What’s New: Health Beat

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Bluebikes adds four more stations in the city

Bluebikes is on a roll—the bikeshare system added four new stations to the city at the end of July, according to a tweet from the organization. Bikers can find the added stations at Edgerly Education Center, Clarendon Hill at Broadway, Elm St. at White St., and Teele Square.

Partners HealthCare in search of a new name

Partners HealthCare might be ready for a big change. The state’s largest health care provider, with a campus in Assembly Row, is considering changing its name to Mass General Brigham Health, according to thee Boston Globe. “We’re looking at making sure we have a common brand that appropriately communicates who and what we are,” chairman of the board Scott Sperling said in the article. Rebranding the $13 billion organization could cost upwards of $100 million, and a benefit to patients is unclear.

Cambridge Health Alliance votes to close city emergency department

The Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) Board of Trustees
voted this month to close Somerville Hospital’s emergency department and is proposing the space be converted into a 12-hour urgent care clinic by the spring of 2020, according to the Somerville Journal. Though overall admission at CHA EDs in the state has risen 3 percent since 2012, Somerville Hospital ED admission has dropped over 60 percent. The Massachusetts Nursing Association (MNA), in collaboration with Somerville Hospital nurses, is in the process of scheduling a hearing with the Department of Public Health to voice concerns about the decision to close the emergency department, which MNA Associate Director of Communications Joe Markman believes “would be a tremendous blow to local health care access.”

This story appears in the Sept/Oct/Nov print issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 220 drop spots throughout Somerville (and just beyond its borders) or by subscription.

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