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Plan to build palliative care facility at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon approved

The Associated Press

LEBANON (AP) — The Lebanon Planning Board has approved a plan to build a roughly 28,000-square-foot palliative care facility on Dartmouth-Hitchcock's campus.

The Valley News reports that the proposed facility would have a dozen beds and be used to treat the symptoms of patients with serious diseases. It was approved Monday night.

Palliative care isn't restricted to people believed to have less than six months to live. It also doesn't force patients to stop seeking a cure.

The hospital announced its plans to build a more than $20 million facility after receiving a $10 million donation in 2014.

The hospital plans to build more than 40 parking spaces. The Planning Board opted to reduce the number of required parking spaces as the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center campus has enough parking.

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