Health Care

Home to two major health care institutions, Lahey Clinic and Winchester Hospital, the region is well served by the availability of world-class medical care.

Winchester Hospital

With a total of 200 beds and bassinets, Winchester Hospital is a leading provider of comprehensive healthcare services for Winchester, Woburn, Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Stoneham, Burlington, Billerica, Medford, Malden, and several other surrounding communities. In addition to acute care inpatient services, Winchester Hospital provides integrated home care, as well as care in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and Level II Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital provides such important specialties as cardiology, pulmonary medicine, gastroenterology, and orthopedics.

The hospital is recognized as one of the area’s most prominent obstetric and pediatric hospitals, with more than 2,400 babies born every year at the Childbirth Center. Services to maternity patients include access to a Special Care Nursery for newborns in need of clinical intervention of a Level II nursery. And, through an innovative partnership with Children’s Hospital, pediatricians offer 24-hour coverage for inpatient care through the Pediatric Referral Clinic. The Hospital’s commitment to women’s healthcare extends beyond its recognized obstetric service. The newly expanded Winchester Hospital Breast Care Center, located in Woburn, is a regional evaluation center offering breast health resources to women.

Lahey Clinic

Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington encompasses an ambulatory care center serving more than 3,000 patients each day and a 259-bed hospital. It also houses a 24-hour emergency department, with a Level II trauma center. The Medical Center in Burlington is only part of Lahey Clinic. With 450 physicians and 4,000 nurses, therapists and other support staff, Lahey Clinic provides care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. Lahey’s cardiac surgery program is one of the largest in New England, regularly ranked in national surveys as among the best in the nation.

Lahey’s Neurovascular Institute is among the most advanced in the region for treatment of strokes and brain aneurysms. Lahey physicians have been pioneers in such areas as cancer treatments, gastrointestinal disorders and kidney surgery. Lahey’s liver transplantation team was the first in New England to perform adult living-donor transplant procedures. In US News & World Report’s2002 “Best Hospital” rankings, Lahey was rated among the best in nine categories – Heart, Digestive Disorders, Urology and Ear, Nose and Throat, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Hormonal Disorders, Respiratory Disorders, Rheumatology. Its liver team was cited as the fourth-largest program in the nation for adult living-donor transplants. Lahey’s 78 community-based physicians include adult internists, pediatricians and family practice specialists.