At the Hospitals: Oct. 27, 2013
New London Hospital CEO
Named AHA Delegate
New London — Bruce King, president and CEO of New London Hospital, has been elected by the American Hospital Association to serve as a section for small or rural hospitals delegate and a member of the policy board, starting in January.
The section, which includes more than 1,600 small or rural hospital members, works with state and regional associations to monitor its constituents concerns, develop policy and identify solutions.
April 2013 marked King’s 10-year anniversary as president and CEO of the hospital. Before joining New London Hospital, King was vice president of contracting and network development for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Alliance and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic organizations in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Joins Mt. Ascutney Hospital
Windsor — Dr. Bilal Rizvi, of Lebanon, has joined Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center as a hospitalist.
Hospitalists include physicians and other providers who engage in clinical care, teaching, research or leadership in the field of general hospital medicine. In addition to managing the clinical problems of acutely ill hospitalized patients, hospital medicine practitioners work to enhance the performance of hospitals and health care systems.
Rizvi completed his residency in internal medicine at Creighton University Medical Center in Nebraska. He received his bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degrees from Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences in India.
Ottauquechee Health Foundation Receives Dental Grant
Woodstock — The Ottauquechee Health Foundation of Woodstock recently received a $1,000 grant to support dental work for people in need.
The foundation makes grants on behalf of individuals who are unable to pay for health care. The recent grant from Northeast Delta Dental Foundation will help fund Good Neighbor dental grants.
Since 1997, the foundation has provided more than $2.5 million toward the health needs of residents of Barnard, Bridgewater, Hartland, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, Quechee and Woodstock. Of the grants the foundation has awarded, two thirds have been for dental care.
“Given the changes in medical and dental care costs, we have found that more and more families in our community are underinsured or uninsured and put off taking care of their health until they present with emergency situations,” said Sherry Thornburg, executive director, in a recent news release. With the grant, she said, “more individuals in our community will receive the dental care treatment they need.”
Northeast Delta Dental Foundation funds the Vermont Head Start/Early Head Start Tooth Tutor Program; administers dental benefits in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire; and offers dental insurance for organizations, individuals, and families who lack access to employer-funded dental benefits.
Hundreds Attend Health, Wellness Fair
Claremont — Almost 400 people turned out for a community health and wellness fair earlier this month at Valley Regional Hospital.
In all, 116 people received flu vaccinations, and 200 people received free health screenings. Valley Regional’s second annual health fair on Oct. 19 also featured tours of the hospital, prizes and healthy snacks. Representatives from more than 30 other local nonprofit organizations took part in the fair.
— Compiled by Aimee Caruso