To honor the leadership and achievements of President and CEO Mark R. Tolosky over his 22-year career, the Baystate Health Board of Trustees announced the naming of the Tolosky Center at 3300 Main St. in Springfield.
The Tolosky Center, a regional destination for outpatient healthcare services, opened in 1998 and ignited the redevelopment of an underused former industrial area in Springfield’s North End. The area today comprises over $200 million of Baystate Health investment and over 455,000 square feet of space, including the Tolosky Center, the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care, the Baystate Children’s Specialty Center, the Baystate Breast and Wellness Center, and the Baystate Orthopedic Surgery Center, among other Baystate-owned and occupied properties.
Tolosky is transitioning out of his position as president and CEO on July 1st, moving into a president emeritus role. He served Baystate Health and the community for 22 years, beginning in 1992 as executive vice president of Baystate Health and CEO of Baystate Medical Center. In 2004, while retaining leadership of Baystate Medical Center, he assumed the titles of president and CEO of Baystate Health.
Recognizing Tolosky's work
The naming of the Tolosky Center culminates a series of recognitions of Tolosky’s long tenure and contributions to Baystate Health and the community. In May, a program that has provided nearly $1 million in forgivable loans to help Baystate Health employees purchase homes was renamed the Mark R. Tolosky Baystate Neighbors Program. Also last month, the nurses of Baystate Medical Center recognized Tolosky with their Nursing Collaborative Award, a testament to his commitment to nurses, patients and families.
Presiding over the naming ceremony for the Tolosky Center were James P. Sadowsky, vice chair of the Baystate Health Board of Trustees, and John F. Maybury, chair of the Baystate Health Foundation Board of Trustees.
“My family and I consider ourselves very fortunate to be part of this amazing community,” said Tolosky. “We’ll look with tremendous pride and gratitude upon on our family name on this building, where so many patients receive the skilled and compassionate care that changes their lives for the better.”
Building a reputation for quality
Under Tolosky, Baystate Health has developed a national reputation as a leader in healthcare quality, being named among America’s top 15 health systems and seeing its hospitals regularly included on prestigious lists of the top-performing medical facilities in the country.
In the same period, Baystate Health has scaled up its charitable commitment to the communities it serves, providing hundreds of millions of dollars in community-benefit funding, and collaborating with a diverse range of partners to devise and implement new ways to improve community health each year. It also has substantially increased its economic impact, now employing 10,000 people and producing more than $2.6 billion in economic output annually, according to one recent study.
Tolosky led Baystate Health through the largest building project in the history of the health system and region, the planning, design and construction of the $300 million expansion of Baystate Medical Center. During tenuous economic times, he championed the need for these projects for patients, families and the community. He also fostered unprecedented support from generous donors in the community, raising more than $23 million to make it possible.
On July 1st, Dr. Mark A. Keroack assumes duties as Baystate Health’s president and CEO.