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Country Bank donates $1 million to Baystate Wing Emergency Department project

November 17, 2016
Country Bank Wing Donation

Country Bank has announced a generous $1 million contribution towards the construction of Baystate Wing Hospital’s new Emergency Department. The project, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2017, will right size the emergency department at our Palmer campus to better accommodate current patient volumes. In the new facility, private rooms will replace curtained bays to enhance patient privacy, a dedicated space will be created for behavioral health patients, and caregivers will have access to the most sophisticated medical technology. This expansion will ensure that Eastern Region patients continue to receive outstanding emergency care close to home.

“Country Bank’s pledge to the new Emergency Department at Baystate Wing Hospital supports the Bank’s longstanding financial commitment to its community hospitals,” said Paul Scully, President and Chief Executive Office of Country Bank. “Over the years, the Bank has never wavered on its support of both Baystate Wing Hospital and Baystate Mary Lane, as it believes that communities with local access to quality healthcare thrive. With this pledge of $1 million, Country Bank welcomes others in the community to follow its lead in supporting this terrific project.”

The new emergency department will feature 20 patient rooms, including trauma, behavioral health rooms, and other dedicated specialty care areas. The facility will include separate ambulance and public entryways. Input on design concepts was gathered from staff, emergency medical service providers, infection control experts, and patients.

“We are grateful for the continued generous support of Country Bank,” said Michael Moran, President and Chief Administrative Officer for Baystate Health’s Eastern Region, which includes Baystate Wing Hospital and the Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center. “We are committed to providing Emergency Services at both of our campuses. While the Baystate Mary Lane Emergency Department is appropriately sized for their patient volumes, Wing’s Emergency Department is significantly undersized and this project will allow us to better accommodate current Emergency Department volumes.”

Country Bank’s donation is just the latest example of the regional bank’s steadfast philanthropic commitment to both Baystate Wing and Baystate Mary Lane, loyally serving as an annual major sponsor of community events and funding patient care needs within both facilities for more than three decades. Country Bank has also funded vital initiatives in support of patient care in the region, including new surgical suites and inpatient units at Baystate Wing Hospital and the more recent renovation of Baystate Mary Lane Radiology Department and Oncology Services.

“Country Bank continues to set the gold standard for exemplary corporate responsibility and philanthropy,” said Jane Albert, Executive Director of the Baystate Health Foundation. “It has meaningfully impacted a wide range of healthcare services and programs in Ware, Palmer and the surrounding communities by generously supporting both Baystate Wing and Mary Lane.”

Baystate Health is committed to keeping medical care locally rooted across the communities of western Massachusetts, while utilizing the wide reach of specialties and services offered across the health system. To ensure the continuity of care for patients, physicians and care teams have immediate access to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, the only Level 1 Trauma Center and pediatric trauma center in western Massachusetts. By providing safe and sophisticated medical care in the most advanced facilities possible, we are able to improve patient experiences, limit health care expenses, and maximize patient convenience.

“The benefit of being a part of an integrated health system is that we are able to rely on the many resources of our various hospitals, including some of the nation’s most accomplished physicians and nurses,” said Dr. Mark A. Keroack, President & CEO of Baystate Health. “It is imperative that we provide safe and reliable emergency care to our neighbors in the eastern portion of the Pioneer Valley. I could not be more grateful for the generosity and altruistic corporate character of Country Bank. This donation will impact scores of patients and families for generations to come.”