LAWRENCE, Mass. — A $72 million expansion and renovation is slated for Lawrence General Hospital after the hospital’s board of trustees approved construction for a new surgical building, inpatient unit renovations and other aesthetic and infrastructure upgrades.
“This is exciting news for our patients and their families as well as physicians, nurses and staff. The new surgical building will keep patients closer to home by enabling our LGH surgeons to perform more complicated procedures locally. Our patients will also have additional private, modern patient rooms which will promote a healing environment,” said Dianne Anderson, president and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital, in a statement. “We know this significant strategic investment will further enhance the quality of care provided to our patients. We will be well positioned to provide future health care needs of the communities we serve right here in the Merrimack Valley.”
The new multiyear master plan, which was developed after four years of planning, will significantly modernize hospital facilities. A $55 million, 42,000-square-foot surgical building will bring new preoperative and postoperative space and state-of-the-art operating rooms. A number of operating rooms at the current hospital are more than 50 years old, according to hospital officials. Additionally, approximately 26,000 square feet of inpatient renovations will increase private rooms, family space and waiting areas.
“We are extremely proud of our long history in serving the Merrimack Valley region and all we have accomplished recently, but we are even more excited about the hospital’s future,” said Matthew Caffrey, chairman of the Lawrence General Hospital Board of Trustees, in a statement. “As one of the fastest growing hospitals in Massachusetts, we are thrilled to be building on our emerging role as an important medical center and resource for the region. We believe we are the preeminent regional health system our communities deserve.”