Stepping Forward

Creating Opportunities Through Vision and Investment

AJH is planning for future growth in patient volume and community-based specialty care, especially in orthopedics. In December, we launched our clinical collaboration with New England Baptist Hospital, further distinguishing Anna Jaques as a destination for outstanding orthopedic consultation, surgery, and post-surgical care in the region. Building on the strength of our current clinical programs and exceptional orthopedic specialists, we are bringing the Baptist’s nationally recognized, data-driven and patient-centered model of care to our local community.  

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Operating Facilities 

In response, AJH will build two new, large operating rooms to house leading-edge surgical technology and accommodate larger surgical teams.  Our pre-operative and recovery areas will expand from 16 to 28 bays to address increased volume, improve patient privacy, and include a separate pediatric area to better serve the needs of local families.   

Renovated, Integrated Entrances 

The project will also create a new and enlarged main entrance with a wider corridor for improved access to hospital departments.  The new main entrance will connect directly to the Virginia A. Capolupo Outpatient Entrance, which will be significantly enhanced by the addition of an elevator and an inviting open stairway to the main floor of the hospital. 

The new and unified entrances will maintain the historic look and feel of the hospital and preserve and improve outside landscaping and seating for the enjoyment of our patients, visitors, and staff. In honor of their service to AJH and our community, the new main hospital entrance will be named the Helen and Byron J. Matthews Main Entrance. (read more) 

Campaign for Local Support

The estimated cost of this project is $7 million. The Stepping Forward Campaign Leadership Committee is actively engaged in a community-based appeal to raise $3 million through donor support. At this stage, over $1.8 million has been pledged toward our goal. 

We invite your support for this important community project.

Helen and Byron J. Matthews Main Entrance

AJH and the greater Newburyport area have been strengthened by special people who have dedicated their professional and volunteer energies to the community’s progress and improvement. 

In recognition of their substantial contributions as long-time volunteers to AJH and to our greater community, the hospital Board of Trustees has voted to name the new hospital entrance the Helen and Byron J. Matthews Main Entrance. 

Byron Matthews was born at Anna Jaques, and Helen gave birth to their two sons here. Together they have served as hospital volunteers for more than 60 years. Helen was an active member of the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association for 11 years, and also volunteered her time to support hospital departments and special events, such as the annual golf tournament    Byron has provided more than 50 years of volunteer service to the hospital as a Corporator, hospital Trustee, and Building Committee member, and as a founding Board Member of the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation.  His fundraising efforts are legendary. Leading the event committee over 28 years, Byron has raised over $2.5 million for the hospital as chair of the annual Fore Your Health Golf Tournament.   

Byron is best known in the community for preserving historic Newburyport in the 1960s and 1970s during his tenure as Mayor.  His foresight has made Newburyport a thriving city that attracts residents and visitors year-round.  According to Anna Jaques Hospital Trustee, Wayne Capolupo, “It was Byron Matthews' willingness to make tough, sometimes unpopular decisions in the name of progress that helped create the bustling, picturesque downtown that exists today.”  The partner by his side through these accomplishments was Helen.

Renderings for the Operating Room and Front Entryway