Baystate “hospital of the future” also tied to important community work

Tuesday’s Republican features an editorial about how Baystate securing $246 million in financing for its “hospital of the future” is good for the regional economy: “In addition to 300 construction jobs, the new 600,000-square-foot addition to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, will create 550 permanent jobs for doctors, nurses and other professionals, and allow the hospital to offer a private room to every patient.”

True enough. But what’s not talked about as often is how this capital project triggers an additional Baystate investment of $9.6 million for “community benefits,” largely divided between North End and Mason Square community organizations. So there was more at stake than most realize when work stopped on the Baystate expansion, and a sigh of relief when it was announced that financing had been secured.

We’ve laid out the basic structure of the Baystate community benefits money here, including links to the groups administering the money, and how to take advantage of some mini-grant opportunities available to all kinds of community stakeholders.

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