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Athol Hospital earns funding for new ER

ATHOL — Patients at Athol Memorial Hospital will soon see an expanded and modernized emergency department.

The state Legislature has adopted a bill that includes a $2 million bond authorization for costs associated with the expansion and modernization of the emergency department and outpatient facilities at the hospital.

The funding supports a proposed two-story addition at the northeast corner of the existing hospital, with a new emergency department on the lower level and a new, fully accessible main entrance and lobby on the upper level.

The current emergency department gives no patient privacy and has inadequate storage and staff work space, according to hospital officials.

The 24-bed hospital serves the North Quabbin region and operates a round-the-clock emergency department that provides acute treatment services, stabilization and transport services.

“We are grateful for the approval of the capital facilities bond bill and appreciate the support of our local legislators,” said Win Brown, president and CEO of Heywood Healthcare, which owns Athol Hospital. “These funds will assist in the revitalization of Athol Hospital’s Emergency Department, allowing us to provide advanced, comprehensive and high quality emergency care to the people of the North Quabbin region.”

The bond was included in a bill to provide capital facility repairs and improvements backed by Rep. Denise Andrews.

“We are extremely pleased to have secured strong support to modernize the facilities at Athol Hospital, an initiative that will enable better patient care for residents of the entire North Quabbin region,” Andrews said.

The bill is before the governor for consideration.

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