Fallon Health Helps Fund New Starrett Center for Emergency Care at Athol Hospital

  • Left to right: Richard Burke, President and CEO, Fallon Health; David W. Hillis, former chairman of the board, Fallon Health; Tina Griffin, VP and CNO, Athol Hospital and Win Brown, President and CEO, Athol Hospital. Contributed photo

Published: 6/30/2019 5:26:29 PM
Modified: 6/30/2019 5:26:27 PM

ATHOL — Fallon Health, a nationally recognized not-for-profit health care services organization, and Athol Hospital, a non-profit, critical access hospital and acute care and outpatient facility serving the North Quabbin region, announced the official opening of the Fallon Health Waiting Area in the new Starrett Center for Emergency Care at Athol Hospital.

The newly upgraded facility, located at 2033 Main St., was funded in part through a donation from Fallon Health.

The improvements are part of the Fulfilling Our Promise capital campaign which includes the development of The Quabbin Retreat and the development of a new surgical platform at Heywood Hospital. Aimed at improving care access and quality for the Northern Worcester County community, the designs support the provision of high-level care close to home. The new Emergency Department will enhance the hospital’s services by:

■Doubling the capacity to include eight dedicated acute care rooms

■Improving privacy through separate patient treatment areas and traffic areas

■Creating five dedicated behavioral health rooms

 “We commend Athol Hospital and the outstanding improvements they are making to better serve the community.” said Richard Burke, President and CEO of Fallon Health. “Fallon Health recognizes the importance of the critical services that are provided there, and we are proud to support Heywood Healthcare, including Athol Hospital, in its commitment to improving the community’s health and well-being.”

Fallon Health also honored David W. Hillis, who has ties to both Fallon and Athol Hospital and also contributed to the upgrades. Hillis first joined the Fallon Board of Directors in 2003, becoming Chair in 2009. Over his 15 years of service, his insight helped guide the Board as it carried out its duties in support of Fallon’s mission. Hillis is also a dedicated supporter of Athol Hospital, where his father, Frederic Hillis, served as Chief Administrator form 1960 to his retirement in 1985.

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