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Work With Child Abuse Victims Brings Center National Recognition

Baystate Health

A partnership between physicians and police in western Massachusetts to help child abuse victims has earned national accreditation.

   The Family Advocacy Center of Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield is part of a national network of  775 child trauma centers accredited by the National Children’s Alliance.  Dr. Stephen  Boos, the co-medical director said the center helps children impacted by physical and sexual abuse, and exposed to violence at home, in school and on the streets.

   The center works with the Special Victim’s Unit of the Hampden District Attorney’s office and 15 police departments in the greater Springfield area. It recently received a $1.6 million federal grant.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.