HEYWOOD HEALTHCARE THANKS VOTERS FOR PROTECTING PATIENT SAFETY IN MASSACHUSETTS

November 7, 2018

Heywood Healthcare expressed their thanks to Massachusetts voters today after they voiced support for the high-quality of patient care at the state’s hospitals, defeating a measure that would have imposed rigid mandated staffing ratios.

“Patient safety will always remain our top priority,” shared Win Brown, President & CEO of Heywood Healthcare. “We will continue to serve our communities and provide the highest quality care they have come to expect. Our nurses and healthcare teams lead the charge in building healthier communities every day, and we appreciate all they do to continue to serve the needs of our patients.”

From Boston to Springfield, Newburyport to New Bedford, nurses, patients, health care advocates, and hospitals joined together to educate voters on the devastating impact rigid, government mandated nurse staffing ratios would have on patient safety, access to care and emergency situations across the state.

Heywood and Athol Hospitals will join other hospitals across the state in continuing discussions about the delivery of health care and the future of the workforce moving forward. The hospital will also continue working alongside valuable health care community partners to increase accessibility and improve the patient experience.

The Coalition to Protect Patient Safety was supported by the American Nurses Association - Massachusetts, Emergency Nurses Association - Massachusetts Chapter, Organization of Nurse Leaders, Infusion Nurses Society, Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses’ Greater Boston Chapter, the Western Massachusetts Nursing Collaborative, the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals, the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals, and over 90 healthcare organizations across the state.
Now that the campaign is over, every health care organization in Massachusetts will be working together as one to improve patient care.

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About Athol Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Athol Hospital is a 25-bed non-profit, acute care and outpatient facility serving the communities of the North Quabbin region of Massachusetts. Athol Hospital’s services include 24/7 Emergency Care, Surgical Services, Oncology, Respiratory Therapy, Radiology and Laboratory, Diabetes Center and the Center for Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. It is designated as a Critical Access Hospital and Primary Stroke Center, licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and accredited by the Joint Commission.

About Heywood Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Heywood Hospital is a 134-bed acute care hospital in Gardner, MA, providing a broad range of high quality medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatric and behavioral health services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The hospital’s Centers of Excellence include the Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care; the LaChance Maternity Center; the Diabetes Center and the Heywood Heart and Vascular Center, an affiliate of the Heart and Vascular Center at UMass Memorial Health Care.

About Heywood Healthcare
Heywood Healthcare is an independent, community-owned healthcare system serving north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. It is comprised of Heywood Hospital, a non-profit, 134-bed acute-care hospital in Gardner, MA; Athol Hospital, a 25-bed not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; the Quabbin Retreat, a behavioral health and substance misuse treatment facility, in Petersham, MA; and Heywood Medical Group with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region. The organization includes five satellite facilities in MA; Heywood Rehabilitation Center and Heywood Urgent Care in Gardner; West River Health Center in Orange; Winchendon Health Center and Murdock School-based Health Center in Winchendon; Heywood Charitable Foundation; and the North Quabbin Community Coalition.

About Heywood Medical Group
Heywood Medical Group is a non-profit Physician Organization affiliated with Heywood Hospital with over 50 physicians and advanced practice providers specializing in Primary Care and Specialty Care. Our primary care physicians focus on Pediatrics and Family Practice. Our specialty care physicians focus on the areas of Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Bariatrics, Gynecology/Obstetrics, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, Urology and General Surgery.
Heywood Medical group serves individuals and families in need of health care and works in coordination with Heywood Hospital to provide high-quality comprehensive care to everyone.