The Outpatient Center is located at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, in the Faulkner Building.
Patients can park in the covered parking garage, which is free and for patient use only. The garage has a direct entrance to the fourth level of the Faulkner Building. The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is located on Level 6. Please read your appointment reminder letter carefully for detailed information about parking and entrances.
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About the Outpatient Center
In addition to treating visitors to a physically beautiful environment featuring spacious waiting areas filled with natural light, Outpatient Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center provides a host of benefits to patients and their families.
To provide a fun and comforting atmosphere for children, a number of interactive play and viewing stations—some the result of a collaboration with the local Montshire Museum of Science—are positioned throughout the clinic's main waiting areas. These include: "I-spy" windows made of lumicast materials, sea glass, and over 200 objects provided by community members; an Aeolian Landscape machine that allows kids to create sand landscapes; and post-mounted "hispy" viewing binoculars to inspire interest in the nature that surrounds the medical center.
The Outpatient Center provides 45 pediatric exam rooms, which are 20 percent larger than regular exam rooms to better accommodate families. The 37,000-square foot facility provides five separate waiting areas for sick children, well children, children with chronic illnesses and conditions, adolescent and adult allergy patients, and children with special needs who require a quiet or restricted area. The clinic handles about 60,000 outpatient visits per year.
Bringing services together
One of the biggest advantages of the Outpatient Center is that it brings together virtually all of Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center's medical and surgical services so it can offer convenient access to comprehensive care for parents and families.
This consolidation of ambulatory services also benefits pediatric providers. "Having most of our pediatric specialists, generalists, and staff located on the same floor encourages more frequent interaction," says Dr. John Modlin, chair of pediatrics and medical co-director of Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. "This enhanced communication between and amongst providers results in higher quality care."
For those families who desire a place to unwind in between appointments, search the Internet and other resources for health information or provide children a place to play, the Family Center is located just inside the entrance to the clinic.
Created by parents who saw the need for greater access to community resources to help them manage chronic conditions, the Family Center provides a play area and an activity center where kids can participate in art projects and story hours.
The Family Center also has a teen corner and two computer stations, and a pediatric consumer health library. "Our library offers web-based health information and a specialized collection of books on chronic illnesses and disabilities," says Robin Goodrich, resource specialist and coordinator for the Family Center.
In addition to offering one-on-one assistance, the Center provides a community space for support group meetings as well as a place for parents to meet with local resource agencies. The Family Advisory Board works in partnership with administration and staff to improve the delivery of family-centered care.
Turning a goal into a reality
The Outpatient Center was made possible through remarkable community support. The Quechee Lakes Land Owners Association (QLLA) Charities, through its annual CHaD Classic Golf Tournament, provided more than half of the funding for the Outpatient Center.
"Their long-term commitment—together with all of the corporate, local business, and individual participation and support we receive throughout the year for important events like the Ski and Ride Challenge, the XL92 Wishing Well for Kids, and the Sam's Club and Walmart Campaign—has made this beautiful new facility a reality."