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Transforming the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Campus in Medford

Bringing high-quality accessible healthcare of the future.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital construction update (added Jan. 12, 2021)

We are writing to inform you that four speed feedback signs placed on Governors Ave. and Lawrence Road near the Lawrence Memorial Hospital campus were inadvertently installed in the wrong locations due to a miscommunication with a sub-contractor. The signs are part of speed-reduction efforts developed in coordination with the Medford Traffic Commission.

Upon hearing the signs were installed in the wrong locations, we worked to rectify the situation, and the four signs were re-installed in the locations previously approved by the City of Medford on Monday, January 11.

We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

The installation of the speed feedback signs is part of the traffic mitigation request within the special permit. We are pleased that this work has been completed in collaboration with the Medford Traffic Commission in response to the community’s request.

As shared in our end-of-year notice, the construction of the new ambulatory surgery center is now completed. The hospital’s main lobby renovation is still underway and scheduled to be finished next month, and seasonal landscaping and other final parking lot finishes will be completed in the spring.

If you have any questions, please email community@melrosewakefield.org.


Ambulatory surgery center approved by Medford City Council

October 16, 2019 – The Medford City Council approved the site plan and special permit required for the construction of an ambulatory surgery center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The unanimous vote paves the way for the 16,000 square-foot joint venture between MelroseWakefield Healthcare, Shields Health Care Group, and the Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization. The one-story ambulatory surgery center will be located within the existing footprint of Lawrence Memorial Hospital and will include new state-of-the-art operating rooms and procedural rooms for outpatient surgery.


Extended Urgent Care

Lawrence Memorial Hospital Urgent Care has extended hours! We are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The urgent care entrance is next to the previously used emergency department entrance.


Advancing Local Healthcare

Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s plans for a major investment in advancing local healthcare in Medford continue. This includes building an ambulatory surgery center in partnership with Shields Health Care Group and Tufts Medical Center physicians, and transitioning hospital services to bring greater focus on providing high-quality outpatient services patients are seeking to one convenient location.

The Ambulatory Surgery Center project will bring ease of access to high quality day surgery and in a lower-cost setting for patients needing same day surgeries and procedures locally, avoiding inconvenient, costly trips to Boston. The proposed single story building with three operating rooms and two procedure rooms will provide a convenient, local setting for many of the region’s finest surgeons to perform their surgeries, including those from Tufts Medical Center.

Services Offered by the Ambulatory Surgery Center

The new ambulatory surgery center will provide many high-end common procedures offered by specialists in orthopedics; ear, nose and throat; GI and plastic surgery. It will provide the opportunity for surgeons utilizing the ambulatory surgery center to create physician office space, providing one convenient location for surgery, follow-up appointments and physical therapy, and any other related tests such as blood work or imaging.

Bringing more services to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for all ages

The Ambulatory Surgery Center is a major step in support of our vision to continue a robust health care presence in Medford by bringing more of the types of services to Lawrence Memorial Hospital that serve the community’s needs today and for the future

The development of the ambulatory surgery center paves the way for plans to bring more physician and outpatient services to the existing Lawrence Memorial Hospital building, including family medicine and internal medicine physicians, cardiology, and women’s health specialists, to name a few. This is in addition to the existing physician services in neurology, endocrinology and diabetes care, sleep medicine, lab and radiology, 3D mammography and urgent care.

Ambulatory Surgery Center key benefits include:

  • Bringing services and vibrancy back to the campus as a healthcare provider and employer. This is great for both our community and the City as a whole.
  • As a joint venture with highly regarded Shields Health Care, the Ambulatory Surgery Center will bring renowned Tufts Medical Center surgeons and physicians to care for our patients in our own community.
  • The Ambulatory Surgery Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital serves as an example and commitment to addressing the rising cost of healthcare by keeping healthcare services local.


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