Anna Jaques Hospital Debuts Haverhill Medical Offices
New Medical Building Poised to Make Quality Health Care More Accessible. (sponsored)
If you look at a map of Haverhill, you’ll note a curved line dividing the city into asymmetrical parts.
The line is Interstate 495. While it serves as a central conduit for commuters, the highway poses surprising challenges for health care service providers.
“A lot of Haverhill exists across 495,” says John Sarro, executive director of Pentucket Medical Associates, a multispecialty care service with offices currently located in downtown Haverhill. “We think of 495 as the border, but Haverhill extends many miles beyond it.” Sarro emphasizes that large parts of both western Haverhill and southern New Hampshire, notably Plaistow and Kingston, aren’t currently served by medical offices in Haverhill. The city’s downtown area is simply too hard to reach for many on the wrong side of the interstate.
This fall, Anna Jaques Hospital will bridge the divide.
The Newburyport hospital will open Haverhill Medical Offices of Anna Jaques Hospital on October 1. Built on the site of the old Pilgrim Lanes bowling center, the 30,000 square-foot building will house specialists in primary care, pediatrics and women’s health.
It will be home to specialty care providers such as Seacoast Surgery, Gerrish Breast Care Center and Anna Jaques Sleep Lab. It will feature a blood draw station, laboratory services and a satellite branch of the Pentucket Medical Associates physician group.
Much of the appeal for future tenants lies in the offices themselves. The location is less than a half-mile from 495. Parking is free and ample. For those using public transportation, the site is reachable via the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority. According to Dr. Steven Mollov, medical director of another future tenant, Women’s Health Care, this will lead to an expedited referral process. For the patient, this means less stress and more efficient service.
The increased accessibility will be a boon for citizens throughout the Merrimack Valley. “When you’re looking at patients from southern New Hampshire and the 495 corridor, I think they’re the ones who are going to benefit greatly from it,” notes Dr. Eric Bucher, a pediatrician at Children’s Health Care, another provider in the medical complex.
“The state data shows that a large percentage of Haverhill residents — nearly 75 percent — seek care outside of the city,” says Anna Jaques President and CEO Mark Goldstein. When he looked at his own data, he saw a 30 percent growth in Anna Jaques’ Haverhill market share — more than enough to convince him that there was an opportunity to offer the residents of Haverhill and surrounding towns another attractive option for care, right in their own community. Anna Jaques’ potential affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Hospital will provide additional resources to meet the needs of this previously underserved population.
Currently, 22,000 out of 30,000 square-feet have been rented by physician practices. As for what is left, Goldstein notes, “We’ve had opportunities to rent out the remaining space, but we’re holding it right now. We’re not just building a building in Haverhill. … We want to improve the health of the community. We want to bring services that are needed there.”
Anna Jaques Hospital has been in business for 134 years. Such longevity wouldn’t be possible if AJH didn’t provide knowledgeable service, attend to community needs and innovate in the face of a changing health care landscape. With the opening of the Haverhill Medical Offices, the hospital will continue its mission of providing quality care from Newburyport to Haverhill and beyond.
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