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Jun 22, 2020

HOLYOKE, MA – Holyoke Medical Center has submitted a letter of intent and project proposal to the Massachusetts Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality to expand psychiatric bed capacity. The letter sent Friday, June 19, 2020, notified the Determination of Need Program that Holyoke Medical Center will be completing an application for an additional 64 psychiatric beds. If approved, this will increase the hospital’s total capacity to 84 psychiatric beds, which will serve adult and geriatric populations.   

“Our plan is to build a three level, 68,000 square foot, 84-bed behavioral health pavilion on our campus and near the Medical Center,” said Spiros Hatiras, President and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems. “We have completed a comprehensive review and been working with architects and community stakeholders on finalizing building design.”

The Holyoke Medical Center Behavioral Health Pavilion proposal includes 48 adult psychiatric beds, 36 geriatric beds, and 4,000 square feet of “shell space” for future expansion or uses to be determined later. Based on population statistics and competitive analysis, it is assessed that there is a need within a 14-mile radius of Holyoke Medical Center for 52 adult psychiatric beds and 36 geriatric psychiatric beds.

The proposal also includes a parking analysis and parking garage study, which could provide an additional 60 – 180 parking spaces.

Holyoke Medical Center is partnered with Signet Health Corporation, assisting the hospital in the delivery of behavioral health services by providing high quality management and consulting services. The Leo Brown Group, a full-service healthcare real estate development and solutions company, will design and build the facility.

It is estimated that, once approved by state and local officials, the new facility will take 18 months to complete and become operational.

For the past six years, Holyoke Medical Center has been growing and expanding services through recruitment and retention of high quality doctors and advanced practice providers. This proposed project is fully aligned with the mission of the health system. 

About Holyoke Medical Center:

Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) is a 198-bed independent community hospital with over 1,300 employees serving individuals and families throughout the cities and towns of the Pioneer Valley. The medical staff includes more than 375 physicians and consulting staff. Holyoke Medical Center is a nationally-accredited hospital and is the first and only hospital in Western Massachusetts to obtain the prestigious accomplishment of becoming certified in the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. HMC received the Top Hospital Award in 2016 and 2014 from the Leapfrog Group for excellence in quality of care and patient safety. This full-service hospital provides a complete line of inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services, including an award-winning Stroke Service consistently recognized as one of the best in the state for the past decade and receiving the 2019 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus & Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Holyoke Medical Center is a member of Valley Health Systems in Holyoke which also includes the affiliates Holyoke Medical Group, Holyoke Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Life Care, and River Valley Counseling Center. To learn more, visit

About Signet Health:

As a nationally recognized healthcare leader, Signet Health is an expert in the planning and operations of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services including the management, program development and improvement of acute behavioral health and rehabilitation services. Signet uses its expertise to help hospital-based psych and rehab units across the country enhance revenue and control operating costs without compromising quality of care.

About Leo Brown Group: 

Leo Brown Group is a full-service healthcare real estate development company that achieves the optimal balance of capability, cost control and capitalization for each project developed. The leadership team has more than 100 years of experience in healthcare development, financing and construction and has developed more than 4 million square feet of healthcare real estate that includes senior living, post-acute facilities and behavioral specialty hospitals.