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Lowell General Hospital and Tufts-New England Medical Center Announce Partnership

Affiliation Creates New Model for Regionalized Maternal and Pediatric Care

Lowell, MA - Lowell General Hospital and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts-NEMC have announced an innovative partnership to expand services and expertise for specialty maternal and pediatric care in the Greater Lowell region.

Lowell General Hospital Chief Executive Officer Normand E. Deschene and Tufts-NEMC and Floating Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Ellen Zane introduced the formal agreement at a ceremonial contract signing on November 9.

The new partnership is an innovative model that will offer on-site advanced level of care for mothers with high risk pregnancies and deliveries and for newborns and children with special medical needs.

"We are proud to build upon the unparalleled success of the Level II neonatal care nursery and expand our services for specialty maternal and pediatric care," Mr. Deschene said. "This partnership further demonstrates our continued commitment to serve our communities as a comprehensive regional medical center, offering easy access to Boston-level care while maintaining the personal touch of a community hospital."

The new partnership builds upon 13 years of successful affiliation between the hospitals. Since 1993, New England Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children have partnered with LGH to provide a Level II Special Care Neonatal Nursery at The Birthplace at Lowell General, providing the community's only specialty services for sick and premature newborns in need of a higher level of care.

At the ceremonial signing, Mr. Deschene and Ms. Zane were surrounded by 13 children - from infants to teens - who as graduates of the Special Care Nursery represent the successful relationship the hospitals have established over the past 13 years.

In the new partnership, specialists from Floating Hospital for Children will provide an advanced level of care 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Lowell General Hospital. Lowell General Hospital patients will also have access to many specialty services including tertiary level maternity and neonatal care, and pediatric cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonary and neurology. Most out-patient specialty care services will be provided at Lowell General Hospital's facilities at Drum Hill in Chelmsford, Massachusetts by specialists from Tufts-NEMC Floating Hospital for Children.

"We are delighted to be able to share this great news," said Ms. Zane. "This affiliation enables Floating Hospital physicians to work in collaboration with Lowell General Hospital doctors to bring 'Boston-level' specialty health care to birthing mothers and children living in the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire."

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