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Emerson Hospital Auxiliary and Thoreau Club

The Thoreau Club and the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary recently partnered on a new program called “Change for Good.” The program, which took place in October, provided Thoreau Club members, guests, and Emerson Hospital employees the opportunity to tap into a package of special services and programs designed to invigorate and rejuvenate their exercise habits.  Read More


New medical staff president elected

Dr. Donald Driscoll, an orthopedic surgeon, recently became president of Emerson’s medical staff. Elected by his peers as president-elect two years prior to taking office as president, Dr. Driscoll will serve a two-year term that began October 1.  Read More


Emerson Hospital Auxiliary and Thoreau Club partner in "Change for Good"

The Thoreau Club and the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary recently partnered on a new program called “Change for Good.” The program, which took place in October, provided Thoreau Club members, guests, and Emerson Hospital employees the opportunity to tap into a package of special services and programs designed to invigorate and rejuvenate their exercise habits.  Read More


Emerson Hospital cardiac rehabilitation program receives national certification

Emerson Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program was recently certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). AACVPR certification signifies that Emerson’s program meets the essential standards for quality patient care in cardiac rehabilitation, including exercise programming, risk factor education, psychosocial well-being, and nutrition. Read More


Emerson offers diabetes education class

Emerson Hospital will offer a new type of diabetes education class in January and February 2010. Called conversation mapping, the class is a new, interactive way for patients to learn more about diabetes. A conversation map is a series of images and metaphors on a tabletop display that health care professionals use to engage groups of patients in dialogue around a health care topic. In conversation mapping, patients participate in interactive activities to identify facts and myths about the health care topic and uncover information related to the health condition, ultimately resulting in behavior change.  Read More


Emerson Hospital to kick off holiday season with annual Tree of Lights on December 8

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Tree of Lights ceremony on Tuesday, December 8, at 4:30 p.m. Members of the community are invited to join Emerson staff and patients for a brief program in the North Assembly Room at the hospital, followed by the tree lighting in front of the White House. A reception of light refreshments will follow in the North Assembly Room. Parking validation will be provided.  Read More


Emerson Hospital adds midwifery service, expands delivery options for new moms

New mothers at Emerson now have more delivery options with the addition of Sherri Perivolotis, Certified Nurse Midwife, to Emerson’s Birthing Center staff. Perivolotis, CNM, MSN, joins the practice of Dr. Ingrid Balcomb and A.F.A. Obstetrics and Gynecology, which is located at Emerson.  Read More


Annual meeting showcases Emerson Hospital Auxiliary's record of accomplishments

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary recently hosted its 85th annual meeting at the Nashawtuc Country Club. Denise Haartz, outgoing Auxiliary president, convened the business portion of the meeting. Each attendee was given a special program book reviewing the history of the Auxiliary. Haartz also introduced nine past presidents of the Auxiliary. Read More


11th annual Auxiliary golf tournament raises $55,000

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary recently hosted its 11th annual golf tournament at the Nashawtuc Country Club. The event, which raised $55,000, was again sold out with 130 participants. The last 11 tournaments raised more than $750,000 to fund important Auxiliary-sponsored programs at Emerson Hospital.  Read More


Verrill Farm to hold Harvest Festival to benefit Emerson Hospital pediatric unit

The Verrill Farm Harvest Festival to Benefit Emerson Pediatric Care will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2009, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Proceeds from this festival will benefit coping kits distributed by Emerson Hospital’s pediatric intervention team.  Read More


Emerson Hospital offers free surgical weight loss information session in Fitchburg

Join Emerson Hospital for a free informational session on its surgical weight loss program. The session will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Fitchburg on Thursday, September 24, 2009, at 6:00 pm. Read More


Gastroenterologist joins Emerson Hospital

Linda Yinglin Tang, MD, a gastroenterologist, recently joined Emerson Hospital’s medical staff.  Read More


Emerson Hospital adds powerful new tool in fight for early detection of breast cancer

Emerson Hospital recently installed a new, cutting-edge digital mammography system for patients. The GE Healthcare Senographe Digital Mammography system provides physicians with clear and precise all-digital images, rather than images on X-ray film. The system provides the largest field of view currently available, which can be helpful for precision imaging of patients with diverse shapes and sizes. Read More


Emerson Hospital improves parking, makes patient access easier

Emerson Hospital recently improved its parking program, effective July 30, to provide more and better parking for visitors and patients on the hospital’s main campus. Read More


Primary care physician joins Emerson Hospital

Dr. Truong Huynh, a primary care physician, recently joined Emerson Hospital.  Read More


Emerson Hospital launches pain management program with Massachusetts General Hospital

Local residents suffering from pain can now find relief close to home. Emerson Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass General) are launching the Mass General Pain Medicine Program at Emerson Hospital, offering patients more comprehensive options for the treatment of pain.  Read More


Grateful cancer patient donates artwork in honor of 'healing hands'

In the span of six hours, Marieke Kreps transformed anguish into artwork. With tissue paper, Kreps, an interior designer, created a collage depicting hands that heal and love that, in partnership with the science of medicine, can save.  Read More


Museum-quality art now on display at Emerson's Sudbury facility

Patients and visitors can view museum-quality artwork at Emerson Medical at Sudbury. Through Emerson’s participation in the DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum’s Corporate Art Program, original artwork hangs on both levels of the facility, which is located on Route 20 in Chiswick Park. The installed exhibition features artwork from the museum’s permanent collection as well as artist-loaned work; exhibitions are rotated to ensure a continuously stimulating and educational environment.  Read More


Emerson emergency physician elected president of Mass. College of Emergency Physicians

Joseph Bergen, DO, FACEP, was recently elected president of the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians (MACEP). Dr. Bergen will serve a one-year term beginning in May.  Read More


Emerson physician honored at spring benefit

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden recently honored two local cancer care physicians at its spring benefit auction. Needham resident Dr. Jon DuBois, hematologist-oncologist and chair of the cancer committee at Emerson’s Bethke Cancer Center, was recognized at the event, along with Dr. Margaret Duggan of the Faulkner Hospital Breast Centre.  Read More


Emerson cancer program approved by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has again granted three-year approval with commendation to the Bethke Cancer Center. A facility can receive three-year approval following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor, during which the facility demonstrates continued compliance with 36 standards.  Read More


General Surgeon joins Emerson Hospital

Dr. Brian T. Callahan, Jr., a general surgeon, recently joined Emerson Hospital. For Dr. Callahan, who spent the past 20 years tending to acute care surgical patients, the opportunity at Emerson allows him to change the focus of his practice and to forge more meaningful connections. "What I like best about medicine is the relationships you develop,” said Dr. Callahan. “My work at Emerson will allow me to pay personal attention to my patients.” Read More


Emerson Hospital holds 5K Run-Walk for Cancer on June 14

Emerson Hospital will hold its ninth annual 5K Run-Walk for Cancer on Sunday, June 14, 2009, starting at 10:00 am at the Concord Health Care Center at the corner of Route 2 across from Emerson. The event is sponsored by the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary. This year’s honorary chair of the Run-Walk committee is Faith Pulis, CEO of The Thoreau Club.  Read More


Emerson Hospital to host day of free health screenings

Emerson Hospital will host a health day on May 2 from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm in the Bethke Cancer Center. The event, formerly known as Cancer Awareness Day, will include free screenings, tours of new operating rooms and private maternity suites, cancer and general health information, conversations with health and wellness experts, refreshments, and more. Registration is required for skin cancer, thyroid, prostate specific antigen (PSA) and lipid profile/cholesterol screenings. No registration is required for blood pressure, diabetes, and respiratory screenings.  Read More


Emerson Hospital hosts gala to benefit Bethke Cancer Center

Emerson Hospital will host a dinner dance at The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel on Friday, May 8, 2009. The gala, titled Rays of Light, will benefit Emerson Hospital’s Bethke Cancer Center and is part of a larger $4-million fundraising initiative.  Read More


Primary care physician joins Lincoln Physicians, now accepting new patients

Dr. Betty Pomerleau recently joined Lincoln Physicians, PC, as a primary care physician. Other practice physicians include Drs. Pamela DeLuca, Peter Hoenig, Charles Keevil, Marguerite Roach, and Lynn Weigel. Previously, Dr. Pomerleau practiced at Concord Internal Medicine. She has been a practicing primary care physician since 1988. Read More


Emerson Hospital Auxiliary hosts 33rd annual Pops Concert

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary will hold its spring Pops Concert on April 4, 2009, at the Walden Performing Arts Center located at 51 Walden Street in Concord. The Concord Band will perform at 8:00 pm. This year, the Concord Band is celebrating its golden anniversary as it welcomes James O’Dell, assistant dean of the Boston Conservatory, as the new music director.  Read More


Neurosurgeon joins Emerson Hospital

Dr. Erica Bisson, a Lahey Clinic neurosurgeon, recently joined Emerson Hospital.  Read More


Emerson Hospital partners with Child Development Network to enhance pediatric care

Emerson Hospital is partnering with the Child Development Network (CDN) in Lexington, Mass., to expand the services offered to pediatric patients.  Read More


Neurologist joins Emerson Hospital

Dr. Jeanine Grier Reczek, a neurologist, recently joined Emerson Hospital. Read More


Reproductive Endocrinologist joins Emerson Hospital

Dr. Carla DiGirolamo, a reproductive endocrinologist, recently joined Emerson Hospital.  Read More


Emerson Auxiliary makes a difference for Bethke patients

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary recently donated $18,000 to Emerson Hospital’s Bethke Cancer Center. This donation will enhance patient support programs. Along with this monetary donation, the Auxiliary wanted to support patients directly, so they launched the comfort quilts gift program, which was started in 2005.  Read More


Tenth anniversary of Emerson Hospital Youth Risk Behavior Survey provides data on adolescent risk behaviors

The 2008 Emerson Hospital Youth Risk Behavior Survey, administered to 8,677 area students in grades 6, 8, and 9-12 in seven local school districts, reveals new statistics about adolescent risk behavior patterns.  Read More


Emerson Hospital offers workshop for children dealing with parent’s cancer diagnosis

Emerson Hospital will offer a free family workshop for children ages 3-15, titled “Helping Children Cope When a Parent Has Cancer.” Facilitated by Emerson Hospital social services, the pediatric intervention team, and nurses from Commonwealth Hematology-Oncology and Massachusetts General Hospital radiation oncology, the workshop (for parents and children) will be held on April 4, 2009, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm with a pre-workshop orientation for parents on March 31, 2009, and a follow-up for parents on April 7, 2009.  Read More


Clough Surgical Center offers technological sophistication

New operating rooms look to the future. The impressive upgrade of Emerson Hospital’s entire surgical facilities—a multi-year project that has received substantial philanthropic support—is now complete. Three large operating room suites and an OR/procedure room are now open. The completely remodeled Surgical Day Care suite and the new post-anesthesia care unit are already in use.  Read More


Emerson Auxiliary to host first evening of art and artists

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary will host its first evening of art and artists on Friday, January 23, 2009, from 7:00-9:00 pm. The public is invited to enjoy dessert, wine, and music (provided by the String Trio from the Concord Band) while strolling through the art gallery adjacent to the hospital’s North Assembly Conference Room. Read More


Emerson Auxiliary Tree of Lights and cookie sale add holiday cheer to hospital

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary’s recent Tree of Lights ceremony raised $4,000 for the hospital. During the event, which is held annually and allows members of the community to donate a light on the tree in memory of a loved one, to honor a special person, or to celebrate the season, Auxiliary President Denise Haartz and Emerson Hospital president and CEO Christine Schuster reflected on the season and on the Auxiliary tradition. After some prayers led by Emerson Chaplain Georgia Leiner, seasonal songs were performed by the Bedford vocal group “Music Among Us.”  Read More