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Dartmouth Medical School, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center announce plans for C. Everett Koop Medical Science Complex

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 10/30/06 • Susan Knapp • (603) 646-3661

Dartmouth Medical School, in partnership with Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, has announced plans to develop the C. Everett Koop Medical Science Complex, a visionary new translational and clinical research facility, on the campus of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, N.H.


From left to right: President James Wright, Acting President of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Nancy A. Formella, former US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Dean of DMS Stephen P. Spielberg, President of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic Thomas A. Colacchio. (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

The naming of the planned complex honors the former U.S. Surgeon General, a 1937 graduate of Dartmouth College who is the Elizabeth DeCamp McInerny Professor of Surgery and Senior Scholar of the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H.

The naming will be formally announced at DHMC at a private event on Nov. 2 by Dartmouth President James Wright; Stephen P. Spielberg, dean of Dartmouth Medical School; Acting President of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Nancy A. Formella; and Thomas A. Colacchio, president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic. The news was shared with donors to the medical school and medical center at an earlier event.

Connected to the existing Borwell Research Building on the south side of the DHMC campus, the complex will bring together important research and exceptional academic programs in close proximity to clinical and patient care areas in specially designed environments intended to foster collaboration and discovery. Construction of the complex is planned to begin in late summer 2007, with initial occupancy in fall 2009. The project is expected to cost approximately $140 million and encompass 283,085 gross square feet. The medical school, the college, and the medical center are currently working to raise $50 million to support funding for the complex.

"The new Koop Complex represents our view of a key element of the future of biomedical science and health care delivery. It is our goal to create an environment to speed the conversion of basic discovery to change in health care practice," says Dean Spielberg. "The design follows its function. It provides a space for close, physical juxtaposition of research, education, and patient care, and this will hopefully lead to a new era of more thoughtful flow of knowledge from the bench to the bedside to the community and back."

Spielberg acknowledges the recently received Clinical and Translational Science Award planning grant from the National Institutes of Health that will help fund a "Clinical and Translational Research Center" and support the vision of the Koop Complex as a whole.


Illustration courtesy of Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott

The Koop Complex is comprised of two wings. One wing, a new translational research building, will house an expanded scientific investigation effort, with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary problem solving in areas including neuroscience, cardiovascular science, immunology/infectious diseases, and other evolving areas. Open laboratories will bring together investigators from different "home" departments. The second wing will house Dartmouth's renowned Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences, where investigators analyze health care delivery, looking to optimize care at the national and local level, and they will evaluate new interventions by interacting closely with bench scientists.

The wings will connect to existing to research and clinical facilities at DHMC through LeBaron Commons, a multi-level atrium designed to create informal and organized spaces for valuable interactions between people and educational space for teaching and learning. The commons facility is named for Francis E. LeBaron, a 1931 graduate of the Massachusetts College of Osteopathy and a 1934 graduate of the Middlesex College of Medicine and Surgery who was a self-taught researcher with a passion for learning and innovation. His son, Dean F. LeBaron, provided a $5 million gift for the facility. Dean LeBaron is a venture capitalist who splits his time between living in the Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire and the Walensee region in Switzerland.

Spielberg added, "We want to position Dartmouth as a leader in designing the future of health care through excellence in science at all levels. The new facilities are crucial to attracting and retaining the best faculty and students, and positioning Dartmouth Medical School as a leader in clinical and translational sciences."

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