Cardio-Pulmonary Services Division of Athol Memorial
Hospital assists in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment
and support of patients with cardio-pulmonary and
neurological system disorders, with an emphasis on
prevention through education.
Department provides pulmonary, cardiac and neurological
diagnostic testing as well as treatment for acute and
chronic lung disorders. Services are provided by licensed
professionals, 24 hours a day 7 days per week, for all age
Therapists help manage patients with breathing disorders
by providing assessments, monitoring and physician
directed therapy as well as various diagnostic tests.
Respiratory Therapists treat and assist with all age
groups of patients ranging from premature infants with
undeveloped lungs to geriatric patients with lung
diseases. They also assist with the emergency care of
patients, which includes victims of respiratory failure,
asthma or COPD exacerbations, heart attack, drug overdose,
drowning, anaphylactic shock and stroke.
|Types of Therapy/Care
(BiPAP & CPAP)
Oxygen Administration &
Nebulizers with mouthpiece or mask
Metered Dose Inhalers with Spacers
Breathing and Coughing
|Oral & Nasotracheal Suctioning
Pulmonary Function Testing:
Arterial Blood Gas Testing
6-minute Walks(assess oxygen
Carbon Monoxide Level
(ECG or EKG)
o An EKG provides complex
measurements of the heart's electrical activity. The
results provide physicians with invaluable
information about the heart's rate, rhythm and
• 24 hour Holter Monitoring
o Our Holter monitors are small, lightweight
portable digital recorders. It continuously monitors
the heart rate and rhythm for 24 hours.
• 3 to 30-day Event
This digital system uses cell phone technology.
Heart rate and rhythm are continuously monitored and
periodically sent automatically to a reading
facility 24 hours a day and data is immediately sent
when specific criteria are met. Data is analyzed 24
hours per day. These digital recorders are provided
for long term cardiac monitoring. State of the art
thorough reports are continuously available for your
physician to view on a secure website. • Stress Testing
o Stress Testing is used
to evaluate heart function, help detect coronary
artery disease and evaluate medical therapy.
Depending on the type of test ordered, the patient
may be monitored while exercising on a treadmill or
after administration of a pharmacological agent.
Physicians may also order a stress test to include
Cardiolite with Nuclear Imaging to view and evaluate
coronary blood flow.
o The American Heart
Committee recommends stress testing prior to the
initiation of exercise programs in patients over 40
and in all patients with risk factors that increase
the probability of CAD.
o Echocardiograms use high-pitched
sound waves that bounce off different parts of the
heart to create a moving picture. Heart structures
and the beating heart can be seen on a video screen.
There is no radiation exposure and it is more
detailed than an x-ray image.
o An EEG records
electrical activity of the brain. Highly sensitive
monitoring equipment records the activity of neurons
through electrodes placed at measured intervals on
the scalp. EEGs help physicians to diagnose a
variety of neurological conditions from common
headaches and dizziness to seizure disorders,
strokes and degenerative brain disease. It also may
be used to look for organic causes of disabilities
in children and psychiatric disorders.
o EMGs measure the
electrical activity of muscles at rest and while
contracting. Nerve conduction studies measure the
ability of nerves to send electrical signals. Nerve
and muscle disorders cause muscles to react
improperly to electrical signals. This test helps
diagnose diseases that damage nerves, muscle tissue
or neuromuscular junctions or the cause of weakness,
paralysis and muscle twitching. Examples include
carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathies,
herniated discs, muscle disease, Cerebral Palsy and
conditions like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
The case manager reviews all patients who are
admitted to the hospital for appropriateness of care and
coordination of care between disciplines within the
hospital. Meetings are conducted with the patient and
family members to assess the needs of the patient upon
discharge. With the collaboration of the patient,
family, physicians, nurses, and other appropriate
clinical disciplines, a discharge plan is established to
ensure the best possible outcome of care.
In addition to our clinical nutrition
services, we also provide a full service cafeteria, open to
both visitors and employees. We serve three meals a day:
Monday - Friday 8:00 -10:15am ; 12:00 noon -1:15pm ; 5:00 -
6:15pm, except on holidays.
Food Services also oversees
community gardens at the west end of the Medical Arts
Building, where vegetables grown are utilized in the
hospital's nutrition programs.
Flight, Med Flight, and Life Star capability
means Athol Memorial Hospital can transport
patients to Level One Trauma Centers when necessary.
Department is staffed 24 hours a day with qualified
physicians and nurses and is supported by dedicated
laboratory, radiology and respiratory technicians and
therapists. Currently, more than 10,000 patients a year re
treated in the Emergency Department. Ambulance and
helicopter transport services are readily available when a
patient’s condition warrants transfer to a tertiary care
facility or other specialty health care institution.
The resumption of the full time
Hospitalist program began on December 2011.
The service is available to all patients needing
admission to Athol Memorial Hospital.
A Hospitalist is a physician who
oversees all aspects of care for patients during their
inpatient stay and ensures that appropriate plans for
aftercare are in place.
Hospitalists serve in
the role of attending physician and have particular
knowledge about hospital procedures.
The Hospitalist works closely with
a patient during their hospital stay and communicates
with the primary care physician about the plan of care.
The Hospitalist is also
available to speak with the patient’s family.
Primary care physicians are
invited to perform courtesy rounds with their patients
while they are under the Hospitalist’s care.
Patients return to the care
of their primary care physician upon discharge from the
Infection control staff monitor hospital patients and staff
for actual or potential infectious problems. The hospital
staff is educated regarding infectious processes, prevention
of the spread of infection between patients, from patients
to staff, and from staff to patients. Hand hygiene is the
cornerstone of that education.
hour Hospitalist Program
Acute Care beds with 8 bed telemetry capability
hour staffing by ACLS nurses
patient care by qualified multidisciplinary team for
safe patient discharge
Coding for safe medication
Medical interpretation services are provided
free of charge to patients with Limited English
Through use of the Language Line, Athol Memorial
Hospital has the capacity to provide interpretation of
more than 170 languages.
Contracted Certified Sign Language interpreters
are available for the Deaf.The Social Services
Department coordinates the interpreter services at Athol
Memorial Hospital. Social workers are available on
weekdays to assess and assist with provision of
interpreter services to all inpatients and outpatients.
Signage for interpreter services is placed
strategically throughout the hospital. The Department of
Public Health regulations specify that family members
are not to serve as interpreters.
There are many different laboratory tests, such as
blood, cultures, urine and stool. While some tests are
routine part of annual physicals, others are designed to
monitor a specific medication or condition. If you are
instructed to fast or have your blood tested at a
particular time, it is vital for the accuracy of the
test that you follow these instructions. The function of
the blood bank is to insure that blood and its
components are available to patients 24 hours a day.
Whenever possible, the blood given to patients should be
replaced through the contribution of volunteer donors.
The hospital's phlebotomy room (located on the Ground level
in the east wing) is open Monday - Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Saturday, 7:00 am to 2:30 pm. Fasting patients receive a Complimentary Continental Breakfast,
7:00 - 8:00 a.m..
Life is unpredictable. And no matter how independent
you are at home, you may someday find yourself in a
situation where you need help. And there's no one
around to help you. That's why you should have
personal emergency response system
for help when you can't get to the phone. It allows
you to move freely around your home or yard, and
never be more than an arm's length away from
Here's how it works:
Whenever you need help, you simply press your
Personal Help Button, a waterproof transmitter worn
on your wrist, belt, or necklace.
This sends a signal to your Lifeline Communicator
(hooked up to your phone), which automatically calls
a 24-hour Response Center. Within seconds,
highly trained personnel will speak with you. If
they can't reach you, help is sent.
Depending on the situation, Response Center
personnel -- who have access to your vital
information -- quickly send your "responders"
(neighbors, relatives) or medical help to your home.
Lifeline is a practical tool for elderly
individuals or couples who wish to live
independently in their own homes and for physically
disabled persons who spend a portion of the day
Lifeline is available for a fee of $25 per month
(leased equipment). There are no maintenance fees,
no monitoring fees, no installation fees and no
fixed lease term.
Lifeline subscribers must be mentally capable of
using the equipment and have a private telephone
line in their home.
For more information contact Judy Howland,
Lifeline program manager at (978) 249-1145.
If you belong to an organization that would like
to have a program speaker on Lifeline call Bill
Howland, chairman of the Athol-Orange Rotary Club
Lifeline Committee at (978) 249-7654.
This program is co-sponsored by Athol Memorial
Hospital and the Athol-Orange Rotary Club.
AMH is able to provide local employers with both
Pre-Employment and Post-Accident Drug Testing, including
regular panel drug testing as well as DOT/NIDA drug
Welcome to the
Athol Memorial Hospital Hematology-Oncology Clinic. We are
pleased to be able to assist you during this trying time. We
have many services available to you including medicine,
nursing, social service, nutrition, and financial
In 1985 a physician from Worcester opened a clinic here in
Athol. She felt that patients shouldn’t have to travel so
far care during cancer treatment. The Athol Memorial
Hospital has continued this clinic for more than 20 years.
This allows the patients in our 9-town North Quabbin region
to be close to home for essential medical care.
treatment and follow-up care for patients with cancer and
blood disorders. Our laboratory and radiology departments
provide state of the art services to complement the
outpatient Hematology-Oncology Department.
The Oncology Team is well versed to care for many different
types of people. There is a Physician who is Board Certified
in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Oncology. Hematology
is the study of blood disorders and Oncology is the study of
cancer. Our Nursing staff is certified in the administration
of chemotherapy. They provide support to patients during and
following treatment days. They also work in conjunction with
the physician and pharmacy to deliver current therapies in
the treatment of cancer and blood disorders. The nursing
staff helps patients during treatment by solving their
problems related to side effects of chemotherapy. The clerk
is educated to assist patients by making follow-up
appointments for office visits, further laboratory and
radiology procedures and referrals to outside services.
She is able to assist patients
by taking messages accurately and proficiently. Our
dietitian is available to provide nutritional services and
counseling for patients in an ongoing manner. The volunteers
keep the clinic flowing smoothly. They help patients and
staff while maintaining a low profile. There is a dedicated
Social Worker who is available to all of our Oncology Clinic
patients. The Social Worker is able to work with patients
and their families regarding a variety of problems and needs
including but not limited to finances, insurance problems,
and dealing with diagnosis of cancer and blood disorders.
They help the patient and family to deal with current needs
and plan for the future.
Community Transit Services provides rides free of charge to
those patients 65 or older. It is available with 3 day's
notice and will take patients to AMH and the Medical Office
Building directly behind the hospital. Call 978-249-1362 to
schedule a ride. A bus
service passenger pickup stop is located at the front of the
hospital and is made available through the FTRA and the
Gardner transportation. A limited taxi
service is available in the Gardner area only.
AMH’s Radiology Department provides a variety of
diagnostic imaging services including filmless General X-ray
examinations, Fluoroscopy, CT, Ultrasound, Nuclear
Medicine, MRI, Mammography and Bone Density.
All imaging examinations are performed by
Technologists licensed by the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health and nationally
registered by the American Registration of Radiology
Technologists. The interpretation of the imaging
examinations are completed by one of the ten
American College of Radiology, Board Certified
Radiologists servicing Athol Memorial Hospital.
PACS (Picture Archive and Communications Systems)
In December 2006 Athol Hospital implemented the
first phase of PACS (Digital Imaging) with CT,
Ultrasound, MRI and Fluoroscopy, since then Nuclear
Medicine, C-Arm Fluoroscopy, and DXA Scanning. Most
recently General Diagnostic exams were added to
General X-ray Examinations
AMH performs all General Diagnostic Imaging
examinations such as: chest, extremity, spine, GI
Series. These examinations are all completed on the
Department’s recently installed Digital Imaging
System. The new Digital System has improved image
quality, decreased examination time and has improved
efficiency for the staff and ultimately improved
CT Scanning has become one the most important
diagnostic services in Health Care today. AMH’s CT
scanner can perform all general diagnostic scans of
the head, spine and abdomen, with emergency services
provided 24 hours per. Recently AMH was granted the
designation of a Stroke Center thus providing quick
access to care when a patient has symptoms of an
Ultrasound utilizes high frequency sound to image
areas in the Abdomen, Pelvis, Vasculature and
Obstetrics. Athol's Ultrasound Department is
Accredited by the American College of Radiology with
qualified Technologists licensed the American
Society of Medical Sonographers.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) imaging is
performed by using a Magnet resulting in high
quality images of the Brain, Abdomen, Pelvis, Chest
and Extremities. The MRI service is available onsite at Athol
Memorial Hospital with all images
read by the hospital's Board Certified Radiologists
and is accredited by The American College of
AMH'S Mammography Department is accredited by the
American College of Radiology Mammography Program,
Licensed by The Massachusetts Department of Public
Health and Certified by the FDA under the
Mammography Quality Standards Act. The Department
performs both Screening and Diagnostic Mammograms
with services provided Monday - Friday.
Nuclear Medicine is a diagnostic examination
requiring the injection of a small amount of
radioactive tracer to a target organ such as the
Heart, Lung or Gallbladder. The hospital uses a
state-of- art Dual Head Nuclear Camera.
The department has in conjunction with the EKG
Department a very productive Cardiac Imaging
DXA (Dual Energy Absorptiometry) or more commonly
known as Bone Density is a diagnostic test used to
evaluate the bones for early changes due to
Osteoporosis. DXA is very simple procedure and takes
approximately 15 minutes to complete the
examination. Once your physician obtains the results
he or she can recommend medications or an exercise
program to address early changes in the bony
structures due to Osteoporosis.
REHABILITATION SERVICES - (978)249-1201
Monday -Friday 7:30am – 5:00pm
HAND THERAPY PROGRAM
of disorders of the hand due to:
Burns and Wounds
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Custom Fabricated Splints
Range of Motion Strengthening
Joint Protection/Patient Education
NEUROLOGICAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM
of functional loss due to:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Re-education of Movement
Functional Mobility Training
Fractures, Sprains, Strains
Bursitis, Tendonitis, Fasciitis
Individualized Exercise Program
Total Joint Replacement
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
Dynamic Balance Activities
Traumatic Brain Injury
Vestibular (Balance) Dysfunctions
Vertigo (Chronic Dizziness)
BACK AND NECK PAIN
Radiating Pain to Limbs
Core Stabilization Program
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Muscular Stimulation, TENS
Including Myofascial Release, Joint
Traction–Mechanical and Manual
Postural and Body Mechanics Training
Manual Therapy Techniques
Evaluation and Recommendation for Custom Fit
program is designed to help
children and adults with
speech, language, voice,
swallowing, and cognitive
treatment plans are
developed with the patient,
physician, and therapist to
improve communication and/or
swallowing skills to their
Our services include
screening and diagnostic
assessment for children and
disorders and/or swallowing
impairment secondary to:
loss/Recurrent Otitis Media
Down Syndrome or other
Auditory Processing disorder
Traumatic Brain Injury
Other Neurological disorders
(Multiple sclerosis, ALS,
Voice and Fluency disorders
assessment of swallowing
(Modified Barium Swallow
study) is also performed
intervention for the flowing
delays or disorders:
Receptive or expressive
language delay or disorder
communication skills (e.g.,
attention and memory skills)
Fluency or Voice disorder
Pathologist holds a Master’s
Degree and Certificate of
Clinical Competence (CCC)
awarded by the American
Speech-Language & Hearing
Association and is licensed
to practice in the
To make an appointment
please contact us at: (978)
249-1201. We are located at
2033 Main Street Athol, MA.
Our fax number is (978)
Center at Athol Memorial Hospital
You will spend
nearly one-third of your life sleeping.
A sleep disorder can significantly
affect both the quality of your sleep
and your health. An estimated 40 million
Americans suffer from sleep disorders,
yet fewer than 20 percent have ever
initiated a discussion about the problem
with their physician.
disorders lead to sleep deprivation
which can wreak havoc in your waking
life. It can cause daytime fatigue, poor
concentration, depression, and lapses in
memory. Sleep disorders range from
insomnia to apnea – a condition in which
the sufferer stops breathing for limited
periods during sleep. So, if you’re not
sleeping as soundly as you would like,
or for as long as you’d like, you may
suffer from a sleep disorder.
Center at Athol Memorial Hospital
provides painless testing for patients
experiencing sleep difficulties. The
Center’s comprehensive care team, made
up of expert physicians and
technologists in a variety of fields, is
dedicated to discovering and resolving
the causes of sleep disorders.
The Sleep Center’s state-of-the-art
facility includes comfortable, private
patient testing rooms that are specially
equipped to allow constant visual and
sleep pattern monitoring throughout the
night. Patients can undergo testing for
conditions such as sleep apnea and
narcolepsy simply by sleeping as they
So, please give us a
call if you would like more information,
or to discuss any suspected sleep
disorders you may think you have.
The Surgical Services Department of Athol
Memorial Hospital provides services for
operative and other invasive procedures and
immediate post-operative care on a 24-hour
basis. The population served by this department
consists of the pediatric, adolescent, adult and
geriatric patients requiring or seeking surgical
intervention to maintain or restore an optimum
level of wellness. The department is staffed to
operate 2 OR suites, 1 procedure room,
post-anesthesia care unit, short stay unit and
central sterilization unit Monday - Friday 7:00
am - 3:30 pm. On-call staff are available 3:30
pm -7:00 am Monday to Friday and on a 24-hour
basis on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
The department provides a safe and comfortable
environment for both patients and personnel in
order to provide optimum assistance to the
surgeons and anesthesiologist in meeting the
emergency, preventive and restorative health
needs of the patients. The surgical services
staff provides quality, conscientious and
competent care with respect to life and dignity.
The department continues to receive the highest
patient satisfaction survey scores.
Our operating rooms are staffed by
extensively trained and board certified surgeons
and anesthesiologists who provide high-quality
and sophisticated surgical services right near
your home. Our nursing staff is ACLS and PALS
certified. We are equipped with state of the art
anesthesia machines and monitors, a digital
c-arm x-ray machine, laparoscopic equipment and
the finest surgical instruments.
Procedures performed include general and
laparoscopic surgery, ENT, ophthalmic, urologic
gynecologic pain management, endoscopies,
vascular and thoracic, pacemaker insertion,
orthopedic to include total joint replacements
and other invasive procedures.
Post Anesthesia Care Unit
Our post anesthesia care unit
is under the direct supervision of the
anesthesiologist who maintains responsibility
for the needs of the patients until the patient
is appropriately discharged. Our nursing staff
is compassionate and is trained in the use of
different pain management techniques. Follow-up
calls are made to all day-surgery patients.
Short Stay Unit
Our newly renovated 11-bed unit provides
pre- and post-surgical care to all patients who
need to have surgery and procedures that do not
require an overnight stay. Our nursing staff is
skilled, friendly and accommodating. In addition
to surgical and endoscopic procedures, SSU
procedures include hydration, blood and blood
component transfusions, intravenous treatments,
injections, dressing and catheter changes,
port-a-cath draws, pre-operative teaching,
paracentesis and thoracentesis.
Central Sterilization Unit
Our central sterilization unit receives,
prepares, processes, stores, maintains and
dispenses sterile items in sufficient quantities
to all clinical areas. It is staffed by a
trained CSR technician under the direction of
the Manager of the Surgical Services Department.