The Cancer Center's Nashua Grand Opening

New hematology/oncology clinic to open Jan. 16 in Dartmouth-Hitchcock's new Nashua, N.H., facility

Dr. Sanders Burstein, medical director at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua, gives an overview of the patient-centered infusion suite and services offered by the Cancer Center at the new Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua facility.

January 16, 2012, marks a big day for Norris Cotton Cancer Center, when Dartmouth-Hitchcock's new facility in Nashua, N.H., officially opens.

The new building will include a hematology/oncology clinic, part of the Cancer Center, as well as Dartmouth-Hitchcock's new state-of-the art ambulatory care center.

The new five-story, 140,000-square-foot facility solves a space problem that had been hampering the Cancer Center's and Dartmouth-Hitchcock's ability to serve communities in southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.

Photo: The entrance to the new Nashua, N.H., Dartmouth-Hitchcock facility, which includes a new hematology/oncology clinic

Dartmouth-Hitchcock's new facility in Nashua, N.H., features a full hematology/oncology clinic as well as many other patient-centered services.

But it will also showcase several unique patient-centered features. The infusion suite, for example, is designed so that a single nurse on duty has visual contact with every patient undergoing infusion, ensuring patient safety. Also, each infusion station is designed for privacy and to facilitate conversation with fellow patients: a half-wall topped with a privacy window between each station allows patients to visit or to keep out unwanted distractions.

Architecturally, the Nashua building is designed so that doctors and nurses sit together near patients, promoting collaboration and a team approach to patient care. The same kind of feature brings general practitioners and specialists together. And outside the infusion suite, a healing garden offers a pleasant environment for rest, recuperation, or contemplation.

A grand Opening Celebration will be held on Jan. 28th, including a ribbon-cutting at 10:00 a.m., refreshments and food from Nashua restaurants and yogurt from Stonyfield Farms, self-guided tours, meet-and-greets with providers and staff, health and screening information, and children’s activities.

In addition to the festivities on the 28th, the Nashua Chamber of Commerce is hosting its members-and-invited-guests "Business After Hours" networking reception at the new building on January 11.

Hematology/Oncology and Other Services

The Cancer Center will operate a full-time hematology/oncology clinic within the new facility, and provide treatments and care for a variety of cancers on a regular, scheduled basis. The new building will also include an infusion suite, radiology for MRIs and CT scans, endoscopy, gastroenterology, general surgery, orthopedics/podiatry, an occupational and environmental medicine clinic, cardiology, dermatology, infectious disease, and neurology. In addition, the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (ChaD) will operate a pediatric and pediatric specialties clinic in Nashua. The third floor of the new building will be devoted to women's health—obstetrics, gynecology, nurse midwifery, maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive medicine and infertility, and breast health, with an imaging center for mammography, bone density scans, and ultrasounds.

There will also be a café for patients, families, and staff in the new facility.

Because of its patient-centered design and increased availability of services, the new facility will better enable the Cancer Center to provide local care. Patients who already receive treatment in the old Nashua facility will not have any interruption in their care.

Appointment Information for Current Patients

Current, ongoing Nashua patients should note the following important messages:

  • In preparation for the move to 2300 Southwood Drive, our East, West, and Squires facilities will be closed on Friday, January 13. Please note that Urgent Appointments, the Lab, and Radiology will be open on Friday, January 13, at the new facility to handle patients' acute needs on move day.
  • When you arrive for your appointment, please proceed directly to the department floor for patient registration—you no longer need to stop at central registration at the first-level entrance.
  • Our department phone and fax numbers will remain unchanged, except for Urgent Appointments. Please note that the new number for Urgent Appointments is (603) 577-4188.

January 10, 2012