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CHaD Patients Move to Newly Renovated and Integrated Care Unit

CHaD Patients Move to Newly Renovated and Integrated Care Unit

Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) is nearing final completion of a major renovation to its inpatient pediatric unit, updating the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD.)

On Tuesday, March 6, CHaD integrated its inpatient and Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) units at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon. The renovated space will function as a single unit for children and adolescents who require all levels of care from general medical-surgical care to the highest level of critical care.  The unit was redesigned to deliver integrated, high-quality, child- and family-friendly pediatric care. 

Patients from CHaD’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit were moved upstairs to the new CHaD Unit, while at the same time new patients were admitted and moved directly from the Emergency Department to CHaD.   

The renovation, ongoing for nearly two years, represents an investment of more than $2 million in CHaD, of which $1.8 million was raised through philanthropy. While most of the project is complete, there is an additional phase that will be completed in July.

After the move and settling in of patients, the staff took a few minutes to celebrate and cut a ceremonial ribbon in honor of the move.  Dr. Joanne Conroy, President and CEO of D-H and Dr. Keith Loud, physician in chief of CHaD, thanked and recognized the staff for their hard work planning the unit and orchestrating the move. They saluted staff for their focus on patients and families and their commitment to caring for children in a new, integrated way. Dr. Loud also highlighted the importance of the generous philanthropy from the community by thanking the individuals, foundations, and CHaD events which helped make this project possible along with resources from DHMC’s capital budget.  

Once completed, the unit will have 21 beds to care for patients from all over northern New England. Most importantly, the unit was designed to support sick and injured children from throughout northern New England and their families with a child-friendly design, colors, and spaces. The new design also allows CHaD to maximize the ability to provide supportive multi-disciplinary, collaborative team care, and increases efficiency and effectiveness by sharing resources.  It brings CHaD’s nursing staff closer to the patient rooms, which is important because of the increased acuity of CHaD patients since the unit was originally opened with the move of DHMC to its current location back in 1991. 

Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Engineering staff served as the contractors for this project over the past 20 months and will be completing the project by July. Child Life Specialist Jessica LaPerle shared, “Our construction staff did a wonderful job not only renovating the unit, but supporting the children and families all along the way. At times they would suspend work in order to facilitate the needs of the patients nearby. They also built a work bench for kids to do their own construction projects and ran a few Bob the Builder workshops with the kids. It was amazing to witness their support of our young patients every day in every way.”

About CHaD

As New Hampshire's only children's hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is committed to providing outstanding compassionate care for children and their families. Their physician expertise provides primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. CHaD offers inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Outpatient and same day surgery services are available at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester, as well as outpatient pediatric specialties at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover and in Exeter. Primary care is available at Dartmouth-Hitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, Nashua, and Plymouth, NH as well as Bennington, VT. For more information about CHaD, please visit or contact us at (603) 650-KIDS or

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) is a nonprofit academic health system that serves a population of 1.9 million in New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine, delivering care in Lebanon, NH at its flagship, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 45 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock; affiliate hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and through the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and at 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. In 2016, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was named one of "100 Great Hospitals in America" by Becker's Hospital Review.