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April 07. 2013 3:59PM

Epping Regional Health Center opens to patients

The new Epping Regional Health Center officially opened its doors to patients on April 2. (JASON SCHREIBER PHOTO)

EPPING - The new Epping Regional Health Center has officially opened its doors, giving patients in Epping and surrounding towns greater access to health care services provided by Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians.

The 25,650-square-foot medical facility at 212 Calef Highway (Route 125) opened to patients on April 2.

The $6 million center will provide a number of services, including family medicine, pediatrics, outpatient adult and pediatric rehabilitation, imaging, lab services and mobile digital mammography.

Hospital officials said the project grew out of a need for expanded health-care services in the region and that the new facility will provide comprehensive services in a centralized location.

"The providers and staff of Core Physicians are excited to offer comprehensive services at this wonderful new center," said Roxanne Touchette, vice president of Clinical Operations, Core Physicians and the project leader of the new Epping facility.

Touchette said Core's family medicine providers, Joe Bernard, Ellen Bernard and Harry McKinnon, have been in the Epping community for many years and that the new center will give their patients on-site access to many other services.

She said the pediatricians, including Alexandra Bonesho, Tom Fitzgerald, Jo Ann Gates and Jennifer Jones, are also looking forward to seeing pediatric patients in the new center, which she described as "child-friendly."

"This project supports our mission of striving to improve the health of the communities we serve and allows us to help meet a growing demand for future health and wellness needs in the greater Seacoast region," said Ryan Lawrence, senior marketing and public relations analyst for Exeter Health Resources, the parent company for the hospital and Core Physicians.

Lawrence added, "Epping Regional was constructed with a patient-centered design, and we are already hearing extremely positive feedback from patients about the new space and their experience."

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held March 26, but an official public grand opening is set for April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will be able to tour the new facility, meet with providers and enjoy light refreshments. There will also be activities and teddy bears for children.

More information about the facility and the providers who will be on-site can be found on the Epping Regional Health Center's Web page, www.exeterhospital.com/projecthealthcare.


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