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Friday, February 16, 2007

Springfield hospital proposes expansion

Baystate Medical Center in Springfield has asked the state for approval to build a $259 million wing.

The project would expand the hospital's number of beds to 775 from 653, and provide more room for intensive care services and cardiac and vascular procedures when it's completed in 2011.

CEO Trish Hannon said the hospital is "stretched to its limits in our current environment," with an overcrowded Emergency Department, a shortage of beds that limits the hospitalís ability to carry out its mission, and a lack of procedure and recovery space that delays patient care.

The project would generate more than 200 construction jobs and 550 clinical positions, hospital executives said.

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