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Expanding Care in Southern New Hampshire

For children with severe asthma, autism, cancer, or any number of serious illnesses, frequent appointments and procedures are part of life. In southern New Hampshire—home to almost 300,000 children under the age of 18—accessing specialty pediatric care often means traveling an hour or more. For example, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is located 75 miles from Manchester, New Hampshire. 

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More time in the car means less time for learning, playing, and simply being a kid. For parents and caregivers, long trips mean more stress, more expenses, and more time away from work and home.

Growing for families who need us

In order to meet the needs of these families, CHaD in Manchester is growing. With the opening of a new Ambulatory Surgery Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester in the spring of 2021, kids and their families no longer have to travel to CHaD in Lebanon for hernia repair, surgical conditions of the ears, nose, and throat, and other minor operations. Medical office space has expanded too, and now children who need an endoscopy or infusion therapy for a chronic illness can receive that care on-site. These are just the first steps. In the next two years, CHaD in Manchester is going to be transformed into a pediatric ambulatory destination center. 

Designed for kids and teens

Families arriving at CHaD will come in through their own child-friendly entrance. Once inside, they’ll find distinct waiting areas for younger kids and for teens, a calming space for children with sensory processing disorders, and separate areas for kids who are sick and kids coming in for their well visit. Pediatric primary care providers and a growing cadre of specialists will be located in the same wing, making it easier for families to navigate multiple same-day appointments and strengthening coordination between providers. And before, after, or in between appointments, children of all abilities can forget they’re even at a hospital while enjoying the brand new, fully accessible playground.

Families want to keep their care local. As CHaD grows, that’s exactly what more families will be able to do.

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