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New Medical Facility in Lincoln Offers More Room, Better Care 

Catherine Pegram

You could consider it one-stop-shopping for health care. A new medical facility in Lincoln is bringing together doctors, patients and services – all under one roof. For doctors, nurses and staff at Health Access Network in Lincoln, the building represents five years of planning and more than $5 million.Dr. Noah Nesin says it was designed with patients in minds.”The waiting room is bright and uplifting and warm. And we have lots of exam rooms so it makes us more efficient. People don’t spend a lot of time in the waiting room. They can see their provider on shorter notices now because of the efficiency of the system.”The 28-thousand-square foot building has 22 exams rooms, space for up to 10 doctors and areas for mental health services, too. CEO Dawn Cook says “We’ve centralized the facility so that it’s visible, it’s easy to get to. Transportation is always an issue in rural communities. We’re also consolidating services. We have podiatry, ob, primary care. We’re looking at putting pharmacy services here.”Cook add it’s also good for doctors who’ve spent years working in the community together, yet not together. “They were all individually spaced in different offices around town so we consolidated six offices so that not only could we lure new physicians but allow the ones that we did employ to work together, to cover each other.”The new facility is expected to serve up 8,000 patients a year. Health Access Network will continue to operate other offices in Enfield, Medway and Millinocket.But Nesin says, for many, this is now home.”It’s comforting to the patients and to the staff to be together in the ways that they were together, prior to moving into this building and yet have all of the benefits of the facilty like this to help us better serve our patients.”Cook says the facility was built with the environment in mind, too, featuring green technology and energy efficient equipment.The offices opened in late June but officials with Health Access Network are holding a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 o’clock Thursday night to celebrate the new home. Then they’ll offer tours to the public until 7 o’clock .