At the Hospitals: Nov. 3, 2013
A chili cook-off at Lebanon Center Genesis on Oct. 25 raised more than $300 for the American Cancer Society. The contest, part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, was judged by Lebanon firefighters and Charles Emmons, a patient at the center. Waynetta Kimball, of Central Supply, took first place. Lebanon Center employees Em Carrier, unit manager, and Keri Ann Coutu, activities director, tied for second.
Front row, from left: Emmons, Carrier, Kimball, and Coutu. Back row, from left, Lebanon firefighters Jeff Egner, John Cook, Jon Paul, Duane Egner and Joe Fiipi.
DHMC Surgeon to Lead Medical Society
Lebanon — Dr. Daniel B. Walsh, of Norwich, was recently named president of the Vermont Medical Society.
Walsh is a resident and vascular surgeon at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a professor of surgery at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He also serves as a consulting surgeon at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
As president of VMS, he will take a lead role in the society’s public policy efforts in Montpelier and Washington, D.C. Priorities during the upcoming year include efforts to ensure continued access to quality health care during Vermont’s transition to a single-payer system as well as integrating public health and primary care.
Walsh earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He joined the DHMC staff in 1987.
DHMC Shoulder Surgeon Is Honored
Lebanon — Dr. John-Erik Bell from the Department of Orthopedics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was honored by Orthopedics This Week, the most widely read professional publication in the orthopedics field, as one of the top 28 North American shoulder surgeons. The list includes shoulder surgeons from across the country who received recommendations from thought leaders in orthopedics. Bell was the only orthopedic specialist from New Hampshire, Vermont or Maine named to the list.
Charlestown Resident Is MAH Employee of Month
Windsor — Mary Jane Desmarais, of Charlestown, has been named October employee of the month at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. The monthly award recognizes employees who provide excellent service in their respective departments and display compassion, caring and continuous hard work within their communities.
Desmarais, a case manager, has worked at Mt. Ascutney Hospital for 39 years. In her current role, she advocates for patients, helps families coordinate various services, and connects patients and families with community resources to support their discharge needs.
“Mary is described as going the extra mile on behalf of patients and their families,” Kevin W. Donovan, CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, said in a recent news release. “Her compassion, advocacy, and support for all patients have been unwavering.”
— Compiled by Aimee Caruso