Lahey Medical Center, Peabody

Emergency Department

The Emergency Department is located on the second level of Lahey Medical Center, Peabody, and consists of 10 beds. Currently, patient volume is 17,500 annually and growing. This area generates inpatient admissions to Lahey Medical Center, Peabody, and Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington. The nursing staff is certified in adult and pediatric advanced life support, and many staff members have also been certified in trauma care. Additionally, training is provided to the staff regarding the triage process. Nurses enjoy a fast-paced working environment that offers the challenge of an ever-changing, diverse patient population.

Inpatient Unit

Inpatient nurse educating a patient about his medical conditionThe Inpatient Unit is an eight-bed medical-surgical telemetry unit. This unit admits patients from the Emergency Department, Ambulatory Surgery and the ambulatory clinics. The patient population includes patients with a wide variety of medical conditions, but the primary focus is on cardiac, pulmonary and neurological disorders. Additionally, the surgical patient population includes patients who have had general, orthopaedic, ophthalmologic, plastic and urologic surgical intervention. Given the diverse patient population, staff members enjoy the opportunity and challenge of addressing the needs of patients from a number of services.

Special Care Unit

The Special Care Unit is a two-bed acute care area. The environment has equipment that can address the needs of a patient regarding ventilatory support, ECG monitoring, and hemodynamic monitoring. Patients in this area usually have a very short-term stay (stabilization period) before they are transferred to the Burlington campus, where more specialty services are located. The unit is also utilized to accommodate overflow volume from the Inpatient Unit.

Ambulatory Surgery

The Ambulatory Surgery Department at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody, consists of a Pre-Operative Center, 5 Operating Rooms, a Minor Procedure Room, 2 Endoscopy Procedure Rooms, and a 20 bed Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).

The Pre-Operative Center is responsible for properly screening all patients scheduled for any type of surgery. Screening includes conducting preoperative interviews with patients, acquiring all required testing in accordance with the Anesthesia Department's guidelines and providing medical evaluations when required. The nurses also conduct pre-operative nursing interviews and provide pre-operative teaching and instructions to all surgical patients.

The Ambulatory Surgery Unit is responsible for admission, surgery, recovery and discharge of all ambulatory surgical patients. Our surgical specialties include Ophthalmology, General, Urology, Vascular, Gynecological, Orthopaedics and Plastic surgeries. In addition, we perform numerous outpatient procedures including but not limited to Gastrointestinal, Endoscopy, Cardioversions and interventional pain procedures.

In this fast-paced unit, Nurses must be skilled and knowledgeable about surgery, anesthesia and related nursing interventions. Given the short amount of time the patient spends in this setting, the staff must be capable of providing care that is focused and productive in preparing, educating and assessing same-day surgical patients. Our nurses strive to provide patients and their families with compassion, support and professional care.