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The February monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a pair of Determination of Need (DON) requests followed by an informational presentation from DPH bureau leadership.

First, as part of her introductory remarks, Public Health Commissioner Bharel provided an update to the Council on data from the latest quarterly opioid report which was released today.

The next item on the docket was a DON application from AdCare Inc. for a transfer of ownership to AAC Holdings, Inc. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the application.

Next, the Council took up a DON application from Partners HealthCare for a transfer of ownership with respect to the change in corporate control of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. After a discussion, the Council voted to approve the application.

Finally, leadership from the Bureau of Environmental Health and the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences provided an informational presentation on how a recent DPH foodborne illness investigation led to the identification of a rare strain of salmonella in packaged frozen coconut products – and a multi-state FDA recall.

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