WOODSTOCK - The greater Woodstock community has a rich history
of receiving necessary health care services from the Ottauquechee
Health Center, which is operated by Mt. Ascutney Hospital and
This Ottauquechee Health Center building was sold last month.
The former owner of the building itself was the Ottauquechee Health
Foundation, whose mission is to promote and support programs that
identify and help meet the health care needs of Woodstock and the
surrounding communities through grants, funding and support.
Liza Deignan, President of the Ottauquechee Health Foundation,
states, "The sale of the building enables necessary health care
services to remain in the Woodstock Community for generations to
come, and also, provides the Foundation with a greater opportunity
to focus on its mission to meet community health care needs through
grants and funding."
The existing Ottauquechee Health Center building was designed in
the early 1970's for health care delivery, as was appropriate at
the time. Unfortunately the building today does not meet modern
healthcare standards including privacy requirements or appropriate
patient flow for primary or specialty care.
Likewise, the building is not energy efficient and is in need of
major renovations such as replacement of the windows, replacement
of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and upgrades
to room design to meet American with Disability Act requirements
and patient need.
To address these issues, the Ottauquechee Health Foundation has
sold the Health Center building to DEW Properties, LLC.,
headquartered in Williston, Vt. with a regional offices in Keene
and Hanover, NH.
DEW will make the necessary upgrades to meet today's standards,
has executed a long-term lease agreements with Mt. Ascutney
Hospital and Health Center, and all the existing providers
currently practicing in the building. Don Wells, President, DEW
Construction states, "we are pleased to be provided the opportunity
to improve the facility in Woodstock. Not only will this improve
the patient experience, it will make better use of our natural
resources and conserve energy."
Construction will take place in phases to allow patients to be
seen throughout the renovation with minimal interruption. Kevin
Donovan, CEO, Mt. Ascutney Hospital states, "we are committed to
the ongoing provision of quality medical care for Woodstock and
surrounding communities. The upgrade of our facility will
allow us to continue to make good on that commitment and to provide
the residents of greater Woodstock with a more modern