A new era in health care is underway at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), as a $207 million expansion of the NSMC Salem Hospital Campus has been completed. The expansion enables the consolidation of NSMC’s Salem and Union (Lynn) hospitals into a single, state-of-the-art facility that will serve the complex needs of the entire North Shore community.

Included in the expansion is the 120-bed Epstein Center for Behavioral Health, now the largest inpatient psychiatric service embedded in an acute care hospital in Massachusetts. Affiliated closely with the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the unit opened in early October and provides care for children, adults, and seniors—and expands much-needed access to psychiatry and substance use disorder treatment in the region.

Additional enhancements to NSMC Salem Hospital include a spacious floor of 24 private patient rooms for medical and cardiology patients and a completely new and enlarged Emergency Department. With three times the space as the current Salem ED, the new emergency facility includes state-of-the-art trauma suites, sophisticated imaging technology and dedicated treatment areas for children, adults, and behavioral health patients. The innovative new ED will enhance emergent care with faster, more comfortable service for patients across the North Shore, including those patients formerly served by the ED at NSMC Union Hospital in Lynn.

For patients who need less acute, urgent care in the Greater Lynn area, NSMC has opened an Urgent Care Center in the former Union Hospital Emergency Department as of Monday, November 4. The Urgent Care Center will operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

NSMC’s plan to redesign health care services on the North Shore will culminate in spring 2020 with a new, 40,000-square-foot facility on the NSMC Union Hospital campus in Lynn, to include the Urgent Care Center as well as high-volume outpatient services such as primary and specialty care, behavioral health, imaging, and access to laboratory testing. The ‘medical village’ is designed to provide services that Lynn residents use frequently in a convenient and patient-friendly environment.

"We are proud of the work we are doing to make health care more efficient, comfortable, and technologically advanced on the North Shore," says David J. Roberts, MD, NSMC President. "We were in great need of a larger emergency department and more capacity to serve those with medical and behavioral health issues. North Shore Medical Center is now a model for patient care across the Commonwealth."

Read more about NSMC’s commitment to patient care here.