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Groundbreaking Celebration for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua's New Ambulatory Care Center

May 26, 2010
Nashua, NH

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Building Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua's future: Dr. Sanders Burstein, Dr. Thomas Colacchio, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, Craig Beck, Christine Schon, and Patricia Fajans.

A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held today to celebrate the construction of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua's new state-of-the art ambulatory care center slated to open in January 2012. More than 100 attendees witnessed the ceremony, held at the construction site of the new facility, 2300 Southwood Drive in Nashua off of Exit 8. This new facility will expand patient choice and increase access to quality, convenient health care and specialty care services for the Nashua population.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock purchased the 33 acres of land in June of 2004. The new facility allows for consolidation of services among the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua practices including the East, West, and Squires Centers. Its five-story 140,000 square feet building will allow for the expansion of specialty services and future growth in the Nashua community, in line with Dartmouth-Hitchcock's vision of improving the health of people in the region.

"Our current facilities are constrained by inefficiencies and lack of space. This new site will consolidate the services of the three buildings we have in Nashua onto one campus, allowing us to provide the most effective and efficient health care delivery possible in an outpatient setting," said Dr. Sanders Burstein, Medical Director for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua." Additionally, this new facility will allow us the opportunity to more effectively coordinate the delivery of health care in the region by providing appropriate linkages to specialty and tertiary level care from DHMC in Lebanon to the local community."

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Dr. Sanders Burstein, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, and Dr. Thomas Colacchio

The Honorable Donnalee Lozeau, Mayor of the City of Nashua, spoke at today's ceremony about the positive impact the new facility would have on the Nashua community by expanding access to quality care. She also mentioned that the new facility will be home to additional high-quality sustainable jobs during a time of heightened economic uncertainty.

Attendees at the groundbreaking celebration heard a testimonial from Dartmouth-Hitchcock patient Rebecca McCarthy whose diagnosis of Crohn's disease has taken her on a journey through Dartmouth-Hitchcock's system of care. From the care she received in Keene and Manchester to her visits to the Medical Center in Lebanon, Rebecca's story emphasized the positive impact of integrated clinical services and superior communication among providers throughout the Dartmouth-Hitchcock network. Her story also demonstrated the need and convenience the new facility will address by bringing specialty care services close to home.

According to Dr. Thomas Colacchio, President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, the ceremony marks a major milestone in moving Dartmouth-Hitchcock closer to its vision of achieving the healthiest population possible by carefully and effectively integrating research, education, community partnerships and the delivery of health care, and providing each person in the region the best care, in the right place, at the right time, every time, while delivering the highest value.

For additional information, contact Melissa DiOrio (603) 695-2741.

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