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LGH's Dr. Pasanen Named Chair of 2010 Merrimack Valley Start! Heart Walk

Join us: Saturday, October, 16th!  Wayne Pasanen MD, FACEP, FASAM, has been Vice President of Medical Affairs at Lowell General Hospital since 1993. Dr.Pasanen has served as an Emergency Medicine physician for 33 years and as Emergency Department Director for 28 years. In addition to having served thousands of heart and stroke patients over his career, Dr. Pasanen has been a heart patient himself. He underwent triple by-pass surgery in September, 2009 and has the unique perspective of having… Join us: Saturday, October, 16th!  Wayne Pasanen MD, FACEP, FASAM, has been Vice President of Medical Affairs at Lowell General Hospital since…

NIH News: Improve Risk Assessment for Heart Disease

Adding Coronary Calcium Score to Traditional Risk Factors Improves Risk Assessment for Heart Disease The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health issued a press release which states that including a coronary artery calcium score in a risk assessment for future heart disease events, such as heart attacks, provides a better estimate in some populations than a standard coronary risk factors assessment, according to research supported by the National Heart,… Adding Coronary Calcium Score to Traditional Risk Factors Improves Risk Assessment for Heart Disease The U.S. Department of Health and Human…

Treating Patients and Presidents Alike: Artery repair for heart disease

In light of the recently publicized health condition of President Clinton, it may be helpful to understand a few things regarding heart disease and the procedures used to treat patients who developed symptoms of coronary disease. A Lowell General Hospital cardiovascular specialist, Kirk MacNaught, MD, FACC, of Merrimack Valley Cardiology provides this basic understanding of heart disease as well as the advanced treatments used for treating it.   In light of the recently publicized health condition of President Clinton, it may be helpful to understand a few things regarding heart disease and…

LGH Staff on the Front Lines of Haitian Medical Relief

Suzanne Forte, BSN, RN and Gary Loudermilk, BSN, RN, both from the LGH Emergency Department, made preparations to leave for their medical relief mission to Haiti last Friday. On Sunday, February 7, a caring team of 11 doctors, nurses and medical specialists from throughout the area gathered as many medical supplies as possible and boarded a plane bound for Haiti, as part of a medical relief mission through the American College of Surgeons. The entire trip was underwritten through a generous… Suzanne Forte, BSN, RN and Gary Loudermilk, BSN, RN, both from the LGH Emergency Department, made preparations to leave for their medical relief…

Lowell General Hospital Verified as a Level III Trauma Center

American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Completes Onsite Review and Confirms Enhanced Status Lowell General Hospital has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement underscores the dedication of the hospital to ensure faster access to advanced care and immediate intervention for life-threatening events. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria… American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Completes Onsite Review and Confirms Enhanced Status Lowell General Hospital has been verified…

LGH Recognized by Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Hospital honored for participation in QuitWorks Smoking Cessation Program The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP) are proud to recognize Lowell General Hospital for their participation in QuitWorks. QuitWorks is a free stop-smoking service available to health care providers that helps Massachusetts smokers receive the counseling and support necessary to help them quit."We know that people are looking for help… Hospital honored for participation in QuitWorks Smoking Cessation Program The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the…

The Boston Globe names Lowell General Hospital to Globe 100's Top Places to Work '09

Lowell General Hospital has been named one of the Top Places to Work in Massachusetts in the second annual employee-based survey project from The Boston Globe. The Globe 100's Top Places to Work '09 magazine was published in the Sunday Globe on November 8. Click here to find the report online. Produced by the same team that compiles the 22-year-old Globe 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Massachusetts, the Top Places to Work recognizes the most progressive companies in… Lowell General Hospital has been named one of the Top Places to Work in Massachusetts in the second annual employee-based survey project from The…

Technology Changing the Patient Experience

Thanks to the newly installed Skylight Access® Interactive Patient System at Lowell General Hospital, new parents are learning tips for newborn care, hospitalized teens are accessing the Internet (with parental approval), and patients and their visitors are watching Movies On Demand. "Lowell General Hospital is proud to offer this interactive patient entertainment and education system as a free service for all patients," says Chris Karski, General Manager of Hospitality and Support Services.… Thanks to the newly installed Skylight Access® Interactive Patient System at Lowell General Hospital, new parents are learning tips for newborn…

Area's First 'Single-Port' Weight-loss Surgery Performed

Area's First ‘Single-Port' Weight-loss Surgery Performed at Lowell GeneralAdvanced scarless technique also being used for gallbladder removal Chief of General Surgery Michael Jiser, MD, performed the first single-port laparoscopic gastric banding surgery in July at Lowell General Hospital - the first community hospital in the region to employ this advanced technique in weight-loss surgery. In the minimally invasive single-port procedure, the surgeon operates through a single incision in the… Area's First ‘Single-Port' Weight-loss Surgery Performed at Lowell GeneralAdvanced scarless technique also being used for gallbladder…

The Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital Enhances Radiation Oncology in Greater Lowell and Merrimack Valley

Radiation therapy planning and delivery improves with addition of Phillips Brilliance Big Bore CT Simulator The Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital recently enhanced its radiation therapy program by introducing the Phillips Brilliance Big Bore CT Simulator. The latest investment in cancer-fighting equipment provides the most advanced imaging technology available today to assist in proper positioning and planning of radiation therapy treatments. After extensive training, cancer center… Radiation therapy planning and delivery improves with addition of Phillips Brilliance Big Bore CT Simulator The Cancer Center at Lowell General…

Do you like to knit or crochet? Join our Prayer Shawl Group!

Prayer shawl ministry is a form of providing comfort and healing to others by way of a shawl which has been knit or crocheted with blessings and prayers for the person who may receive it. To support this ministry, we host a prayer shawl knitting/crocheting group, with meetings held regularly on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Prayer shawl ministry is a form of providing comfort and healing to others by way of a shawl which has been knit or crocheted with blessings and…

LGH's Own "Big Losers" Reclaim Their Lives

Gastric Bypass Gives Wendy and Don Sheppard New Bodies, Confidence, Vitality When asked what's next after winning the Super Bowl, professional athletes proclaim, "I'm going to Disneyworld!" When Don and Wendy Sheppard lost more than 440 lbs. between them after gastric bypass surgery, they also celebrated their victory with a trip to the iconic Florida theme park. "And we fit into every single ride!" Don says. It wasn't always that way. In 2006, Wendy weighed in at 400 lbs. at her annual… Gastric Bypass Gives Wendy and Don Sheppard New Bodies, Confidence, Vitality When asked what's next after winning the Super Bowl, professional…

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