At the Hospitals: March 10, 2013

Oncology Chair Named
At Cancer Center and
Geisel Medical School

Lebanon — Dr. Marc Ernstoff has been appointed the O. Ross McIntyre Chair in Oncology at Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

“Since Ross McIntyre was an important mentor to him, it is most appropriate that Dr. Ernstoff is the inaugural recipient of this chair,” Mark Israel, director of the cancer center, said in announcing the appointment. “He has played a pivotal role in the continuing development of NCCC. His high standards for himself and others, and his commitment to better cancer therapies through research, have moved the Cancer Center to a more robust and forward thinking position in clinical research.”

Ernstoff, professor of medicine and associate director for Clinical Research at Norris Cotton, studies the immunobiology of cancer and conducts clinical trials, primarily with patients who have melanoma and renal cell cancer. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, and a master’s degree from New York University School of Medicine.

The endowed professorship is named for longtime Norris Cotton Cancer Center director O. Ross McIntyre, internationally known for his contributions to hematology and oncology.

Aging Resource Center Offers Free Spring Program Series

Lebanon — Registration is open for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center’s spring programs. The schedule includes classes on healthy aging, memory health, caregiving, and spiritual and mental wellness. A new series, “Understanding Your Options,” looks at long-term care options and money matters, including benefits for veterans, Social Security and Medicare. Some classes start this week.

To review a course schedule, go to To request a printed program guide, contact the Aging Resource Center at 603-653-3460 or

To register, go to or call the center. Sign up will also be available at the opening reception for an art exhibit featuring the work of nature and wildlife photographer Tom Sears on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon.

In addition to classes, the center also offers ongoing support and discussion groups.

Orthopedic Surgeon
Joins APD

Lebanon — Orthopedic surgeon John P. Houde, of Meriden, has joined Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital.

Houde, who has 15 years of experience as a board certified orthopedic surgeon, specializes in general orthopedics and sports medicine. He is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. He also served in the Air Force as an orthopedic surgeon. Before joining APD, Houde was affiliated with Valley Regional Hospital.

New Staff Members Join Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center

Springfield, Vt. — Two new employees have joined Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Lisa Dowd, admissions coordinator, is responsible for coordinating and completing pre-admission and admission documents and other information and decisions regarding patients. Dowd also works to ensure compliance with regulations, oversees guest services, and coordinates educational events. Before joining the center, Dowd was public relations and marketing coordinator for Borlind of Germany Inc. and has worked with Upper Valley Humane Society in community relations, marketing and event coordination. She earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Granite State College.

Social worker Erin Wells is responsible for the well-being of patients at the center. She works to develop plans of care that address clinical and nutritional needs, activities and daily support. Wells also acts as an advocate for patients, addressing questions and providing customer service. She previously served as a child care manager in Lebanon and also worked for Clinton County Advocacy and Resource Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Plattsburgh (N.Y.) State University.

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso