E4H Redesigns Lawrence General Hospital


Surgical room

Lawrence, MA – Lawrence General Hospital and MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health (E4H) recently celebrated the official opening of the hospital’s expanded and renovated surgical space with a building dedication ceremony. The Santagati Center takes its name from Richard and Marilyn Santagati, Lawrence natives and longtime supporters of the hospital.



The Santagati CenterThe $56 million project consists of a new 46,000sf surgical building and 15,000sf renovation to the existing day surgery and preadmission testing departments. The Santagati Center will feature seven new operating rooms with state-of-the-art technology required for more complex surgical procedures. The largest room is a hybrid operating room that will allow for high-quality imaging and interventional radiology services to be performed during procedures.


In attendance were Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, as well as Dianne Anderson, President and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital and many donors to the project. Lawrence General, E4H and construction company Bond Brothers Inc. broke ground in April 2015 and completed the project within the timeline and budget

“Key to our success was the hospital staffs’ commitment to collaborating with us on essential design features they desired for both patient care and their own work spaces,” said Dan Morris, Partner, E4H. “With staff input and our Smart Facility Design we were able to maximize the investment to create a master facility plan that meets the needs of today’s patients and staff – but will also serve the hospital well into the future.”

“This beautiful new facility replaces operating rooms that have stood this hospital and the community in good stead for fifty years,” observed Dianne J. Anderson, RN, president and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital. “Our surgeons and surgical staff will now have a space that supports the newest surgical technology, making care more efficient, safer and keeping it closer to home. This hospital is positioned now to support the evolving needs of our patients and our surgeons for many years to come.’

Critical to the planning process, E4H worked with Lawrence General Hospital to conduct an assessment of existing conditions and assets and provided master planning services to expand the hospital’s facilities. Beginning in November 2014, E4H worked extensively with hospital staff utilizing collocation and design development efforts. Focus groups provided valuable feedback to identify and address the needs of the departmental space program, resulting in an improved Surgical Services Department that is completely inclusive within the hospital. The remodeled and newly constructed buildings flow seamlessly, allowing for improved way-finding and providing an upgraded patient experience.