“I am excited and encouraged that North Shore Medical Center is undertaking a project that will add jobs, expand healthcare services for our community, and improve and streamline the layout of the NSMC campus,” Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “This $170 million investment in our City is one more way that Salem is growing and moving forward in a positive and progressive fashion."
Driscoll went on to say that she plans to work closely with NSMC, neighbors, and Highland Avenue businesses to "ensure that this project is undertaken cooperatively and takes neighborhood concerns into consideration."
"Key to that effort will be communication, transparency, and public input - all of which are necessary for such a major project. We had already begun a dialogue with MassDOT advocating for traffic improvements to Highland Avenue, also known as state-owned Route 107," Driscoll said.
To accommodate the consolidation of their medical and surgical services, NSMC and Partners Health Care will build a new state-of-the-art Emergency Department and additional inpatient units with private rooms and family-centered facilities at Salem Hospital.
Key access areas such as the main entrance and parking will also be reconfigured and renovated "to improve way finding and provide a more welcoming and efficient patient experience," according to a release issued Wednesday.
“Consolidating services will enhance quality of care and improve the patient experience,” Mitchell S. Rein, M.D., NSMC Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer said in a prepared statement. “With a single hospital, we can provide deeper specialization, better coordination of care and enhanced safety.”
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