New Safety Protocol

  • All bags/belongings entering the Emergency Department will be searched.  It is suggested that patients only bring necessary items (e.g. Keys, ID, Phones)
  • All Patients entering the Emergency Departments will be Screened via a security wand
  • Patients entering the ED Treatment area will be provided a gown
  • Visitation Update - One visitor per patient (children may have both parents).  Visitors will be subject to wanding and are asked not to bring any belongings into the ED with them.  If they choose to bring in bags they will be subject to a search.
  • At this time, all protocols are not currently in effect at Athol Hospital. Full implementation is planned to begin in the coming days.

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Michael A. Shear, MD

Michael A. Shear, MD

Emergency Medicine
Location Information

Heywood Hospital

242 Green Street
Emergency Department
Gardner, MA 01440
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Undergraduate Education

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA

Medical Education

University of Massachusetts Medical School


University of Massachusetts Medical School/UMass Memorial Healthcare

Board Certification

Emergency Medicine

Professional History

UMass Memorial Healthcare; HealthAlliance Hospital, MA; St. Vincent Hospital, MA