Map Interactive local COVID-19 tracker
Contact Us
Hampden Daily Voice serves Chicopee, Holyoke, Palmer, Springfield & Westfield
Return to your home site


Hampden Daily Voice serves Chicopee, Holyoke, Palmer, Springfield & Westfield

Nearby Towns

  • Hartford
    serves Enfield, Glastonbury, Hartford, New Britain & Windsor Locks
  • Hampshire Franklin
    serves Amherst, Belchertown, Deerfield, Easthampton, Greenfield, Hadley, Montague, Northampton, Orange & South Hadley
  • Worcester
    serves Fitchburg, Gardner, Milford, Shrewsbury & Worcester

Baystate Plans To Close Emergency And Cancer Care Satelite Facility By 2023

Emergency facility Photo Credit: Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay
Baystate Health Mary Lane Outpatient center Photo Credit: Baystate Health

Baystate Health has plans to close one of its satellite emergency medical and cancer care facilities within the next two years.

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, in a letter to the community, Baystate President Mark A. Keroack outlined the state and financial health of one of its satellite facilities in Western Massachusetts.

The facility slated to be closed is the more than 100-year-old Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center in Ware, which provides emergency as well as cancer care and other services. Over the next two years, services will be transferred mostly to Baystate Wing Hospital, which is about 9 miles away in Palmer.

“We know this is difficult news for the community,” Keroack said. “The fact is, despite our significant investment in this location during the past several years, patients are choosing to receive care in other locations.”

Contributing to this decision were Mary Lane's capacity rates and services used. Almost half of Mary Lane’s capacity goes unused during the daytime and that free-space grows to about 90 percent at night, Keroack said. There are also too few emergency visits to the facility. Out of the average 28 people treated at the facility per day, about 24 of those people are seeking help with minor or non-urgent conditions like cold, flu, and sprains.

In June, Mary Lane will close the satellite emergency facility and cancer care services will be transitioned to the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care in Springfield. (Patients already receiving cancer care at Mary Lane will be offered free transportation to the Springfield facility.)

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Hampden Daily Voice!

Serves Chicopee, Holyoke, Palmer, Springfield & Westfield

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.