Faculty Advisor

Roberts, Louis Anthony


The main purpose of this project was to determine the feasibility of establishing a UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMC)-operated Freestanding Emergency Department (FED) in the town of Ware, MA. Ware and surrounding communities lack access to emergency care, which puts citizens at risk when significant medical care is required in a timely fashion. Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware made the decision to close its inpatient facility in September, 2016. The proposed closure of the emergency department in two years is of significant concern to the residents in the area. It was concluded that FEDs were the best alternative to provide sufficient and cost-effective emergency medical care analogous to that provided by hospitals to the residents of west-central Massachusetts.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology