Medical office building takes over old Plaistow diner property
By JASON SCHREIBER Union Leader Correspondent May 29, 2019 Updated May 29, 2019
Work has begun on the new Plaistow Health medical building, which is expected to open next year.
— The site of the former Hope’s Diner will soon become the home for Plaistow Health, a new medical office building for Core Physicians and services offered by Exeter Hospital.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday at the construction site at 127 Plaistow Road.
The $13 million facility will provide expanded space for Core Physicians primary care and Exeter Hospital services, which are now offered at two other locations in town.
Those services include Exeter Hospital Rehabilitation Services and Pediatric Rehabilitation.
Rotating specialty services at Plaistow Health include orthopedics, podiatry and cardiology. Other specialties are expected to be added in the future.
Exeter Hospital X-ray services and Core Physicians lab services will also be located at the facility, which is slated to open by early summer 2020.
“We have been a part of the Plaistow community for many years, starting with one primary care physician more than 10 years ago. This new facility will be more accessible than our current locations, and bring a wide range of services all together under one roof to better serve patients,” said Sean O’Neil, chief operations officer at Core Physicians.
Core Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine and the additional Core Physicians specialty practices are expected to be added by 2021.
Space will also be available for walk-in urgent care — a service that has not been offered in the past.
“Our primary goal is to provide convenient, comprehensive health care services to meet the needs of the Plaistow community,” said Mark Whitney, director of strategy for Exeter Health Resources. “With this new facility, we are able to grow and expand the care we offer.”
Town officials on hand for the ceremony included Town Manager Mark Pearson, selectmen, the police chief and other building and planning representatives.
“This project represents advanced medical care and services to the residents of Plaistow and beyond our town boundaries. The location, at an intersection on Route 125, across from Cumberland Farms and next to the Irving gas station, are easy landmarks to reference for people to locate this valuable medical facility. Most importantly, health care in Plaistow provides a better quality of life with a new medical facility and advanced medical services for people in need of local health care,” Pearson said.
Pearson said developing the site will also provide additional tax dollars and provide other economic benefits.
“This state-of-the-art medical facility will also attract more economic development in Plaistow when new businesses look and see this development and consider the location of a medical facility,” he said, adding that it will give Route 125 a more “professional appearance.”