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At The Birthplace at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, you will feel respected and in charge, as well as safe and secure.  You can make many choices to create a birthing experience suited to your specifications and needs - a natural water birth or patient-controlled epidural anesthesia, for example.  You and your family will enjoy private birth rooms, staffed by nurses, board-certified obstetricians and certified nurse-midwives who are warm, caring and highly skilled. 

         

Birthing Facilities

Single-room suites

24-hour anesthesia

Jacuzzi-type labor tubs 

Free TV and local telephone service

Free beeper service

Free Celebration Meal for the birth mother and one partner

Waterbirth tub

Massage therapy

Interpreter Services

 

Services for Patients and Visitors

 

Visiting Hours

The Visitors Policy at Baystate Franklin Medical Center features:

  • Open visiting hours
  • Rooming in accommodations for partners who wish to stay overnight after the birth of a baby or for parents to sleep in a sick child's room
  • Room service menus
  • A definition of family as anyone who is important to the patient, including children with adult supervision
  • A philosophy of care that includes the patient and family as one.

 

Since visiting can be tiring for patients, we ask that visitors be sensitive to this and limit the length of their visits and the number of people visiting at any one time. 

 

We ask visitors not to disturb other patients by please being as quiet as possible in the halls or when visiting a patient in a semi-private room.

 

Hospital staff may have to interrupt visits at times to administer patient care, but we invite visitors back to the bedside as soon as possible.

 

Parking

All patients and visitors may park for free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the High Street, Beacon and Sanderson Street lots.

 

Handicap parking is also available at the fron section of these lots. 

 

If you have any questions or need assistace, please call the hospital operator, and a security representative will be happy to assist you.

 

Cafeteria Services

The Baystate Franklin Medical Center Café on the ground floor is a full-service dining facility open to the public.  Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., daily.

 

Gift Shop

Gifts, cards, books, baby clothing, handmade items, candy and flowers are available at our Gift Shop located near the main entrance on the first floor of the hospital.  Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:15 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays.

 

Banking

An Automated Teller Machine (ATM) for withdrawals only is located on the first floor of the hospital adjacent to the main reception desk.

 

Interpreter Services 

Baystate Franklin Medical Center contracts with agencies to provide free medical interpreters to help patients and doctors communicate information related to their care and treatment.  Interpreters are available in most languages as well as American Sign Language.  Any nurse can make the necessary arrangements.

 

Spiritual Services

Our interfaith chapel on the first floor next to the main elevators is always open for prayer and meditation.

 

Social Work   Services

Social workers are available to assist you with problems that arise during your hospitalization.  They can counsel you and your family regarding difficulties caused by acute or chronic illness and make referrals to community agencies for support once you return home.  To contact a social worker, call 3-2303 or ask your nurse for assistance.

 

Hospital Case Management 

A hospital case manager is available seven days a week to work with and assist patients and families from admission to discharge — whether that is at home with a visiting nurse or at a rehabilitation facility.  Call 3-2303 or ask your nurse for assistance if you want a hospital case manager to contact you.

 

Ethics Consultation 

An Ethics Service, made up of both hospital staff and community members can assist patients and their loved ones when faced with ethical questions about medical treatments or technology.  The service members all have a special interest in health care ethics and quality of care.  Patients, physicians or family members may initiate an Ethics Service consultation request.  To request an ethics consultation, call 3-2303.

 

Patient Education Videos 

You can watch educational videos on health care topics on the television set in your room:

  • Channel 52 shows continuous video programming daily from 8:00 a.m. to 12 midnight.
  • Channel 54 allows you to view health videos on specific topics on demand.