At the Hospitals: March 16, 2014
VA Medical Center Names New Chief of Staff
White River Junction — Dr. Mabodawilage Ganga Hematillake has joined the VA Medical Center in White River Junction as its new chief of staff.
Hematillake has extensive experience in clinical care for veterans, research and health care administration, the VA said in a recent news release.
He started his VA career as a community-based primary care physician in Idaho, and later held several physician executive positions, including acting chief of medicine at Altoona VA Medical Center in Pennsylvania and medical director of Community Based Clinic of the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center.
He was also lead physician for rural health, telemedicine, community-based care, and spinal cord injury care operations for Central California VA Health Care System in Fresno. During his tenure there, he served on the teaching faculty of the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine as assistant clinical professor of medicine.
He was appointed chief of staff of the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in 2011.
A graduate of the St. George’s University School of Medicine, Hematillake also holds two master’s degrees in the areas of biology and pharmacy from Idaho State University School of Graduate Studies and Research. He is a graduate of the VA Network Executive Healthcare Leadership Institute, board certified in internal medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
He received the VA Stars and Stripes Excellence award and Vital Quality Innovations award from VISN 4, a network of 10 VA medical centers, for several of his quality of care innovations. He is a member of the National Spinal Cord Injury/Disability Telemedicine strategic planning team.
As National VA Primary Care Patient Aligned Care Team Telehealth field adviser, he helped draft a paper, solicited by the national VA, that addresses the need for integrating patient aligned care and home telehealth in the national VA system. It has been adopted by the national VA, which is working to achieve the recommendations outlined in the paper.
He was a member of the National VA Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Care Task Group and helped draft national ALS care guidelines in 2009.
Pediatrician Joins New London Hospital
New London — Pediatrician Ashley Miller has joined New London Pediatric Care Center, part of New London Hospital.
Miller is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, and completed her residency in pediatrics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Prior to joining New London Hospital, she worked in the pediatric department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic in Concord.
Board certified in pediatrics, her clinical interests include mental health, adolescent medicine and preventive care.
She has chaired the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Young Physicians and participated in the Adolescent Sexual Health Task Force for the Department of Health and Human Services in Concord.
Newport Health Center Has New Family Medicine Physician
New London — Lara Moody, a family medicine physician, has joined New London Hospital’s Newport Health Center.
Moody previously worked at Elliot Hospital at Windham in Windham, N.H.
She attended St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, and earned her medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina. She completed the N.H. Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency at Concord Hospital.
Her clinical interests include family medicine, general preventive care, cancer screening, smoking cessation, birth to end-of-life care, and dermatology.
Nurse-Midwife Joins Gifford Ob/Gym Midwifery
Randolph — Maggie Gardner, of Vergennes, Vt., has joined Gifford Ob/Gyn and Midwifery.
Before studying midwifery, Gardner worked at Welcoming Home Family Nurse-Midwifery in Hinesburg, Vt., where she was the office manager and assisted with both clerical and clinical work. She went on help start a midwifery practice, Tapestry Midwifery, in her hometown of Vergennes, Vt.
She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Vermont in 2001, and later returned to UVM, where she completed the master’s entry program in nursing and earned her registered nurse certificate.
She completed a master’s degree program in nurse midwifery at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky.
“Gardner cares for all types of patients, from women needing routine gynecologic care to women expecting a baby, but has special interests in breast-feeding support, Pap test follow-up, testing for and educating women on risk factors for sexually transmitted infections, and sexual health,” the hospital said in a recent news release.
Gardner is board certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives. She is seeing patients at Gifford’s clinics in Randolph and Berlin.
In addition to her midwifery experience, Gardner has worked in pediatrics, emergency medicine and infectious disease at Fletcher Allen Health Care, primarily in office assistant roles. Most recently, she was a manager at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, where she was responsible for the implementation of a new centralized lab management system for 21 Planned Parenthood health centers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Chiropractor Joins Sharon Health Center
Sharon — Chiropractor Michael Chamberland, of Essex, has joined Gifford’s Sharon Health Center.
Originally from Bellows Falls, Chamberland studied pre-medicine and nutritional sciences at the University of Vermont.
He earned his doctor of chiropractic degree at Western States Chiropractor College in Portland, Ore., and completed a chiropractic internship at Western States Chiropractic Clinics in Oregon.
Chamberland then returned to Vermont, where he opened a private practice, Catamount Chiropractic, in Colchester, and worked at Jerome Family Chiropractic in Montpelier and Temple Chiropractic in Bellows Falls. He maintains his private practice part-time.
Chamberland is board certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. His clinical interests include prevention and treatment of sports injuries, sports nutrition, posture assessment, injury risk assessment and advanced imaging.
Chamberlandworked as an alpine race coach in Vail, Colo., as well as Smugglers’ Notch, and was part of a race crew for the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championship. — Compiled by Aimee Caruso