Athol Progress Notes - January 2018

January 3, 2018

Dear Friends,

This is a time of immense anticipation and excitement at Heywood Healthcare and Athol Hospital. On the horizon, we see the promise of a new level of healthcare in our region, providing greater access to services that address our communities’ most significant health needs. The entire Heywood Healthcare family takes immense pride in the exceptional care provided at Athol Hospital, and we want to ensure that we continue to meet the healthcare challenges faced by our patients, and provide the facilities and level of care our communities deserve.

Today, Athol Hospital cares for over 12,000 patients a year in our Emergency Room from throughout the North Quabbin region. Over the past 50+ years, the needs of the communities we serve, as well as healthcare standards, have shifted significantly, with a greater emphasis on behavioral health and the need to improve privacy, infection control and wait times. Meeting the emergency healthcare needs of our growing area in our current facility has caused over-crowding and limited patient privacy, with many patients waiting in the hallway awaiting an available room. Patient bays are separated by curtains rather than walls, further challenging privacy.

Athol Hospital and the residents of the North Quabbin region have anxiously awaited a new Emergency Department (ED) and Medical Office Building (MOB), and I am excited to share with you that we are officially moving dirt on the Athol campus! The construction is the first step towards the realization of the new ED which will provide more spacious treatment rooms for patients as well as assist with flow, while the new MOB will allow for additional office space for primary, specialty and behavioral health providers.

Expanded services such as audiology, cardiology, diabetes care, oncology, physical therapy and speech therapy are critical to the longevity of Athol Hospital. State-of-the-art facilities will attract physicians to practice medicine in our rural community; which remains a longstanding challenge.

This major fundraising initiative, just one of the three projects under the Fulfilling Our Promise Capital Campaign, is being tri-chaired by Doug Starret, Cheney Castine and David Hillis, all of whom have long-standing roots in the Quabbin Region. I want to thank them for their dedication, passion and service to this important project. For more information on the Athol ED/MOB project or the Fulfilling Our Promise Campaign, please contact our Athol Campaign Office at (978) 249-1348.

As always, it is my pleasure to share the news of Athol Hospital with you – our patients and our community. If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas of how we may better serve you, your family or your neighbors, please do not hesitate to let us know! You can email me directly at

Yours in Good Health,

Win Brown
President & CEO
Heywood Healthcare