Bringing Family Care to Franklin County
What is Family Medicine?
The broad training that family medicine physicians receive prepares them to treat all members of a family, from children to adults, and diagnose and treat a wide range of ailments. This training allows family medicine physicians to adapt their practices to the specific needs of the community, including inpatient medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics, behavioral health, common orthopedic and dermatologic diseases, population health, health system management and more. An emphasis is placed on emphasis on outpatient medicine, continuity of care, health maintenance and disease prevention.
Baystate Health is bringing family medicine to Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Led by Founding Chair Dr. Robert Baldor, the Department of Family Medicine is a partnership between Baystate Franklin Medical Center and UMass Chan Medical School - Baystate.
In 2022, the program will welcome patients and open an educational facility for residents, who are medical school graduates pursuing further specialty training.
This is the first Baystate Health academic department housed outside of Springfield, and also is the first accredited family medicine training program in the region. It joins seven in Massachusetts and 480 programs nationwide.
Through this project, Baystate Health is investing in Baystate Franklin while creating new opportunities for our medical residents, faculty, physicians and patients.
The Future of Family Medicine Starts in Your Backyard
The Department of Family Medicine/UMass Chan - Baystate will welcome four new residents annually into the three-year training program (12 in total). Medical residents will learn from the Baystate Franklin Medical Center team and specialists located in Franklin County and at other Baystate Health facilities in the region. These residents will be trained to develop broad diagnostic skills so they are able to address a spectrum of medical needs experienced by a family.
Physicians and medical residents will connect directly with the community. They will refer patients to local resources and provide greater access to care for Franklin County residents. The long-term goals of the program are to grow the future healthcare workforce for Franklin County, attract specialists
to the area, and support Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s commitment to delivering community-based healthcare. The first class of residents will arrive in June 2022.
Serving Franklin County
The Department of Family Medicine/UMass Chan - Baystate will be housed at the Greenfield Family Medicine Practice at 48 Sanderson Street. Conveniently located close to Baystate Franklin Medical Center, this location provides residents with easy access to specialists while creating a deep connection between the practice and the hospital.
The first floor of the office building is dedicated to the practice while the second floor will serve as additional clinical space and an educational area for medical residents and faculty. Approximately $4.2 million is required to complete this center. This project will include creating new teaching space and the innovation of new clinical areas into a state-of-art patient care space. A modern, well-designed facility is key to attracting the best medical residents, faculty, and practitioners.
These renovations and upgrades will create a space where patients feel comfortable and students are able to learn utilizing modernized resources and tools.
Practice renovations include:
- Redesign of the space to reflect a team-based care model
- Addition of exam rooms to create more space for patients and increased access to care
- Update existing exam rooms to create welcoming environment for patients
- Facility upgrades such as heating, ventilation, windows, and signage to ensure a healing environment
Educational space renovations include:
- Redesign of the space as an educational facility, including creating office and teaching space and a library
- Update educational spaces to create a space for medical residents
- Facility upgrades to create a pleasant environment
The following is the proposed timeline for the Department of Family Medicine and UMass Chan Medical School - Baystate Residency Program.
- January 2023 - Construction Begins on second floor of 48 Sanderson Street; Recruitment of resident interns begins
- June 2022 - First residents arrive
- October 2022 - Renovation begins on first floor of 48 Sanderson Street
- Spring 2023 - Greenfield Family Medicine Practice open house
Your Support Matters
Please consider supporting this vital initiative at Baystate Franklin. Your support helps ensure that the Department of Family Medicine/ UMass Chan - Baystate and Baystate Franklin Medical Center continues to thrive and serve our communities.
From diagnosis to treatment, the addition of the Department of Family Medicine, serving greater Franklin County and Southern Vermont, will provide increased access to comprehensive care for patients of all ages. Not only is this an investment in the healthcare of our community, it is an investment in Franklin County’s Community.
Recognition opportunities within the facility begin at of $10,000.
For more information and to learn how you can be part of this important initiative, please contact Christina Cronin at 413-794-7719 or Christina.Cronin@BaystateHealth.org.
Thank you for considering a gift in support of the future of patient care at Baystate Franklin Medical Center.
Meet the Family Medicine Residency Team
In November 2021, the new Family Medicine Residency Team welcomed donors to meet them and learn more about the program. We invite you to view this video to hear more about the exciting work being done in Greater Franklin County.