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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.