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At the Hospitals: Jan. 13, 2013

Hospitalist Joins
Mt. Ascutney Hospital

Windsor — Dr. Joel Elzweig has joined Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center as a hospitalist. In this role, Elzweig is responsible for the inpatient hospital care of patients who do not have an assigned attending physician. He also provides direction to nursing staff and mid-level providers.

Elzweig most recently served as chief resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he taught third year medical students through physical diagnosis rounds and case-based discussions. He currently holds the position of Medical Officer of the Day at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, where he supervises residents in the emergency department and inpatient medical services.

In a recent news release, Kevin Donovan, CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, said Elzweig brings “more experience in teaching and inpatient medicine to Mt. Ascutney Hospital.”

“His focus on quality will allow us to continuously improve the care we provide every patient who comes through our doors,” Donovan said.

During his career, Elzweig has lived and worked throughout New England. He earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.

Lebanon Center Genesis HealthCare Nurse Honored

Lebanon — Jana Mallory, an advanced practice registered nurse at Lebanon Center Genesis HealthCare, was recently named one of Provider Magazine’s “20 to Watch in 2013.” The list recognizes leaders who love their work and make a difference in the lives of elders across the country, and for their commitment to improving the quality of care in the field. The national magazine recognized Mallory, a resident of Orange, for providing exceptional long term and post-acute care, Lebanon Center said in a news release last week.

In addition to implementing “early watch tools” to help prevent rehospitalizations, Mallory has also reduced medication passes on Lebanon Center’s long-term care wing, Facility Administrator Martha Chesley said in the release.

Mallory said one of her strongest leadership qualities is listening, “because everyone, literally from housekeeping to central supply to nursing has something to say that gives you insight into your patients and what they are doing.”

APD Auxiliary Receives
Spirit of New Hampshire Award

Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was recently recognized by Volunteer New Hampshire at the 2012 Spirit of New Hampshire Awards ceremony in Concord.

This award honors the auxiliary members for their “significant time and effort” raising money and serving as advocates and volunteers for the hospital, APD said in a recent news release.

Claudia Gibson, Auxiliary president, said the organization was “very pleased” to receive the Volunteer Champion Award for its commitment in support of APD.

Founded in 1932, the Auxiliary has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the hospital reach its health care goals and to provide educational scholarships to employees. In 2012, the organization, which has more than 100 members, made a pledge of $100,000 to APD’s capital campaign.

Each year, members contribute thousands of hours to the Auxiliary, volunteering and hosting events, including its annual holiday Celebration of Lights program and bi-annual antique shows.

New London Hospital Names
Community Relations Director

New London — Julie DeGalan, of New London and Campton, N.H., has been named senior director of community relations and development at New London Hospital.

DeGalan joined the hospital in November 2011 as senior director of development. She was responsible for building and managing the organization’s fundraising programs, including the annual fund and capital campaigns. In her new role, DeGalan will lead the hospital’s community relations and marketing efforts and oversee its volunteer program.

The hospital recently merged its development department and community relations department, creating new staff roles at the hospital. Annual Fund and Grants Manager Kathleen Kennedy, of New London, and Marketing and Special Events Manager Christina O’Halloran, of Hooksett, N.H., will both work under DeGalan.

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso