Farren Memorial Hospital – MA
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History of Farren Memorial Hospital
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Montague City was first settled in 1792, on the edge of the Connecticut River in northern Massachusetts. At the opening of the Turner Falls Canal was a large, five-story structure where a local fishing rod company opened its manufacturing facility. This initiative drew many other companies into the area in the mid-1800s to begin their own production operations. Years later, in 1900, a prominent citizen of Montague named Barney Farren pushed to convert the facility into a general care community hospital.
For almost 90 years, this local Catholic hospital, eventually named after Farren, was operated independently by the Sisters of Providence organization. After being renamed Farren Care Center, the hospital transitioned into a long-term rehabilitation facility in 1990 and was absorbed into the Mercy Medical Center group. Trinity Health ultimately became the parent company of the facility, which closed in April of 2021 and is on track to be demolished in the near future.
Asbestos Use at Farren Memorial Hospital in Massachusetts
According to OSHA, asbestos in hospitals is commonly found in items that include boilers, plumbing and steam pipes, valves and pumps, ceiling and floor tiles, concrete, spackling and joint compound, electrical wiring and other components, and more. Hospitals use boilers that produce steam for building and water heating, washing laundry, operating the kitchen, and sterilizing lab equipment and surgical tools. Such boilers are centrally located and transmit steam throughout the hospital through a series of pipes, pumps, and valves. These parts and components were covered with asbestos insulation to minimize energy loss and protect workers from high heat. Valves, flanges, and pipe connections contained asbestos gaskets, while pumps were sealed with asbestos packing material.
Removing and replacing insulation on steam system components to perform repairs and building maintenance disturbed asbestos and released fibers into the air, that workers unknowingly inhaled and ingested, and/or got stuck to their clothing or skin. Maintenance workers, engineers, and custodial staff may have been exposed to asbestos from thermal system insulation. Medical personnel were also at risk of bystander asbestos exposure. Even when facilities make efforts to perform asbestos abatement to remove this material, there is potential for dangerous levels of exposure if not performed properly.
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