MetroWest Medical Heart proclaims deal to maintain most cancers care native

FRAMINGHAM — After practically three months to ruminate on MetroWest Medical Heart’s controversial plans to shut a few of its outpatient oncology providers, dozens of group members got here ready to ship scathing testimony at a state listening to Wednesday.

However in an Eleventh-hour change after all, MetroWest Medical Heart’s company management introduced that the hospital is in talks with Tufts Drugs to proceed offering varied oncology providers at its Framingham campus.

The announcement — made throughout a state Division of Public Well being hospital important service closures listening to — marked the newest in a monthslong saga that has put the group hospital within the highlight. 

MetroWest Medical Heart proclaims deal to maintain most cancers care native

‘Our group deserves higher’

Declining demand for oncology infusion and radiation oncology providers contributed to MetroWest Medical Heart’s choice to shut these providers and deal with different areas, based on Carolyn Jackson, CEO of the Massachusetts marketplace for hospital proprietor Tenet Healthcare.

The unique announcement in April drew condemnation from state and native leaders, who cited the influence on sufferers who can’t journey larger distances for therapy, both as a result of they’re too sick or can’t afford it.

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Nonetheless, Jackson introduced throughout Wednesday’s listening to that the hospital is in unique negotiations for Tufts Drugs to supply oncology providers at MetroWest Medical Heart, with hematology oncology, radiation oncology and infusion providers beneath dialogue.

There was a large turnout during the state Department of Public Health public hearing at Nevins Hall in Framingham, July 6, 2022.

The providers could be based mostly on the Framingham Union Hospital campus and staffed by way of Tufts, although Tufts may decide to rent well being care employees beforehand employed by MetroWest Medical Heart, Jackson informed the Each day Information.

“Most significantly, MetroWest Medical Heart is dedicated to making sure this course of is as seamless and as comfy as attainable for its sufferers,” she mentioned in her remarks. 

The information got here as a welcome shock for a lot of who fought the proposed closures, although it was not sufficient to stave off criticism of Tenet’s long-term plans for the group hospital.