Committed to Improving the Health of our Community
As the second largest community hospital in the state, Lowell General Hospital's commitment to our community is an essential and integral part of our mission, vision and strategy. We seek to improve the health status of the community we serve, and to specifically address the health problems of at-risk and medically under-served populations. This mission is achieved by identifying existing and future health needs in the community and addressing them through health initiatives, including education, prevention and screening programs. Our key areas of focus for 2016 are:
Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, heart disease and stroke, are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 7 out of 10 deaths each year are from chronic diseases. Yet, these diseases are the most preventable health issues in the country.
Mental Health and Stress
There are many different types of stress, including stress associated with work and family responsibilities, a sudden negative change in one's life or even experiencing a traumatic event. With ongoing chronic stress, people's health may suffer from a lowered immune system as well as being more susceptible to frequent viral infections than those who do not have chronic stress. Through stress management programs or utilizing a daily exercise regimen, people are able to learn different ways to cope with stress before it becomes a serious health issue.
Tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs are substances that alter judgment, perception and/or physical control, and as a result may cause harm to a person's health and well-being. If abused, these substances may lead to the chronic brain disease known as addiction. However, these addictions are preventable and treatable through resources, such as smoking cessation programs, Support Groups and educational seminars.
Community Health Improvement
Lowell General works with community partners and affiliates, such as the Greater Lowell Health Alliance, in order to understand the needs of the community and to offer programs and services that will improve the overall quality of health and education initiatives in Greater Lowell.
Our dedicated physicians, staff and volunteers offer services and resources to the Greater Lowell community through the use of Health & Wellness Programs, free screenings, community events and more. We invite you to join us on our journey to continually improve the health of our community by participating in our programs in 2016.