WESTFORD -- Westford residents seeking medical treatment will no longer need to travel to Lowell or Boston thanks to the opening of Circle Health and Lowell General Hospital's newest satellite branch on Littleton Road.
"Area residents will now have a Circle Health facility right in their community," said Rick Hanson, chairman of Lowell General's board. "Many will receive the majority of their care closer to home."
State Sen. Eileen Donoghue, D-Lowell, state Rep. James Arciero, D-Westford, Town Manager Jodi Ross and Selectmen Chairwoman Andrea Peraner-Sweet joined Lowell General and Circle Health CEO Norm Deschene for the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.
"I think I was the only one who didn't know it was 60 degrees this morning, so I might be the first patient here at Circle Health once you open," joked Ross.
The facility will employ 25 people when it officially opens on Monday, with more likely to come as more practices fill the available suites, said Bill Wyman, vice president of revenue services. Circle Health is a health network comprised of Lowell General, Lowell Community Health Center and Circle Home, and is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, among others.
Arciero presented Deschene with a proclamation from the state House of Representatives congratulating the Circle Health team on their new facility.
"About 40 years ago today, (my mother) was a nurse at LGH, pregnant with me," said Arciero. "So I don't know who's more excited today: myself or my mom."
The new facility, located across from the Cornerstone Square development, will feature a patient-service center, diagnostic-imaging services, specimen collection, primary-care physicians and an expansive women's center.
Circle Health will also be home to the Floating Hospital for Children Pediatric Specialty Center. Rather than driving to Floating Hospital at Tufts Medical Center in Boston's South End, families in Westford will be able to access care from a variety pediatric specialists.
"We who live here and work here, we think we are a pretty special town, and we welcome you to our special town," said Peraner-Sweet.
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