At the Hospitals: Feb. 2, 2014

VA Physicians Recognized For Supporting Military Spouse

White River Junction — Two physicians working for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction recently received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award for their support for one of their office administrators, the spouse of a U.S. Army Reservist. Deborah Amdur, director of the medical center, was also honored.

“Doctors Heiko Pohl and Douglas Robertson have supported (Lynda) Kowal during her husband’s multiple deployments and other service commitments, as well as while she served as a volunteer leader for the Family Readiness Group during a major deployment of her husband’s unit, the Engineer Battalion of the U.S. Army Reserve,” the ESGR said in a recent news release.

Kowal, of Silver Lake, N.H., is a medical support assistant for the medical center’s Gastroenterology Department. Her husband is Sgt. 1st Class Scott Kowal.

Amdur received the ESGR Above and Beyond Award, for the “overall superb support that the VA provides to all of its citizen warriors,” ESGR said.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense organization that promotes, recognizes and enhances civilian employer support of citizen warriors. The organization also facilitates “meaningful employment opportunities for citizen warriors, their spouses, and all veterans,” ESGR said.

Valley Regional Hospital Named to Harvard Pilgrim’s Honor Roll

Claremont — Valley Regional has been named to Harvard Pilgrim’s 2013 Hospital Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes adult, acute care hospitals whose performance was among the top 25 percent of those measured nationally on a set of composite clinical quality, patient experience and patient safety measures, as reported by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Leapfrog Group.

Announcing the news in an email to staff, Valley Regional president and CEO Peter J. Wright said the hospital “meets or exceeds almost all standards.”

“The clinical quality and safety results are extremely important, of course, but I am very pleased to see that we exceeded the national average on all eight Patient Experience measures,” said Wright, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“The future payment model for health care will be based on how well we and others meet quality and value measures. This recognition from Harvard Pilgrim is a wonderful affirmation of our work so far, and it is also a challenge for us to do even better in the future.”

The Honor Roll for 2013 reflects performance in quality, safety and patient experience measures during the period October 2011 to September 2012.

Celebration Planned for Graduates Of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Program

Lebanon — A graduation celebration for students who recently completed a 10-week education program, training to become employed as medical coding apprentices, is set for tomorrow at 4 p.m. in auditoriums E and F at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Thirteen students completed the intensive Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Coding Workforce Readiness Program .

More than 700 unemployed or underemployed Vermont and New Hampshire residents applied to be trained and immediately fill 13 open medical coding positions, which start at $17 an hour and include a comprehensive benefits package, the hospital said in a recent news release. The positions carry the potential to earn $18.69 per hour upon the completion of a one-year apprenticeship, based on performance.

Attendees at the celebration will include Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials, federal and state representatives, medical coding graduates and their families, and 10 new participants who will be starting the next Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Coding Workforce Readiness program that day.

The free program is “the first of many to come that exemplify what President Obama called for in his 2014 State of the Union Address: ‘ an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now,’ ” the hospital said

“ ‘That means more on-the-job training and more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life,’ ” the hospital said.

The project is a joint collaboration between N.H. Health Profession Opportunity Project, N.H. Employment Security, N.H. Works, Vermont Department of Labor, Vermont HITEC, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

It is funded in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Names Chief Human Resources Officer

Lebanon — John S. Malanowski of Appleton, Wis., will be the new chief human resources officer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, beginning tomorrow.

With more than 30 years of experience in companies such as Fidelity, Raytheon, and Kimberly-Clark, Malanowski “has demonstrated his ability to design and implement innovative strategies in areas such as team and leadership development, incentive plan design, and organizational change management,” said Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s CEO and president, Dr. James N. Weinstein, said in a news release announcing Malanowski’s appointment.

Malanowski was most recently vice president of human resources for Kimberly-Clark’s $10 billion North American consumer and European operating units.

From 2011-2013, he also served as vice chairman of the board of trustees for ThedaCare Inc., a community health system in Wisconsin.

ThedaCare employs 6,100 physicians and staff in five hospitals and 22 physician locations, serving 150,000 patients in a nine-county region in northeast Wisconsin, the release said.

Malanowski is a 1979 graduate of the State University of New York College at Buffalo and earned a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations at Michigan State University in 1981.

New Physician Joins Valley Regional’s Hospitalist Program

Claremont — Dr. Ivar Frithsen, of Walpole, N.H., has joined the hospitalist program at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont.

Frithsen comes to Valley Regional from Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, where he was a hospitalist.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Frithsen earned master of medical science and medical doctorate degrees at the Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.

He earned a master of science in clinical research degree and complete a fellowship in family medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., where he also served as assistant professor of family medicine and medical director of employee health services. Frithsen is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Sunapee Cove Concert Set for Valentine’s Day

Georges Mills — A free big band concert featuring the East Bay Jazz Ensemble is set for Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at Sunapee Cove Assisted Living, 1250 Route 11. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited; to RSVP, call Ron Andrews at 603-763-0566 by Feb. 12.

For more information, contact Andrews at 603-763-0566 or

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso