Winchester Celebrates Centennial

08/05/12

Winchester Hospital Celebrates 100 Years of Service to the Community

On Tuesday, May 8, Winchester Hospital celebrated 100 years of service to the community and the launch of its second century of care with the grand opening of the 620 Washington St. campus in Winchester, featuring the recently opened Center for Cancer Care and a new state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center scheduled to open in July. 

The special guest who truly put the icing on the cake was Stoneham resident and Winchester Hospital patient, Patrick Duggan. Duggan, who turned 100 years old just weeks after the hospital, cut the birthday cake and the ribbon, marking the end of one century and the start of another.  

“As we celebrate our first century, one way that we can honor all of you and those who have gone before us, is by recommitting to the communities we serve,” said President and CEO of Winchester Hospital Kevin Smith to the over 400 people who attended the event. “We have done that with the recent launch of our new brand promise—Advancing Health. Advancing Care. Consistent with the pioneering spirit of the visiting nurses back in 1912, this pledge reflects our steadfast commitment to the ongoing health and wellness of the communities we serve. We plan to deliver on this promise for the next 100 years.”

Smith said, “It is because of the staff, nurses and doctors that currently work here and have worked here over the past 100 years that Winchester Hospital is able to enter our second century. But it is also because of the support from the community that has helped Winchester Hospital, not only reach its 100th birthday, but flourish over the last century.”

Jack and Peggy Roll, chairs of the hospital’s Our Second Century Campaign, announced that $9.5 million has been raised toward the $10 million capital campaign goal. They expressed deep gratitude to those who have given so generously and made an appeal to the community. “We are now appealing to the generous spirit of the community to put us over the top,” said Peggy. “It’s an investment in your community hospital,” Jack added, noting the need for continued high-quality health care for all area communities.   

After hospital employees – Maryann Zschau, Lianne Green, Mary Donnelly and Steve Re – led the audience in singing Happy Birthday, the event culminated with Duggan’s cutting of the ribbon, which was followed by tours of the Center for Cancer Care and Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Duggan was joined in the ribbon cutting by Medford resident and Winchester Hospital patient Eileen Shapiro, who also addressed the crowd. “When I first heard the news that I had ovarian cancer I thought it was a death sentence. Any diagnosis with the word cancer attached is frightening,” she said. “I believe that I am here today because of Dr. Fuller’s extensive research and expertise in treating this disease, as well as the excellent quality of care provided by all members of the Winchester Hospital team. My experiences in the cancer center, surgical area and throughout the hospital have been outstanding.”

Arlan F. Fuller, Jr., MD, Clinical Vice President of Oncology Services, noted that completion of the new centers was a collaborative effort. “It’s about the care of our patients, it’s about the people who work here and it’s about this wonderful community that has come together to support our efforts. Our employees, medical staff, patients and friends, and Winchester Hospital community have all made this dream a reality.”

The Center for Cancer Care, which opened last spring, offers a full range of integrated, coordinated oncology services, designed around patient needs, which meet or exceed national quality standards. Every patient and their family members are provided with compassionate support through the process of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

The hospital’s new ambulatory surgery center will greatly relieve the pressure on the current operating rooms at the hospital’s main campus and allow for faster, more convenient scheduling of outpatient procedures.

The center will offer outpatient surgery in five areas: orthopedics, ear/nose/throat, gynecology, podiatry and urology. While designing the facility, special attention was paid to enhancing the patient experience and minimizing wait times.

Winchester Hospital performs nearly 10,000 surgeries a year, and a new ambulatory surgery center is a welcomed addition to the hospital. The ambulatory surgery center will give Winchester Hospital the space and flexibility our doctors, nurses, staff and patients need.

“The need for this facility is great and I am proud to be part of the team responsible for making this vision a reality,” said Jim DeVellis, MD, chief of orthopedic surgery at Winchester Hospital. “I do believe that all of us here today should be quite proud of this moment, and I also feel quite confident that all who have gone before us would be equally proud.”

“We close out our first century of care on top of our game,” said Paul Andrews, chairman of Winchester Hospital’s Board of Directors. “We are the most respected and recognized community hospital in the state of Massachusetts and we have received numerous regional and national accolades. The staff of this hospital is deeply committed to ensuring continued access to the best health care available coupled with an outstanding patient experience. We are, without a doubt, well poised to launch into our Second Century of Care.”

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’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, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Children’s Hospital Boston, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.