Derry Medical Center opens office in BedfordBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
January 08. 2017 8:14PM
BEDFORD — Derry Medical Center has opened its fourth primary care office — the first one housed on the west side of the Merrimack River.
Derry Medical Center is now operating in a temporary space within the lower level of 160 S. River Road. However, renovations are under way on the building’s second level to create a permanent, multi-specialty suite of offices including primary care, diagnostic imaging and independent lab services.
Three Bedford doctors who previously worked for Elliot Health System — Daniel Rosenbaum, Lydia Bennet and Jamie Fitzgerald — are now part of Derry Medical Center’s new Bedford location.
“We felt that we could do a better job with our patients by focusing on primary care. It was hard to achieve that with a big organization,” said Rosenbaum, adding his primary focus is patient satisfaction, better quality of care and lower costs.
The new office opened last week in Bedford, and will operate in the lower level of the building until renovations are completed on the second level within the next several months.
Once completed in the early summer, the renovated space will house a central waiting area for Derry Medical Center, Southern New Hampshire Internal Medicine, Quest Labs and diagnostic imaging by Derry Imaging Center.
Rosenbaum, who has worked with Bennet and Fitzgerald since their residencies 18 years ago in Washington, D.C., said many of their patients have opted to continue utilizing their services in the new office just about a mile away from their previous site. “We can take new patients now as well, which is a great benefit,” he said, adding there are about 7,500 patients among the three doctors. “Same day labs and immediate imaging is convenient, but what the patients don’t see behind the scenes, specifically the support from Derry Medical Center, is that the organization is focused on the needs of its patients.”
Since it was formed 53 years ago, this is the first office opened by Derry Medical Center on the west side of the Merrimack River.
“I think it is a great location because it is very accessible, and we have an opportunity to expand our model of care,” said Susan Chadwick, director of marketing and public relations for Derry Medical Center.
The large medical suite, once completed, will include about 18,000 square feet of space, and many exam rooms, according to Chadwick, adding the facility is poised to become a major point of medical access in the area.
“We are independent, and we have a different way of enabling our patients’ access to care,” she said. “There are a lot of changes going on with medical care in the state, and this facility could potentially provide more space than the three providers once it moves upstairs.”
The Bedford location will be very similar to Derry Medical Center’s Windham office once the construction is done, Chadwick said. The organization now has offices in Derry, Londonderry, Windham and Bedford.
According to a release, Derry Medical Center is the oldest and largest independent primary care office in New Hampshire with more than 45,000 patients.
“Since Derry Medical is an independent practice, patients have the flexibility to see specialists and receive inpatient care from any local or Massachusetts health system,” states the release.