At the Hospitals: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Radiologists Receive National Awards

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  • Three Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center radiologists, Drs. Nancy McNulty, Petra Lewis and Jocelyn Chertoff, have been honored by the Association of University Radiologists. The three also are faculty at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. (Courtesy photograph)

  • Alan Kono MD

Sunday, February 26, 2017
DHMC Radiologists Receive National Awards

Hanover — Three Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center radiologists have been honored by the Association of University Radiologists.

Drs. Jocelyn Chertoff, Petra Lewis and Nancy McNulty also are faculty at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine.

Chertoff, the chair of Geisel’s Radiology Department and a past president of the Association of University Radiologists, received the Gold Medal. The organization’s highest honor, it recognizes distinguished service or contributions to the association, academic radiology or the field of radiology.

Chertoff and Lewis each received an achievement award, Lewis for education and Chertoff for service.

The awards are given annually by the Association of Program Directors in Radiology, an affiliate of Association of University Radiologists. They recognize “significant contributions to the advancement of education in radiology,” according to a Geisel news release.

McNulty received an excellence in education award from the Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology, part of the Association of University Radiologists. The award honors an educator who has made significant contributions to medical student radiology education nationally.

“It is a rare honor to chair a department that can claim four significant awards in a single year,” Chertoff said. “I feel very lucky to have such dedicated friends and colleagues in our department and in these organizations. They have been and continue to be an inspiration to me.”

West Central Behavioral HealthReceives $10,000 Grant

Lebanon — West Central Behavioral Health, a Lebanon-based mental health organization, has received a $10,000 grant from Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital to support increased access to its services.

Access to mental health treatment was identified as a top priority in the 2016 Upper Valley Community Health Needs Assessment.

In a news release from APD, Suellen Griffin, president and CEO of West Central Behavioral Health, said the organization was grateful to the hospital for its “support and understanding about the importance of access to treatment.”

The grant will support West Central Behavioral Health’s Same Day Access Project, which is expected to launch this spring.

The initiative is designed to cut wait times for mental health treatment, which can sometimes extend to weeks or months for people who are not in crisis, Catherine Hogan, the nonprofit’s director of development and community relations, said in an interview. Under the new system, people will be seen within a day or two.

Similar efforts to streamline the process are being rolled out in behavioral health clinics across the country, Hogan said. West Central Behavioral Health will be the first of the state’s ten community mental health centers to implement the change.

“We hope other mental health centers follow our lead,” Griffin said in the release.

Cardiologist Will Address Annual Meeting

Newport — A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center cardiologist will be the guest speaker at Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice’s annual meeting next month.

Dr. Alan T. Kono is the medical director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Program and the Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit at DHMC. Kono will discuss his work collaborating with the VNA’s palliative care team to help address the needs of patients with advanced cardiac disease.

The meeting is set for March 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the community room at Sugar River Bank, 10 N. Main St. To RSVP, contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 or craymond@lakesunapeevna.org.

Originally from Hawaii, Kono attended Dartmouth Medical School. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a fellowship in clinical cardiology at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, and a research fellowship in cardiovascular physiology at Johns Hopkins University.

Kono joined the academic staff at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in 2003.

He had previously worked in Honolulu at Tripler Army Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente, and served as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Hawaii.

Springfield Man is Employee of the Month

Windsor — James Newhall, of Springfield, Vt., has been named employee of the month for January at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center.

Newhall joined the hospital just over a year ago. He works in the Housekeeping Department.

In a hospital news release, John Frisbee Jr., multi-service general manager, said Newhall is “great at his job” and that the recognition seems “long overdue.”

“He’s kind, enthusiastic and is always ready to help,” Fisbee said.

“James is a great addition to our team, ensuring our buildings are always clean, well stocked and ready to serve the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center staff and public. His positive attitude is known by all, and his quick response to housekeeping needs is a welcome relief.”

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso