Ambulatory surgery center approval

I recently celebrated my first work anniversary at MelroseWakefield Healthcare. It has been a great first year, full of some amazing successes in providing great community care to the region. On one of my first days on the job, we presented our plans to build an ambulatory surgery center at our Lawrence Memorial Hospital campus in Medford. Now, a little over one year later, I am so excited to report that the Medford City Council unanimously approved our plans for the ambulatory surgery center. This is tremendous news for the people in our communities.

rendering of ambulatory surgery center
Draft rendering of ambulatory surgery center

We have worked diligently with the Medford Mayor’s office, the Medford City Council, and with our neighbors in Medford. We hosted dozens of meetings and listened to the concerns and feedback from the city and the residents. It was heartening to me to see the ideas all come together to form a unique vision agreeable to everyone.  I am proud of the collaboration that took place.

What is an ambulatory surgery center?

Ambulatory surgery centers are modern outpatient health care facilities that provide same-day surgical procedures. Patients arrive on the day of the procedure, have the surgery and recover under the care of the onsite medical staff, all without a hospital admission, returning home the same day.

Our ambulatory surgery center, a joint venture with Shields Health Care Group and the Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization, will provide outpatient surgery by leading orthopedic, gastroenterology and ear, nose and throat surgeons, including specialists from Tufts Medical Center, locally for patients.

At MelroseWakefield Healthcare, we keep talking about how we are transforming the way community healthcare is delivered, and the addition of this ambulatory surgery center is a perfect example of how we are doing that.

Our ambulatory surgery center will be a lower-cost setting for patients. Procedures cost as much as 50% less than the cost of the same procedures performed in an academic hospital in Boston.

The future of Lawrence Memorial Hospital

The 16,000 square-foot, one-story building will be constructed within the existing footprint of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital building, bringing a full renovation to the lobby and main entrance to the hospital.

The development of the ambulatory surgery center is also key to the transformation of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital campus overall as we focus on outpatient services that patients need. The future of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital campus is one of comprehensive outpatient care for patients of all ages in one convenient, easy to get to location.

You can find more information about our ambulatory surgery center at

I will talk more about the ambulatory surgery center in this blog in the future, as we approach milestones toward a grand opening in 2020. Keep sending me feedback about this blog. I enjoy hearing your thoughts about our services and any future topics of interest or concern as they relate to great community healthcare. You can write to me at


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