METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – The state Department of Public Health is opening a satellite office on Forest Street, and will move 200 employees from Boston to Marlborough to staff it.
The DPH’s Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality – which includes the Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification and Office of Emergency Medical Services – will move from downtown Boston to Marlborough. The state agency is leasing just under 25,000-square-feet of office space at 67 Forest St., said Meredith Harris, executive director of the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation.
“We’re pretty excited,” said Mayor Arthur Vigeant.
The Office of Emergency Medical Services’ mission is to promote a statewide, community-based emergency medical services (EMS) system. The office coordinates local and regional EMS resources to help residents and visitors to the commonwealth who suffer acute illness or injury and need EMS assistance and transport to hospital. Employees certify EMS personnel and license ambulance services, according to the DPH website.
The Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification promotes, protects and preserves the health and safety of everyone in the state across all settings, according to the DPH website.
State public health officials last year submitted a request for proposals for a suburban office. Marlborough officials and city real estate brokers responded.
“There are opportunities out here,” Harris said of Marlborough.
It is unclear why the DPH wanted to open a satellite office outside of downtown Boston where the agency is headquartered. A DPH spokesperson could not be reached for comment Friday.
Harris and Vigeant touted the city’s amenities – including the Apex Center, two new breweries and several new restaurants – that will be available to employees at the new DPH satellite office.
Also starting Monday, the state and MetroWest Regional Transit Authority partnered to provide bus service from the Southborough commuter rail station to the new offices as part of the Boston Scientific fixed route commuter shuttle.
The shuttle will leave the MWRTA’s headquarters on Blandin Avenue in Framingham in the morning and make stops at Boston Scientific and the Bolton Street Shelter in Marlborough, the Southborough MBTA station and the new DPH offices.
In the evening, the bus will make stops at Boston Scientific, the Bolton Street Shelter, Staples Drive and New York Avenue in Framingham, the DPH offices and the Southborough MBTA station.
“This is a great example of a public-public partnership,” said Sara Scully, MWRTA assistant deputy administrator. “We’re very excited the DPH reached out to us.”
The agency will cover the cost for employees to ride the shuttle, said Scully.
For a full Boston Scientific Commuter Shuttle schedule, visit www.mwrta.org.
This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.