At the Hospitals: May 25, 2014



Gifford Named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Randolph — Gifford Medical Center in Randolph has been named among the nation’s top 100 performing critical access hospitals by iVantage Health Analytics.

The designation is based on iVantage’s “Hospital Strength Index,” which includes 66 performance measures, such as quality, patient outcomes and satisfaction, affordability, population health and hospital financial strength. Nearly 1,250 critical access hospitals across the nation were evaluated.

A 25-bed hospital in Randolph, Gifford has eight outlying health centers. For the last 14 consecutive years, Gifford has met its state approved budget and operating margin, “a unique feat amid challenging economic times,” the hospital said. At the same time, it has also “embraced community health improvement initiatives that benefit patients,” such as Vermont Blueprint for Health, and achieving Federally Qualified Health Center status.

A critical access hospital is a hospital certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. The program, which is intended to reduce hospital closures in rural areas, promotes a process for improving rural health care and focuses on community needs. Federally Qualified Health Centers are also nationally designated, but rather than inpatient care, they support outpatient primary care, including mental and dental health.

Springfield and Copley hospitals in Vermont also made the list.

Neurosurgeon to Join APD Staff

Lebanon — Dr. Harold Pikus, of Upper Valley Neurology Neurosurgery, will join the staff of Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital next month.

Pikus will be performing neurological surgery including spinal, neck and low back surgery, as well as peripheral nerve procedures. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from McGill University in Canada and earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He completed his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and a fellowship in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami (Fla.) School of Medicine. Prior to joining Upper Valley Neurology Neurosurgery, he was the chief of neurosurgery and the medical director of radiosurgery at Doctors Hospital in Florida.

Pikus has expertise in the management of cerebrovascular diseases; spinal diseases, including minimally invasive surgical approaches; brain tumors; hydrocephalus; trigeminal neuralgia; radiosurgery; and cranial and spinal trauma. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice Volunteer Receives Award

New London — Dorie Morrow, a volunteer with Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, recently received the Joseph D. Vaughan award.

The award honors Granite Staters over the age of 60 who demonstrate outstanding leadership and volunteer service on behalf of older New Hampshire residents. It is awarded annually to a couple or individual in each of the state’s 10 counties.

Morrow’s commitments with Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice include its Good Day Respite program, hospice program, hospice vigil team and community flu clinics. She also provides clerical support for several departments at the agency. Her supervisor describes her as deeply caring, and “consistently reliable and proficient at all she does,” the VNA said in a recent news release.

“One of my favorite things about New Hampshire is the ‘all-hands-on-deck’ spirit of our people. We roll up our sleeves, pitch in and work together to improve our communities,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan, who presented the award to Morrow earlier this month during a ceremony at the State House. “Congratulations to a volunteer whose caring, good deeds and unselfish heart make a priceless difference to so many.”

Since 1999, Morrow has logged more than 300 volunteer hours. Last year, she drove 1,500 miles as part of her efforts.

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Receives Safety and Health Award

Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital recently received a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program award from the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The award is presented for implementing exceptional workplace safety and health programs and maintaining low employee injury and illness rates, APD said in a recent news release. The hospital is one of only six New Hampshire companies that currently hold the distinction, APD said.

The program exempts employers with outstanding programs and low injury/illness rates from random compliance inspections.

New Hampshire businesses can become eligible for the SHARP award by requesting an assessment of their safety and health program and undergoing a workplace inspection conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Service of the Planning, Prevention and Assistance Unit. — Compiled by Aimee Caruso