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At the Hospitals

APD Patient Accounts Director Earns Certification

Lebanon — Jess Brown, director of patient accounts at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, was recently certified as a revenue cycle representative by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

The certification is awarded to those who complete the revenue cycle representative course and pass a comprehensive examination.

Only a few members of the New Hampshire-Vermont Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association have received the certification, the hospital said in a news release last week.

Brown, who lives in Ascutney, joined APD in 2010 as an insurance receivable specialist and advanced to her current role, the hospital said.

Gifford Awards Support Nursing, Arts Education

Randolph — Gifford Medical Center has awarded a grant and scholarship, each for $1,000, to an employee and a local arts organization.

Operating room nurse Desiree Frappier received a scholarship of $1,000 in memory of Dr. Richard Barrett. Frappier, of Waterbury, Vt., plans to become a perioperative nurse.

She is seeking her registered nurse degree at Vermont Technical College.

The Randolph-based Arts Bus Project, which provides arts education in seven communities, received the Philip D. Levesque Memorial Community Award.

The annual award supports a nonprofit agency or organization involved in the arts, health, community development, education or the environment. It is named for the late Philip Levesque, Gifford’s president and chief executive officer from 1973-1994.

New London Hospital Increases Inpatient Beds

New London — New London Hospital has increased the number of inpatient hospital beds from 15 to 20. The change was made after an internal analysis by the finance committee of the board of trustees confirmed the need.

The increase will provide more local skilled nursing beds and acute care beds and help the hospital meet its responsibilities as a partner in the new Medicare Accountable Care Organization and in an anticipated affiliation with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, the hospital said in a news release last week.

The analysis considered the costs and benefits associated with increasing the number of inpatient beds, including revenue and expenses, including the need for increased staffing.

It also examined the patient referral and transfer rates for D-HH and increases in the number of patient days by month over the past five years.

Food Drive Under Way in Hanover

Hanover — Staff and residents at Hanover Terrace Healthcare are collecting food for Upper Valley Haven.

The Haven’s services include shelters for adults and families and a food shelf.

The nursing and rehabilitation center at 49 Lyme Road will accept donations of non-perishable boxed or canned goods from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 22.

The food drive is timed to coincide with national nutrition month and national social work month.

For more information, contact Meghann Brough at 603-643-2854 or Debbi Henry at 603-667-0638.

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso