Visitor Policy Effective 5/5/2022: TWO VISITORS at this time
COVID-19 updates - Testing & Treatment available at our Urgent Care locations

X-ray services at Lowell General Chelmsford - 10 Research Place are temporarily suspended. 

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COVID-19

Important information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We understand that our patients, visitors and staff may have concerns about the impact COVID-19 may have on our community. Please know that Circle Health and Lowell General Hospital are well prepared to care for a patient with this illness, and to protect all other patients and their families, as well as our healthcare providers and staff. Check here for the latest up-to-date information regarding visitor restrictions, Urgent Care appointments, new Patient Service Center hours, and more. We understand that our patients, visitors and staff may have concerns about the impact COVID-19 may have on our community. Please know that Circle Health and Lowell General Hospital are well prepared to care for a patient with this illness, and to protect all other patients and their families, as well as our healthcare providers and staff. Check here for the latest up-to-date information regarding visitor restrictions, Urgent Care appointments, new Patient Service Center hours, and more.
Surgery Center ribbon cutting 2022

Partners celebrate grand opening of new surgery center

Lowell General Hospital and Shields Health Care, in partnership with leading physicians from the region, celebrated the grand opening their new ambulatory surgery center in Chelmsford named The Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 10. Lowell General Hospital and Shields Health Care, in partnership with leading physicians from the region, celebrated the grand opening their new ambulatory surgery center in Chelmsford named The Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 10.
2022 Outstanding Nursing Team (MS2)

Honoring the Nurses of Lowell General Hospital

On Thursday, May 12, hospital leadership celebrated the accomplishments of our Patient Care Services team at the annual Nursing Excellence Awards held at Vesper Country Club in Tyngsboro, MA. The event, held during Nurses Week, honors those who exemplify the unwavering commitment to patient care that is a hallmark of the nursing profession. Honorees were nominated for the award by their peers. In addition, Lowell General presents the Florence Nightingale Award to a nurse who emulates the enduring symbol of Florence Nightingale herself and represents the mission, hopes and expectations of the nursing profession to its members and to the world at large. On Thursday, May 12, hospital leadership celebrated the accomplishments of our Patient Care Services team at the annual Nursing Excellence Awards held at Vesper Country Club in Tyngsboro, MA. The event, held during Nurses Week, honors those who exemplify the unwavering commitment to patient care that is a hallmark of the nursing profession. Honorees were nominated for the award by their peers. In addition, Lowell General presents the Florence Nightingale Award to a nurse who emulates the enduring symbol of Florence Nightingale herself and represents the mission, hopes and expectations of the nursing profession to its members and to the world at large.
A. David Simkin, MD Named 2022 Community Clinician of the Year

A. David Simkin, MD Named 2022 Community Clinician of the Year

Dr. A. David Simkin, a Lowell General Hospital affiliated dermatology specialist and Andover resident, has been selected as the Middlesex North District Medical Society’s 2022 Community Clinician of the Year, an award recognizing his professionalism and contributions as a physician. Dr. A. David Simkin, a Lowell General Hospital affiliated dermatology specialist and Andover resident, has been selected as the Middlesex North District Medical Society’s 2022 Community Clinician of the Year, an award recognizing his professionalism and contributions as a physician.
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Important Vaccine Update: Second Booster Dose

This week the FDA authorized and the CDC issued a recommendation for a second booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for individuals older than 50 and for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, to be given four months after the prior dose. This week the FDA authorized and the CDC issued a recommendation for a second booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for individuals older than 50 and for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, to be given four months after the prior dose.
National Colon Cancer Awareness Month (March)

New Guidelines for Colon Cancer Screening

The rise of routine colon screening for adults over 50 has brought cancer rates down significantly over the past 20 years, but rates among adults 45-50 have begun to rise. For that reason, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently lowered the recommended age to begin routine colon screens from 50 to 45. The rise of routine colon screening for adults over 50 has brought cancer rates down significantly over the past 20 years, but rates among adults 45-50 have begun to rise. For that reason, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently lowered the recommended age to begin routine colon screens from 50 to 45.
FYH, Spring 2022 cover

Read our Spring 2022 issue of For Your Health magazine

"For Your Health" is Lowell General Hospital's award-winning magazine, which is published several times a year, providing you and your family with information to help you make good health decisions. "For Your Health" is Lowell General Hospital's award-winning magazine, which is published several times a year, providing you and your family with information to help you make good health decisions.
The Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley

Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley opens in Chelmsford

Lowell General Hospital and Shields Health Care Group, in partnership with leading physicians from the region, have opened a new ambulatory surgery center in Chelmsford named The Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley. Lowell General Hospital and Shields Health Care Group, in partnership with leading physicians from the region, have opened a new ambulatory surgery center in Chelmsford named The Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley.
Tufts Medicine

Wellforce Announces Name Change to Tufts Medicine

Wellforce, the high quality, integrated Massachusetts health system, announced today it will be uniting its member organizations under a new name – Tufts Medicine. Tufts Medicine includes Lowell General Hospital, MelroseWakefield Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, Home Health Foundation and a network of more than 2,000 physicians. Local hospitals within the system will operate under their respective names in conjunction with the Tufts Medicine name. Wellforce, the high quality, integrated Massachusetts health system, announced today it will be uniting its member organizations under a new name – Tufts Medicine. Tufts Medicine includes Lowell General Hospital, MelroseWakefield Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, Home Health Foundation and a network of more than 2,000 physicians. Local hospitals within the system will operate under their respective names in conjunction with the Tufts Medicine name.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program

SANE Bags support assault victims in ED

When a victim of sexual assault arrives at the Emergency Department, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program is there to provide support. The Center for Hope and Healing (CHH) recently donated a dozen SANE bags to the Lowell General ED to provide our patients access to support and services when a nurse examiner is not available. The bags include some clothing, personal care items and information on how CHH can help, as well as the bag to for them to carry belongings and discharge papers. When a victim of sexual assault arrives at the Emergency Department, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program is there to provide support. The Center for Hope and Healing (CHH) recently donated a dozen SANE bags to the Lowell General ED to provide our patients access to support and services when a nurse examiner is not available. The bags include some clothing, personal care items and information on how CHH can help, as well as the bag to for them to carry belongings and discharge papers.
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The CHNA Gives You a Say in Public Health

In just 15-20 minutes, residents of Greater Lowell - Lowell, Dracut, Chelmsford, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Billerica, Westford or Dunstable - can complete an anonymous survey that will impact how vital grant money and public health resources are distributed across the region and enter to win one of several gift cards. In just 15-20 minutes, residents of Greater Lowell - Lowell, Dracut, Chelmsford, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Billerica, Westford or Dunstable - can complete an anonymous survey that will impact how vital grant money and public health resources are distributed across the region and enter to win one of several gift cards.
2022 Visitor Restrictions

Visitor Policy Change to Allow One Visitor/Support Person

Effective Tuesday, February 8, Lowell General Hospital will lift visitor restrictions to allow one visitor/support person (over the age of 18) at a time per patient during the designated visitor hours of 1:00pm to 7:00pm daily. Our Emergency Department and Urgent Care locations will also permit one visitor/support person at a time per patient during all hours of operation. Some visiting hours exceptions will be in place for areas such as maternity, and additional exemptions may be made based on the clinical team’s discretion. Effective Tuesday, February 8, Lowell General Hospital will lift visitor restrictions to allow one visitor/support person (over the age of 18) at a time per patient during the designated visitor hours of 1:00pm to 7:00pm daily. Our Emergency Department and Urgent Care locations will also permit one visitor/support person at a time per patient during all hours of operation. Some visiting hours exceptions will be in place for areas such as maternity, and additional exemptions may be made based on the clinical team’s discretion.

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