June 20, 2024

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MA launches regional command center

BOSTON — State officials have launched a command center to coordinate a response to clinical care in Eastern Massachusetts in the wake of Steward Health Care’s financial struggles.

Gov. Maura Healey’s office announced Friday that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health activated an Emergency Operations Plan, which includes its regional Incident Command System, on Wednesday “as part of our ongoing commitment to ensure patient safety, protect access to care and preserve jobs.”

In March, Steward Health Care revealed plans to sell Stewardship Health. The for-profit company has been behind on rent and payments to vendors.

Healey has called on financially challenged Steward to hand over its hospitals to other operators.