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D-H Part Of New Venture

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Manchester — Three New Hampshire hospitals, including Dartmouth-Hitchcock, plan to seek cost-savings and better health outcomes with a $10 million venture that would share “clinical, financial and operational data” with the state’s second-largest health insurer. The participants — D-H, Elliot Health System in Manchester, Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, based in Wellesley, Mass. — will jointly own Benevera Health, which will employ 40 nurse managers …

Flu Vaccine Is Plentiful, And Now Is The Time

Sunday, October 4, 2015

On the cusp of another flu season, public-health professionals in the Twin States are reminding the public to take a better-safe-than-sorry attitude toward getting vaccinated. “We had vaccination clinics starting early in September,” Susan Peterson, a registered nurse who oversees prevention of infection at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, said last week. “Sometimes …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 4, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

VNA Hospice Medical Director Receives Board Certification New London — Dr. Kristi Saunders, hospice medical director for Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, has earned board certification through the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. To earn the hospice medical directors certification, physicians must pass a rigorous exam designed for those with …

Vt. Officials Analyze Health Reform Pilot

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Montpelier — State officials and medical providers say a pilot program meant to reduce Medicaid spending, while improving beneficiaries’ health, is showing early signs of success, but officials said long-term benefits will be realized over time. Vermont’s Medicaid shared-savings program is a three-year pilot that started in 2014. …

Innovation Officer At D-H Resigns

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Lebanon — The executive in charge of digitalizing and networking the medical records system and other information management technologies at Dartmouth-Hitchcock has “left ... to pursue other opportunities,” according to Rick Adams, a D-H spokesman. Adams confirmed the departure of Terry Carroll, D-H’s chief innovation officer, but declined …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 6, 2015

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Cottage Hospital to Receive $10,000 For New Health Center Woodsville — Cottage Hospital will receive $10,000 this week from its auxiliary organization for the building fund of Rowe Health Center. The money includes proceeds from Cottage Hospital Auxiliary’s …

To Your Good Health: The Risk and Reward of Blood Sugar Control Goals

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I read about a follow-up study on the ACCORD population that showed that after a few years of follow-up, people in the tight blood-sugar-control arm had fewer heart attacks and need for stents. Can you comment on this? I want to know if I should …

Hanover Terrace’s Nonprofit Status Questioned

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hanover — New Hampshire regulators have asked an Upper Valley nursing home why it has not registered as a nonprofit or filed financial and conflict-of-interest reports with the state’s Justice Department. Terry Knowles, assistant director of the department’s Charitable Trusts Unit, noted in an Aug. 21 letter to …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 30, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Geisel Name Surgery Chair Lebanon — Dr. Sandra L. Wong, the William W. Coon Professor of Surgical Oncology and associate chairwoman of clinical affairs at the University of Michigan Health System, has been named chairwoman of …

To Your Good Health: Tips for Reducing Eye Strain

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you mind providing some guidelines for preventing eye strain? I’m a graduate student, so I spend a lot of time reading, both from computer screens and from books. I will always need to read to get things done, but I’d also like my eyes …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 23, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

DHMC Physician Assistant Hits Milestone Lebanon — Thomas O. Wansleben recently marked 40 years of certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He is one of only 224 physician assistants in the United States to …

To Your Good Health: Early Satiety Often Due to IBS

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was successfully treated for H. pylori five years ago. I continue to have stomach pain, which has been diagnosed as gastritis. For the past three weeks, when I eat even a small amount of food, I feel extremely full and bloated for hours. I …

Drug Industry Links Run Deep In the Field of Sexual Medicine

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Washington — How do you measure sexual desire? If you’re a drugmaker trying to win approval for a medication to boost female libido, it might come down to two questions on a medical questionnaire. Those questions made the …