Addison Gilbert Hospital expands cardiology services

December 21, 2021

Gloucester, MA – Addison Gilbert Hospital announced today the opening of the hospital’s enlarged cardiology suite which will expand services for Cape Ann families. The construction was fully funded by a historic gift of more than $1.3 million and was given by Rockport resident Yvonne Wood, who was inspired to make the gift in gratitude to the care that Addison Gilbert’s Emergency Department team provides to the community. The donation is the largest philanthropic gift the hospital has ever received.

“It is an honor to receive such a generous gift and I look forward to seeing the many ways this contribution will benefit the community,” said Tom Sands, president of Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals. “We are proud to use this donation to invest in the Cape Ann community and provide residents with high quality cardiology diagnostics and treatments that are accessible to people where they work and live.”

This new project expands the cardiology suite that opened in 2015 under the leadership of longtime cardiologist Michael Arsenian, MD, and this recent gift builds upon the initial generous philanthropic investment from many Cape Ann benefactors over the last six years. The hospital will be able to provide expanded diagnostic testing and services to patients locally. The efficient design includes three new exam rooms; new physician offices; expanded and up-to-date space to perform echocardiograms, stress testing and cardiac nuclear stress testing. These advanced diagnostic tools allow for better detection and management of heart disease for the community.

“Thanks to this most generous gift, we will be able to efficiently assess more patients and identify those who would benefit from immediate interventions,” said cardiologist Edward Loughery, MD. “This impressive new suite, with expanded space and state-of-the-art equipment, will also enable us to recruit additional dynamic and expertly trained care providers.”

“Families on Cape Ann are very loyal to their community so strategically building for the future helps assure patients that they will have access to the quality care they need,” said Arsenian. “Whether for urgent or chronic needs, patients deserve the best possible care close to home and this expanded cardiology suite will helps us serve more patients for their care.”

Every year, about 659,000 Americans die from heart disease, making it the leading cause of death in the United States. Heart disease causes 1 out of every 4 deaths. Locally, heart disease in Gloucester affects about 1 in 15 residents, according to the Gloucester Board of Health.

“The opening and expansion of the Walter and Yvonne Wood Cardiology Diagnostic Suite will help Addison Gilbert meet one of our biggest community needs – access to vital cardiology services. With an aging population and high rates of chronic diseases in Essex County, the hospital will be well-positioned to provide patients high-quality care at the hospital they trust for their care,” said Jason Andree, vice president of Addison Gilbert Hospital.

About Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals

Beverly Hospital is a full-service 223-bed community hospital founded in 1888 that serves more than 13 communities across Massachusetts’ North Shore and Cape Ann. With a medical staff of more than 500 physicians, the hospital provides quality, patient-centered care in maternity, pediatrics, surgical, orthopedics and cardiology, as well as other specialties.

Addison Gilbert Hospital is a 52-bed community hospital located in Gloucester, MA. Since its founding in 1889, Cape Ann residents have turned to the hospital when they needed care. Specialties include radiology, cancer care, pain management, cardiology, chronic disease management, inpatient geriatric services and emergency medicine.

Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals are a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,700 physicians and 39,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

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