NEW LONDON, NH – New London Hospital (NLH) announced a much anticipated project to build a brand-new Newport Health Center. Building for Health, a $9-million project including a $2.2-million fundraising campaign, will provide 28,000 square feet of specially designed space to replace a 16,000 square foot patchwork structure that currently facilitates more than 21,000 annual primary care and women’s health patient visits.
The preliminary step in the Building for Health project was taken in December 2012, when NLH purchased its existing Newport Health Center facility that had previously been under lease, along with the adjacent former bowling alley and surrounding property. The vacant bowling alley was recently taken down and construction has begun.
“After 24 years of New London Hospital operating the Newport Health Center in a building that was once a food store, we are thrilled to begin the Building for Health project,” commented NLH President and CEO, Bruce King. “It is time to provide Newport area patients and staff with a modern medical facility, where we can continue to provide high quality health care that meets the current and future needs of the community.”
Similar to the main NLH campus in New London, the Newport Health Center currently offers a wide range of medical services. In addition to routine primary care, these include pediatrics, women’s health care, mammography and X-ray, laboratory, EKGs, hearing screening, minor surgical procedures, sports physicals, minor orthopedic care, podiatry, mental health, rehabilitation, occupational health screening, and Department of Transportation physicals.
The new building is designed to accommodate growth in number of patient visits and additional health care providers. Dignard Architectural Services of Bedford, NH and builder Fulcrum Associates of Amherst, NH have been selected for the project, based on the successful experience of these firms building hospitals and medical clinics throughout New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.
Construction is expected to take 12 months during which the health center will remain open and continue to provide care for patients. A groundbreaking ceremony, to which all are welcome, has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 13 at 4:00 PM on site at the Newport Health Center.