Athol, Mass. (November 2, 2022) Shields Health, New England’s largest network of independent imaging centers, and Heywood Healthcare today announced a new partnership that provides high-tech PET/CT imaging services at Athol hospital. This joint venture marks the sixteenth PET/CT partnership for Shields Health, further increasing access to patients in Central Massachusetts. The joint venture will also expand in 2023 to include MRI services in the new surgical wing at Heywood Hospital.


“We’re thrilled that Heywood Healthcare has chosen to partner with Shields,” said Tom Shields, CEO of Shields Health. “Starting with PET/CT, this collaboration will provide state-of-the-art imaging with the highest-quality patient care. We look forward to expanding this joint venture in the near future, through the addition of MRI.”


The new joint venture results in upgraded PET/CT technology for the patient and physician community: a state-of-the-art Siemens’ 16-slice PET/CT system, which will offer faster and more precise scans.


“We are pleased to partner with Shields to bring advanced imaging services to our patients,” stated Win Brown, President and CEO of Heywood Healthcare.


Top benefits of this system include:

  • Faster and sharper images
  • Enhanced detail to better detect masses and small lesions
  • Consistent image quality across the patient population, regardless of size and weight
  • High detail imaging needed for better understanding of disease progression



PET/CT services operate on Saturdays at Athol Hospital, 2033 Main St, Athol, MA 01331.




About Shields Health

Shields Health provides MRI, PET/CT, and ambulatory surgical services to patients at more than 50 locations, offering the largest and most technically advanced network of medical imaging and diagnostic treatment facilities in New England. With a focus on cutting-edge technology, provider expertise, and affordability, Shields prioritizes the patient experience above all. Shields Health is a family-owned and operated business proudly celebrating 50 years of service and innovation. For more information, visit


About Heywood Healthcare

Heywood Healthcare is an independent, community-owned healthcare system serving north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. It is comprised of Heywood Hospital, a 134-bed acute care community-owned non-profit hospital in Gardner, MA; Athol Hospital, a 25-bed not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; Heywood Medical Group, with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region; and The Quabbin Retreat, our premier destination for treatment of mental health and substance misuse.

The organization includes eight satellite facilities in MA: Ashburnham Family Medicine in Ashburnham, Heywood Rehabilitation Center, Summit Family Medicine & Heywood Urgent Care in Gardner, Winchendon Health Center & Murdock School-based Health Center in Winchendon, Tully Family Medicine and Walk-In Care in Athol; and Millers River Primary Care in Orange. The organization also includes the Heywood Healthcare Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit