Mrs. Alice Peck Day was a fifth generation resident of Lebanon, NH. Upon her death in 1927, she bequeathed her family home to found a cottage hospital in 1927. Dr. Arthur Burnham, one of the area's leading physicians at the time, helped lead the drive for incorporation, and APD opened its doors for the first time on February 1, 1932.
Early traditions at APD included “Donation Day,” when Lebanon residents contributed food, bathrobes, towels and other needed goods, and “Baby Day,” where babies born at the hospital gathered with their families for a social get-together. The early hospital specialized in births, minor medical procedures and tonsillectomies—the only surgery then performed at APD.
In 1964 APD undertook a fundraising capital campaign to build a modern hospital. APD continued to expand in the 1990s and 2000s, adding physicians' offices, the Immediate Care Center, Women's Care Center and Occupational Health Services, while expanding its surgical capacity and making strides in same day and minimally invasive surgery. In 2006, APD raised $4.3 million to fund the Robert A. Mesropian Center for Community Care, which provided primary care, internal medicine, outpatient therapy, and geriatric care. In 2012, community support made possible a major renovation to the medical-surgical inpatient wing of APD.
In 1996, APD opened a 72-bed assisted living facility (Harvest Hill) on its campus followed by the addition of a 66-unit independent living facility (The Woodlands) in June 2010. Both represent APD’s commitment to serving seniors in our community.
In 2014, under the leadership of President and CEO Susan E. Mooney, APD completed a strategic planning process that guided the organization for 5 years. Core elements of the plan included three initiatives to strengthen the lasting relationships we build with our patients:
- A Multi-Specialty Clinic that serves as a home for most of our outpatient clinics, specifically built around the needs of our patients,
- A Specialty Surgery program in Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery that minimizes inpatient hospitalization and maximizes successful outcomes, and
- A Senior Care program that helps more seniors in the Upper Valley age with dignity in their homes, and without expensive institutional care.
Through APD’s affiliation with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health in 2016, we affirmed our commitment to creating a sustainable health system to improve the lives of the people and communities we serve for generations to come.
In 2017, all outpatient services from the Robert A. Mesropian Center for Community Care, the Women's Care Center, the Homestead Building and the Medical Office Building began seeing patients in the 44,000 square-foot Multi-Specialty Clinic. Outpatient blood draw services, X-Ray, mammography, ultrasound and DEXA were also relocated into the new clinic. All the outpatient support patients need - from doctors visits to labs to therapies - is now under one roof in a building designed around the experience of our patients.
APD cares for more than 20,000 patients per year. Our 500 staff members provide services in Dermatology, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Pain and Physiatry, Plastic Surgery, Podiatry, Neurosurgery, Occupational Health, Radiology, Physical Therapy, Sleep Health, Urology, and Women’s Care.
In 2019, the Board of Trustees completed a strategic planning process that will serve as a guide for the next 3-5 years. Features of this plan include an emphasis on our core values of Partnership, Kindness, Community, and Service.
Goals of this plan are to:
- preserve and strengthen APD's unique culture of caring,
- positively impact the social determinants of health,
- expand and diversify our clinical services,
- and ensure the long-term viability of APD.
We are confident this plan will enable APD to successfully provide care to our community for years to come.