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The January 2019 monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a three Determination of Need (DoN) requests followed by an informational update from DPH staff on the DPH response to a recent public health outbreak in Massachusetts.

First, the Council took up three separate DoN requests from Massachusetts health care facilities:

  • A DoN application (including addendum) from Caregroup, Inc. for a Substantial Capital Expenditure at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) for construction of a 10-story inpatient building on the BIDMC West Campus located at 111 Francis Street in Boston
  • A DoN application(including addendum) from Medford Surgery Center, LLC for construction of a freestanding ambulatory surgery center on the campus of Lawrence Memorial Hospital
  • A request by Steward Health Care System, LLC for an amendment to build out shell space associated with a previously approved DoN for substantial capital expenditure at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston

Following a series of discussions, the Council voted to approve each DoN request.

Finally, the Council was provided an informational update from senior staff at the Department’s Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences on the DPH response to a recent outbreak of Hepatitis A in Massachusetts.

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