Shields Health Care Group and MelroseWakefield Healthcare announce fully operational ambulatory surgery center in Medford: The new site will expand surgery options and reduce costs for patients in the region

MEDFORD, Mass. (July 15, 2021) – Shields Health Care Group and MelroseWakefield Healthcare (MWH) are proud to announce Shields Surgery Center, located at 170 Governors Ave in Medford, MA is now fully operational. The 14,129 square foot ambulatory surgery center was designed with the patient experience in mind, and is equipped with three operating rooms and two procedure rooms.

Shields Surgery Center will offer services including ear, nose, and throat (ENT), gastrointestinal (GI), and orthopedic surgeries. After four years of planning, this much anticipated new facility will create a convenient, affordable surgery option for patients from the northern Greater Boston area.


“We are thrilled to fully open our latest ambulatory surgery center to patients in the Medford area,” said Peter Ferrari, President of Shields Health Care Group. “Collaborations such as this one with MelroseWakefield Healthcare and our physician partners are critical to ensure that members of the community have access to exceptional care at an affordable price.”


Shields will manage the operations of the site alongside strong partners including MelroseWakefield Healthcare and Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization, who assisted in the development of the ASC, and surgeons from seven physician practices, including: ENT Consultants; Agility Orthopedics, Tufts; Atrius Health; Excel Orthopedics, Pratt Orthopedics, and Pratt ENT of Tufts New England Medical Center.


“This new facility is part of our ongoing deep commitment to providing our community with high-quality surgical care,” said Ryan Fuller, Vice President of Strategy and Business Planning at MelroseWakefield Healthcare.  “Patients will be treated by leading surgeons and specialists close to home. The facility  has been constructed with a focus on creating the safest, most convenient, and efficient experience for patients and their families.”


Importantly, the location of this center will enable patients to receive care from these renowned surgeons, right in their own communities. Gathering local experts within this surgery center plays a critical role to ensure that patients not only have the best possible experience but that they can also access the most high-quality patient care available.


The facility, located right on the Lawrence  Memorial Hospital campus, will offer patients an opportunity to access advanced technology and surgical services right in their own community, without a long commute to appointments. Ambulatory surgery centers such as this new location has become an attractive option for patients seeking affordable rates, personalized care, and the ability to stay out of the hospital and recover from procedures at home.


Shields Surgery Center will be open Monday through Friday 6am to 5pm and will have more than 30 full-time employees within the first year of operation. For more information, visit


About Shields Health Care Group

Shields Health Care Group provides MRI, PET/CT, and ambulatory surgical services to patients at more than 30 locations in New England. With a focus on cutting-edge technology, provider expertise, and affordability, Shields prioritizes the patient experience above all. A family-owned and operated business, Shields offers the largest and most technically advanced network of medical imaging and diagnostic treatment facilities in New England. For more information, visit


About MelroseWakefield Healthcare

MelroseWakefield Healthcare is a coordinated system of hospitals, physician practices, and community-based services providing care for communities throughout north suburban Boston. We are distinguished by the range of clinical care and services we provide locally for the continuum of care, including community hospitals in Melrose and Medford, urgent care locations in Reading and Medford; outpatient services such as physical therapy, imaging and radiology, lab services; wellness education; and visiting nurse and hospice care. The system also includes more than 90 community physicians, who are part of Tufts Medical Center Community Care (formerly Hallmark Health Medical Associates), providing primary care and specialty care.


MelroseWakefield Healthcare is a founding member of Wellforce, along with Tufts Medical Center and Circle Health. For more information, visit