At the Hospitals: April 6, 2014



Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Among ‘100 Great Hospitals in America’

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has again been named to the annual list of 100 Great Hospitals in America, as compiled by the health care industry publication Becker’s Hospital Review.

Becker’s cited DHMC as one of the “most prominent, forward-thinking and focused health care facilities in the nation.” Hospitals included on the list are home to many medical and scientific breakthroughs, provide best-in-class patient care and are stalwarts of their communities, serving as academic hubs or local mainstays, DHMC said in a recent news release.

The only New Hampshire hospital on the list, DHMC was previously named to the “100 great hospitals” list in 2012.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is the center of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, a national leader in patient-centered health care and building a sustainable health system. In addition to its inpatient facility in Lebanon, Dartmouth-Hitchcock includes Community Group Practices and clinics around New Hampshire and Vermont, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

To develop the list, Becker’s Hospital Review conducted research, considered nominations and evaluated hospital ranking sources, such as U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals, Healthgrades, the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program and The Leapfrog Group. Becker’s notes that the list is not an endorsement of included hospitals, health systems or associated healthcare providers, and organizations do not and cannot pay for inclusion on this list.

Lebanon Center Genesis HealthCare Named Top Performer

Lebanon — Lebanon Center Genesis HealthCare, a 110-bed skilled nursing facility, was recently identified as one of the nation’s top performers by the American College of Health Care Administrators.

The ACHCA, which believes that facility excellence is a reflection of leadership excellence, honors leaders of top performing skilled nursing facilities with the annual Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award, Genesis Health Care said in a recent news release. Lebanon Center Genesis HealthCare’s administrator is Martha Chesley, who “has devoted her entire adult life to caring for the Upper Valley’s elderly and frail.”

The ACHCA’s selections were based on federal quality indicators, occupancy and three years of survey data. The facilities selected had scored in the top quartile on quality measures; received excellent results in their health, fire safety and complaint surveys; maintained 80 percent or greater occupancy; and avoided “special focus facility” status.

Orthopedic Physician Assistant Joins New London Hospital

New London — Pete Peterson, an orthopedic physician assistant and athletic trainer, has joined New London Hospital. He will see patients at Newport Health Center.

Peterson holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, where he completed the physician assistant program. He received a master’s degree in sports medicine and athletic training from Central Missouri State University and completed a one-year fellowship in orthopedic surgery at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio.

His clinical interests include general orthopedics, sports medicine, diabetic foot care and work-related injuries. As a veteran himself, he also looks forward to working with area military veterans, the hospital said in a recent news release.

Prior to joining New London Hospital, Peterson worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock as an orthopedic physician assistant. He is board certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. — Compiled by Aimee Caruso