Athol Hospital Begins Construction on New Emergency Department and Medical Office Building

November 17, 2017

Athol Hospital and Heywood Healthcare are pleased to announce that construction has begun on the new Emergency Department/Medical Office Building Project.

The construction will entail many changes to Athol Hospital’s campus, and we will be providing periodic updates to the community as this project moves forward.

To accommodate the construction, there will be traffic and parking changes. Those affecting our patients and visitors are highlighted below:

- Patient/Visitor Parking for the Emergency Department and MOB will be relocated to the left side of the current MOB. Patients and visitors may enter via Mechanic Street. New parking lines in that area will indicate the new parking spaces. In the case of lot overflow, patients and visitors will be directed to park in the hospital’s upper lots and may enter the Hospital through the Main Entrance and then take the elevator to the Emergency Department.

- Additionally, there will be significant changes to the front entrance to the current MOB, as the new building will be constructed quite close to the existing building. To accommodate this, the road in front of the MOB will be moved closer to the existing building. 

While throughout this project, there will be an overall reduction in the number of parking spaces on campus, the remaining spaces will accommodate the Hospital’s daily volume.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding construction, please contact Heywood Healthcare’s Community Relations Department at (978) 630-6248.



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About Athol Hospital

A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Athol Hospital is a 25-bed non-profit, acute care and outpatient facility serving the communities of the North Quabbin region of Massachusetts. Athol Hospital’s services include 24/7 Emergency Care, Oncology, Radiology and Laboratory, Diabetes Center and Center for Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. It is designated as a Critical Access Hospital and Primary Stroke Center, licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and accredited by the Joint Commission.

About Heywood Healthcare
Heywood Healthcare is an independent, community-owned healthcare system serving north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. It is comprised of Heywood Hospital, a non-profit, 134-bed acute-care hospital in Gardner, MA; Athol Hospital, a 25-bed not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; the Quabbin Retreat in Petersham, MA; and Heywood Medical Group with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region. The organization includes six satellite facilities in MA; Heywood Rehabilitation Center and Heywood Urgent Care in Gardner; West River Health Center in Orange; Winchendon Health Center and Murdock School-based Health Center in Winchendon; Heywood Charitable Foundation; the North Quabbin Community Coalition, an affiliate organization; and The Quabbin Retreat in Petersham.