When Quincy Medical Center closes at the end of the year, where will the people who rely on its services go for health care?
Steward Health Care System, which has operated Quincy Medical Center since 2011, says that while the facility has 196 licensed beds, only about 40 of those are staffed; the rest are not used. Steward plans to close the existing building and create a network of health-care services for the community. That network will include:
• A new 24-hour emergency department at a new location in Quincy;
• A new urgent care center at a separate location in Quincy;
• Radiological services, including X-ray, mammography; and ultrasound;
• Transportation links to Manet Community Health Center locations, medical offices at 700 Congress Street and 54 Miller Street in Quincy, Compass Medical in Quincy, Carney Hospital in Dorchester, and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton (both of which are owned and operated by Steward).
In addition, Steward says there are 15 hospitals within a 10-mile radius of the Quincy Medical Center location, including:
• Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton in Milton;
• Carney Hospital in Dorchester;
• Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain;
• Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge;
• South Shore Hospital in Weymouth;
As well as 10 major teaching hospitals and medical centers in Boston.
“Our intent is to meet the emergency needs of the community,” said Dr. Mark Girard, president of Steward Hospital Co. “This is about aligning the delivery system with the needs of the Quincy community.”
SOURCE: Steward Health Care System