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Oct. 18 Update: It has come to our attention that there are concerns that the newly created community advisory group will be used to limit or circumvent any public discussion of the proposed Ambulatory Surgical Center project. We wanted to take this opportunity to clear up any misconceptions of the goals of the community advisory group.
- The community advisory group will NOT be a substitute for the large, comprehensive city-wide community meetings that will be well advertised. Every voice counts in this process and will be heard. Please stay tuned for a schedule of these larger public meetings.
- The community advisory group is a smaller, but representative group, of abutters and city residents that was designed to better inform Lawrence Memorial Hospital leadership about the concerns of the community and to ensure that those issues are properly addressed in our public forums. This group will provide a seat at the table for community input as the Ambulatory Surgery Center project takes shape.
- The community advisory group will provide the platform for two-way information flow. We expect community members to elevate community concerns, and in return, they can expect our senior staff to be explicit in responding to those concerns.
- The community advisory group will include two abutters, two Medford residents that are not direct abutters, an appointee from the Mayor’s Office, and the Director of Public Health to create a team, that when combined with our Lawrence Memorial Hospital senior leadership, will give us the ability to work more effectively with the community.
More information will continue to be shared about this group and any other developments as it becomes available.
Traffic Study Planned
Oct. 15 Update: The traffic study will be delayed one week due to a repaving project by the city.
We’re pleased to announce that after consultation with the City of Medford, Lawrence Memorial Hospital has retained a third-party traffic engineer, VHB, to conduct a Transportation Access and Impact Study. This study will evaluate the surrounding transportation infrastructure in connection with the proposed Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) and other future hospital programming. The study will also assess existing pedestrian conditions, vehicular speeds, and sight distance conditions at hospital driveways.
As part of the study, traffic monitoring equipment will be installed throughout the neighborhoods surrounding Lawrence Memorial Hospital in the coming week. We will cause as little disruption as possible and appreciate your understanding as we assess traffic patterns and volume.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. More information will be provided as efforts progress.
Update on Activity
Since our public meeting in August, we have been working closely with the City of Medford and local residents in an effort to address questions raised by the community and abutters at the public hearing. Specifically, we would like to update you on the following activity:
- We are forming a 10-12 member Community Advisory Group that will include Medford residents and abutters to review and recommend appropriate strategies to mitigate the impacts of any proposed development of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Campus, including but not limited to the Ambulatory Surgical Center.
- We are working with the City of Medford and a third party traffic engineering firm on a Transportation Access and Impact Study. The study will evaluate impacts to the surrounding transportation infrastructure in connection with the Proposed Ambulatory Surgical Center and other future Lawrence Memorial Hospital services. The study will take place over the coming weeks. We will provide the results of the study as soon as they are finalized.
- We have created a project website to share relevant announcements with the community at large. This website has helped make community members aware of on campus project related activity such as boring drillings. The website is located at www.MelroseWakefield.org/VisionLMH
- Community members and abutters have provided Lawrence Memorial Hospital with email addresses indicating an interest to learn about project activity. We have created an email list of nearly 200 local residents to keep members informed about the project. To join this list, please visit our website at www.MelroseWakefield.org/VisionLMH
- Following the results of the above-referenced traffic study; we will announce the date of a public meeting to share those results and other project updates. The date of this meeting will be shared in many ways, including notification to the Mayor and City Council, a communication to our email list and a posting on our website.
We welcome all residents to subscribe to this list to stay informed. Additionally, questions or comments can be emailed to our team at the following email address: Community@MelroseWakefield.org.
Update on Borings
The boring work has been completed and the results will be compiled, summarized and then shared as soon as we have the information available.
Follow-up on the September City Council Meeting
Following the September City Council meeting, neighbors of Lawrence Memorial Hospital met with senior leadership from MelroseWakefield Healthcare, including Susan Sandberg, MBA, RN, chief executive officer of MelroseWakefield Healthcare and executive vice president at Wellforce. Several City Councilors and the Mayor were present. In a continuing effort to keep the larger Medford community informed we are posting the summary of that meeting here: Click here to read a summary of the meeting.
Larger, city-wide community meetings will be scheduled this fall as new information becomes available. If any resident or group would like to schedule a time to meet, please contact us at: email@example.com
- Future of Lawrence Memorial will include community input, owners say, Medford Transcript, September 18, 2018
- Ambulatory center, outpatient services proposed for Lawrence Memorial, Medford Transcript; August 20, 2018
- Hallmark Health has a new name, but Lawrence Memorial stays, Medford Transcript; May 15, 2018
- Hallmark Health looks to build new ambulatory surgery center at Medford’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Medford Transcript; May 5, 2018
- Talks Begin For New Lawrence Memorial Hospital Facility, Medford Patch; May 2, 2018