Portsmouth, NH (May 3, 2018) - Portsmouth Regional Hospital today announced plans to open a new freestanding Emergency Room in Dover by the end of 2018. Located on Central Avenue 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.
Staffed 24/7/365 by board certified emergency room 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. 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 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.”
“In an emergency, every second counts. With access to a local facility that has the resources of a full Emergency Department, the support of a larger regional hospital with highly specialized services and a focus on short patient wait times, patients in the region benefit,” said David Heller, MD, chief of emergency medicine for Portsmouth Regional Hospital. “Our experience with this model in other areas has shown that there is a real need for this service.”
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.
“Patients are interested in having choices in where, how, and when to receive care,” said Carucci. “Freestanding emergency rooms are an important option and our analysis shows that this program will meet an important patient need.”
Construction will begin as soon as possible. In addition to construction jobs, the project will ultimately lead to an estimated 40 new healthcare and support jobs.