May 17, 2010

Town Officials, Legislature Celebrate One Year Anniversary

WEBSTER, Mass. - May 17, 2010 - A breakfast celebrating the one-year anniversary of Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard drew 50 people to the Webster campus cafeteria on Monday, May 17, in honor of the organization's remarkable success over the past 12 months.

"I can't tell you how pleased I am - and how pleased all of us are, at our Webster campus, to be able to celebrate this anniversary and to be able to look forward and see such great potential in this facility and this great group of people we have working here," said Ed Moore, President & CEO of Harrington Hospital.

Newly-appointed Site Administrator Pam Zouranjian also addressed the crowd, saying while she might be the newest member of the Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard family, "I feel I know so many of you, because I've made it a point to be out in the community, not only learning about this area, but listening to your suggestions, as well as telling you all about the great services we offer here."

In May 2009, the former Hubbard Regional Hospital officially transitioned to Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard. The campus retained its 24/7 emergency department as well as a variety of outpatient services. The Harrington Hospital Board and administration invested in critical upgrades, including digital mammography and technology interfaces.

The buffet-style breakfast celebrated many hours of hard work by members of the staff, municipal leaders and legislators to help ensure a smooth transition and continued support of the Webster campus. In attendance were State Sen. Richard Moore, StateRep. Paul Kujawski, StateRep. Ann Gobi, local police chiefs and selectmen, in addition business representatives and members of both the Harrington Hospital and Hubbard Health Systems Board (which oversees Webster EMS and owns the land at 340 Thompson Road).

Rep. Gobi told everyone she was happy to see Harrington had stepped in to keep the Hubbard site operational.

"There's really no reason for people to have to go or want to go anywhere else," she said.
Hubbard Health Systems Board Chair Billy Dupont asked the audience to "please support your local healthcare facility. It behooves all of us to get our services done here. We can have a big beautiful building, but if no one comes, it's a waste."

Over the past 12 months, the Webster campus has seen significant improvements and changes to patient care, technology and equipment. Harrington invested $2.5 million into the initial transition to accommodate for these necessary upgrades.

"We want the community to know the operation they've known as Hubbard is still here, although now operated by Harrington, and that we're making improvements, and offering the community quality care," Harrington CEO Ed Moore said. "How do we know we're offering quality care? For one thing, our patients are telling us that."

Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard has received numerous letters from community members and patients, all praising the facility's staff and services.

Sen. Moore was heartened by the progress he has seen at the Hubbard site and is very pleased that it is still operating and offering care to the community.

"Eighteen months ago, this facility was similar to being on life support," he said of the former Hubbard Regional Hospital. "Its rehabilitation and recovery is a tremendous credit to the folks that work here and in Southbridge."

"Our goal now is not to keep Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard open, but how we can continue to make it better for years to come," Rep. Kujawski said.

Both Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard and Harrington Hospital are part of Harrington HealthCare System, which was formed in October by the board of Harrington Hospital.