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At the Hospitals: Feb. 22, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Valley Regional Hospital Named to Harvard Pilgrim 2014 Honor Roll Claremont — Valley Regional Hospital was recently named to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s seventh annual Hospital Honor Roll. The 2014 Honor Roll recognizes adult acute care hospitals scoring in the top 25 percent of those measured nationally on a set of composite quality and patient experience measures. “We are elated with this honor because it clearly recognizes the hard work everyone does here ,” Peter J. Wright, president and CEO for Valley Regional Healthcare, said in a recent news release. “To be honored in this way by one of the region’s premier health insurance providers …

To Your Good Health: For Some Terminal Patients, Routine Procedures Can Be Unnecessary Care

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My mother has stage 4 cancer. She just went to a dermatologist, who performed Mohs surgery on her nose. I am BEYOND upset by this unethical behavior. The country is already deeply in debt, and Medicare is paying for this? Unconscionable! Not to mention the pain and suffering of my mother, who is now at risk of a secondary infection. …

Consumer Confidential: With Purchase of EnvisionRx, Rite Aid Gets in on the Drug Intermediary Racket

Sunday, February 22, 2015

John Standley, chief executive of the Rite Aid pharmacy chain, was effusive recently in describing how consumers will benefit from his company spending $2 billion to buy EnvisionRx, a firm most people likely never heard of. The deal, he said, will allow Rite Aid to expand its “health and wellness offerings” and enhance the company’s ability “to provide a higher level of care …

Systems to Track Prescription Medicines Said to Need Improvement

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Lebanon — Legal and technical constraints have hampered efforts to develop and connect what some doctors and police view as a key tool in the local response to the nationwide opioid epidemic: the electronic systems that monitor prescriptions …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 28, 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

APD Names Associate Vice President Of Plant Operations Lebanon — Jonathan Stark has been promoted to associate vice president of plant operations for Alice Peck Day Health Systems. In his new role, Stark will support and have overall …

To Your Good Health: Colonoscopy Is Best Screening Test We Have for Colon Cancer

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband, who is 73 and in good health otherwise, had a colonoscopy in the summer of 2012 and was told that because no polyps or any problems were found, he did not need another test for 10 years. This October, he was diagnosed with …

Mascoma Clinic Hits Money Goal

Friday, December 26, 2014

Canaan — A community group that plans to build a $4 million clinic to serve the Mascoma Valley says that it has met its year-end fundraising goal of $200,000, with $180,000 in donations already received and $50,000 more expected to arrive early next year. The organizers hope to …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 21, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

APD Names Associate VP For Information Services Lebanon — Kristen Kneisel was recently appointed associate vice president for information services at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. Kneisel served most recently as the interim director and project manager for …

To Your Good Health: Give Doctor All Your Info for the Best Advice

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: About three years ago, I was walking from the parking lot to church (not a long distance) and was overcome with a feeling of warmth and weakness throughout my body. I almost dropped my purse, but it stopped almost immediately. About three weeks ago, the …

Single-Payer Effort in Vt. Enters ‘Utility’ Phase

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The push for health care reform in Vermont entered a new phase last week, when Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that he would abandon his attempt to design a system that used broad-based taxes and other public sources to …

Dartmouth Center to Fold Into Institute for Health Policy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hanover — The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, begun four years ago with much fanfare and a $35 million bankroll, will be merged into a larger and better-established affiliate of the college’s medical school, college officials have confirmed. The move could erase from the organizational chart …

Officials: Don’t Skip the Flu Shot

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Concord — This year’s flu virus, in some cases, has changed, but infectious disease doctor Benjamin Chan’s advice has not. In September, just after the virus made its debut for the season in New Hampshire, the state epidemiologist …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

D-H Names Chief Clinical Officer And Executive Vice President Lebanon — Dr. Clifford J. Belden has been named chief clinical officer and executive vice president, integrated delivery system, for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system. In this role, he will …