A $50 Million Gift; New Hospital; New Building; New Affiliation

Massachusetts General Hospital: James S. and Carol J. Herscot have donated $50 million to Massachusetts General Hospital to support capital projects, initiatives, and the Herscot Center for Children and Adults with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). MGH will name the building that houses the Herscot Center – the Carol and James Herscot Building. TSC is a rare genetic disorder that affects 40,000 to 80,000 people in the United States and as many as 2 million people worldwide.

Baystate Health: Baystate Health announced last week that it will build a new behavioral health hospital at an as-yet-undetermined site in Western Massachusetts. It is partnering with New York City-based US HealthVest in the hospital venture. Baystate Health said the new facility will increase inpatient care capacity by more than 30% for adults and children in the area. US HealthVest already has a presence in Massachusetts, partnering with UMass Memorial Medical Center to open the new 120-bed Hospital for Behavioral Medicine in Worcester. That hospital is scheduled to open this week.

Cape Cod Hospital: Cape Cod Hospital has joined the Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative, which the facilities said in a press release “helps disseminate the latest and most effective, evidence-based best practices and standards to member hospitals and physician practices. Members undergo a rigorous review of their oncology operations and agree to implement key recommendations to meet Dana-Farber standards. Members also take advantage of ongoing consultations and access to support services, such as on-site specialty second opinion clinics, clinical trials, tumor board conferences and physician lectures.”  Dana-Farber and Cape Cod Hospital will also collaborate on physician recruitment to Cape Cod Hospital, and the two will continue to offer an on-site specialty second opinion clinic.

South Shore Health System: South Shore Health System, Brigham Health/Partners HealthCare, and FoxRock Properties last Thursday announced their plan to build a 200,000 square foot medical building in Quincy Center. Additionally, South Shore Health System plans to open a primary care practice at 1495 Hancock Street in Quincy in the summer of 2019.  “It’s vital that the people of Quincy have every opportunity to obtain exceptional healthcare, at the right time, and in the right places,” said Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch. Steward Health Care was allowed to close the 124-year-old Quincy Hospital in 2014. Steward operates a satellite emergency facility in Quincy under the Carney Hospital license.