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Building

For Health

Exciting preparations are underway for                 in teams to provide wellness education, well-patient
Building for Health in Newport, New Hampshire,         visits, treatment for acute illness and care for
a much-anticipated project to create a brand-new       chronic medical conditions. Together with their care
Newport Health Center to better meet health care       providers, patients will improve and maintain their
needs of those in and near that community. This        health through coordinated services, including those
$9 million project will provide 28,000 square feet of  of NLH and affiliated Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H).
specially designed space to replace a 16,000 square
foot patchwork structure that currently facilitates    The preliminary step in the Building for Health
over 19,000 annual patient visits for primary care     project was taken in December 2012, when NLH
for all ages and for women’s health, in addition to    purchased its existing Newport Health Center facility
laboratory, radiology and rehabilitation visits.       that had previously been under lease, along with
                                                       the adjacent former bowling alley and surrounding
Says New London Hospital (NLH) President and CEO       property. This summer, the old bowling alley will be
Bruce King, “After 24 years of New London Hospital     torn down, to be followed by groundbreaking for
operating the Newport Health Center in a building      the new two-story, triangle-shaped medical building
that was once a food store, we are eager to provide    at the corner of NH State Route 11 and Elm Street,
Newport area patients and staff with a modern          where there used to be a gas station.
medical facility.”
                                                       Other locations were considered, as was complete
The new Newport Health Center is designed to be a      renovation of current and adjacent spaces. After
“patient-centered medical home” in which to deliver    thorough review of many options, this plan to
optimal medical care. Physicians and other health      build a completely new facility on the
care professionals will work                           same site was selected as the

                      Architectural renderings of the
                     proposed Newport Health Center

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