Hundreds of Ware residents fight to keep Baystate Mary Lane

Some residents feel like it's a losing battle

WARE, Mass. (WWLP) – Baystate Health is in the process of converting Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware into an outpatient services center. Once the conversion is complete, anyone requiring in-patient care would have to go to Palmer for admission to Baystate Wing Hospital.

Ware residents don’t want to lose their hospital, and some of them have organized. As many as 200 people filled the Ware Middle School auditorium Tuesday night for the Public Health Department hearing.

Some among them feel like it’s a losing battle. Ronald St. Laurent of Ware told 22News, “They’re going to end up doing what they want to do.  This is just one stumble stone in the process that they have to hurdle, but eventually Mary Lane is going to be gone. And they don’t care.”

Baystate Health has said that Mary Lane averages fewer than 10 patients being cared for on an inpatient basis. They maintain that consolidating the region’s inpatient care to one location will be more efficient.

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