WARE, Mass. (WWLP) – If you live in Palmer or Ware, you might have noticed residents are taking a new approach to voice their opposition. People are posting signs in their yards and bumper stickers on their cars, as an effort to save their hospital.
Baystate Health wants to combine inpatient services at their Palmer and Ware hospitals. Baystate Health filed a request with the state to stop admitting patients at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware by the summer.
Baystate Health says Mary Lane Hospital has fewer than 10 “admitted” patients per day, and have 25 beds.
Some residents don’t believe Baystate Wing in Palmer has the room for the additional patients. Joseph LaBroad of Palmer said, “If they have to take all of the people from Ware and bring them there, where are they going to keep everybody? People are going to get turned down.”
Baystate Health Interim President Michael Moran told 22News they have until the end of the week to explain to the state why moving services under one roof would work better.
Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer has 76 beds for inpatient care.