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Baystate Wing Hospital awards grants to support local initiatives

February 01, 2022
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Baystate Wing Hospital has announced an investment of $80,000 in grants to benefit local community-based nonprofit organizations. The grant awards were given to the Ware Fire Department to support Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and paramedic training and to the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation – the Quaboag Connector to support local transportation in the region.

“These grant investments are one of the many ways Baystate Wing Hospital can recognize and support the important work of our community partners,” said Molly Gray, President and Chief Administrative Officer for Baystate Health’s Eastern Region which includes Baystate Wing Hospital and Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center. “Community partnerships are essential to building and sustaining a culture of health and wellness within our communities.”

Programs supported by the hospital’s grant investments include:

The Ware Fire Department $70,000

The $70,000 grant was awarded to the Ware Fire Department in support of operations and EMS Paramedic training for members of the Ware Fire/EMS Team.

Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation

The $10,000 grant to the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation (QVCDC) will provide continued support to the Quaboag Connector Transportation Initiative which addresses the lack of transportation to employment, education, healthcare, workforce training, shopping, and benefit services within and outside the region. The service which began in January 2017 has provided thousands of rides to community members. Currently during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Quaboag Connector continues to provide close to 900 rides monthly. In support of community needs, the Quaboag Connector will offer Saturday service and support the launch of two pilot projects focused on the implementation of scheduling software and establishing a fixed route shuttle along Route 9, connecting PVTA with WRTA.

“Since 2017 Baystate Wing Hospital and the Baystate Mary Lane medical staff have invested $170,000 in the Quaboag Connector,” said Sheila Cuddy, Executive Director of the QVCDC. “This service is a lifeline for many members of our community. QVCDC is grateful for the sustaining support from Baystate Wing Hospital and their staff for this initiative.”

“As part of our continued commitment to reduce health disparities in our region we are proud to partner with the Ware Fire/EMS team and the Quaboag Connector to help meet the unique needs in the region and work collaboratively to create local solutions,” said Gray.