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Ground broken by Portsmouth hospital officials for new Dover emergency room

Union Leader Correspondent

September 13. 2018 11:14PM
Bobby Graham, of U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan's office, Dover Deputy Mayor Bob Carrier, Portsmouth Regional Hospital CEO Dean Carucci, Daryl Luter of Fulcrum Associates and Peter Clark with U.S. Sen Jeanne Shaheen's office broke ground for a new freestanding emergency room being built in Dover during a ceremony Thursday afternoon. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Correspondent)

DOVER — Officials from Portsmouth Regional Hospital hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a new freestanding emergency room they are building in Dover on Thursday afternoon.

Located at 10 Central Ave., just off Spaulding Turnpike’s Exit 7, the round-the-clock facility will have 11 treatment rooms and employ about 40 full-time employees.

CEO Dean Carucci said their primary service area extends into Rochester so putting up an emergency room for patients in a middle ground makes sense. The facility will be almost identical to the freestanding emergency room Portsmouth Regional Hospital built on Lafayette Road in Seabrook, which was created to serve customers from that region.

The Seabrook facility broke ground in July of 2016 and opened in May of last year.

Daryl Luter, director of operations for Fulcrum Associates, said construction on the Dover facility should also be quick. He hopes the project will be completed by mid-March.

“We pride ourselves in being able to build a facility like this,” Luter told the crowd of about 30 people gathered at the site. “We always take pride in something that improves a community.”

Carucci complimented Dover officials, saying they were easy to work with.

“We think this site is really amazing,” Carucci said.

Dover’s Deputy Mayor Bob Carrier said they were happy to work with hospital officials and hopes that traffic issues in the area just off Exit 7 can be alleviated in the near future. Route 108 up to Central Avenue can get congested when school starts and lets out because the high school and middle school are both located close by.

Portsmouth Regional Hospital is a 209-bed acute care hospital which serves New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts and is one of the area’s largest employers. It is the only Level II Trauma Center on the Seacoast and one of only three in New Hampshire.

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