Mt. Ascutney hospital planning for a pharmacy at its Ottauquechee Health Center to serve Woodstock area

WOODSTOCK, VT – Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) has confirmed that it is engaged in plans to establish a pharmacy within the Ottauquechee Health Center located at 32 Pleasant Street in Woodstock, Vermont. The plan would require renovations by the building owner, DEW Ottauquechee, LLC, to space under lease to MAHHC. The pharmacy would be operated by High Mountain Corporation d/b/a/ Rutland Pharmacy.

According to Paul Calandrella, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer of MAHHC, MAHHC recognizes the benefit of pharmacy services for its patients and the community at large. This plan, if successful, will help meet a significant portion of the need and would further MAHHC’s commitment to provide the Woodstock area with access to essential health care services close to home.

“Ottauquechee Health Center has been dedicated to ensuring local access to health care since the 1970s,” said Calandrella. “We’re proud to participate in helping the community solve its need for local pharmacy services.” Calandrella says that the involved parties plan to seek the necessary permits and approvals from the Town of Woodstock in hopes of beginning needed renovations in the fall of 2020.

Jeff Hochberg, Vice President of High Mountain Corporation expressed enthusiasm for the potential to serve people in the Woodstock area, saying, “For years, Rutland Pharmacy has been a place where people go not just for prescriptions but for answers and support. Our philosophy is that your pharmacy should be an integral part of your achieving optimal wellness. Expanding our service to Woodstock is an exciting opportunity.”

DEW Ottauquechee, LLC’s Vice President, Matthew Wheaton says that the addition of a pharmacy makes sense for the property and for the region. “Maintaining local access to high quality pharmacy services is something that would benefit our entire region,” says Mr. Wheaton, who explains, “the Ottauquechee Health Center is known as a health care hub for the community and locating a pharmacy alongside the services people already utilize just makes sense.”

About Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
Founded in 1933, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is a not-for-profit community hospital network in Vermont including the critical access-designated Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Historic Homes of Runnemede, a senior residential care campus, in Windsor, as well as the Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock. A member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system, MAHHC provides primary care and a comprehensive suite of specialty services, along with 25 inpatient beds, a therapeutic pool and an acclaimed, fully modernized 10-bed Acute Rehabilitation Center. Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is dedicated to improving the lives of those it serves and is at the hub of a wide network of community resources that have partnered to cover gaps in services, and improve overall population health. One of the largest employers in the area, MAHHC acknowledges its employees as its greatest asset and has been recognized by the Governor’s Office with an Excellence in Worksite Wellness award.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), is a recent recipient of Best Practice recognition by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for health care quality, and is recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals for integration of technology to boost clinical performance. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded MAHHC with Level 3 status, the highest level of medical home designation.

About High Mountain Corporation
High Mountain Corporation, is a family owned and operated pharmacy group that provides comprehensive pharmacy and general wellness services at its locations across central Vermont. Its services cover all elements of pharmacy practice including the dispensing of traditional medications; counseling services, medical supplies and equipment; vaccine administrations; compounding; compliance packaging; nutritional wellness; and more.  The High Mountain Corporation, led by its founder Smilin’ Steve, have been serving Vermonters for nearly 40 years.

About DEW Ottauquechee, LLC
Since 1997, DEW has been building construction projects and partnerships throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Northeast region. The company offers a wide array of construction, design/build, and management services for projects of all sizes. DEW’s offices are located in Williston, Vermont, Keene, New Hampshire and Manchester, New Hampshire.

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