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Key Facts & Timeline


Mission

Emerson Hospital will deliver high-quality care to our community that is:

  • Safe
  • Compassionate
  • Accessible
  • Appropriate
  • Efficient
  • Coordinated

Values

At Emerson Hospital, we:

  • Put patients’ needs first
  • Strive to provide the highest quality experience with compassionate, expert care
  • Maintain a professional, respectful environment for patients, staff and community
  • Embody integrity, pride and adherence to the highest moral, legal and ethical standards
  • Are accountable for all of the above

Type of hospital

Emerson is a full-service, non-profit community hospital. With over 300 active primary care doctors and specialists on staff, Emerson is well known for its outstanding medical and surgical specialists, as well as excellent nursing care and patient-centered services.

Year founded

Emerson was founded in 1911 as the Deaconess Hospital. In 1924, the hospital was renamed after Charles Emerson (a nephew of Ralph Waldo Emerson).

Number of beds

Today Emerson is a 179-bed acute care medical center which provides advanced medical services to over 300,000 individuals in 25 towns.

Service Area

Emerson Hospital’s service area includes the Massachusetts towns of Acton, Ayer, Bedford, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Groton, Harvard, Hudson, Lancaster, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lunenburg, Maynard, Pepperell, Shirley, Stow, Sudbury, Townsend, Wayland and Westford.

Number of employees

1,600 employees

Number of volunteers

With more than 525 adult and student volunteers representing 38 towns, Emerson has more volunteers per bed than any other hospital in Massachusetts. In 2012, volunteers gave 65,745 hours of service.

Number of physicians

Active Staff: 309
Courtesy Staff: 119

Satellites

Key Statistics

  • More than 37,500 emergency department visits per year
  • More than 14,000 day surgeries per year
  • More than 68,000 rehab treatments per year
  • Nearly 45,000 home care visits
  • More than 300,000 individuals served

Timeline

1911

Charles Emerson donates 80 acres of land along the Sudbury River and $20,000 to create a 14-bed cottage hospital

1924

Hospital property deeded to the community

1925

First X-ray machine purchased

1928

First laboratory opens

1934

State pays hospital $6,500 for land and farm buildings to create Route 2

1949

Construction of East Wing, which includes an obstetrical unit and two operating rooms

1951

First medical records librarian hired

1957

Cardiopulmonary Laboratory opens—completes 422 electrocardiograms the first year

1958

Physical Therapy Department established

1959

Dial telephone installed

1960

Home Health Care Department opens

1962

Intensive Care Unit opens

1964

Cardiac Care Unit opens

1969

Wheeler Wings open

1969

John Cuming Building dedicated

1970

Community Agencies Building opens

1971

Ground broken for Project 10, a $5.5 million construction and renovation project

1972

Cancer Care Program founded

1974

New Intensive Care Unit opens

1980

Birthing Center opens

1981

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program begins

1982

Advanced Life Support Program inaugurated

1997

Bethke Cancer Center established

1998

Multidisciplinary health center opens in Westford

2000

Critical Care Unit opens 
Groton Health Center begins seeing patients

2004

Breast Health Center opens across from hospital at 747 Main Street 
Center for Sports Rehabilitation and Specialty Services opens across from hospital at the Concord Health Center, 57 ORNAC

2005

Polo Emergency Center expansion completed as Olsen Urgent Care Center opens 
Surgical Weight Loss program launched
Christine Schuster named President and CEO

2006

Emerson Medical at Sudbury on Route 20 begins seeing patients
Groundbreaking for Project SCORE (Surgery Center, Obstetrics and Radiology Expansion), a $36 million expansion/renovation project

2007

Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine opens 
Agarwal Diabetes Center opens 
Center for Specialty Care opens on Baker Avenue, a mile from hospital

2008

Project SCORE nears completion with the opening of the Birthing Center and expanded interventional radiology suite
Bone and Joint Center opens
Annual appeal reaches $1 million for the first time

2009

Project SCORE completed with opening of new operating rooms 
Naka Infusion Center opens

2010

Emerson launches new award-winning website

2011

Emerson celebrates our Centennial
Dedicated the Mortimer B. Hermel Breast Health Center

2012

Affiliation with Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital- Bethke
Launched the Emerson - Mass General Weight Loss Program