Welcome to REACH Boston, a new website affiliated with the Friends of The Prouty Garden (www.saveprouty.org). REACH stands for Responsible Expansion At Children’s Hospital.
That’s what we’re dedicated to - ensuring that any expansion plan approved for Children’s Hospital heeds the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ health care cost containment goals, serves the needs of primarily Massachusetts patients and families, and preserves the Hospital’s half-acre natural therapeutic space – Prouty Garden, a national model for hospital healing gardens.
How did REACH Boston come about?
Complementing the outreach and advocacy work of the Friends of The Prouty Garden (FPG), two additional citizen groups have formed over the past several months to challenge Children’s Hospital’s $1 billion expansion - a project that would raise health care costs in Massachusetts, limit access for local patients, and destroy Prouty Garden. These two groups are the Anne Gamble Ten Taxpayer Group, and the Ten Taxpayer Plaintiff Group.
The Anne Gamble Ten Taxpayer Group, comprised of Friends members and others, is an official intervenor in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Determination of Need proceeding (DoN). This agency review will determine whether the Hospital’s project can proceed with state approval. As a formal party, this Group is engaging in full public participation.
The second group, the Ten Taxpayer Plaintiff Group, comprised of Friends, members and others, is suing in Suffolk Superior Court alleging violations of the DoN law. Among other issues, the Plaintiff Group is arguing that the Hospital improperly started work on some aspects of the proposed project before receiving the required state approval.
On this new website, you will find important documents, legal developments, and media coverage regarding both of these groups and their respective challenges to the proposed BCH project.
Will the Friends of Prouty Garden website (saveprouty.org) remain active?
Yes. The Friends of Prouty Garden website at saveprouty.org will remain as is, for all things specific to the Prouty Garden. In addition, we will share posts by Friends of The Prouty Garden, in an effort to provide the fullest picture possible of why the Hospital’s plan should go back to the drawing board.
Thank you for your interest, and please visit us often!