Health Care

APD Works to Revaccinate Children After Mishandling Doses

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lebanon — Upper Valley parents and health care providers continue to respond to the refrigeration lapses that compromised vaccines and prompted a revaccination program for more than 800 young patients at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. The vaccine problems were announced in letters to parents of children who had received care at the hospital’s Robert A. Mesropian Center for Community Care. The letters, which were sent out Jan. 11, disclosed …

Fairlee Man Treks to Mount Everest To Call Attention to Son’s Disease

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fairlee — After school one rainy day last week, 7-year-old Griffin Stoudnour splashed in fresh puddles with younger brother Ronan. Inside the family home, after changing into dry clothes — best of all a new T-shirt featuring Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters — and playing with the two kittens who’d joined the …

Agency Upgrades D-H Accreditation

Monday, February 8, 2016

Lebanon — An accreditation agency that monitors the quality of hospital residency programs for training doctors just out of medical school has upgraded the status of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, which sponsors 47 such programs, and of the hospital’s training program in surgery. The actions by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education upgraded the ratings of the hospital and its third largest …

How Do We Want to Die?

Monday, December 28, 2015

There’s an old Woody Allen quip that neatly sums up our ambivalence toward our own mortality: “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” That may be a common viewpoint, but …

To Your Good Health: Frequent Bowel Movements Without Pain May Be Better Than Potential Risk Of Treatment

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 77-year-old female in good health. I am 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh 125 pounds. I exercise regularly and eat a varied, healthy diet. For some years now, I have had what I consider too many bowel movements every day. I …

Despite Fixes, Mental Health Patients in Limbo in Vermont

Friday, December 25, 2015

Randolph — Patients suffering mental health crises continue to remain stranded for days in emergency rooms at Gifford Medical Center and other Vermont hospitals despite a makeover of the statewide system of care after Tropical Storm Irene, hospital managers say. Hospital leaders said that backlog takes a toll …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 20, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Director of PTSD Center Honored White River Junction — Paula Schnurr, executive director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, received the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Lifetime Achievement Award last month …

New London Rotary Club Supports Polio Fight

Sunday, December 20, 2015

New London — The New London Rotary Club raised $675 last month to help combat polio. The money raised through the club’s End Polio Now initiative will provide more than 1,000 polio vaccinations for children in developing countries where the disease remains a threat. Each vaccine costs just …

Vt. Hospital CEO Pay Averages Over $500,000

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Montpelier — The chief executive officer at Vermont’s 14 hospitals and Dartmouth-­Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon made an average of $514,977 in 2013, according to a VtDigger analysis of tax records. The median total compensation package was $355,326. …

N.H. Ranks Near Top For Overdose Deaths

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Drug overdoses took the lives of 334 people in New Hampshire in 2014, putting the state’s death rate in the epidemic of opioid and drug abuse among the worst in the nation, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New …

Vigil Held on Norwich Green for Third Anniversary of Sandy Hook

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Norwich — Nearly 100 gun control advocates gathered along Main Street and held candles Monday evening to commemorate victims of mass shootings and to support efforts to regulate firearm ownership in Vermont. The annual vigil, organized by Gun …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 13, 2015

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Boards of Trustees Elect Chair, New Board Members Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s boards of trustees elected a new chair and three new members at its meeting earlier this month. Anne-Lee Verville, of Hopkinton, N.H., will begin her term as board chair on Jan. 1. She succeeds outgoing chair …

To Your Good Health: Vertigo’s Spinning May Be Helped by Head Exercises

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a terrible case of vertigo. I’m not sure what causes it or what I can do to prevent it from happening to me again. I was given two medications, promethazine for nausea and meclizine for vertigo, but still the problem persists. Can you …