North Shore Medical Center recently celebrated completion of a $207 million construction project which adds more than 200,000 square feet of new and renovated space, providing patients on the North Shore with state-of-the-art emergency and medical care as well as dramatically expanded behavioral health resources.

Key improvements include:

• consolidating Salem and Union hospital-based services in one state-of-the-art facility in Salem

• expanding behavioral health / psychiatric facilities

• adding private inpatient rooms

• expanding outpatient services including emergency, urgent care, primary and specialty care

• improving access to health care services across the communities where patients live/work

At the ribbon cutting ceremony David J. Roberts, M.D., President of North Shore Medical Center, highlighted the work NSMC is doing to make health care more efficient, comfortable, and technologically advanced on the North Shore. All hospital-based medical, surgical, and behavioral health services will be combined in one expanded and improved facility in Salem. The campus revitalization will make services easier to navigate and increase access to sophisticated technology and specialized clinical expertise for acutely ill patients.

From left to right: North Shore Medical Center President, David J. Roberts, M.D., NSMC Director of Project Management, Shelly Bisegna, Mayor of Salem, Kimberly Driscoll, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Chief of Psychiatry, Maurizio Fava, M.D., Senior Vice President of Operations, Mary Jo Gagnon, Partners HealthCare President, Anne Klibanski, M.D., NSMC Chair of Psychiatry, Mark Schechter, M.D., Will, J and Chris Pingree, Linn Epstein, Arthur Epstein, Lauren (Epstein) and Mark Rubin, J.B Nadal, Bryna Litchman, Ralph Epstein, M.D., NSMC Board Chair David Ives, Julie Nadal and Jeff Nadal.

The new Epstein Center for Behavioral Health, directly aligned with Massachusetts General Hospital, will add 54 new beds to the region for psychiatry and behavioral health services. When it opens in October, the Epstein Center will be the largest inpatient mental health service embedded in a general hospital in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, enabling patients to benefit from a wide range of subspecialists available on site. This addition also serves to relieve overcrowding in NSMC’s emergency department and free up capacity for patients with critical health issues.

Lauren (Epstein) Rubin shared her family’s personal motivation to fund the Epstein Center, noting that many families face mental health or addiction issues and how important it is that North Shore families have a nearby place to go for their loved ones to receive excellent care.

To learn more, visit the Healthier North Shore website.

Banner photo: courtesy of North Shore Medical Center

Inset photo credit: Mary Roy