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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Tricia L. Vorderstrasse, MD

Tricia L. Vorderstrasse, MD

Job Title
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
Location Information

725 Timpany Boulevard
Gardner, MA 01440
Map & Directions

(978) 632-8100

(978) 632-8400

Undergraduate Education

Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska-1995

Medical Education

Case Western Reserve University Medical School, Cleveland, Ohio-1999


University of Missouri for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kansas City, Missouri- 2000


Tufts University Family Practice in Malden, MA

Board Certification

American Board of Family Medicine

Professional History

Heywood Hospital Medical staff since 2002
Medical Director of Wachusett Manor Nursing Home

Clinical Interests

Family and Women's Health
School Base Health Centers