Next week will be a big week for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon as groundbreaking for their new palliative care center is set to take place. Next Wednesday, June 22nd, will mark the groundbreaking for the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care.
Plans for the $20-million dollar facility were originally announced by Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials back in 2014 after having received a $10-million dollar gift. The Lebanon Planning Board easily approved the plans in March of this year.
The 28,000-plus square foot facility was initially going to be constructed on land owned by Dartmouth College, but after several adaptations, officials have since settled on hospital-owned land to be accessed off Hitchcock Loop Road.
The 12-bed facility is meant for patients with serious diseases needing curative treatments, but unlike hospice, are not considered by doctors to have fewer than six months to live.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock plans to construct 44 parking spaces for the new facility, which is 22 fewer than the amount required by city zoning laws. The facility’s anticipated opening is in 2017, with original estimates putting a slightly more than a million dollar price tag on the project.