At the Hospitals: Dec. 1, 2013

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  • Weinstein
  • Kane

Becker’s Health Care ‘Leaders to Know’ Includes Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Dr. James Weinstein has been named one of “300 hospital and health system leaders to know” by the health care trade publication Becker’s Hospital Review.

The annual listing recognizes healthcare leaders from hospitals and health systems across the country who have shown “dedication to healthcare delivery at local, regional and national levels” and have “demonstrated great commitment to improving healthcare in America.”

The hospital and health system leaders were chosen based on a number of factors, including recognition they have received and their organization’s recent performance.

The CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock since 2011, Weinstein has set out a vision of a sustainable health system, focused on population health, value over volume, and new payment models that move away from traditional fee for service and reward health status, not just the provision of health care.

He is a founding member, with Mayo Clinic, Intermountain Health, The Dartmouth Institute, and Denver Health, of High Value Healthcare Collaborative, a partnership of 20 health systems across the country working to improve health care while lowering costs.

Weinstein is also a leader in advancing “informed choice,” designed to ensure patients receive evidence-based, safe, effective, efficient and appropriate care. In 1999, he established the first-in-the-nation Center for Shared Decision-Making at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, where patient preferences and values are an integral part of diagnostic and treatment decisions.

An internationally renowned spine surgeon and health services researcher, he has published more than 250 articles.

He founded the multidisciplinary Spine Center at Dartmouth, which has become an international model for patient-centered health care delivery. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and holds the Peggy Y. Thomson Chair in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Dartmouth Study Cites Positive Impact of Interactive, Web-Based Patient Engagement Program on First-Time Colonoscopy Patients

Death and Dying Discussion Will Focus on Quality of Life

Randolph — A free discussion about quality of life, part of a series on death and dying, is set for Dec. 5 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the conference center of Gifford Medical Center.

The discussion will focus on measuring quality of life; whether quality of life changes over time; and how one’s quality of life relates to the quality of one’s death.

“There’s a truism that’s been repeated over and over again, and that is that people die as they lived,” Cory Gould, a mental health practitioner and member of Gifford’s Advanced Illness Care Team, said in a recent news release. “We want to involve participants in a discussion of the question: ‘What gives life meaning for you?’”

The event will also include interviews with pre-selected participants, including a 90-year-old woman, about their quality of life.

Upcoming talks will focus on advance directives; what dying looks like; a “death cafe,” or open discussion about death; and a discussion on death with dignity versus assisted suicide.

For more information, call Gould, who is organizing the talk, at 802-728-7713.

Program Curbs Colonoscopy Jitters, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Study Says

Lebanon ­— A Dartmouth-Hitchcock research team has found a way to reduce patient anxiety about colonoscopy, a procedure many people avoid out of fear.

The team, headed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock gastroenterologist Corey Siegel, studied the impact of an interactive multi-media program on patient anxiety, perception and knowledge of colonoscopy. For the randomized controlled study, 51 patients received Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s standard printed pre-procedure colonoscopy packet, while 52 patients watched a web-based colonoscopy program created by Emmi Solutions, in addition to receiving the packet.

Patients who viewed the web-based program prior to the procedure were less anxious, required 18 percent less sedation medication, had a 14 percent decrease in procedure time, and were 11 percent more knowledgeable about colonoscopy than those who received only the packet.

The findings of the study were presented by team member Dr. Siddhartha Parker, a gastroenterology fellow, at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting this fall.

The researchers said that in addition to increasing patient knowledge and comfort levels, the multi-media program could lead to lower costs by saving staff time and requiring lower doses of sedatives. It could also be applied across a variety of clinical areas, in addition to colonoscopy.

“As we’ve shown, patients are coming in for procedures less anxious, more knowledgeable and having maybe quicker and easier procedures, so it’s a nice combination,” Siegel said in the release. “If we can educate patients better, engage them in the process, and therefore lower their anxiety and worry, then it makes their experience better.”

Mt. Ascutney Receives Grant For Dental Voucher Program

Windsor — Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center has received a $6,000 grant from the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation in support of the hospital’s dental voucher program. The foundation works to improve public access to oral health care and education in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

The hospital’s dental program provides financial assistance to low-and moderate-income families to assure that children and adults in the greater Windsor region have access to basic dental care, including regular dental check-ups.

“We are extremely grateful to the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation for this generous grant toward our dental voucher program,” Kevin W. Donovan, CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center said in a recent news release.  “The grant will help us continue to provide dental care to our surrounding communities, especially those who are uninsured or underinsured.”

Lebanon Man Employee of the Month At Mt. Ascutney Hospital

Windsor — Robert “Bob” Kane, of Lebanon, has been named Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center employee of the month for November in recognition of his sustained service excellence.

Kane is a registered nurse and charge nurse in the hospital’s intensive care unit. He performs complex multi-system assessments, interventions and evaluations for patients. His responsibilities include monitoring the outcomes of medication protocols, including multiple IV drips, and following up as appropriate.

“Bob is an invaluable asset to our team of medical professionals,” Kevin W. Donovan, CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, said in a recent news release. “He demonstrates calm delivery of nursing care and works as a team with other physicians in the face of stressful or life-threatening patient conditions. I commend Robert for his effort and expertise.” — Compiled by Aimee Caruso