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The October monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included a pair of Determination of Need requests, two votes on final amendments to regulations, and three informational briefings for Council members on the status of proposed regulatory amendments which have yet to come for a final vote.

First, the Council took up the Boston Children’s Hospital application for a substantial capital expenditure to build an 11 floor inpatient clinical building with inpatient renewal to main building; ambulatory renewal; and an 8 floor ambulatory clinical building at 2 Brookline Place. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the Determination of Need request. The Department released the following statement at the conclusion of the vote:

“The Public Health Council’s approval lays out a framework allowing Boston Children’s Hospital to upgrade their existing facilities and improve care for some of our most vulnerable children and their families, while incorporating unprecedented conditions and safeguards, including financial penalties and ongoing reporting, to prevent negative impacts on Massachusetts healthcare costs.”

Next, the Council considered a Determination of Need request from Hallmark Health Systems for Transfer of Ownership through which Wellforce, Inc. would become sole corporate member of Hallmark Health Systems and its two campuses, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Following that, the Council took up requests for final promulgation of proposed amendments to 105 CMR 302.000 – Congenital Anomalies Registry and 105 CMR 315.000 – Cremation of Bodies Received Outside Massachusetts. Following discussions, the Council voted to approve the respective proposed amendments.

Following those votes, the Council heard informational updates from DPH staff on the status of three proposed regulatory amendments or revisions:

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