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.
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Weekly Flu Report, November 27, 2015 posted on Nov 27
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Preventing Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Workers: 15 Years and Counting posted on Nov 23
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