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NATICK – MetroWest Medical Center announced today, January 21, it plans to close the ER and the hospital services at Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick to open a Behavioral Health Center.

MetroWest Medical Center has filed a notice with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to narrow the focus of the Leonard Morse Hospital campus to behavioral health care, said the hospital to SOURCE this morning.

“We envision the Leonard Morse Hospital campus becoming a unique behavioral health specialty center dedicated to the mental health of our community for child, adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatric care,” said Andrew Harding, CEO of MetroWest Medical Center. “Behavioral health is a challenge in our community, and it is critical we optimize our services to help address the issue.”

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MetroWest Medical Center will continue to serve the acute care needs of the community at its Framingham Union Hospital campus, which is within six miles of the Leonard Morse campus, it said to SOURCE.

Additionally, MetroWest Medical Center is making investments to enhance acute care services at the Framingham Union campus to build upon the high-quality services at Framingham Union Hospital. 

Harding said “Planned projects include upgrades to the emergency department, hospital infrastructure, and clinical equipment, as well as investments in the cardiovascular service line and the addition of wound care services, to name a few. These improvements will support an increase in the campus’ capacity to serve the greater MetroWest community, as well as enhance the quality, value and continuum of care provided.”

The service changes should occur in approximately 120 days. While the regulatory process is underway, all services currently offered at the Leonard Morse Hospital campus will continue to operate as usual.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.