The Kane Company Announces New “Charles L. Thayer Medical Building”

December 17, 2019

First Building in Portsmouth Medical Park is named in honor of
Highly regarded and beloved Portsmouth surgeon

Charles “Chappy” Thayer

The Kane Company announced today that it has named the first building in Portsmouth Medical Park the “Charles L. Thayer Medical Building” after Charles “Chappy” L. Thayer, M.D.  – a beloved and highly regarded surgeon who served Portsmouth and the region for decades.

“Portsmouth Medical Park will be a tremendous asset for our community and it’s only fitting that the first building in this park be named after one of the region’s most dedicated physicians who practiced medicine for more than 40 years in Portsmouth,” said Michael Kane, president and CEO of The Kane Company, one of the region’s largest real estate and development companies. “Chappy was a talented, caring and dedicated professional, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to honor his service with this name.”

Dr. Thayer served as chief of surgery at Portsmouth Hospital for years, where he remained until he retired after 41 years of service to the Seacoast community. He was the son of Jerry L. Thayer and Mary Alice Leddy of Epping, NH. Born in 1926, Dr. Thayer was the youngest of seven siblings and graduated from Epping High School. A World War II veteran, he served in the Philippines as a U.S. Army staff sergeant and medic. He graduated pre-med from the University of New Hampshire, and later from Tufts Medical School in Boston, MA. He completed his residency at UMass Memorial in Boston and opened his practice in the Seacoast area in 1958.

“My dad loved Portsmouth and the Seacoast area, and he devoted his career to caring for its residents,” said Jerry Thayer, son of Chappy Thayer. “He was a local kid, incredible physician and one of the most humble, hardworking people you’ll ever meet. He lived a full life.  This is a wonderful tribute and I know he’d be honored to have this recognition at Portsmouth Medical Park.”

The Charles L. Thayer Medical Building – a four-story, 65,000 square foot facility built to LEED Silver environmental standards – is currently under construction. The facility, which will eventually become part of a larger medical campus, will support medical offices and lab space for the region’s growing healthcare and life science sectors.

The commercial leasing space in the Charles L. Thayer Medical Building offers prospective tenants a variety of flexible floor plans that can be customized to their unique needs. The building also features a spacious lobby, energy-efficient glass and contemporary exterior finishes. It is scheduled to be completed next summer.

Portsmouth Medical Park, which is adjacent to the Jackson Gray medical facility, and steps away from the Portsmouth Regional Hospital, is designed by Manchester-based PROCON.

Last month, The Kane Company named the avenue leading to Portsmouth Medical Park “Eileen Dondero Foley Avenue” – in honor of Portsmouth’s longest-serving and beloved mayor. Foley played an integral role in city affairs and New Hampshire political life for decades. She passed away in 2016 just a few days before her 98th birthday. She compiled a long and decorated history as a public servant. Eileen Dondero Foley Avenue connects Borthwick Avenue to Portsmouth Medical Park.

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