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Community celebrates opening of expanded health facility

Cutting the ribbon at the new Inter-Lakes Medical Center, from left: Sue Cerutti, executive director of the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce; John Otte of Samyn-D’Elia Architects; John Stabile, chairman of The Stabile Companies; Tom Clairmont, president and CEO of LRGHealthcare; Peter Russell, member of LRGHealthcare’s Board of Trustees; Executive Councilor Ray Burton; Ward D’Elia of Samyn-D’Elia Architects; and Phil Chaput, vice president of Facilities Services at LRGHealthcare. Erin Plummer. (click for larger version)
September 22, 2010
MEREDITH — After years of planning, the ribbon was officially cut on the new Inter-Lakes Medical Center last week.

On Thursday, representatives from LRGHealthcare, builders, and local officials gathered at the newly built facility for an open house and ribbon cutting. The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce later hosted a business after hours event.

The $2.67 million building was part of LRGHealthcare's $43 million expansion and renovation campaign encompassing the Inter-Lakes building as well as projects at Lakes Region General Hospital and Franklin General Hospital.

The former building was around 6,500 square feet and housed a small number of physicians and services.

LRGHealthcare president and CEO Tom Clairmont said the idea of expanding the Inter-Lakes facility was first discussed years ago.

Ground was broken in November of 2009 for the building and work continued through the winter.

"I've done a lot of buildings and this was one of the smoothest if not the smoothest," said Phil Chaput, vice president for facilities services for LRGHealthcare.

Earlier this year the original building was demolished and parking was built in its place.

The newer facility is around 15,000 square feet, more than double the size of the old facility. The expansion has allowed the Inter-Lakes facility to expand its services, including more physicians, expanded x-ray capabilities, and direct communication with LRGH.

The new building has 16 exam rooms in pods of four and has room for visiting physicians and specialists.

Architect Ward D'Elia of Samyn-D'Elia Architects of Ashland said the building is Energy Star rated; it is energy efficient and uses geothermal heating.

"It's a state of the art building in just about every way," D'Elia said.

The building was also designed to match the architectural aesthetic of Meredith. The project was approved by the Planning Board and D'Elia said the town was supportive of the effort.

Chaput said the project was on time and on budget. D'Elia also said there was ample cooperation between the LRGHealthcare, the project manager, and the various subcontractors and vendors.

Inter-Lakes Medical Center opened its new doors in July.

"This was a very long overdue replacement of a facility that has served the community," Clairmont said. "I think this is an investment in the community."

Clairmont said one of the new concepts at LRGHealthcare is services based closer to home and that this facility provides that for the people of Meredith and surrounding communities.

"We do this with a 25 year view of what we're going to need for primary medicine," Clairmont said.

John MacDonald
Mike Cryans
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