2016 Emerging Champion: Baystate Medical Center

The flagship hospital in the Baystate Health system, Baystate Medical Center is a 716-bed independent medical center and training site employing over 4,000 health care professionals and serving thousands of patients annually. As one of the most advanced hospitals in the region, Baystate Medical provides essential intensive and trauma care to much of western Massachusetts.

Baystate is committed to supporting incumbent workers interested in becoming a registered nurse (RN). Since 2013, 15 incumbent workers including unit secretaries and patient care technicians have used Baystate’s tuition assistance and forgivable loans to become an RN. Upon graduation staff are promoted into an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Nurse Residency positions which allow for four hours of paid education time per week to attend an RN to BSN bridge program and access additional tuition assistance, OJT scholoarships, and loan forgiveness