Editorial: Hospital project moved forward
Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and North Quabbin area:
We’re glad to hear that Baystate Franklin Medical Center has gotten the necessary approval from the Massachusetts Public Health Council to move forward on a plan to replace and renovate its operating rooms. When the project is finished, it will mean that the hospital — and the community — has a modern facility that could save lives. It’s also a significant investment (Baystate is estimating it will be a $23 million construction project) in the hospital. As Steven Bradley, BFMC president said, “... people in Franklin County deserve the same level of care that people at community hospitals all over the state get. We don’t want people to feel the need to travel to another hospital far away from home.” This upgrade is a step toward ensuring that the community is well served.
A sign of seasonal change
We hope that you all are actively enjoying all the outside activities being hosted by area communities ... especially since we’re seeing a subtle change of sorts going on as we get deeper into August. While there are still plenty of nods to summer, “fall” is beginning to work its way into the picture. Greenfield just had its “Harvest Supper,” for example. The next thing you know, there will be pumpkins for sale! A different kind of sign is that high school athletes will begin official practice for fall sports this week. It all should remind everyone to soak up as much outdoor time as possible ... the calendar is ticking ...
Do they stay or go?
We can’t say we’re surprised that New England Natural Bakers is weighing several options when it comes to locating a new 60,000-square-foot factory, including leaving Greenfield for a site in Deerfield. This is the way of business. No matter what happens, however, the good news is that the granola maker is staying in Franklin County.
We’re glad to learn that there’s a possibility that Domino’s Pizza will move into the vacated Friendly’s building on Federal Street in Greenfield. The building has been vacant for too long — and with the high school next to it, a food place would be able to do well at the location. Domino’s is having to move out of its site up the street because of the Cumberland Farms expansion. Change is on the way.