At the Hospitals: June 1, 2014
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Names Chief Nursing Officer
Lebanon — The Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system has chosen as its new chief nursing officer an executive who since 2009 has held a similar post at the nation’s fourth-largest Catholic health system.
Gay Landstrom is chief nursing officer and a senior vice president at CHE Trinity Health in Livonia, Mich. She is the top nurse in an enterprise with 47 hospitals, 56,000 employees and annual revenue of $9 billion. Her responsibilities there include patient care services throughout CHE Trinity Health’s nationwide network of 47 hospitals and numerous long-term care, home care and outpatient facilities.
Landstrom is scheduled to start at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on July 28.
D-H, with 8,850 employees and annual revenue of $1.3 billion, did not disclose the terms of Landstrom’s employment agreement.
Former Dartmouth-Hitchcock Chief Nursing Officer Linda Von Reyn, who retired in April, had a 2012 compensation package of $496,000. Landstrom, whose 2011 compensation at Trinity Health totaled $508,000, is a candidate for a doctorate in nursing at the University of Michigan and represents nurses on the Michigan Certificate of Need Commission, which sets criteria that regulators use to review proposed investments in health care facilities.
“As we work to create a sustainable health system and improve the lives of the people and communities we serve for generations to come, the importance of the role of nursing cannot be overstated,” James N. Weinstein, CEO and president of D-H, said in a recent news release. “Gay’s experience and passion will be enormously valuable as we work toward an optimal professional experience for our nursing staff and optimal patient experience for those we serve.”
Landstrom will be a member of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s senior leadership team, reporting directly to Weinstein. She will have responsibility for inpatient and outpatient nursing across the system, which represents almost 30 percent of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s workforce.
Landstrom holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rush University in Chicago and a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Alice Peck Day Creates External Affairs Department
Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Health Systems has created a new department in order to strengthen its presence in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire, the organization said in a recent news release. The external affairs department will integrate the work of the Development, Communications, Community Health and Volunteer Services departments.
“The goal is to create an integrated program that improves communication about APD and builds support for our work,” said Sue Mooney, president and CEO of APD. “This is particularly important as we look to our future as a community-focused healthcare provider that is affiliated with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.”
The change did not involve any layoffs. Melanie Moore, associate vice president of philanthropy and community relations, will be retiring at the end of the summer.
The new department will be led by Peter Glenshaw, who will serve as associate vice president for external affairs. Glenshaw is a longtime Upper Valley resident with 25 years of experience in communications, development and community relations with Harvard University, Dartmouth College and Vermont Law School. He was director of community relations at Dartmouth and most recently served as director of communications at Vermont Law. He has served in a number of local nonprofit and civic volunteer roles and is a board member with the Lyme Foundation. He joined APD on May 19.
Local Women Honored
New London — A Stevens High School student and New London resident were among those honored at Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice’s 15th annual “Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon” earlier this month.
The event honors local women for exceptional community service and raises money for the nonprofit’s pediatric program.
Erin Truesdell, a junior, was named this year’s “High School Student Who Makes a Difference.” The award recognizes female high school juniors or seniors for exceptional service, scholarship and character.
Gladys R. Smith, of New London, was this year’s “Woman Who Makes a Difference.” A nonagenarian, Smith has been active in the local community for decades and still volunteers regularly.
Joan Biron and Jan Sahler, both of Wilmot, N.H., and Mary Gutgsell, of New London, received “Sparkle” awards honoring their attendance at all 15 luncheons. This year’s luncheon drew the largest crowd in its history — more than 200 people attended.
Students are nominated by their principals, teachers or guidance counselors. Anyone may submit a nomination for the “Woman Who Makes A Difference” award.
— Compiled by Aimee Caruso