Post Content

The February monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a pair of Determination of Need (DON) requests followed by an informational presentation from DPH bureau leadership.

First, as part of her introductory remarks, Public Health Commissioner Bharel provided an update to the Council on data from the latest quarterly opioid report which was released today.

The next item on the docket was a DON application from AdCare Inc. for a transfer of ownership to AAC Holdings, Inc. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the application.

Next, the Council took up a DON application from Partners HealthCare for a transfer of ownership with respect to the change in corporate control of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. After a discussion, the Council voted to approve the application.

Finally, leadership from the Bureau of Environmental Health and the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences provided an informational presentation on how a recent DPH foodborne illness investigation led to the identification of a rare strain of salmonella in packaged frozen coconut products – and a multi-state FDA recall.

Written By:


health communication writer and editor

Tags: , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

Keeping Our Food Supply Safe and Wholesome posted on Nov 18

Keeping Our Food Supply Safe and Wholesome

The holiday season is upon us – a time of year when many of our celebrations take place around food. And whether it’s today or any other day, the last thing anyone wants to worry about is whether that food is safe. Thankfully, here in Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Keeping Our Food Supply Safe and Wholesome

The Three Most Important Things to Remember About Stroke posted on Oct 29

The Three Most Important Things to Remember About Stroke

A stroke can be life-changing event and can happen to anyone. Remembering how to prevent stroke and how to recognize signs of stroke is a meaningful way to honor World Stroke Day. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen to the brain   …Continue Reading The Three Most Important Things to Remember About Stroke

Your Best Protection Against the Flu: A Flu Shot posted on Oct 8

Your Best Protection Against the Flu: A Flu Shot

This year, the first full week of October marks the start of Massachusetts’ flu surveillance monitoring and reporting for the 2019-2020 flu season. To monitor flu in the state, DPH uses a variety of disease surveillance methods including lab testing, voluntary reporting by health care   …Continue Reading Your Best Protection Against the Flu: A Flu Shot