Newport Health Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

The ribbon has been cut and the new Newport Health Center has been officially dedicated to continued excellence of patient care. An estimated 175 people attended the November 29 ceremony, after which guests had the opportunity to tour the new facility, which is over twice as large as the previous building. This $9 million project is a testimony to New London Hospital’s strong commitment to providing services in Newport. Its successful conclusion, just 13 months after the October 2015 groundbreaking, is due to the combined efforts of dedicated staff and skillful contractors. In addition to thanking them, we are grateful to hundreds of donors who together have committed nearly $2.2 million in charitable contributions in support of this important project.

NEW HEALTH CENTER BUILDING OPENS IN NEWPORT

New London Hospital (NLH) opened the doors of its new Newport Health Center (NHC) facility to patients on October 17 at the corner of State Routes 11 and 103 and Elm Street in Newport, NH. This $9 million project replaces the next-door building that had housed the health center throughout its 25-year history. That vacated building will now be torn down to make room for covered drive-up/drop-off space outside the new facility and for expanded parking.

Donations to the project’s Building for Health capital campaign total $2.1 million to date, with another $100,000 remaining to be raised to reach the organization’s giving goal of $2.2 million.

Says NLH President and CEO Bruce King, “In 2009, we completed a renovation and expansion at our main campus in New London. Following that much needed accomplishment, it is now a second dream come true to provide this vastly improved and expanded modern medical space for our Newport Health Center patients and families. This new building will serve Newport and surrounding communities well for decades to come. We appreciate all those–businesses, foundations, organizations, individuals–that have financially supported this project, along with our staff and others whose work has made this possible.”

Established by NLH in 1991 following the 1989 closure of Newport Hospital, NHC offers primary care, pediatrics, women’s health, rehabilitation, orthopaedics and many secondary services. The new building’s design will support a team-based model of care. Being 75% larger, the new facility will allow for enhancement and addition of services, such as 3D mammography, diagnostic ultrasound and stress testing, for examples.

The new building is intended to promote wellness and help strengthen community connections in many ways. A Community Room will be used for free educational sessions offered by NHC and will be made available to various outside groups. Space for volunteers has been reserved in hopes of developing a smaller version of the very successful longstanding volunteer program at NLH’s main campus.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 29 starting at 4:00 PM to celebrate the new Newport Health Center. All are welcome to attend this brief program which will be followed by tours and refreshments.

Construction and Fundraising Update – Week of October 2

Project Update
· The move into the new building is scheduled to take place starting October 14!
· Trees and grass have been planted to enhance the landscape.
· Equipment and furnishings continue to arrive daily.
· Department of Health and Human Services will conduct a walk through for licensing.

Fundraising Update
$2,168,000 of $2.2 Million goal. We appreciate the continued support of the community as we climb closer to our final goal.

Bequest to Benefit New Newport Health Center

New London, NH – A $680,000 bequest from the estate of former New London resident Patricia Kelsey has been applied to the current $2.2 million Building for Health capital campaign of New London Hospital (NLH). The NLH Board of Trustees has determined that using this unrestricted gift in support of the $9 million project for a new Newport Health Center matches well with the generous spirit with which Mrs. Kelsey supported her community and with her personal commitment to health and wellness. Mrs. Kelsey, who passed away in August of 2014, held a bachelor’s degree in physical education and was an accomplished athlete.

Says NLH President and CEO Bruce King, “Pat was a dear friend and a strong supporter of our mission. I am pleased that her parting gift to us will be used for this new structure in Newport, which will facilitate decades of enhanced service to our patients.”

The new building will be 75% larger than the current health center. In addition to continued support for primary care for all ages and rehabilitation services, the 28,600 square foot facility will provide expanded space for behavioral health, laboratory, radiology and women’s health along with a new on-site pharmacy and room for various new provider services from affiliate Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Construction, which began in October of 2015, remains on time and on budget. It is anticipated that the new building will be occupied and operational in mid-October, after which the current health center will be razed and parking and landscaping on the property completed.

Gifts and pledges continue to be received for Building for Health. With the addition of the Kelsey estate gift, about $300,000 remains to be raised to meet the minimum goal established for the campaign. To contribute or for more information about the project, call 603-526-5373 or visit www.newlondonhospital.org/buildingforhealth.

Construction and Fundraising Update – Week of June 20

Project Update

The first floor is making significant progress and is catching up to the second floor’s completed work.
The mason continues to lay the brick on the outside of the building. To see how the external face of the building is looking, be sure to check out the photo gallery for the latest construction photos.

Fundraising Update
The capital campaign has breached the $1 million mark with a current total of $1,015,000 towards the $2.2 million goal.

New London Hospital and Valley Regional Healthcare Collaborate to Provide Close-to-Home Primary Care in Newport

New London, NH – New London Hospital and Valley Regional Healthcare of Claremont are strengthening their commitment to work together to increase accessibility of high-quality patient care in Newport NH, a community considered to be in both hospitals’ service areas. The new building currently under construction for the Newport Health Center, which was begun in 1991 as an outreach program of New London Hospital, is scheduled to open in October 2016. It will include space leased to Valley Regional Healthcare for several of its primary care providers under terms just agreed to by CEOs of both hospitals.

Says New London Hospital President and CEO Bruce P. King, “We are pleased to be welcoming Valley Regional providers to our new building in Newport. This partnership is an example of how healthcare systems are coming together and aligning resources to better meet the health needs of our communities. We want all patients in Newport and beyond to receive the high quality, close-to-home care they need to stay healthy and to get well, regardless of who delivers that care.”

Peter J. Wright, FACHE, President and CEO of Valley Regional Healthcare agrees. “We look forward to partnering in providing care within the new Newport Health Center. It is yet another step forward to provide the right care in the right place at the right time, every time. This modern medical space will surely benefit our patients and team, enhancing the care experience in the region.”

To date, a total of $967,000 has been confirmed in charitable donations to this $9 million Building for Health project. The Roy Malool Family Foundation is the project’s largest private contributor thus far with a pledge of $350,000 toward the $2.2 million fundraising goal. Newport resident and businessman Roy Malool has been a longtime proponent of greater collaboration between New London Hospital and Valley Regional Hospital. Says Malool, “I am thrilled that New London and Valley Regional Hospitals are coordinating in this way for the good of Newporters and others. To succeed in meeting patient and community needs, that’s what healthcare must be about—cooperation, more than competition.”

For additional information on the Building for Health project or to make a contribution, visit www.newlondonhospital.org/buildingforhealth or call 603-526-5373.

Construction and Fundraising – Week of 5/2/2016

Project Update
• New targeted building completion date is October 3, 2016!
• The slab on grade is complete.
• Siding on the outside of the building began the last week of April.
• Framing on the first floor and spray foam insulation will begin this week.
• Sheetrock installation will start by May 9.

Visit the Photo Gallery for the latest construction photos.

Building for Health –Fundraising Update
$903,000 of $2.2 million goal
The campaign has participation from all 15 towns in NLH’s service area!

Construction and Fundraising – Week of 3/28/16

Building for Health –Project Update
• Metal stud framing on the second floor is mostly complete, with some sheetrocking underway!
• Electricians are starting to rough in wiring.
• Rooftop drains are being hooked to underground plumbing.
• Two rooftop drains are being relocated.
• Slab-on -grade (floating slab foundation) will be installed soon.

Building for Health –Fundraising Update
$892,000 of $2.2 million goal