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Lowell General Hospital Celebrates Historic Groundbreaking

Annual Meeting Highlights Growth and $95 Million Renovation

June 10, 2010 - Lowell, Mass. - Lowell General Hospital officially marked the beginning of a new legacy of healthcare on May 18, as the hospital's governing board, local delegates, executive team, and lead donors gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony following the hospital's annual meeting. Commencement of construction for the new $95 million building will begin in August as the first phase of the hospital's historic expansion project begins.

The six-story patient tower will add more than 175,000 square feet of new space and feature increased surgical services suites, a new trauma center and emergency department, a new outpatient services area, greatly improved access for patients and visitors, three floors of private patient rooms, and a helipad. The new facility is expected to be completed in 2012.

"This new building will enable Lowell General to revolutionize the regional healthcare landscape and transform the patient experience," said Normand E. Deschene, president and chief executive officer of Lowell General Hospital. "Poised to embark on the most innovative project in the history of the hospital, we are anticipating medical trends and preparing our community to meet the region's health care challenges of tomorrow."

Newly appointed chairperson of the board of trustees, Margaret "Peggy" Palm agreed, adding, "Lowell General has always been a place where families can receive the highest level of patient care in a commu­nity setting. If we are to achieve our vision as one the truly great hospitals in Amer­ica, we need a facility that allows our vision to become a reality."

At the hospital's annual meeting, Tarina Mansur, president of the Lowell General Hospital Auxiliary, was appointed to the Board of Trustees. Additions to the governing board's corporators were Murat A. Anamur, MD; Richard E. Bolton; Kevin T. Campbell; James E. Carter; Laura J. Costello; Michael P. Dubuque; Bernard E. Gilet; James B. Hogan; Deborah Lemos; Martin T. Meehan; Robert F. Rivers; Catherine Ryder; Lori A. Trahan; and Jessica Wieselquist, MD.

About Lowell General Hospital

Lowell General Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit, community hospital serving the Greater Lowell area and surrounding communities. The hospital encompasses ten buildings, the latest state-of-the-art technology and a full range of medical and surgical services for patients, from newborns to seniors, including: the Regional Center for Maternal and Pediatric Care in partnership with Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, the Cancer Center, and the Heart and Vascular Center.

The main hospital campus offers 217 licensed beds, including 28 bassinets and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. The hospital's satellite campus, Lowell General Chelmsford, offers a variety of outpatient services, including the Surgery Center, the Imaging Center, the Patient Service Center, the Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery and Floating Hospital for Children's Pediatric Specialty Center.
Lowell General Hospital's family of services includes two health organizations which serve the community's health care needs in capacities outside of the hospital, the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell, which provides comprehensive home health care services and the Lowell Community Health Center, which meets the diverse medical, cultural and multi-lingual needs of the city's population.
Lowell General Hospital is a member of the Voluntary Hospitals of America. Hospital programs are accredited by the Joint Commission of Hospitals, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the American College of Surgeons, and the College of American Pathology.

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Legacy Groundbreaking May 18, 2010Photo: Lowell General Hospital president and chief executive officer (5th from the right) was joined by members of the hospital's governing board in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a $95 million expansion project beginning this summer on the hospital's Lowell campus. 

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