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June 15, 2016

MetroWest Medical Center invests $7.6 million in upgrades

Photo/Edd Cote MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham

MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham will undergo $7.6 million in renovations starting this month, upgrades that the hospital said will improve clinical care, patient flow and ultimately satisfaction for patients and staff.

The renovations will include substantial physical and equipment upgrades in cancer care, including a new $3 million in a state-of-the-art linear accelerator in radiation oncology for better radiation treatment. The machine will be able to provide some radiation treatments more quickly than the current model. It should be up and running by November, according to Denise Schepici, chief operating officer of MetroWest Medical Center.

Electronic medical records will also be adopted by radiation and medical oncology, to make care more efficient, and the medical oncology unit will undergo construction.

The main lobby and several hospital-based clinics -- including obstetrics, pediatrics, maternal-fetal-medicine and adult medical specialties -- will also be renovated. All construction should be finished by the end of the summer, Schepici said.

Several departments will relocate temporarily during the renovations, including pediatrics, inpatient pediatrics, medical and adult specialty clinics, medical oncology, and the practices of two general surgeons. The upgrades bring MetroWest’s total capital investment over the last two years to more than $15 million.

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