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  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital breaks ground on the new Emergency Department building during a ceremony in Northampton in July. The hospital recently received a $100,000 donation from Greenfield Cooperative Bank to support the expansion. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE



Published: 9/14/2023 11:02:00 AM
Bank donates $100K toward Emergency Department expansion

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital has received a $100,000 donation from Greenfield Cooperative Bank to support the expansion and renovation of its Emergency Department.

“This incredibly generous gift in support of the Emergency Department is an investment in our shared commitment to a healthy Pioneer Valley,” Dr. Lynnette Watkins, Cooley Dickinson’s president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. “We are honored and grateful to Greenfield Cooperative Bank for this gift of support, which will benefit their customers, our patients and our collective communities by providing access to the region’s top providers and leading health care services in a newly renovated and expanded space.”

The donation from Greenfield Cooperative Bank supports the hospital’s $26 million project, which will add 7,700 square feet, nine patient rooms, eight behavioral health beds and a family waiting area. The emergency room will also add a CT scanning machine for more timely access to diagnostic imaging. The project, which will increase the current space by 40%, broke ground in July and is expected to be completed in 2025.

“Cooley Dickinson is a vital part of the health of our neighbors in the valley, and this donation is a way for us to show our support for the hospital and the people it serves,” Tony Worden, president and CEO of Greenfield Cooperative Bank, said in a statement. “Many of our staff, family and friends have needed to receive care at the Emergency Department. We are grateful for the work that the hospital does, and we are thrilled to help them continue their mission.”

Bank donates $5K to Massachusetts Farm Resiliency Fund

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Cooperative Bank has donated $5,000 to the Massachusetts Farm Resiliency Fund, a partnership between philanthropic organizations and private foundations intended to support western and central Massachusetts farms that were impacted by recent flooding and to strengthen farm resiliency with an eye toward future climate impacts.

“We are committed to supporting our local farmers and the important work they do to provide our community with fresh, healthy food,” Tony Worden, president and CEO of Greenfield Cooperative Bank, said in a statement. “The recent flooding was a devastating blow to many farms, and we are proud to do our part to help them recover and rebuild.”

The Massachusetts Farm Resiliency Fund is administered by Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA). For more information, visit


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