Mass Gen. Brigham said Friday he was withdrawing a proposal to build two new outpatient surgical centers outside Boston and expand a third, reportedly due to a lack of support from the Department of Public Health. .
MGB planned to build outpatient centers in Woburn and Westborough and expand a center in Westwood. The decision to withdraw these plans followed the announcement that DPH would not approve projects at the Public Health Board, The Boston Globe reported.
“We look forward to engaging with the Board of Public Health and look forward to receiving their final approval of our plans to increase access to our world-class Boston teaching hospitals for patients who need the highest level of care. quality they provide,” said MGB’s President and CEO. Dr Anne Klibanski in a statement to the media.
The three suburban projects have an aggregate price tag of $223 million and have drawn opposition from insurers, consumer advocates and healthcare competitors who say the facilities will drive up healthcare costs.
But MGB’s position was that the projects would help reduce the cost of health care for patients who had to travel to Boston and alleviate capacity issues.
A DPH spokesperson declined to comment on the department’s position on the matter, according to the World.
But DPH is supporting two other large MGB projects in Boston — one is a $1.9 billion expansion to Mass. General, and the other a $150 million overhaul of Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.
The expansion of Mass. General will include two new towers on Cambridge Street which will provide almost 500 private rooms for seriously ill cancer and heart patients. Faulkner’s renovation will add nearly 90 new beds and expand endoscopy services.
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