Mrs. Alice Peck Day was a fifth generation resident of Lebanon, New Hampshire. Upon her death in 1927, she bequeathed her family home to found a cottage hospital. Dr. Arthur Burnham, one of the area's leading physicians, 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 hospital specialized in births and minor medical procedures such as tonsillectomies.
APD transitioned from a cottage hospital to a modern hospital with a new building in 1964. APD continued to expand, adding physicians' clinics while increasing our surgical capacity and range of services.
APD opened a 72-bed assisted living facility (Harvest Hill) on its campus in 1996, followed by the addition of a 66-unit independent living facility (The Woodlands) in June 2010. Both facilities represent APD’s commitment to serving seniors in our community.
APD raised $4.3 million to build the Robert A. Mesropian Center for Community Care. The center offered primary care, internal medicine, geriatric care, and physical therapy. This building was renovated in 2020 to include a state-of-the-art Sleep Health Center.
Philanthropic support made possible a major renovation to the hospital’s medical-surgical inpatient wing in 2012. It was renovated to include 15 private and two semi-private patient rooms, each with a spacious family area, private bathrooms, showers, a palliative care family suite, a 4-patient observation unit, and an inpatient rehabilitation gym. It was named the Donald Faulkner Dickey Wing to honor the late son of Closey and Whit Dickey.
APD became a member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system in 2016. System membership enabled a unified electronic health record and integration of various clinical and administrative functions, allowing APD to deliver the best possible care close to home, at the most convenient location for our community.
All outpatient services began welcoming patients in the new 44,000 square-foot Multi-Specialty Clinic. Outpatient health care is now provided under one roof in a building designed around the patient experience.
The Hospital's east wing was renovated into a 10-bed short stay surgical unit designed to meet the unique needs of select patients requiring surgical procedures, such as total joint replacements and neurosurgery, who require hospital stays of less than 24 hours. The unit allows APD to provide a modernized, efficient environment for patients, caregivers, and staff.
APD now cares for more than 15,000 patients per year. Long known for personalized primary care and orthopaedics, APD also specializes in short-stay ambulatory surgery and health care specialties including gynecology, occupational health, occupational therapy, plastic and reconstructive surgery, physical therapy, podiatry, speech therapy, physiatry, sports medicine, and urology.
Under the direction of APD’s President and CEO Susan Mooney, MD, MS, FACOG, the Board of Trustees completed a strategic plan in 2019 that serves as a guide for the next 3 to 5 years. It includes a commitment to our core values of partnership, kindness, community, and service. Strategic goals of this plan are to preserve and strengthen APD's unique culture of caring, to positively impact the social determinants of health, to expand and diversify our clinical services, and to ensure the long-term viability of APD.
We are confident the plan will enable APD to continue providing personalized care to the community for many years to come. View the visual expression of our strategic plan in “Community Care.”