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June 13, 2013

Reality show aims lens at Lawrence General's ER

LAWRENCE — As anyone living in the Merrimack Valley knows, Lawrence General Hospital can be a busy place. Between highway accidents, shootings, drug overdoses and the occasional baby being born in a taxi, the doctors, nurses and staff at one of the biggest hospitals in the region is always doing something unusual, if not downright, well, bizarre.

Soon, everyone will know what about the whacky world of emergency medicine at LGH thanks to a so-called “medical docu-series” filmed over the winter at the hospital focusing on some of the strangest cases the hospital encounters on a daily basis.

“Bizarre ER,” as the show is called, begins airing July 6 at 10 p.m. on the Discovery Fit & Health channel.

Over the winter, camera crews followed employees at Lawrence General as they went through their daily routines. Armed with release forms so that patients could give permission to be filmed, production crews captured some of the more “compelling, fascinating and downright strange cases of amazing medical survival” that took place over a two-month period.

Each 30-minute episode of Bizarre ER follows several patients facing an unusual injury, from the moment they walk through the doors of the emergency room. Viewers will join patients through the process of diagnosis, treatment and ultimately discharge from the hospital.

The circumstances which caused these patients’ peculiar injuries are often funny, and are reconstructed with graphics and animation. From body-piercings gone awry to an eye glued shut, “Bizarre ER” brings viewers into the lighter side of the emergency room.

“We are thrilled that Discovery Channel and Maverick TV selected our high-efficiency Emergency Center for the series,” said Dianne Anderson, president and CEO of the hospital. “Viewers around the globe will soon be witness to the depth and breadth of the care provided at Lawrence General, as well as the compassion and capabilities of our amazing clinical team.”

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