Boston Business Journal | By Jessica Bartlett
December 19, 2016
With hospitals caring for more patients on a budget, integrating with other providers every step of the way, few hospitals in Massachusetts still stand independent.
But Lawrence General Hospital is one of the few, and with a recent $73 million expansion and renovation, the hospital is hoping to cement its place in Merrimack Valley as a successful independent hospital.
“Lawrence has met many of the challenges,” said Debra Silberstein, the chair of the hospital’s board of trustees at the hospital’s annual executive dinner. “We’re well positioned to continue despite the turmoil.”
The hospital has spent much of the last year working to assert itself, competing against Boston as well as with community hospitals — Steward Holy Family hospital is two miles down the street and Winchester Hospital is only a half-hour drive away.
The first focus was increasing outpatient care. The hospital opened a new facility in Andover last year, bolstering primary care, OBGYN, women’s imaging, pediatrics and urgent care. The second half of the project — an adjacent and connected building — will open in the spring, and includes MRI, orthopedic and spine care, rehabilitation therapy, outpatient vascular surgery and specialty surgery.