Gov. Baker Announces Reforms For Holyoke Soldiers Home

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A day after an independent report was released alleging how bad things were at the Holyoke Soldiers Home, Governor Charlie Baker announced reforms.

One of the reforms announced is a commitment to hiring an experienced healthcare leader and expanding the Board of Trustees in both Holyoke and Chelsea from seven to nine.

As far as the Board of Trustees in Holyoke, the decision was made to hire Superintendent Walsh. According to the report, that was against the advice of the now-resigned Secretary of Veteran Affairs Francisco Urena.

When WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal asked Governor Baker if anyone on the Board of Trustees had resigned, Baker answered:

I don't believe at this point any of them have resigned. [Regal: Why not? They're the ones who made the decision to hire Superintendent Walsh.] I think it's a worthwhile question, and we're currently talking to them about it.

The governor's office appoints the Board of Trustees. Baker said he is not sure if he appointed everyone on this board.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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