Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center

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Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center
Geography
Location One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States
Organization
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Dartmouth Medical School
Services
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Helipad (FAA LID: NH82)
Beds 396
History
Founded 1893
Links
Website www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org
Lists Hospitals in New Hampshire

Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is New Hampshire's only academic medical center and is headquartered on a 225-acre (91 ha) campus in the heart of the Upper Connecticut River Valley, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

DHMC is New Hampshire's only Level I trauma center, one of only three in northern New England, and it includes New Hampshire's only air ambulance service. DHMC is made up of four main elements:

Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (MHMH) has a 396-inpatient bed capacity and which serves as a major tertiary-care referral site for northern New England. MHMH is one of 14 members of the New England Alliance for Health, a regional network of hospitals and other health care organizations in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts that share a common commitment to finding cost-effective and innovative ways to meet the health care needs of each member's community.

Also making up DHMC are: the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, a network of more than 900 primary and specialty care physicians located throughout New Hampshire and Vermont; Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, one of America's oldest and most respected medical schools; and the Veterans Affairs Regional Medical and Office Center at White River Junction, Vermont.

DHMC is also home to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD),[1] New Hampshire's only children's hospital, and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 40 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation.

Finally, DHMC is home to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART). DHART crews provide both ground and air medical transportation services to the medical communities of northern New England. In addition, DHART flight crews respond to public safety agency requests for medical evacuation of trauma patients from scenes of injury, and will transport to the closest trauma center in the region.

In 1988, construction on the current facility began on a 225 acre lot in Lebanon. The new hospital opened in 1991 and has expanded to significantly increase outpatient, surgical, and emergency care space, as well as increasing research facilities at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

The hospital contains a food court, shops and a parking garage.

History[edit]

1797: Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) was founded by Dr. Nathan Smith. It is the fourth-oldest medical school in the country. In 2012 Dartmouth renamed the school the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in honor of Audrey and Theodor Geisel.

1893: Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (MHMH) was built by Hiram Hitchcock in memory of his wife, Mary Maynard Hitchcock.

1927: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic (DHC) was established by a group of five physicians.

1938: The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont, opened.

1980s: Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center began planning for a new facility. Construction of the $228 million project began in 1988 on a 225 acre wooded site in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

1991: On October 5, 1991, the new DHMC facility opened for business. One of the few completely new medical centers in the country, the complex is designed for patient convenience and comfort with an ambiance of warmth and openness. Behind the scenes, however, all of the systems necessary—computer, technical equipment, communications and interactive video—handle the demands of modern medicine.

2004: In August 2004, the new Doctors Office Building opened (now named the Faulkner Building), increasing the campus size by 40 percent.

2010: The Outpatient Surgery Center opened in 2010, adding 41,000 square feet (3,800 m2) just a short distance from the main complex.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) | New Hampshire's children's hospital. Chad.dartmouth-hitchcock.org. Retrieved on 2013-08-02.

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Coordinates: 43°40′34″N 72°16′24″W / 43.67611°N 72.27333°W / 43.67611; -72.27333