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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

What's the quickest way to the hospital? Play in traffic!

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Newton-Wellesley Hospital Emergency Department chief Dr. Mark Lemons tours an exam room during construction.
(Globe Staff photo by Bill Polo)

NEWTON

Ever craved a chance to see an emergency room without having to be bleeding profusely or nursing a fracture? Sunday is your chance.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital will hold an open house from 11 am to 2 pm to show off its new $80 million emergency department facility. Refreshments (jello?) will be provided ... and don't worry, the facility doesn't open for medical business until next Wednesday, the 17th.

The new department, named in memory of Newton resident and philanthropist Maxwell Blum, is designed to meet a growing suburban emergency room demand. Annual visits to the hospitalís emergency room are projected to climb from 35,000 in 1999 to a 55,000 by 2008, according to a hospital spokesman.

-- Connie Paige

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