At the Hosptials: July 28, 2013



Assisted Living Program Names Residential Care Coordinator

Newport — Lori Dwyer, a registered nurse, has been named coordinator of residential care at Summercrest Senior Living, an assisted living and memory care community in Newport. In her new position, Dwyer will be responsible for personal care services provided to residents in the assisted living program.

Summercrest Senior Living is a partnership with Valley Regional Healthcare, which operates Connecticut Valley Home Care. The home care division provides all resident care and nursing services to Summercrest residents.

A registered nurse for 10 years, Dwyer earned her nursing degree from Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Mass. Before joining Summercrest, she held a nursing position at Valley Regional Hospital. Earlier in her career, Dwyer worked at Elmwood Skilled Nursing Center in Claremont and Langdon Place, a skilled nursing and assisted living community in Keene, N.H.

Dwyer brings “a wealth of knowledge, leadership abilities and deep experience in caring for Lake Sunapee area seniors,” Administrator Stephen Gunnerson said in a recent news release.

New London Hospital Receives ‘Most Wired’ Award

New London — For the second consecutive year, New London Hospital has been named one of the country’s 25 “most wired” small and rural by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association. It is one of two critical access hospitals in New Hampshire to receive the award.

Most Wired health care organizations are recognized for adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.

The award is based on a national annual survey of hospitals’ technology use. Hospitals receive the award based on the use of information technology in the areas of● clinical quality and safety, clinical integration, infrastructure, and business and administrative management.

About 1,713 hospitals, roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals, responded to this year’s survey.

HCRS Appoints Director of Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services

Springfield, Vt. — Steve Klein has been named director of adult mental health and addiction services with Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont.

The division, which is new, was created when HCRS combined its adult outpatient and substance abuse division with its community rehabilitation and treatment services. The change was designed to provide integrated care for people with mental illness and/or addictions.

Klein started with the agency as director of developmental services in June 2012. Most recently, he was director of both the community rehabilitation and treatment program and of developmental services.

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso