Lancaster's Weeks Medical Center breaks ground on $14.2 million expansionBy JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent
September 20. 2018 8:12AM
LANCASTER — The Weeks Medical Center on Wednesday broke ground on the $14.2 million Lancaster Patient Care Center to enhance healthcare services in the North Country.
The 42,000 square-foot, three-story Care Center will connecte to the exiting 71-year old Weeks hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital that offers medical, surgical, and intensive care services.
Mike Lee, president of the Weeks Medical Center, said the facility serves 12,000 patients annually. He noted that the need for additional space, especially for primary care and outpatient services, has been recognized by the Weeks board of trustees for a decade.
He said the care center, which he expects to open in December 2019, will help meet that need.
State Rep. Herb Richardson, D-Lancaster, who was one of the many dignitaries or their representatives who joined Lee for a gold-shoveled groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site yesterday, applauded both the current Weeks hospital and the coming care center.
The hospital, he said, “saved my life several times.” A diabetic, Richardson said he comes “regularly” to Weeks for wound care and looked forward to when the care center becomes the new home to those treatments.
Colebrook-based General Contractor Daniel Hebert, Inc. is constructing the care center and its principal, Dan Hebert, reported no problems except “a little ledge” that needed dynamiting, something that was done several hours before the groundbreaking.
The company has an extensive history of working with the Weeks Medical Center, including an expansion/alteration of the hospital in 2002 and the installation in 2011 of a new biomass central boiler. In 2005, the company built the Weeks Medical Center, not to be confused with the hospital and campus of the same name here, in Whitefield.
Lee thanked the Weeks trustees and staff for their input and support as well as the public for its helping raise $4 million in a capital campaign.
The care center will provide room for additional expansion and help attract and retain care providers.
Chuck Henderson, on behalf of U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, read a letter from his boss who hailed the care center as a “cutting-edge medical facility.”
“Your leadership in establishing a national award-winning Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center as well as Medication Assisted Treatment for those suffering from opioid addiction demonstrate your commitment to responding to the ever-changing healthcare needs of the region,” Shaheen said.