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Full text: A resolution to keep medical services local

The following resolution — created by the Massachusetts Nurses Association and Franklin County residents — will be included on at least 10, and as many as 15, Town Meeting warrants in the county this spring:

Whereas, Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield is the only hospital in Franklin County, the most rural county in Massachusetts;

Whereas, local access to a full-service community hospital is essential to the health and well being of the residents of Franklin County; and,

Whereas, many services previously available at Franklin Medical Center are now only available at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield; and,

Whereas, the lack of public transportation and the long distance between parts of Franklin County and Springfield presents a challenge for many residents; and,

Whereas, it is critical for the health of Franklin County residents that they have access to the broadest range of quality health care services in Franklin County,

Therefore be it resolved that the Town of ____________, calls upon Baystate Health System to commit all necessary resources to ensure the provision of all needed services and to commit to the long-term viability of a full-service community hospital at Baystate Franklin Medical Center which will meet the health care needs of the residents of Franklin County; and,

Be it further resolved that the Town Clerk be directed to send copies of this resolution to Mark Tolosky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Baystate Health System, and to Chuck Gijanto, President of Baystate Regional Markets.

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Concern that medical services are slowly slipping away from Baystate Franklin Medical Center and traveling south down Interstate 91 to Springfield has launched the hospital’s nurses and Franklin County residents into political action. At least 10 Franklin County towns, and as many as 15, could see resolutions on their town meeting warrants this spring that would express a desire to … 0

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