SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 17, 2013

Danvers outpatient center gets new Lahey name

BY ETHAN FORMAN
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — The renaming that started with the affiliation of Beverly Hospital with the former Lahey Clinic has finally reached the large medical and day surgery center in Danvers.

Yesterday, Beverly Hospital announced it has changed the name of the 99,000-square-foot Beverly Hospital at Danvers Medical and Day Surgery Center on Maple Street to Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers. Signs were scheduled to be changed yesterday.

Beverly Hospital remains the owner of the facility and its services, a statement from the hospital said. Physician practices are also remaining independent. The facility employs 275 people, including physicians and employees.

Patients learned of the new name change in a Sept. 12 letter.

“We are changing in name only; our providers and services are the same,” said Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals CEO Denis Conroy, in a prepared statement.

“Patients are still being cared for by Beverly Hospital and Beverly Hospital-affiliated physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and we will continue to deliver the same high-quality care that our communities have come to rely on and expect, now just under the new name Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers.”

The $30 million state-of-the-art outpatient center broke ground in September 2006.

At the time, Town Manager Wayne Marquis said the project, built on 7 acres of the lowlands of the former Danvers State Hospital, marked the rebirth of the former Hunt Hospital on Lindall Street, which Northeast Health had bought in 1990. Many employees of the former Hunt center were transferred to the new center when it opened in 2007.

The name change reflects Beverly Hospital’s and the former Northeast Health System’s affiliation with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, formerly known as Lahey Clinic, in Burlington. The combined entity is called Lahey Health. As part of a re-branding effort, Lahey removed the term “clinic” from the names of its hospitals in Peabody and Burlington.

Beverly Hospital and Gloucester’s Addison Gilbert Hospital have retained their names.

Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers, sees more than 155,000 outpatient visits a year, the statement said. The center’s surgeons perform more than 3,500 outpatient surgeries each year. Its advanced diagnostic equipment includes the only magnetic resonance imaging system specifically designed and cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for 3-D bilateral breast imaging.

The facility also offers surgical weight-loss services, in collaboration with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. Other services include primary care, pediatrics, cardiovascular care management, comprehensive breast cancer and breast disease treatment and services, and a pain management center.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.