Dartmouth Opens Center for Palliative and Hospice Care

E4H MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health, an architecture firm exclusively focused on the healthcare industry, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system celebrated the groundbreaking of the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care, according to a press release from E4H.

The new 30,000-square-foot facility will incorporate special amenities designed to increase support for patients’ and families’ physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort. The Center, located on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) campus in Lebanon, New Hampshire, will include education spaces for regional providers and caregivers to train in palliative and hospice care, the press release notes.

E4H MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health designed the facility, which was approved by the Hospital Board in the spring of 2016 and slated for completion in fall of 2017, with the goal of enhancing quality of service, privacy, and healing for both patients and their families.

Building features include:

  • A one-story building of 12 single-occupancy patient  bedrooms, enabling up to three family members to spend the night with their loved one. Each room has a private bathroom and balcony overlooking the woodlands of the DHMC campus.
  • A flexible design that can accommodate six additional single-occupancy rooms to meet anticipated growth.
  • A commercial kitchen for staff prepared patient meals and a separate kitchen and dining room for families to prepare and host meals for or with their loved ones.
  • Specialty rooms for patient, family, and staff use, including:  a meditation and reflection room, massage, music and art therapy rooms, a spa , a family library and reading nooks, plus a small room for exercising
  • Two separate youth rooms, including a play area for small children and a teen media room

The Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care will also serve as an educational resource for the region, with a program developed and administered by Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Section of Palliative Care, working in collaboration with Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire and other hospice and community partners, to train end-of-life caregivers across New England.

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