Completed Projects through June 30, 2012

Over the past quarter, many projects and programs have been completed or have made significant progress towards completion. As of June 30, 2012, over 400 projects have been fully completed.  The following are some highlights from Recovery Act projects that were completed between April 1 and June 30, 2012. For more information on individual projects and programs, and to see stories from the past three years of economic recovery in Massachusetts, please visit www.mass.gov/recovery

  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health received over $847,398 for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative to promote wellness and prevent chronic disease through expanding tobacco cessation telephone quit lines. The goal of this funding was to increase the number of people in Massachusetts who quit smoking by using the quit line service and increase patient referrals from healthcare providers to the quit line.
  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health also received $1.5 million in ARRA funding from the Centers for Disease Control to reduce preventable Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). This funding complemented existing state efforts to address HAIs, and supported the activities enhancing state coordination and reporting of HAI prevention activities, improving the quality of the National Health Care Safety Network (NHSN) reporting system with data cleaning and validation activities, the establishment of statewide HAI prevention collaborative learning and the dissemination of evidence-based practices. All efforts are dedicated towards a coordinated statewide response to identify report and prevent the occurrence of HAI.
  • Using a $12.8 million ARRA grant the Franklin County Regional Transit Authority constructed a new bus/train intermodal facility in Greenfield. This is a zero-net energy state of the art facility. Governor Deval Patrick joined local residents in dedicating this facility to retiring Congressman John Olver. The facility will provide an efficient comfortable bus station and train station, linking with the ARRA-funded Knowledge Corridor Train Line.