Shrewsbury supports new UMass, Shields ASC — 6 things to know

UMass Memorial Health Care in Worchester, Mass., and Shields Health Care Group in Quincy announced plans for a new freestanding ambulatory surgery center in Shrewsbury.

Now the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen have voted to support the ASC, according to a Shrewsbury Wicked Local report.

The surgery center still needs approval by the Department of Public Health. Here are six key concepts on the potential new ASC project:

1. The Selectmen decided to write a letter of support for the ASC, which will allow UMass and Shields to enter the Department of Public Health hearing with the support of the town of Shrewsbury.

2. In addition to providing care for Shrewsbury residents, the new center will add jobs and pay taxes on the facility.

3. UMass President and CEO Eric Dickson said the new center will provide ambulatory surgery care to an area that's currently underserved.

4. Services at the center would focus on orthopedic surgery but could also include colonoscopies, hernia repair and other procedures.

5. The project isn't expected to exceed $30 million to construct at 40,000 square-foot freestanding ASC.

6. This would be a non-profit center.

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