1. Baystate Health plans ICU closures at Noble in Westfield, Wing in Palmer, as Massachusetts lawmakers mull making such shutdowns harder

    Baystate Health plans ICU closures at Noble in Westfield, Wing in Palmer, as Massachusetts lawmakers mull making such shutdowns harder

    Baystate Health plans to close underutilized intensive care units in Westfield and Palmer and convert the six beds at each hospital to regular medical-surgical use with a lower level of care. It has also asked the state Department of Public Health to take the six pediatric beds at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield off the institution’s license and close that ward, said spokeswoman Shelly Hazlett.

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