• Charlie Baker June 16, 2022 2:46 pm

    $56M Holyoke Soldiers Home COVID Deaths Settlement Bill Filed

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday filed a $56 million bill to fund the class action settlement stemming from the COVID-19 deaths of veterans at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in 2020. “While this financial settlement cannot make up for the losses suffered at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in the earliest days of the pandemic, our Administration hopes that this resolution…

  • Massachusetts May 12, 2022 6:41 pm

    Mass. Agrees to $56M Settlement With Families in Holyoke Soldiers' Home COVID Outbreak

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday that the state has reached a $56 million settlement with the families in the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home COVID-19 outbreak in the spring of 2020. “The COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home was a terrible tragedy,” Baker said in a statement. “While we know nothing can bring back those who were lost, we hope…

  • Maura Healey December 14, 2021 2:45 pm

    AG Healey to Appeal Holyoke Soldiers' Home COVID Outbreak Ruling

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday that she is appealing the recent dismissal of grand jury indictments against two former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home officials in connection with their roles in the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the facility in 2020. Healey’s office said she filed her appeal in Hampden County Superior Court, seeking to reverse the dismissal of indictments against…

  • coronavirus November 22, 2021 5:01 pm

    Charges Against Holyoke Soldiers' Home Officials Dismissed

    A Massachusetts judge dismissed criminal neglect charges Monday against two former leaders of a veterans’ home where nearly 80 veterans died after contracting the coronavirus, saying there was a lack of evidence that their actions led to the deaths. Former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director Dr. David Clinton were indicted last year. State Attorney General…

  • Massachusetts November 19, 2021 6:25 am

    Soldiers' Home Oversight Hearing to Be Held Friday

    A legislative hearing will be held on Friday to overhaul how the Holyoke and Chelsea soldiers’ homes are managed.

  • coronavirus August 24, 2021 8:12 am

    Judge to Consider Motion to Dismiss Holyoke Soldiers' Home Officials Tuesday

    A Hampden Superior Court judge will hold a hearing Tuesday to consider a motion to dismiss two former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home officials in the criminal case brought against them by Attorney General Maura Healey. In September 2020, Healey charged former superintendent Bennett Walsh and former medical director David Clinton with criminal neglect charges over their alleged role in the March…

  • Holyoke Soldiers Home August 24, 2021 7:53 am

    Judge to Consider Motion to Dismiss Holyoke Soldiers' Home Officials Tuesday

    A Hampden Superior Court judge will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Springfield to consider a motion to dismiss that defendants filed in the criminal case Attorney General Maura Healey brought against two former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home officials.

  • coronavirus August 18, 2021 7:32 am

    Holyoke Soldiers' Home Workers Suing Leadership Team

    Employees of the Massachusetts veterans’ home at the center of a devastating COVID-19 outbreak in the spring of 2020 have sued several members of the facility’s former leadership team, alleging they were forced to care for sick and dying veterans, sometimes after testing positive themselves, in “inhumane conditions.”

  • coronavirus August 18, 2021 7:33 am

    Workers at Veterans' Home at Center of COVID-19 Outbreak Sue

    Employees of the Massachusetts veterans’ home at the center of a devastating COVID-19 outbreak in the spring of 2020 have sued several members of the facility’s former leadership team, alleging they were forced to care for sick and dying veterans, sometimes after testing positive themselves, in “inhumane conditions.” The federal class-action suit filed last week says administrators at the Holyoke Soldiers’...

  • coronavirus May 25, 2021 7:23 am

    Vote on Holyoke Soldiers' Home Report

    A special committee of Massachusetts lawmakers released a lengthy and damaging report into what unfolded at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, where 77 veterans died from COVID-19 in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic

  • coronavirus April 30, 2021 9:20 am

    Massachusetts Senate OKs $400M Bill for New Soldiers' Home

    The Massachusetts Senate voted Thursday to approve a $400 million bond bill to pay for a new facility to replace the existing Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, the site of one of the nation’s deadliest coronavirus outbreaks at a long-term care facility. The vote comes two weeks after the House voted unanimously to pass their own version of the $400 million bond…

  • Holyoke April 10, 2021 8:13 am

    $400M Holyoke Soldiers' Home Bill Could Be Passed Next Week

    Legislative leaders on Friday outlined plans to advance a $400 million bill funding the construction of a new Holyoke Soldiers Home but it’s unclear if their timeline will be fast enough to quickly secure federal funding. The House plans to vote next week on the bill — a formal session is planned on Thursday — and legislative leaders indicated they…

  • Holyoke Soldiers Home April 2, 2021 10:30 am

    New Leader Chosen for Holyoke Soldiers' Home

    A search committee selected the administrator of the Idaho State Veterans Home to be the next superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts, which last spring had one of the deadliest coronavirus outbreaks at a long-term care facility in the nation. The selection of Rick Holloway on Thursday is subject to approval by Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration, Masslive.com reported....

  • Holyoke Soldiers Home February 12, 2021 8:55 am

    Baker Puts Rush on $400M Holyoke Soldiers' Home Bill

    The Baker administration on Thursday filed a $400 million bill to finance the construction of a new long-term care facility on the site of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, and attached some urgency to its request for the capital authorization. According to the governor’s office, the project is on an “expedited timeline” due to an April 15 deadline for the VA…

  • Holyoke Soldiers Home January 28, 2021 2:02 pm

    Soldiers' Home Trustees, State Disagree on New Facility

    A rift has developed between trustees for the Massachusetts veterans care center where nearly 80 residents died after contracting the coronavirus and state officials over plans to replace the facility. Holyoke Soldiers’ Home trustees at a meeting Wednesday pushed for a larger new facility, while state officials warned that any delays in the plans for a smaller one could sink…

  • Holyoke Soldiers Home January 21, 2021 8:07 am

    Holyoke Investigation Pivots to Staffing at Soldiers' Home

    Lawmakers are poised on Thursday to dig into whether staff and labor issues might have exacerbated a catastrophic COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. A legislative committee convened to investigate the tragedy that led to the deaths of at least 76 veterans early in the pandemic who resided at the home will hold a hearing focusing on testimony from…

  • covid vaccine December 29, 2020 12:21 pm

    Veterans Receive COVID Vaccinations at Holyoke, Chelsea Soldiers' Homes

    Residents at the Holyoke and Chelsea Soldiers’ Homes in Massachusetts received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday.

  • coronavirus vaccine December 29, 2020 7:28 am

    Soldiers' Homes Prepare to Vaccinate Residents

    Residents at the Holyoke and Chelsea Soldiers’ Homes in Massachusetts are expected to get first shipments of the vaccine Tuesday.

  • coronavirus vaccine December 29, 2020 6:37 pm

    Holyoke, Chelsea Soldiers' Homes Receive Coronavirus Vaccine

    Residents at the Holyoke and Chelsea Soldiers’ Homes in Massachusetts are expected to get first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday. Both homes were prioritized to be among the first to receive the vaccine by state health officials, along with other long-term care facilities. The first shipment is scheduled to arrive in Holyoke shortly after 10 a.m. U.S. Air...

  • Holyoke Soldiers Home December 23, 2020 2:26 pm

    Holyoke Soldiers' Home Resident Dies at Hospital After Positive Test

    A resident of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home who had lived at an off-site skilled nursing facility since April died last week after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month, state officials said. The man died at Holyoke Medical Center on Dec. 16, marking the first COVID-19-related death of veteran who had lived at the home since June, Masslive.com...

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