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This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a vote on one Determination of Need request and several informational presentations related to DPH initiatives and proposed regulations.

First, the Council took up a request from Steward St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston for a significant change  to an approved but not yet implemented Determination of Need project. The new request would allow the hospital to create a 20-bed adult medical/surgical unit, an 8-bed intensive care unit, 2 new operating rooms and space for related support functions. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the request.

Next, the Council received an update from Bureau of Environmental Health Director Suzanne Condon about a proposed clarification to language included in proposed regulations for Good Manufacturing Processes for Food. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the insertion of the revised language into the draft regulations.

Following that, Office of Health Equity (OHE) Director Georgia Simpson May provided an informational overview  for the Council on the major initiatives currently underway in OHE to reduce and eliminate health disparities in the Commonwealth.

Finally, the Council heard an update from Bureau of Infectious Disease Director Kevin Cranston on recent successes  in controlling HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts.

 

 

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