SNHMC to open expanded emergency room and cardiovascular wing


NASHUA — On April 11, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center will officially open its new 22,000 square foot addition including an expanded emergency department and cardiovascular services wing. This addition will change the face of the hospital and provide the extra space necessary to meet the needs of the Greater Nashua community.

An open house will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, featuring tours, refreshments and a chance to meet the physicians and staff members of both departments. Remarks will begin at 5 p.m.

The addition, which fronts Medical Center Drive, gives the medical center a sophisticated new look from Main Street and creates an easy-access entrance for emergency and cardiology patients. The addition is three stories high, housing the new emergency department on the ground floor, the new cardiology wing on the first floor and future surgical space on the top floor. Ground was broken on this $17 million project 18 months ago.

The project doubles the size of the emergency department, which serves over 45,000 patients a year, one of the two busiest trauma units in the state. The cardiology services department combines diagnostic and treatment space, including a dedicated cardiac catheterization lab, with the physician practice, Lahey Cardiology at the Medical Center.

Tom Wilhelmsen, president and CEO of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, says, “This project has dramatically increased space dedicated to taking care of people in times of urgent medical need. It also provides our doctors, nurses and staff with even more resources, which they will use to care for our friends, neighbors and families.”

Southern New Hampshire Medical Center has also undergone transformation on the other side of town. The vision to transform the west campus into a more comprehensive clinical site came to fruition in 2005 with the opening of the Joslin Diabetes Center affiliate. Included in the upgrade were a multi-specialty physician-practice suite including Foundation Internal Medicine, laboratory and radiology services, Foundation Neurology and Southern New Hampshire Physiatry. Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital opened a 15-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit to provide patients needing rehabilitation a smooth continuum of care.

“While these projects allow us to continue our mission of improving the health of the Greater Nashua community,” notes Wilhelmsen, “our people are still the heart of our organization. Buildings are simply tools that, in the capable hands of our employees, allow us to meet our community needs in a comprehensive way.”