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This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included consideration of three Determination of Need (DoN) requests, a vote on proposed amendments to existing regulations and an informational presentation on the Prevention and Wellness Trust.

First the Council heard a request from Shields Signature Imaging, LLC to begin offering mobile Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT) services one day per week at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital; and a request from Shields Sturdy PET-CT, LLC to provide similar once-weekly PET-CT services at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve both requests.

The Council then took up a DoN request from Massachusetts General Hospital for a three-phased renovation project of existing space to reconfigure the design and upgrade the infrastructure of the Hospital’s existing peri-operative services.  The Council voted to approve this request as well.

Next on the agenda was a briefing on the status of final proposed amendments to 105 CMR 153.000, Licensure Procuedure and Suitability Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities. The briefing provided an introduction to Long Term Care Facility (LTCF) closure and change of ownership (transfers); described current law, outlined the proposed changes to LTCF regulations, and discussed changes to the proposal based on public comment. The Council voted to approve these amendments.

Finally, the Council received an update on Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund activities from Carlene Pavlos, Director of the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention and Jean Zotter, Manager of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund.  The presentation covered the priority areas of the Trust, types of interventions required, progress to date, and vision for the future.



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