Lawrence General Hospital to Receive $3 Million and Methuen $200K in Federal Help

Sen. Edward J. Markey. (Courtesy photograph.)

Lawrence General Hospital is receiving a nearly $3 million boost to buy new beds, while Methuen benefits from more than $200,000 for a new searchable database for the public.

Sens. Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren said last week they succeeded in getting the amounts into the federal budget as part of securing more than $5.4 million for community-based health and human services, water and environmental infrastructure and government archives. Lawrence General Hospital will use the money to replace long-serving hospital beds in maternity, telemetry, intensive care and medical surgical care at the hospital. Methuen will make local history resources accessible to researchers, students, genealogists and the general public by setting up a new digital, searchable database of archival materials.

“Water, health, and history have long been central to the fabric of the Merrimack Valley, and these four projects will use federal dollars to continue that legacy,” said Markey in a statement, also thanking Warren and Congresswoman Lori Trahan.

“From new hospital beds for patients to clean drinking water for our families and our kids, these investments for Merrimack Valley will have a profound impact on the daily lives of those who call the Valley ‘home,’” added Warren.

Besides the new hospital beds and Methuen history archive, additional money supports clean drinking water in Pepperell, Groton and Dunstable and culvert replacement to mitigate flooding in the Chelmsford Water District.

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