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The agenda for today’s monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included a pair of Determination of Need requests from area health care facilities, and informational presentations and updates from two programs within the DPH Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality.

council members view a presentation by DPH's Madeleine Biondolillo

The Council listens to a presentation by Associate Commissioner Madeleine Biondolillo.

The meeting began with a presentation by Associate Commissioner Madeleine Biondolillo on the Steward Health Care System Performance Monitoring program which the Department was legislatively mandated to undertake, following Steward’s acquisition of multiple healthcare facilities in Massachusetts in 2010-2011.

Following that presentation, the Council voted to approve two Determination of Need requests: one for Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston to establish a 15-bed geriatric psychiatric satellite unit at Steward Carney Hospital in Dorchester; and one which amends an existing approved DoN application from Steward Norwood Hospital to undertake additional renovations to medical-surgical inpatient rooms at that health care facility.

Council members then heard an informational presentation from Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) Director Jamie Pianka on a series of significant reforms to EMS training and certification in the Commonwealth which are currently underway.

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