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Ed and Ellen Noonan lead capital campaign for Baystate Wing Hospital Emergency Department

November 10, 2016
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Ed and Ellen Noonan will serve as co-chairs for the Baystate Wing Emergency Department Campaign. The goal of the project, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2017, will right-size the emergency department in Palmer to better serve current patient demands.

Ed and Ellen Noonan, well-known local residents and noted business and community leaders, have agreed to lead the fundraising efforts as campaign co-chairs. The husband and wife team, who have a long history of support in the Pioneer Valley, are committed to leading this fundraising effort.

Ed Noonan, a Baystate Health Trustee, is owner of Noonan Energy, a fifth generation business and family owned company with a 125 year reputation as one of the most respected names in heating services. Ed has also served as a longtime member of the Baystate Wing Hospital Board of Directors. Ellen Noonan, who served as vice president for Educational Enterprise and executive director for Extended Campus Programs at American International College in Springfield, also co-chairs the Patient and Family Advisory Council for both Baystate Mary Lane and Baystate Wing.

Expansion Details

The Emergency Department expansion project includes 18 private exam rooms, fast track rooms for patients with minor injuries or illnesses, a dedicated space for behavioral health patients and caregivers, and a private triage and consultation room. A specialized isolation room for highly contagious patients and a decontamination room for hazardous materials exposure treatment are also among the rooms slated for construction. A more streamlined check-in process and private discharge areas will provide seamless patient care with reduced wait times.

“I’ve used the Baystate Wing Hospital Emergency Department and understand, firsthand, how important emergency care is to our community,” said Ed Noonan. “I’m proud to help lead this campaign to ensure that our community has access to the latest lifesaving treatments for many years to come, but this project can’t happen without community support.”

“This is an exciting project for our region, and we are grateful to Ed and Ellen for leading this effort and for their continued generous support,” 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 focused on providing an excellent patient experience, so we're delighted to make this investment to better serve our patients. The project fulfills a critical need for additional treatment beds and will improve the environment in which we treat the more than 24,000 patients who visit us each year for emergency care.

“Every dollar given to this campaign will stay right here in our community providing the best emergency care possible for our families, friends, neighbors, and our children and grandchildren,” said Ellen Noonan.


The campaign’s fundraising goal is $2.8 million. The overall cost of building and equipping the new emergency department at Baystate Wing Hospital is $17.2 million, with Baystate Health committing funding through capital investment and bonds.

“We are privileged to have the leadership and support of Ed and Ellen Noonan to lead this important capital campaign for Baystate Wing Hospital,” said Jane Albert, vice president of Philanthropy, Baystate Health, and executive director of Baystate Health Foundation. “We truly appreciate their commitment and recognition of the importance of philanthropic support to helping keep care local and serve the needs of our communities.”

As lead volunteers for the Campaign, the Noonan’s will be meeting with friends and neighbors throughout the area to share information and raise people’s awareness about services now available at Baystate Wing Hospital as well as plans for the hospital’s future.

To learn about the about the Baystate Wing Hospital Emergency Department Expansion Campaign, contact Teresa Grove, Philanthropy Officer, at 413-370-5798.


As a non-profit health care system, Baystate Health is the leading, comprehensive health care provider with over 12,000 employees, including 600 physicians, serving western Massachusetts. Baystate Health Foundation, the charity that supports the Baystate Health system, its employees and patients, raises funds to support all Baystate Health hospitals, programs and services from cutting-edge treatments, to state-of-the-art technology, to new medical and surgical facilities. Charitable donations to Baystate Health Foundation support the health system’s commitment to keeping care local and investing in compassionate, local, integrated care for everyone served in its hospitals, medical practices and homes. For more information about Baystate Health Foundation and information about the ways to make an impact with a charitable gift, call 413-794-5444.