DHMC Patient Pavilion Project

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Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) Patient Pavilion Project

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Artist's rendering of the DHMC Patient Pavilion
Architectural rendering of the DHMC Patient Pavilion. See more architectural renderings.

In spring 2023, Dartmouth Health will amplify its commitment to providing world-class care in our communities by opening Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s 212,000-square-foot inpatient expansion. The Patient Pavilion will enhance our capacity to address the increasing needs of the region’s most critically ill patients, who require specialty and sub-specialty care.

The five-level expansion includes 64 state-of-the-art, single-patient rooms located on Levels 3 and 4. At first, levels 2 and 5 will be undeveloped. To meet future needs, we can construct 64 more patient rooms on those levels. Level 1 includes a beautiful new entrance with nearby parking for patients and families. It also includes a comfortable lobby and a welcoming chapel. Additional amenities—such as a small food and beverage stand, lactation room and generous public restrooms—line the path to our existing DHMC facilities.

When the Patient Pavilion opens, our inpatient heart and vascular unit will move in. The unit will grow from 36 to 48 beds, and a new 16-bed medical special care unit will also open. This move will create space in our existing DHMC facilities, which we will use to expand our surgical services.

The opening will bring several technological enhancements. These include updated remote clinical monitoring communication tools and applications to connect hospitalized patients to their medical record. This will also be available in our existing patient care areas. Other enhancements, such as smart care boards and added telehealth equipment, will cascade into our existing facilities through a series of ongoing upgrades and renovations.

The need for the expansion, approved by the Trustees in 2018, is driven by the increasing number of patients from around the region who require specialty, sub-specialty, and high-acuity care that is only available at DHMC, New Hampshire’s only academic medical center. Ensuring that our communities have access to the care they need, close to home, is at the heart of Dartmouth Health.

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Patient Pavilion construction timeline

Construction milestone Timeline
Groundbreaking July 2020
Site excavation Summer and fall 2020
Building foundation Fall and winter 2020
Steel framing Winter 2021
Building enclosure Fall 2021
Construction complete Fall 2022
Anticipated opening 2023

Parking at DHMC

Due to the construction, the North Entrance at DHMC is closed. This means that patient/visitor parking at the North Entrance is no longer available. Additional spaces have been added to the Main Entrance parking lot for patients and visitors, and parking is also available in the Parking Garage. Learn more about parking at DHMC.