Neither Cooley Dickinson nor Mass General seek to shift care out of the Pioneer Valley. Patients ultimately drive this decision, but our intention is that care that can and should be delivered in this region will continue to be provided in this region. Mass General is not interested in treating Pioneer Valley residents who can be cared for at Cooley Dickinson or Baystate Medical Center.
• We will continue to rely on and refer to Baystate Medical Center those patients who need the high-quality care that Baystate delivers for trauma, heart attacks, and high-risk pregnancies, for example. We will work closely with Baystate and its providers to continue to improve the coordination of care provided to patients who use both of our organizations.
• Mass General would like to care for more of the 600 patients from our area who travel east in an average year for care at a larger hospital. Currently, Mass General treats about 200 of those patients. Cooley Dickinson and Mass General intend to make access to and coordination of care that is beyond what is available in the valley to be so exceptional at MGH that patients choose to stay within our new system.
• Our cancer program already works that way – MGH has helped patients get whatever expertise they need, and to stay here in our community for care that MGH and coordinate locally. Our commitment is to quality care close to home and access to outside specialty care when needed.