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CMC Continues Support of the Farnum Center

In the late 1970’s, Eliot Priest, a recently retired executive from Public Service of New Hampshire, was serving as a board member at Catholic Medical Center (CMC) when he learned of an alarmingly high number of patients coming in for alcohol detox and being released with no place to go for continued treatment. Concern that these patients were detoxing, only to be back on the street with no long term help for recovery, drove him to seek out funding from local businesses.Detox Unit Farnum

With financial support secured and a commitment from CMC to lease the old Sacred Heart School of Nursing at a rate of $1 per year, Eliot Priest opened the Farnum Center on Hanover Street in 1981.

Now in 2013, Catholic Medical Center is proud to continue its support of the new Farnum Center, a comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse treatment facility serving 1,400 clients and their families annually, at Queen City Avenue.


Dr. Cheryl Wilkie, Senior Vice President of Substance Abuse Services welcomes guests at the dedication on June 6, 2013.



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