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Wall-Breaking Marks the Future of Care at APD

September 29, 2011—On Tuesday, September 27, a ”wall-breaking” ceremony at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital launched the construction of the Closey and Whit Dickey Medical-Surgical Wing.

Many members of the APD “family” joined in the wall-breaking celebration and were accompanied by a live jazz quartet from Hanover High School. "We are renovating our space to improve patient privacy, convenience and safety,” states Harry G. Dorman, III, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, “and to provide the best healing environment for patients, families and staff.”  The renovated wing will house 19 patient rooms, 17 of which will be private with private baths, including a palliative care room. The renovation will also upgrade heating, ventilation and electrical systems, and be built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications.

The new wing is named in honor of Lebanon residents Closey and Whit Dickey. “Closey and Whit have been extraordinarily generous and tireless supporters of APD,” states Melanie N. Moore, Associate Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Relations. “As chairs of the 2004 capital campaign, the Dickeys contributed $1,000,000 toward the expansion and renovation of both the Robert A. Mesropian Center for Community Care (RAMCCC) and the hospital. We are privileged to name the future patient wing for them. We also wish to acknowledge the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, which provided very generous support for the RAMCCC project and the upcoming renovation of the medical-surgical wing.”

The current construction represents the first stage of a $16.5 million project. The second stage will include a new radiology unit, upgraded pre- and post-operative areas, a new registration area, and a new entrance that will greatly improve access to the facility. The local construction management firm, Engelberth Construction, Inc., will head up the construction and help assure that there is no interruption in APD’s services, and to minimize any inconvenience to patients and visitors. Designs for the project were completed by Lavallee Brensinger Architects of Manchester, NH.

"We're excited about the significant upgrades to the Hospital and what it means for health care in our community," says Dorman. "Our services continue to expand, and it's time for our 1960’s facility to match the quality of service and patient care we provide on a daily basis. We could not tackle a project of this magnitude without the support of the community, and we look forward to engaging our friends and neighbors in this effort in the months ahead.”