Stepping Forward: Construction Kicks Off March 22nd

Monday, March 22, 2021 is the long-anticipated launch of the construction phase of the Anna Jaques Hospital Stepping Forward Project. 

This will impact how everyone enters and exits the hospital. Click to learn more! 

The Stepping Forward Project will expand the hospital’s surgical capacity for the first time in 25 years, building two new state-of -the -art operating rooms while also creating a new entrance named for long-time volunteers and community leaders Helen and Byron J. Matthews. It will also create a more functional space for central sterile, move the helipad about 25 feet, and expand the Lagasse Terrace – all while retaining the historic look and feel of the hospital campus.  Construction will commence on March 22 and is expected to take about a year to complete. 

On March 22nd, the main entrance to the hospital will be closed and the helipad will be removed and temporarily relocated to the Industrial Park while construction is underway.  Patients and visitors are directed to use the Virginia A. Capolupo entrance (located on the lower level) for the next several months. The hospital will remain fully operational throughout construction and we will do everything we can to minimize any disruption or inconvenience.

This expansion/renovation is a significant undertaking that has been many years in the making. Thanks to the generosity of the Anna Jaques Hospital Community, we are in the final push towards meeting a $4 million fundraising goal which will contribute to $8 million in construction costs.

For more information, visit our dedicated Stepping Forward website at for the latest updates. A live webcam will be streaming the construction site 24/7, so you can view progress in real time.