Chamber of Commerce breakfast highlights Baystate Franklin

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Staff Writer
Published: 1/26/2020 4:52:52 PM
Modified: 1/26/2020 4:52:37 PM

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Ron Bryant says people shouldn’t take their local hospital for granted, because it makes daily strides to improve its care and is moving forward with work “outside the four walls of the hospital.”

Bryant spoke at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Series in the Cohn Family Dining Commons at Greenfield Community College Friday morning. The program this month was “2020 Vision for Baystate Health, Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Health New England.”

“Franklin County is so involved in health care and the community,” he said. “We’re right here in your backyard.”

He said Baystate Franklin provides 1,500 jobs and $110 million in income to 891 households. It also pays $11 million in state and local taxes.

“We make a pretty significant impact here,” Bryant said. “It’s a gem we should all cherish.”

Bryant said a teletracking system allows people to enter the local hospital from other areas without having to go through Baystate Medical Center in Springfield to provide their information, allowing the hospital to see more people in less time. In the first month the teletracking system began, the hospital saw more than 70 people from outside the area, he said.

So much has been happening at Baystate Franklin, Bryant said, including the expansion of its 3-D mammography, and it has added patient lifts to help nurses better care for their patients. He said the hospital has entered into the second phase of the behavior health pods it is creating for safety purposes in the Emergency Department, and the hospital is renovating the Endoscopy Department — which does more than 300 procedures per month — so that there is a recovery room to make patients more comfortable afterward.

Bryant, a member of the local Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region’s board, said Baystate offers its Empower Program, which provides screenings, referrals and a newborn clinic for mothers with perinatal opioid use disorder. The clinic follows babies born for the first 18 months of life.

“This is so important to our community,” he said.

Baystate’s Bridge Clinic also addresses the opioid crisis by connecting patients with the services they need.

Its new family Residencies Program will train medical students and hopefully convince them to stay in the community, he said. The idea is to not only train doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care professionals, but to get them thinking about living and raising families locally.

Next month’s Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast will be held Feb. 28, at 7:30 a.m. at Terrazza Restaurant. The theme is “I Love My Job.”

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-0261, ext. 269 or afritz@recorder.com.




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