The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission (TJC), formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), accredits over 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States and is a leader is promoting patient safety within the health care industry. Health care organizations are subject to 3-year accreditation cycles. The accreditation process begins with an unannounced, rigorous 3-day review of the Hospital's processes and procedures ensuring compliance with all TJC standards for patient safety. Lawrence General Hospital has been licensed and accredited since 1953, and Lawrence General has received the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission.
If your baby needs special attention, you'll be interested to know that our Special Care Nursery is designated a Level IIA program by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. That means we offer expert staff and the latest technology to care for babies who need an added level of support, including those born prematurely, twins and triplets or infants with certain metabolic conditions. The nursery has 24-hour in-house coverage by a neonatologist, and all our special care nurses are RNs with advanced education in the treatment of infants.
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
When we say Lawrence General Hospital is a superb choice for women's breast care, don't just take our word for it. The highly respected American College of Radiology has named our hospital a Center of Excellence based on what they term a "dedication to improving women's health by participating in…rigorous quality assurance programs."
Through our new digital imaging center, we provide diagnostic services in a state-of the art environment that's as comfortable as it is advanced. It's just one of many ways we ensure that the women who come to Lawrence General for care enjoy the best available in this area — or for that matter, any other. (Our Mammography Department is licensed and certified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health).
Approved as a Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, the Cancer Program at Lawrence General Hospital is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of cancer care through a disciplined, dedicated, totality of care approach. Participating in the program are skilled teams of cancer nurses, therapists, dieticians, social workers, pharmacists, lab technicians and physicians, including oncologists, surgeons, neurosurgeons, urologists, ear nose and throat specialists and others, drawing on such advanced treatment modalities as chemotherapy, chemoembolization, interventional radiology and radio frequency ablation, minimally invasive chest surgery and others.
Lawrence General's Emergency Center was the first in Massachusetts to earn a Level III Trauma Center designation. Achieving Level III status demonstrates the depth of our clinicians' expertise and level of experience. A trauma nurse coordinator and chief trauma physician monitor care. The Emergency staff excels at quickly assessing patients, stabilizing victims for transfer to more intensive facilities and performing emergency procedures when a patient's condition demands immediate action.
Our Emergency Center is also a certified Stroke Center, able to treat patients with stroke symptoms and diagnosis with specialized, rapid treatment protocols. We are able to consult with a neurologist 24x7 to discuss, diagnose and treat victims of stroke.