Surgery Center Welcomes First Patients


Winchester Hospital Opens State-of-the-Art Ambulatory Surgery Center

This wasn’t the first time Michelle Driscoll has had to have surgery. But the North Reading resident felt a lot more at ease having her procedure done at Winchester Hospital.

“I’ve had surgeries done in Boston and at Winchester and I definitely prefer to go to Winchester Hospital,” she said. “Everyone I deal with at Winchester cares about you. In Boston I felt like I was more of a number. You just get much more individualized attention at Winchester Hospital.”

Driscoll received even more attention, as she was the first patient at Winchester Hospital’s brand new Ambulatory Surgery Center. The facility, which sits adjacent to the hospital’s Center for Cancer Care at 620 Washington Street in Winchester, opened its doors to patients on Monday, July 16.

“It’s a beautiful facility,” Driscoll said. “But it also helps that I have complete faith in my surgeon.”

Her surgeon, Abraham Shurland, MD, was one of the first doctors to perform surgery in the state-of-the-art center. Shurland, who specializes in sports medicine, was excited to begin operating in the Ambulatory Surgery Center.

“The center is just awesome,” he said. “It really is state-of-the-art, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to operate there.”

This 31,200-square foot facility features four state-of-the-art operating rooms designed specifically for the types of surgery the center accommodates – orthopedic, hand, podiatry, gynecology and ear, nose and throat. The Ambulatory Surgery Center will provide comprehensive outpatient surgical services to more than 3,500 individuals each year.

“This surgery center is going to benefit our patients tremendously,” said Helene Feiler, MD. “This facility is streamlined for our patients, it’s dedicated to outpatient surgery and will make coming for surgery at Winchester Hospital even more efficient.”

“This facility will be great for the doctors, but even better for our patients,” said Christian Andersen, MD. “The technology we have at the center is incredible, and it will make our jobs easier, while providing for a more pleasant experience for our patients.”

The center will allow Winchester Hospital to meet the growing need for services in the community, while being designed to enhance the patient experience and minimize wait time.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about the patients,” said Peter Yeh, MD. “Any surgery is scary, but by having a setting like this can decrease the anxiety. The goal is to make the patient happy, and being in an environment like this definitely helps.”

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet® recognition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor for nursing excellence. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, radiation oncology, gastroenterology, urology, gynecologic urology, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit