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Lowell General Hospital Marks 10th Anniversary of the Surgery Center

Celebration for decade of state-of-the-art surgery at suburban campus

November 20, 2009 - (N. Chelmsford and Lowell, Mass.) - Ten years ago, Lowell General Hospital expanded into Chelmsford, opening its Surgery Center at Drum Hill along with the Patient Service Center for x-rays and diagnostic tests in November of 1999. Today, it is the cornerstone of expanded outpatient services at the Lowell General Chelmsford campus which includes 10 and 20 Research Pace in the North Chelmsford neighborhood.

The state-of-the-art Surgery Center hosts three surgical suites and a minor treatment room where many general surgical procedures, along with orthopedic, plastic, gynecological, podiatric, and urological surgeries are performed.

In 2009, Lowell General Hospital added pediatric dentistry; ear, nose and throat (ENT); and ophthalmic operating teams to the Surgery Center in Chelmsford. This free-standing surgical center provides patients with an environment that is smaller and quieter than a typical hospital setting, ideal for those not requiring an overnight stay.

"Expansion of the types of surgical specialties offered has increased the number of patients seen in the outpatient surgery center," says Susan Beaulieau, RN, BSN, director of the surgery center and outpatient services. "Adding pediatric surgery to the location has helped our young patients having ENT, dental, and general surgical procedures."

More than 25 surgeons schedule cases at the hospital's Surgery Center with approximately 2,800 procedures done last year.

In addition to the Surgery Center, the building at 10 Research Place is home to the Patient Service Center, open 6 days a week, the Imaging Center which offers CT and MRI scans, a Center for Wound Healing and several medical practices including Merrimack Family Medicine. The companion building at 20 Research Place features the Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery, WomanHealth, and the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center's pediatric specialty clinics which are part of Lowell General Hospital's Regional Center for Maternal and Pediatric Care.

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