Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s $55m expansion project receives state approval

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital?s $55 million expansion project has cleared another regulatory hurdle, this time winning unanimous approval from the New Hampshire Health Services Planning and Review Board. The board approved the Dover hospital?s Certificate of Need Application.”The project is necessary because Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is among the fastest-growing hospitals in New Hampshire, and it is the Seacoast?s leading medical center with the highest number of admissions, births and emergency department visits of any Seacoast hospital for the past three years,” Gregory Walker, the hospital?s chief executive, said.According to Walker, inpatient facilities and the current area for women?s and children?s care don?t meet the needs of patients.The three-phase project is scheduled to be fully completed in 2015.The first phase, which has already begun, involves construction of the new Old Rollinsford Road, which is being relocated to about 150 feet south of its current location.The second phase, planned to begin next year, will include the two-story expansion of the parking garage.

The bulk of the expansion is planned for the third phase, which is expected to begin either in 2011 or 2012. That phase includes a four-story, 137,000-square-foot addition.Another 41,000 square feet of existing hospital space will be renovated as well.

The first floor of the addition will feature a new education and resource center for medical staff education, staff development, patient and family education and community health education.

A new Women & Children?s Center will occupy the second floor for birthing, pediatric and newborn care with a dedicated C-section operating room.

The third level will feature private rooms for medical and surgical patients and the fourth level will remain shell space for future expansion.

The project has already gained approval from Dover officials.