NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - The State's Department of Public Health held a hearing in Northampton on Tuesday following plans that Cooley Dickinson will merge with Massachusetts General.
It's a process needed to approve this transfer of ownership.
The Department of Public Health says it promotes the availability and accessibility of cost effective quality health care services and helps in controlling health care costs. Health officials held a public hearing in Northampton following plans to merge Cooley Dickinson with Massachusetts General .
Testimony heard during the hearing will be reviewed by the public health council before they determine if the merger is needed. Dave Braastad of Westhampton attended the hearing. Cooley Dickinson doctors referred him to Mass. General for an open heart surgery two years ago.
"If it hadn't been for Dr. Vasilakis and that facility at Mass General, what they had. I don't believe I would have survived the surgery. The two hospitals work so well together. I'm just an ordinary guy and here this was made available to me," Braastad told 22News.
We don't know when that application will come before public health council for a vote. But the next step will be drafting the affiliation agreement with conditions that would require approval from the FTC and the state's Attorney General.