SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Oct. 2, 2009 – State Secretary of Health and Human Services JudyAnn Bigby and state legislators toured Harrington Hospital and its new state-of-the-art Central Massachusetts Cancer Center yesterday.
The tour, offered by Harrington Hospital President and CEO Ed Moore, also included the hospitals new Womens Health Center, MedSurg (Medical Surgical) Units, Emergency Care Center and renovated patient rooms. Visiting Harrington with Secretary Bigby were State Senator Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge; State Rep. Paul Kujawski, D-Webster; and State Representative Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton. Senator Moore serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts Legislatures Committee on Health Care Financing.
“Its very heartening to have such interest in our hospital from such esteemed visitors,” said Harrington CEO Moore. “Secretary Bigby, Senator Moore and State Representatives Alicea and Kujawski have been wonderful supporters of Harrington Hospital. And they are very appreciative of the progress we have made, as a community hospital, including our outreach into the community, opening satellite offices with primary care and specialty care physicians.”
The visitors also discussed health care reform with Harrington CEO Moore and other Harrington executives and expressed their appreciation for Harringtons successful efforts to maintain a health care presence and health care jobs in nearby Webster. Harrington assumed management of Hubbard Hospital in Webster earlier this year and now maintains the site as Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard – a comprehensive outpatient facility featuring primary care and specialty care physicians, a 24/7 Emergency Care Center and other medical services.
Also participating in the tour from Harrington were Chief Operating Officer Doug Crapser; Chief Medical Officer Arthur Russo; Peg Skowron, Vice President of Nursing; and Chief Financial Officer Tom Sullivan.
The Central Massachusetts Cancer Center, a joint venture with Radiation Therapy Services, Inc., offers the latest advances in treatment and therapy, which means that patients dont need to travel to Boston or Worcester to receive the best in cancer care. The first floor, operated by Radiation Therapy Services, opened in June. It offers state-of-the-art radiation treatments, such as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), which focuses the radiation treatment on the tumor and spares the normal tissue.
The second floor of the Cancer Center, operated by Harrington and called The Cancer Center at Harrington, is scheduled to open next month offering infusion/chemotherapy services as well as
counseling services, including an on-site social worker, to help patients and their families with the psycho-social issues related to cancer. The Cancer Center at Harrington also features a Resource Room, with computer access, to allow patients and their families to research cancer and cancer treatments. The room will be staffed by volunteers from the American Cancer Society and the hospital Auxiliary.