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Health Care

Efforts to Cut Health Costs Limp Along

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lebanon — An effort by the Medicare program to remake how providers of medical services and products get paid yielded modest gains to some Vermont participants during 2013, while the prospect of missed savings’ targets prompted Dartmouth-Hitchcock to postpone a report on results of a more ambitious effort focused on New Hampshire. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Pioneer ACO, a venture that includes New London Hospital and three other New Hampshire hospitals and …

Geisel Will Turn To Layoffs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lebanon — Financial woes at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine will lead to layoffs, the college said Tuesday. “As part of our plan to return to a sustainable budget, we are restructuring some areas of the medical school, which unfortunately will result in the elimination of some positions,” spokeswoman Diana Lawrence said in an emailed statement. Lawrence declined to comment “on the …

Time Is Now For Flu Shots

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lebanon — Public health advocates are recommending that members of the public get a flu shot this fall, and several organizations are offering free clinics around the Upper Valley. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from flu and pneumonia spike in December and continue into February. “It really is fascinating, how consistent the timing of the appearance and the …

Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna's Death Ruled Suicide

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

South Royalton — Cheryl Hanna, a popular professor at Vermont Law School, influential scholar on domestic violence laws and highly visible media commentator in Vermont, died by suicide using a handgun, the state medical examiner said Monday. Paul …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 3, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Outcomes and Quality Leader Joins D-H Leadership Team Lebanon — Dr. John D. Birkmeyer, a general surgeon and head of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy at the University of Michigan, has been named executive vice president …

To Your Good Health: Hypothyroid, Diabetes Are Both Autoimmune Disorders

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My oldest grandson, 17, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about three years ago and has been on levothyroxine daily, with good lab numbers since. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes mellitus three months ago. He is on insulin three times daily, and his sugars have …

New Staff Members Join HCRS in Hartford, Springfield, Vt.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — Several new employees recently joined the staff of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services. Terrisa Clark has joined the agency’s Windsor office as a community outreach specialist. New employees in the Hartford office are Tyler Hain and Emily Puffer, both of whom have taken case manager …

Nation’s Aging Population Faces Shortage of Geriatric Specialists

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Atlanta — Lillian Brown didn’t think much of it when she noticed one of her feet was darker than the other. Her doctor, though, recognized it as a sign of poor circulation. When she turned a little forgetful, Brown, 62, figured she’d be told, “That’s just part of …

Long Odds for Hospital Jobs: Hundreds Seek D-H Training Slots

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

West Lebanon — There were no drill sergeants in sight. No Outward Bound wilderness ordeals. No deals to vote anyone off the island. But as 350 job seekers flocked to a West Lebanon hotel Monday, formidable obstacles lay …

At the Hospitals: July 27, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

August Motorcycle Ride Will Benefit David’s House Lebanon — A motorcycle ride next month will benefit David’s House, a nonprofit that provides a home away from home for families with children receiving medical treatment through Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The guided ride, set for Aug. 2, …

To Your Good Health: Is It Herpes Or An Antibiotic Allergy?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Four years ago, my husband had an abscess. What started as a boil became so deep and hard that he required general anesthesia to remove it. The wound was left open, and we had to change the packing twice a day for eight weeks. It …

New Hampshire’s ‘Multistate’ Insurance Plans Sow Confusion

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hanover — As consumer alerts go, the New Hampshire Insurance Department’s July 17 “clarification on ‘multistate’ plans” was a bit dry. The alert concerned a pair of so-called multistate insurance plans sold on the federally operated Health Insurance …

A Life-Changing Illness Inspires Architecture

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In 2003, Michael Graves had just returned home from a business trip to Germany and Switzerland. He wasn’t feeling well and told colleagues at his architectural firm that he was leaving early to go home and rest. By …