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Secretary Marylou Sudders Praises Lawrence General Hospital at Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, December 12, Lawrence General Hospital hosted its Annual Meeting and Dinner to report on and celebrate the many achievements of the past year. This year’s event was held at the Andover Country Club to better accommodate an ever expanding group of friends, supporters, and elected officials invested in Lawrence General and its commitment to providing compassionate, high-quality care for the whole family. Secretary Marylou Sudders of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services provided the keynote address for the event, observing that community hospitals like Lawrence General are a critical part of the Commonwealth’s answer to the challenges presented by our current health care landscape.

During her remarks Secretary Sudders praised Lawrence General for being an “extraordinary gem” in the broader Massachusetts health care system, committed to innovation and providing the highest quality care. “If you live in Lawrence, Andover, and the surrounding communities—unless there is some extraordinarily complicated medical condition that warrants the need to be in an academic medical center—you have a stellar institution right here,” she said. 

The event also included remarks by Debra Rahmin Silberstein, Esq., chair of the Lawrence General Board of Trustees, and Dianne J. Anderson, RN, Lawrence General president and CEO.

Ms. Anderson reported on Lawrence General’s many achievements over the past year, most notably the opening of the Santagati Center for surgery, a leading-edge facility that supports highly complex surgical procedures. Other milestones include the opening of a second building in the Andover Medical Center complex and a new satellite location in Methuen for laboratory services and imaging—both part of a broader strategy to bring services closer to the people we serve. Lawrence General also earned an “A” in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, recognizing the hospital’s deep commitment to keeping patients safe. These and many other subjects were discussed at the meeting.

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