Today's Public Health Council agenda included two discussions of pending Determination of Need applications, as well as a comprehensive update on one of the key initiatives currently underway at the Department of Public Health. The Council also bade farewell to one of the Department's longest-serving employees.
First, the Council voted to approve a pending DON application of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts, for the replacement and relocation of the existing 53-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital from 14 Chestnut Street in Ludlow to Parcel A, Ludlow Mills, State Street, within the Ludlow Mills Preservation and Redevelopment Project in Ludlow, Massachusetts.
The Council then approved a request from Children's Hospital Boston to amend an already-approved DON application to add onto an existing building on the Children's Hospital campus. The amendment would increase that project's Maximum Capital Expenditure in order to equip, furnish and occupy Floors 9 and 10 of the previously approved addition.
In other business, the Council received an update on the wide range of activities currently underway as part of Mass in Motion, the multi-faceted DPH initiative to combat obesity in Massachusetts.
Finally, DPH Commissioner Auerbach paid tribute to the contributions of Joan Gorga, the director of the DPH Determination of Need Program, who is retiring this month after 42 years of state service. During her years working for the Commonwealth, Ms. Gorga provided leadership in a variety of groundbreaking initiatives including the creation of the state's organ transplant program.
Weekly Flu Report, May 22, 2015 posted on May 22
Rates of flu-like illness continued to decline during the last 7 days, as noted in the latest weekly flu report which can be viewed here.
Easy Summer Kebabs for the Whole Family! posted on May 22
By Lauren Miller, Dietetic Intern, Tufts University Summer is a chance to relax with family and friends, while having fun, sharing stories, listening to music, and enjoying food together. Warm weather and sunshine bring cookouts and mouth-watering food from the grill! Burgers, hot dogs, chicken, …Continue Reading Easy Summer Kebabs for the Whole Family!
Sharing the Massachusetts Approach to Fighting a National Epidemic posted on May 21
Today I had the distinct pleasure of appearing before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations at a hearing entitled “What are the State Governments Doing to Combat the Opioid Abuse Epidemic?”. It was an honor …Continue Reading Sharing the Massachusetts Approach to Fighting a National Epidemic