New Safety Protocol

  • All bags/belongings entering the Emergency Department will be searched.  It is suggested that patients only bring necessary items (e.g. Keys, ID, Phones)
  • All Patients entering the Emergency Departments will be Screened via a security wand
  • Patients entering the ED Treatment area will be provided a gown
  • Visitation Update - One visitor per patient (children may have both parents).  Visitors will be subject to wanding and are asked not to bring any belongings into the ED with them.  If they choose to bring in bags they will be subject to a search.
  • At this time, all protocols are not currently in effect at Athol Hospital. Full implementation is planned to begin in the coming days.

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Community Benefit


Our Mission

The Gardner Area Interagency Team is committed to the coordination and improvement of health and human services in the Greater Gardner Area. This area includes but is not limited to:

  • Ashburnham
  • Baldwinville
  • Gardner
  • Hubbardston
  • Templeton
  • Westminster
  • Winchendon

Our Purpose

To provide an opportunity for networking, communication and collaboration, between area concerned citizens and the community at large.

To promote the development and enhancement of health and human services in our area.

To advocate on behalf of consumers seeking, receiving or in need of health and human services in our area.

To promote CLAS: Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services standards within the Greater Gardner service area.

GAIT is a community outreach initiative sponsored by Heywood Healthcare.

"The GAIT team puts on amazing events for the community. It’s a great opportunity for us to share our programs throughout North Central Massachusetts."