MANCHESTER - The Southern Vermont Medical Center Northshire Campus is getting a facelift. Construction on the renovation has been going on since the beginning of this year and will encompasses everything from the expansion of patient services to a new heating and cooling system.

"We are broadening patient care - both in breadth and timing," Stewart Vann, marketing and communications specialists at SVMC. One of the major goals of the project is to accommodate for an increased number of providers, moving from four to six full time providers and bringing on another full time position, Vann said.

Currently, there are a mix of providers in the Northshire, both physicians and nurse practitioners, Kevin Robinson, the hospital's communications director said.

There will also be more clinical space to help expand primary care services. These will include three patient exam rooms and two consultation rooms on the second floor, same day walk in services and an expansion of practice hours.

Scott Erickson, the director SVMC's satellite operations, said the intent behind the construction is to create more patient access - to see more patients and offer them an expansion of primary care.

The Northshire Campus is a home to nationally certified medical home and a Community Health Team, that incliudes a social worker, a behavioral health specialist, nurse care manager and a dietician/nutritionist. They are able to support the physicians in primary care to keep the community healthier.


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The goal of the construction and the ability to ex pand primary care is to create a healthier Northshire, Erickson said.

"[The expansion will mean] patients are getting health screenings they are supposed to have ... those with chronic illnesses are getting greater self management with their care," Erickson said.

Robinson said services like smoking cessation and diabetes counseling are apart of these medical homes, services not traditionally a part of primary care.

"Access to primary care is a huge issue across our service area. If we want to be successful kind of in the new world of health care where the goal is to reduce cost and essentially keep people well, the best strategy is to have solid primary care services," Robinson said. "You can't do that effectively if you don't have enough space to deliver those services or enough providers."

The renovation is not just to the building, but also to the ability of the campus to provide for the community.

"We're taking a look at renovating patient experience," Vann said. "It's a pretty comprehensive renovation."