Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal breaks ground

Record Observer - - Community - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

QUEENSTOWN — The Queenstown Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal broke ground for their new, ex­panded fa­cil­ity in an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony Thurs­day, April 28. The Queenstown Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal is owned by Mar­i­anne Bai­ley, DVM. The new clinic is be­ing con­structed ad­ja­cent to the cur­rent fa­cil­ity at 105 4-H Park Road.

Bai­ley pur­chased the clinic from Dr. Ed­ward Ham­mer two years ago. Bai­ley said she was grate­ful to Ham­mer for pro­vid­ing her with such a well es­tab­lished prac­tice and for the sup­port which she had re­ceived from him and the com­mu­nity.

The new fa­cil­ity will be just over 4,600 square feet and has been specif­i­cally de­signed to meet the needs of Bai­ley’s staff and pa­tients. Bai­ley said she chose an ar­chi­tect with ex­pe­ri­ence in de­sign­ing ve­teri­nary fa­cil­i­ties and she is pleased with the fi­nal de­sign.

The cur­rent space has only one exam room and a nar­row wait­ing room for the staff of nine. The new of­fice will have sep­a­rate wait­ing rooms for cats and dogs as well as a kids play area. There will be four exam rooms, a large treat­ment room with mul­ti­ple treat­ment ta­bles, sep­a­rate cat and dog hos­pi­tal­iza­tion and board­ing wards and a com­fort room for con­sul­ta­tions and eu­thana­sia. Bai­ley re­quested that for her clients who had to go through this dif­fi­cult process, they have a sep­a­rate exit so as not to have to pass back through the wait­ing room of cats and dogs.

The new clinic also will see up­grades with in-house di­ag­nos­tics, in­clud­ing blood work, ra­dio­graphs, ul­tra­sound, den­tal ra­dio­graphs and an in-house phar­macy to fill the ma­jor­ity of pre­scrip­tions in­stantly.

Other fea­tures in­clude spe­cial acous­tic pan­el­ing in the dog ward to re­duce noise and stress and pheromones used through­out the hos­pi­tal to cre­ate a more re­laxed visit for all pets.

Bai­ley also kept in mind the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­pand­ing to a 24-hour fa­cil­ity when cre­at­ing the de­sign for the clinic, and the new build­ing will in­clude shower fa­cil­i­ties for staff and a com­fort­able break room.

Bai­ley is joined by Heather My­ers, DVM, and Jan­ice Tesi, DVM, and four tech­ni­cians in ad­di­tion to her ad­min­is­tra­tive staff. The new fa­cil­ity is slated to open in fall 2016.

HAN­NAH COMBS

Break­ing ground for the new fa­cil­ity at Queenstown Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal, Thurs­day, April 28, 2016. From left, Don Par­sons, Com­mu­nity Bank; Rick Bai­ley; Dr. Mar­i­anne Bai­ley; Linda Fri­day, Queen Anne’s County Cham­ber of Com­merce; and Jeff Tobin, ar­chi­tect.

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