Circle Health Tewksbury Taking Patients Soon
TEWKSBURY -- The construction of a Lowell General Hospital medical facility in town represents additional tax revenue, more jobs, but most importantly, access to much needed services locally.
Circle Health Tewksbury, located at 1574 Main St., is on schedule to open its doors to the public by Feb. 19, according to Will Courtney, senior media relations specialist at Lowell General Hospital.
Joel Kahn, of Equity Alliance, LLC, spoke with The Sun, as well as Selectmen Jay Kelly and Mark Kratman, and Planning Board members Vincent Fratalia and Jeremiah “Jay” Delaney Wednesday.
“I think this will serve the town very well,” Kahn said. “It provides a missing and very important ingredient in town.”
The one-story, 13,000-square-foot facility will offer three areas of service: urgent care, primary care and patient services, which includes blood drawing, drug testing and other lab work.
This project has been in the talks for about two and a half years, according to Kratman, who also chairs the town’s Economic Development Committee. He said the site had been vacant for about five years.
“It’s exciting to finally see it come to fruition,” Kratman said. “Now, having this right in our community, it meets a great need.”
He stressed importance of its close proximity to Heatherwood Gracious Retirement Living, providing better access to medical services to the town’s elder population. Delaney said his sister lives at Heatherwood and travels to Lowell General Hospital for medical services. He said the convenience of the Circle Health Tewksbury location “is a godsend.”
“This is big -- one of the best things the town has ever done,” Delaney said. “It’s about time we got a facility like this.”
Patient records will be computerized, so those who are already in the Circle Health system, will be able to pull up their records easily at this facility.
There will be an estimated 40 employees at Circle Health Tewksbury. Kelly said this is an opportunity for residents to be employed here and for more customers to come to local businesses in the area. He said with so many students playing sports, this will be a great place to also address any sports-related injuries.
And although this is a non-profit, Kahn assured it will be a tax-paying property.
“This is all part of our master plan of having smart business and smart growth,” Kratman said.
Right across the street is the Village Green shopping center, and just up the road are the Balsam Place luxury apartments. Tewksbury Family Health, also located across the street, will be the primary care provider at Circle Health Tewksbury.
“This is a great town to work with,” Kahn said. “They are pro-development and they are responsible in that process.”
Amy Hoey, Lowell General Hospital’s chief operating officer, said they have been serving Tewksbury residents for years and this is an opportunity to provide better access in a meaningful way.
“It’s important to move care away from the hospital campuses into the communities so patients and families can access care right down the street,” Hoey said.
Tewksbury represents the fourth Circle Health facility of its kind, now joining the communities of Westford, Billerica and Dracut. While there are no current plans to open another location, Hoey said they are continuing to look into ways to increase patient access to services. For example, online scheduling, the ability to see wait times online and offering remote care, like telemedicine.
Before the official opening in February, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony as well as an event on Feb. 16 for the community to visit the facility and learn more about the services offered.
“They’ve been a great community to partner with hospital, helping to facilitate a smooth process,” Hoey said of the town. “It’s always so much fun with these projects when you get into the finishes and furnishings and you can really see the space take shape and really envision patients being serviced there.”
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