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Public Health Initiatives

Public Health Initiatives
at Sturdy Memorial Hospital

Hand Washing and Antibiotic Resistance

Sturdy Memorial Hospital has taken on the initiative in the Hospital and community to increase awareness about proper hand hygiene, which is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness, including influenza. The Hospital is also dedicated to educating caregivers and the public about the proper use of antibiotics to prevent antibiotic resistance, one of the United State's most pressing public health problems, to preserve the effectiveness of these medications for when they are needed. For more information about hand washing, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website at, and to learn more about antibiotic resistance and the proper use of antibiotics, visit

Sturdy Memorial Hospital's Hand Washing Music Video

Employees at Sturdy Memorial recently competed to produce the most creative way of spreading the word about hand washing. Click the video below to see the winning entry.


The Hospital makes every effort to educate staff, patients, visitors, and the public about flu prevention and treatment. Public Health Fact Sheets from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the CDC's Fact Sheets for the Seasonal Flu Inactivated and Live, Intranasal Vaccines, are made available in waiting areas and on the Sturdy Memorial website. Click here to read an article and learn the signs, symptoms, and treatments for the flu, as well as what distinguishes this virus from the common cold.

Palliative Care

Understanding that palliative care and end-of-life planning enhance quality of life, especially when implemented early, Sturdy Memorial is taking the initiative to improve care for patients and residents of the Hospital's service area communities. Click here for more information about palliative care and end-of-life planning.


Sturdy Memorial Hospital is a designated stroke center by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). The Hospital promotes awareness on stroke risks, signs, and prevention in the communities it serves, and offers FREE stroke screenings on a regular basis to detect the warning signs of stroke. For more information about the Hospital's Stroke Services, click here.

Since 1913, we have been dedicated to caring for patients with the latest technology, sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic services, and quality care delivered with sensitivity and compassion.