DRACUT — Dracut, state and Lowell General Hospital officials on Wednesday announced plans for Circle Health Dracut, a new outpatient center and the next addition to the not-for-profit’s expanding network.
“It’s my pleasure to welcome you all here as we take a look and split some shovels in the ground for a very important project for us as we look to continue our growth and access out into the secondary markets around Lowell,” said Jody White, president of Lowell General Hospital.
White addressed a crowd of about three dozen people on a bare plot of land save for some construction equipment by the intersection of Broadway Road and Loon Hill Road, where the center will be built. Dracut Town Manager Jim Duggan said the project, estimated at $9 million, will create 75 construction jobs and 50-60 employees.
Circle Health’s plans for the site include an urgent care center and a Lowell General Hospital patient service center, similar to centers opened in Westford in 2014 and in Billerica earlier this year. Primary care and specialty physicians’ offices are also planned.
It is expected to open in late summer or early fall of 2018.
Circle Health’s Urgent Care centers provide walk-in care for non-life threatening conditions and other ailments that require prompt medical attention, such as allergies, rash or hives, scrapes and broken bones.
Members of the Board of Selectmen and residents listened as Duggan, state Rep. Colleen Garry, Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn A. Kirk, and Selectmen Chairwoman Alison Hughes shared their remarks and thoughts on the project.
“I look at this old site and think about the Civic Club and I don’t think I ever could have envisioned this kind of project here,” Garry said, then turning towards Duggan and giving him and his team kudos for following through this vision. “As someone who has used the health-care system in Greater Lowell for so many years with my folks, I know the importance of having trust in your local facility and I know that Lowell General has just become an extraordinary, extraordinary health-care facility, bringing back the important surgeries and treatments out of Boston back here, to where folks don’t have to go so far for the best and brightest.”
Hughes thanked Lowell General Hospital for partnering with local officials and also praised the town manager for his work.
“Since Jim came on board three years ago, economic development has been a key part of the future in Dracut,” Hughes said.
Duggan himself had a long list of officials and people connected to the project whose work he expressed gratitude for.
“We’ve all seen firsthand how Circle Health investment brings not only extraordinary health care,” Duggan said, “but it sets a partnership to the community therein.”
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