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Celia Hester, left of Enfield, N.H., and Nettie Olson of Canaan, ask questions of Peter Thurber, a member of the Mascoma Community Healthcare Inc. Board of Directors, during an informational session at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, N.H., on August 18, 2014 regarding a proposed $4 million clinic to open in Canaan in October 2015, bringing personal care closer to people who regularly make a 40-minute drive to Lebanon hospitals. 
(Valley News- Sarah Priestap)

‘Convinced It Will Happen’

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Canaan — About 75 people gathered at the Cardigan Mountain School this week to support plans to build a $3.95 million clinic that could eventually provide a range of medical, dental, mental health and related services to residents here and in four neighboring towns. “Come together as a community and we can make this happen,” Scott Berry, a former executive …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 17, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Health Care Analytics Leader Joins Dartmouth-Hitchcock Lebanon — Dr. Robert A. Greene, a national leader in health care analytics and new payment models, has joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock as executive vice president and chief population management officer. Greene will have accountability and oversight for improving population health. “This is a critical position as we work …

Medicare Ruling Could Mean $12 Million Hit to Vt. Hospitals

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Randolph — The instructions alone stretch out for 291 pages. The completed form (CMS-2552-10, if you’re playing along at home) prints out into a stack of papers more than an inch thick. And the audit and reimbursement process lasts for years — even if there are no appeals. Welcome to the complex and …

Special Needs Center Seeks Volunteers

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lebanon — The Special Needs Support Center in Lebanon is looking for volunteers, including board members. The nonprofit’s mission is “to help children and adults with special needs, and their families, meet their unique challenges through advocacy and program support.” Longtime members Robin Cushman Phillips, Rita Murdoch and …

Blood Drive Memorializes Slain Veteran

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — An American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday will honor the late Army Sgt. Kevin Sheehan. Sheehan, who grew up in Springfield, was killed in combat in Iraq on May 25, 2004, at age 36. The blood drive has been organized by his widow, Heather Sheehan, …

At the Hospitals: June 22, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cedar Hill Health Care Receives Bronze National Quality Award Windsor — Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze Commitment to Quality Award. The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the …

To Your Good Health: Most Medication Increases Fall Risk

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: You recently wrote that antihistamines used for sleep can increase risk of falls. Are there any sleep aids that don’t increase fall risk? — C.A.L. Answer: Since almost all medications are associated with fall risk, reducing the overall number of medications should be a goal …

A Spark of Life for Old Junior High

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lebanon — An open house Friday celebrated the old junior high building’s new life as a home — for both a community center for people with special needs, and the occupants of 42 loft-style studio apartments. Built around …

Geisel School Dean Plans to Step Down

Friday, June 20, 2014

Hanover — Dean Wiley “Chip” Souba of Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine plans to step down at the end of this month, bringing an unexpected end to a four-year tenure in which breakthroughs in research funding and …

Claremont City Council Questions Smoking Ban

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Claremont — As the City Council continues to grapple with whether to prohibit smoking in some city parks, the question of whether municipalities have the authority to pass a ban using the state law that bans indoor smoking in a number of public places seems unclear. Newport’s new …

An App for Easing Autism

Monday, June 16, 2014

Think about how you talk to another person. When it’s someone you know and are comfortable with, the conversation often has a natural pace and rhythm, and each person can understand some of how the other person feels …

Sunday, June 15, 2014

West Lebanon Dental Hygienist to Retire Lebanon — Nan Reed, a veteran dental hygienist with Drs. Osofsky, Sabatelle, and Patel in Lebanon, will retire after 38 years with the dental practice and a total of 46 years in …

Can Styrofoam Cause Cancer?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: A co-worker and I are at odds over a recent incident, about which I seek your opinion. I purchased a large mocha caramel latte from a well-known coffee shop. When I arrived at work, a job situation demanded our attention and, when I was able …