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APD History Timeline

Solon Peck married Sarah Hubbard in Lebanon NH

Alice Peck was born to Solon and Sara Peck

Alice married Henry M. Day at the Day Homestead

When Alice Peck Day died in 1927, she bequeathed the Peck homestead for conversion into a cottage hospital.

First officers elected to hospital board

Feb 1 Hospital (Homestead building) opens its doors with a reception and tea
Feb 2 First patients treated at APD
Hospital Aid Society formed
122 patients were admitted in the first year including 24 births and 21 tonsillectomies. The charge for a corner room was $5 per day. A bed in the maternity ward was $3. There was a total of nine beds available.

Electric sterilizer purchased

The Hospital Aid Society has 142 members

The Homestead Building’s third floor, once an attic, was finished; the hospital expanded to 16 beds and added an X-Ray room

Gertrude Hunt, an early APD administrator, resigns from Board of Trustees: “Who can tell that in time a modern brick hospital may be built,” she writes, “and the old Peck homestead used as a nurses’ home.”

The fee for delivering a baby was $25. Payment could be made with chickens, groceries and other goods.

Sprinkler system installed in the Homestead building

New government surplus X-ray machine installed
A $20,000 donation is received, an impressive gift as the hospital’s annual income averages $45,000.
Further remodeling of the Homestead building results in new offices, a new waiting room, and a third floor operating room

APD begins an “Elevator Fund”
The hospital has 11 active members of the medical staff, 3 courtesy
members, 2 consulting members, 1 radiologist and 1 pathologist
Nursery renovated

Elevator built with help from a $10,200 grant

The hospital raises its rates: $13.50/day for a ward bed, $15 semi-private, $18 for a private room. A patient writes that “The nursing staff treats you as a person who they really care about.”

Fundraising began for new Hospital building; US Senator Norris  
Cotton named honorary chairman
APD Auxiliary raises money by holding annual fashion show

A new EKG machine sent information over the phone lines to specialists at Mary Hitchcock; the first device of its kind in NH

The new hospital is built and dedicated. The $880,000 building houses 34 beds, two labor rooms, two nurseries, eight maternity beds that could — in a revolutionary design for its time — expand to 16 when needed, one X-ray room, a lab, coffee shop, and two exam and treatment rooms

January 2, patients were moved into the new hospital.  The transfer took about 90 minutes.  Bradley Gordon Shumway was the first baby born in the new facility. Two-thousand people from the community attended an open house to see the new hospital. The Homestead building was converted into a nursing home. 

APD wins blue ribbon at New England Hospital Assembly for a scale model of its expandable obstetrics unit
“The year of the twins” — 11 sets of twins were born in the hospital, including four sets born between January 12 and February 3.
APD won a blue ribbon at the New England Hospital Assembly for a scale model of its expandable obstetrics unit.

Ward rooms now cost $27, semi-private rooms $31, private rooms $41. Surgeries at APD included gall bladder and stomach surgery, C-sections, and tonsil and adenoid removal

The first APD Auxiliary Antique Show was held with admission set at 75 cents

The nursing home moved from the old homestead to a $1.5 million wing constructed onto the main hospital building to become the Extended Care Facility

Declining nursing home revenues result in a deficit for APD.

APD adds an alcohol rehabilitation center in an attempt to boost revenue, and builds the Family Practice Center with Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. APD joins the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Alliance.

General surgeon David Kroner joins the medical staff

APD’s financial director gives the hospital six months to live in February, but by the end of the year Dr. Kroner’s practice brings in enough revenue to let APD turn a profit.

Robert A Mesropian joins APD as President and CEO. He spears a fundraising effort to allow hospital to leave the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Alliance. Over $900,000 is raised from the community.

APD opens the Immediate Care Center, for urgent and emergency care.

APD purchases and reconfigures the Family Practice Center, renaming it the Community Care Center.
Bob Hope performs at Thompson Arena in Hanover to benefit APD.

Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell to benefit APD

Medical Office Building constructed
Occupational Health Services established

Immediate Care Center expanded and moved

Birthing Center dedicated Gloria Green Family Room to a long-serving and much-loved APD nurse.

Laboratory moved and expanded
Cataract surgery first performed at APD

APD reorganized to become Alice Peck Day Health Systems; work begins on Harvest Hill, an independent and assisted living retirement community.

Harvest Hill, an independent and assisted living facility opened and a Sleep Lab was added to our services
The Birthing Center renovated and expanded, including a whirlpool tub for laboring mothers

Birthing Center designated “Baby Friendly Hospital”; the first in New Hampshire and one of only eight nationwide

Campaign for APD raises money for the new Center for Surgical
Services APD celebrates its 65th Year with a “Calling All Babies!” reunion

APD offers neurosurgery

Harvest Hill is expanded. The Women’s Care Center opens.

Robert A. Mesropian steps down for health reasons
American Red Cross begins holding blood drives at APD.
The Discovery Channel features APD neurosurgeon Joseph Phillips.
Urologist Michael Curtis brings non-invasive kidney surgery to APD

In 2002, Harry G. Dorman becomes President and CEO of APD, following the resignation of Robert A. Mesropian in 2001 for health reasons
Women’s Care Center offers midwifery

APD reduces Worker’s Compensation cases dramatically and implements a Patient Safe Handling Program. APD is designated a Critical Access Hospital. APD’s Theresa Koehler helps form the New Hampshire Health Access Network, which helps uninsured New Hampshire residents gain access to care.

APD raised $4.3 million to update and expand the Center for Community Care to meet our community’s need for increased primary care  Groundbreaking begins to expand the Community Care Center.
APD begins community initiatives including partnering with school nurses and founding Upper Valley Smiles

The expanded and renovated Robert A. Mesropian Center for Community Care is dedicated.
Dr. Curtis introduces the Holmium YAG laser, for kidney stones, and Greenlight Laser, for enlarged prostate
Summits focus APD on improvement
Campaign for APD: Continuing the Commitment ends with $4.3 million raised to improve the hospital
Water births introduced
Centering Pregnancy introduced
Women’s Care Center offers Essure, a new birth control method, and Novasure, a new, minimally invasive treatment for abnormal bleeding
APD recognized by the SHARP program and receives Liberty Mutual Gold Award for excellence in safety

APD celebrates 75 Years of Service in February
Centering Pregnancy introduced at Women’s Care Center
130 runners participated in the 19th Annual Bill McCaffrey 5K Road Race
X-Stop procedure introduced for lumbar spinal stenosis

ActiveStep technology added to Rehabilitation
Ground breaking for Elizabeth S Hughes Care Unit
Nancy Dumont, APD’s Community Health Coordinator, was honored by Governor John Lynch with a KIDOS Award

Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks were introduced to surgical procedures
Elizabeth S Hughes Care Unit dedicated, the unit in Harvest Hill provides private rooms and bathe with 24-hour nursing care
Midwifery offices open at 57 Mechanic Street
$720,000 bequest received from the estate of the late Mary T. Burke

APD converted its extended care and skilled nursing unit to a second new medical-surgical unit. We also opened the Woodlands, Alice Peck Day’s second senior community.

Hand surgeon, Diane C. Riley, MD joins APD
Women’s Care Center offers on-site ultra sounds
Begins implementation of Electronic Medical Record System
New website launched
Receives SHARP certification renewal
APD launched the “building a new Day” capital campaign and held a symbolic “Wall Breaking” ceremony to signify the start of Phase 1 of the renovation project.

APD adopts campus wide Tobacco Free policy
Barbara Callahan, ARNP, CRNA, was awarded APD’s President’s Award
A dedication ceremony was held on June 26 to name the new inpatient wing for Donald Faulkner Dickey in honor of the late son of Closey and Whit Dickey.
Received four National Excellence in Healthcare Awards
Named Business of the Year 2011 by the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce
Sleep Heath Center attends the HomeLife Show
Kathy Sirois, RN retires after 35 years and 1,072 babies
Over $2.6 million is raised in quiet phase of capital campaign
Susan E. Mooney, MD, MS was named President and CEO of APD
Harry Dorman announces his 2013 retirement
An Open House is held on July 15 to celebrate the Dickey Medical-Surgical Wing and announce the capital campaign fundraising goal of $4M
On October 4 patients were moved into the new wing
APD’s Auxiliary was recognized by Volunteer New Hampshire at the 2012 Spirit of New Hampshire Awards ceremony
313 babies were born


Today, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital serves over 78,384 patient visits a year. We provide patient-centered, top-quality care for more than twenty Vermont and New Hampshire communities.