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Is it 40 or 50? Clearing up the Confusion about Mammography Age Recommendations

October is breast cancer awareness month, a time when we see increased coverage of the importance of prevention, education, treatment, and fundraising for research. Although it is hard to argue the value of early detection in preventing breast cancer, there has been varied recommendations in the news around the age guidelines for screening mammograms. We asked Jill Steinkeler, MD, Director of Breast Imaging at Lowell General Hospital for her thoughts. She explained that she and her… October is breast cancer awareness month, a time when we see increased coverage of the importance of prevention, education, treatment, and…

Circle Health Urgent Care recently celebrated its first year of operation in Westford

Since it first opened last year, Circle Health Westford has seen a steady rise in patients as area residents have experienced Circle Health’s commitment to providing Complete connected care close to home and have taken advantage of the urgent care, primary care, women’s health and pediatric specialty clinics offered. The facility’s anchor, Circle Health Urgent Care, is designed to treat non-life threatening conditions and other ailments that require prompt medical attention, such as:… Since it first opened last year, Circle Health Westford has seen a steady rise in patients as area residents have experienced Circle Health’s…

Bridging the Cultural Gap in Diabetes Education

Lowell Community Health Center take the fight against the diabetes epidemic to the streets with its extensive outreach efforts. The Health Center’s community health workers offer blood sugar screenings, healthy cooking programs, and have recently started new pilot programs for diabetic patients to educate, solidify prevention efforts, and help those with diabetes manage their illness. “There are certainly barriers in some cultures, such as food or language that leads to confusion when… Lowell Community Health Center take the fight against the diabetes epidemic to the streets with its extensive outreach efforts. The Health Center’s…

Circle Home's Low Vision Program Helps Patients Retain Independence

Turning on the oven . . . locking the door . . . writing checks . . . measuring medications . . . weighing yourself . . . setting the thermostat . . .  Imagine trying to accomplish these everyday tasks when you can’t see well. Actions that seem “simple” can become major roadblocks to independence and health for patients whose vision cannot be improved with eyeglasses, medicine or surgery. Fortunately for Circle Home patients, the agency’s Low Vision Program can ease frustration and… Turning on the oven . . . locking the door . . . writing checks . . . measuring medications . . . weighing yourself . . . setting the thermostat .…

Lowell General Donates First Aid Kits to Chelmsford Pop Warner

Always looking for new and unique ways to support local community athletic programs, Lowell General recently supplied several first aid kits to the Chelmsford Pop Warner cheerleader and football teams. Due to the heightened number of sports injuries happening with today’s youth, Lowell General Hospital felt the first aid kits would promote safety for the teams. In addition to donating the first aid kits, coaches were provided with CPR training along with a concussion… Always looking for new and unique ways to support local community athletic programs, Lowell General recently supplied several first aid kits to the…

Lowell General Hospital Donates $5,000 to Tewksbury Senior Center

Lowell General Hospital recognizes the importance of physical activity for seniors. Fitness programs at senior centers are a great resource and motivation for older adults to have some fun while also maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Tewksbury Senior Center offers a number of motivating fitness classes that keep their residents active and energized. To support these classes, Lowell General Hospital donated a $5,000 check in order for Tewksbury Senior Center to keep its fitness program up and… Lowell General Hospital recognizes the importance of physical activity for seniors. Fitness programs at senior centers are a great resource and…

Lowell General Hospital Challenge Golf Tournament Raises $425,000 for Intensive Care Unit Expansion

A mid-summer day of golf, food and fun raised $425,000 at the 20th annual Lowell General Hospital Challenge Golf Tournament on Monday, August 24, at The International golf resort in Bolton, Mass. The donations from golfers and sponsors will support the expansion of our Intensive Care Unit on the main campus. The project will renovate former emergency room space in the hospital’s Hanchett Building into an expanded ICU unit with 11-12 beds, providing improved access and the latest technology… A mid-summer day of golf, food and fun raised $425,000 at the 20th annual Lowell General Hospital Challenge Golf Tournament on Monday, August 24,…

Lowell General Hospital One of First to Pioneer New Disinfecting Lighting Technology to Support Safe and Healing Environment

Over the past several weeks, you may have seen new lights being installed in key areas of the hospital. These unique lights, which are being installed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Intermediate Care (ICC), Operating Room (OR), and Decontamination rooms at the main campus, contain a special ultraviolet (UV) light chamber and air circulation mechanism made by American Green Technologies. This lighting system continuously pulls air through a filter and into the UV chamber, where the air is… Over the past several weeks, you may have seen new lights being installed in key areas of the hospital. These unique lights, which are being…

Dr. Matthew Katz Pioneers Research Efforts on Social Media Communication with Patients

Dr. Matthew Katz, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, has been recognized for his research regarding the usage of cancer-related Twitter hashtags in social media. With a goal in mind to provide patients and caregivers access to reliable health information, Katz and several colleagues from healthcare institutions throughout the country researched the usage of oncology terms, and providing valuable information and answers regarding a variety of different cancers. For several years, cancer… Dr. Matthew Katz, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, has been recognized for his research regarding the usage of cancer-related Twitter…

Lowell General Hospital Receives Awards for Stroke Care

Greatest Improvement in Stroke Care Measure Lowell General Hospital received the Coverdell Greatest Increase in Dysphagia Screening Award for large volume hospitals from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). The Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded quality improvement collaborative administered by the DPH, that supports Primary Stroke Service hospitals. This… Greatest Improvement in Stroke Care Measure Lowell General Hospital received the Coverdell Greatest Increase in Dysphagia Screening Award for…

A Message to our Mammography Patients

On June 22, 2015, Lowell General Hospital became aware of an inadvertent Mail Room error involving Mammography appointment letters, which resulted in some patients receiving two reminders: their own and another patient’s. Though the letters contain limited health information, they do not contain any Social Security numbers or financial information. The incident was immediately reported to our internal Privacy Officer. Lowell General Hospital has strong policies and procedures in place to… On June 22, 2015, Lowell General Hospital became aware of an inadvertent Mail Room error involving Mammography appointment letters, which resulted…

Lowell General Hospital Participates in the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS)

Effective Monday, July 20, 2015, Lowell General Hospital participates in the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS). The MIIS is a statewide, electronic record-keeping system (or registry) that keeps track of your immunizations (shots). This new system will help us keep complete and accurate records of the shots that you or your children get from any doctor or healthcare provider in Massachusetts. It was developed by the Immunization Program at the Massachusetts Department of… Effective Monday, July 20, 2015, Lowell General Hospital participates in the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS). The MIIS is a…

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