Portsmouth, NH (September 14, 2018) - Portsmouth Regional Hospital broke ground on its newest freestanding emergency room on Thursday, September 13 at 4 p.m. Located on Central Avenue across from Sullivan Tire in Dover (right off Exit 7 of the Spaulding Turnpike), the Dover Emergency Room will expand local access to emergency care for residents and employees of the region. Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s Dover Emergency Room will open to the public in early 2019.
“Staffed by board certified emergency physicians, freestanding emergency rooms are designed to provide critical local access to emergency medical services for circumstances that require more support than a visit to primary care physician or urgent care center could provide,” stated Mary Valvano, MD, Portsmouth Regional Hospital medical director of emergency services. “We are also open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Valvano continued.
The 10,000-square-foot Dover Emergency Room will provide 11 treatment rooms, including bays for trauma care, behavioral health, and pediatric care.
Patients receiving care at the new Dover Emergency Room will benefit from a coordinated patient care experience including access to extensive specialty care services and resources offered by Portsmouth Regional Hospital that include: the state’s only ACS Verified Level II Trauma Center, the Seacoast’s only comprehensive heart and vascular program, and its only 24/7 neurosurgical and stroke clot retrieval programs, as well as comprehensive behavioral health services. The Dover Emergency Room will also offer full diagnostic testing capabilities to include onsite laboratory and imaging services.
“Portsmouth Regional Hospital has a long tradition of high quality, patient-centered care for the Seacoast communities; the Dover Emergency Room is a natural extension of our existing commitment to ensure patients remain in the community in which they live,” stated Dean Carucci, Portsmouth Regional Hospital CEO. “As a fully integrated department of Portsmouth Regional Hospital, we can easily integrate the advanced specialty services across campuses to support patient care.”
Dover is one of the fastest growing residential communities in New Hampshire and is a commercial center, with more than 30,000 employees in the area each day. Increased healthcare capacity offered by the Dover Emergency Room will support both the residential and workforce populations. The project will ultimately lead to an estimated 40 new healthcare and support jobs.