the same locations.    

Mercy Medical Center and RiverBend Medical Group share a vision of patient care that is focused on treating each patient with dignity, respect and compassion.  We are confident that our new affiliation will allow us to continue to provide you with the highest quality care. We thank you for entrusting your family’s medical care to our devoted providers and staff. We look forward to our exciting future with Mercy Medical Center and the Sisters of Providence Health System.

To learn more about Mercy Medical Center or RiverBend Medical Group, please visit our websites at  or 


Richard Shuman, MD
iverBend Medical Group

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