At the Hospitals: Feb. 23, 2014
Cottage Hospital Official Is ‘CEO to Know’
Woodsville — Maria Ryan, CEO of Cottage Hospital, has been named to a list of “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know,” compiled by Becker’s Hospital Review.
Rural health care leaders face certain challenges that are not present in urban environments, Becker’s said in a recent news release. According to a 2010 report prepared by the Southwest Rural Health Research Center, only about 10 percent of physicians practice in rural areas, which can lead to physician shortages. Additionally, rural residents tend to be poorer than people in other areas, leading to “payer mix issues,” Becker’s said.
The inaugural list recognizes rural hospital and health system presidents and CEOs who have shown commitment to providing care to their patient populations in the face of those and other rural health challenges.
Leaders were selected based on awards they have received; involvement in prominent local, state, or national organizations; recent accomplishments in their community; and their organization’s recent performance. Nominations were also considered.
HCRS Child Psychiatrist Promoted to Medical Director
Springfield, Vt. — Dr. Paul Boutin has been named medical director of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont.
Boutin will succeed Dr. Ted Robbins, who has been with the agency for 39 years. Robbins recently stepped down from the role, previously called senior psychiatrist.
Robbins will stay on with HCRS as a psychiatrist.
Boutin, who has been in the mental health field for more than 11 years, joined HCRS as a new child psychiatrist for the Brattleboro office in 2013. He previously served as the child inpatient unit chief at the Brattleboro Retreat and resident physician for the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Washington’s Children’s Hospital in Seattle.
Boutin earned his medical degree from the University of Washington. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center.
New London Hospital Named to Harvard Pilgrim Honor Roll
New London — New London Hospital was among 10 New Hampshire Hospitals named to Harvard Pilgrim’s seventh annual Hospital Honor Roll.
The list recognizes adult, acute care hospitals whose performance was among the top 25 percent of those measured nationally on a set of composite quality and patient experience measures, as reported by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
New London Hospital was scored in its process of care, patient experience, and patient safety, based on data from Hospital Compare and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey results. The hospital received above average scores for patient experience and the maximum score for patient safety.
Physician Joins Valley Regional Primary Care Practice
Claremont — Dr. Alan Rogers, of South Sutton, N.H., has joined Valley Regional Hospital’s primary care practice on Main Street in Newport.
Rogers graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathy in 1985, and then completed a family practice residency at Warren Hospital, part of the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in Phillipsburg, N.J.
He has been board certified in family practice since 1989, recertifying in 2003 and 2014. He has spent the past 25 years in emergency medicine, the last 15 treating patients in Valley Regional Hospital’s emergency department.
West Windsor Resident Named MAH Employee of the Month
Windsor — Michael Leathe, of West Windsor, has been named employee of the month for February at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. The award honors his contributions as a member of the information technology team.
“Because the flow of information is essential to the operation of our hospital, and to the well being of our patients, Michael’s ability to solve problems under pressure with unfailing good cheer helps us all to carry out our mission,” said Kevin W. Donovan, CEO, in a recent news release.
“His willingness to follow up and follow through, and to help guide us all through ongoing technological changes make him an excellent choice for this award.”
Leathe, a clinical applications analyst, joined the hospital in 2009. Specializing in clinical support, he helps design hospital information software and hardware; works to ensure the integrity, security and stability of the data network; and provides technical support throughout the hospital. He was instrumental in facilitating the hospital’s adoption of the electronic medical record. Leathe was also named employee of the month in 2010.
“I come here every day to help people, and I take pride in working here,” Leathe said, in response to the most recent award. “I am part of a team effort that goes beyond my own job responsibilities, and I see the same qualities in my fellow team members. If there’s a spill, we clean it up, no matter what our assigned jobs are. We do it together.”
Urologist Joins Valley Regional Hospital
Claremont — Dr. John Russell has joined the general urology practice at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont. Russell will offer urology services at Valley Regional while the hospital conducts a search for a permanent staff physician to replace Dr. Robert Cricco, who retired last month after 35 years of practice in Claremont.
Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Russell earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and his medical degree at the University of Washington in Seattle.
He completed his internship, as well as a residency in general surgery and urology, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Russell also served for two years as assistant professor of surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
He has been in private practice in the Seattle area since 1990 and is board certified by the American Board of Urology.
Wishes Granted at Gifford
Randolph — Thanks to its Thrift Shop earnings, Gifford Medical Center Auxiliary recently funded more than $19,000 worth of “wish list” equipment requests spanning multiple departments at the hospital.
The equipment includes lending library books for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program; equipment for the inpatient hospital units; a handheld scanning device for the medical center’s Materials Management Department; pulse oximeters for primary care offices; play equipment and furniture for The Robin’s Nest Child Enrichment Center; lead shield aprons for the Sharon Health Center; and a changing table and digital scale for the Twin River Health Center.
Gifford’s inpatient unit received the bulk, $11,500, of this round’s funding.
“Many patients will benefit from the numerous requests, such as sturdier chairs for patient rooms, electronic vital sign monitoring system and alternative treatments for pain,” Alison White, vice president of patient care services, said in a recent news release. “The gifts will be a big help for both patients and staff. We would like to thank the Auxiliary for all of their hard work and support by granting our many requests.”
The Auxiliary historically has given “wish list” items to the hospital. Departments put their “wishes,” in the form of funding requests, to the Auxiliary, which reviews the list and awards what it can.
— Compiled by Aimee Caruso