Healthy association

When patients are at the center of our thinking and planning about health care, everyone benefits. We bring services closer to where people live and work, helping patients and their families to feel well cared for and supported.

In our community, we are fortunate to also be supported by Baystate Health. Since 1987, Baystate Franklin Medical Center has been part of this health system recently named by Thomson Reuters as one of the top 15 in the nation. During that time, we have faced many financial challenges that might have put us out of business altogether if not for Baystate Health’s support. We have also contributed to Baystate’s success — through our own achievements in clinical quality, and by extending the services of Baystate Health throughout this area.

New physicians, services

Within just the past few years, thanks to our association with Baystate Health and our sister teaching hospital, Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, we have added several new services and recruited many new physicians, including:

∎ Sports Medicine, established in Greenfield three years ago.

∎ Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, offering minimally invasive treatment for patients who previously had to travel elsewhere for their care.

∎ Shared specialists with the Baystate Heart & Vascular Program ­— including vascular surgeons and cardiologists.

∎ Development of a vascular lab at BFMC.

∎ Recruitment and placement of other shared specialists in Physiatry, Infectious Disease, and Thoracic Surgery.

Our community benefits by having these specialists right here in Greenfield, while our staff at BFMC enjoys close working relationships with their colleagues from the teaching hospital. By sending specialists to Franklin County, Baystate Medical Center is able to keep more beds open for patients who require the kind of care found only in a tertiary center, such as trauma surgery, open heart surgery, and neurosurgery.

Facilities and technology

Coming this summer, thanks to the financial and programmatic support of Baystate Health, we will be opening a wound care center at BFMC, and will also begin renovation and expansion of our Oncology Department. 

At the same time, we will launch a feasibility study for construction of a new Surgery Center, including development of architectural and engineering concepts. This facility would replace our existing operating, recovery and endoscopy rooms with brand new, larger space best suited to today’s technology. A new Surgery Center would further enable us to provide even better patient care by helping us recruit additional surgeons, and would give employees a more comfortable, efficient working environment. We are excited to begin this preliminary process, and are thankful to Baystate Health for funding the work.

Best of both worlds

The collaboration between our community hospital and academic teaching hospital, and between our physicians and other providers throughout the Pioneer Valley, is based on our understanding and respect of each others’ differences and strengths. Together, we are committed to doing what’s best for patients and their families, and to addressing the broader health needs of the communities we serve.

Chuck Gijanto is president of Baystate Regional Markets, which includes Baystate Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

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