Ceremony opens Gilmour center

NASHUA – A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the November 2016 opening of the new Peggy and David Gilmour Medical Respite Center was held Monday, Oct. 24, at the offices of Harbor Homes and the federally qualified Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center at 45 High St., Nashua.

Medical respite is a cost-
saving, highly effective approach to provide short-term, acute and post-acute medical care for homeless individuals who are too sick or frail from injury, surgery, or illness to be released from the hospital to the streets or a shelter, but who are ready to be discharged. The Peggy and David Gilmour Medical Respite Center is the state’s first and only medical respite program which will provide interim, in-patient medical attention for people who are homeless or at risk, and who are without a safe, protected environment to either prepare for acute treatment or recuperate afterwards. It will serve to "bridge the gap’ between the hospital and home, fill the void in the delivery of quality health care services for those suffering from mental/behavioral health and substance misuse issues, provide medical detox, and offer comprehensive case management to break the cycle of homelessness.

Following the speaking program and ceremonial cutting of the ribbon, attendees were invited to tour the newly constructed Peggy and David Gilmour Medical Respite Center.