Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington opened the doors to our new world-class Joseph C. Corkery Emergency Center and Level II trauma center on January 25, 2017.The new, expanded facility features comfortable waiting areas, private rooms, an imaging suite for CT scans and X-rays, and much more – all this so that we can quickly and expertly diagnose and treat patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries.Our ED is the only Level II Trauma Center in the area, meaning it has all the essential specialties, equipment and trained personnel to treat complex traumatic injuries.
This important project is much more than bricks and mortar. We have created space to respectfully care for patients when they are most vulnerable, physically and psychologically.Our new facility is the result of extensive research and in‐depth planning. Lahey teams toured some of the country’s finest EDs to study practices, procedures and facilities. They incorporated “the best of the best” concepts and tailored them specifically for Lahey and our patients.With this new facility, the Lahey teams that provide care to critically ill and injured patients are prepared for whatever situation comes through our Emergency Department doors.
Joseph C. “Joe” Corkery, MD, for whom our new Emergency Department is named, has been called a “doctor’s doctor,” admired for his encyclopedic clinical knowledge. He is beloved by patients, who wonder how he manages to be so generous with his time. He embodies the core values that Lahey Health holds dear: professional excellence, extraordinary teamwork and compassionate care.Dr. Corkery came to Lahey in 1983 to practice internal medicine and was named Chairman of the Department of General Medicine within a year. During his 20-year tenure, he oversaw the growth of the department from 6 to 50 physicians and established an internal medicine training program. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Corkery serves as Lahey’s Chief Medical Officer for Philanthropy, where he is a passionate advocate for the institution’s future well-being. He also finds time to nurture the next generation of internists in his role as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.Mentor, sage, lifelong learner, great listener, loyal friend and a physician like no other, Dr. Corkery is a respected colleague and role model who sets the bar for clinical practice.