Central Mass Med Surg in Major Convent Property Conversion  E-mail
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04/01/2015 -ATIN - In another example of med surg entering the residential addiction treatment marketplace, Central Massachusetts' Heywood Hospital in a very large conversion of the Sisters of Assumption convent will be seeking approval this week from the Petersham, MA Zoning Board of Appeals of the conversion of the former local Catholic institution into an 86-bed addiction mental health treatment institution.

Project to be Done in Stages

According to published reports, the Zoning Board of Appeals last week began writing up the conditions for which a special permit for the facility on Main St. to become a treatment center for behavioral health and substance abuse treatment. The Zoning Board of Appeals will have a special meeting on which they will vote on the matter at 7:30 PM on April 7th in Petersham's Town Hall. In comments to local reporters, Heywood Heathcare, the corporate name for Heywood Hospital, president and CEO Winfield Brown said that Heywood Healthcare is the only provider of inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse care in Central Massachusetts, the shortage of beds being so acute that Heywood is forced turn away 2,500 patients a year simply due to lack of capacity! Also according to published reports the Massachusetts state budget for this year includes $1.3M for the conversion of the facility, $1M for cost of buying and renovating the convent property and $300K for transportation of patients to and from the facility.

Work Will Be Done In Phases

According to published reports, Heywood will do renovations of 75K SF of current internal space in stages, Heywood executives told local reporters recently. The first phase will open to 26-beds and ultimately when the complete plan is finished the new addiction treatment and behavioral health residential facility will have 86-beds sitting on a 21-acre property.

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