At the Hospitals: March 30, 2014



Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Honored for Design Innovation

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is one of two recipients of The American College of Healthcare Architects’ inaugural Legacy Project Awards.

The award, the first of its kind, celebrates design innovation that endures throughout the life of a healthcare project.

“Dartmouth-Hitchcock represents a paradigm shift in hospital design, incorporating and foretelling some of the most significant healthcare delivery and design issues of the past 25 years,” DHMC said in a recent news release. That includes a patient- and family-centered campus; a focus on managing first costs and ongoing operational costs with a series of connected, yet discrete buildings; a mall as the organizing concept and circulation backbone; the use of daylight and views of nature as a wayfinding strategy and a partner to medical treatment; and a bench-to-bedside approach that connects clinical care, research, and education.

Shepley Bulfinch completed Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s 1.2 million square foot medical center in Lebanon in 1991, to provide a physically integrated campus of clinical, academic, and research facilities that would be flexible and adaptable over time.

“This is a place where great health care happens, but in a place that’s really warm and inviting, personal, and caring,” said Susan Reeves, who was patient move coordinator for Dartmouth-Hitchcock when the hospital moved in 1991, and now serves as a vice president at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. “That has been true from the day we opened until today. We still have patients and families walk in for the first time who say that it doesn’t feel at all like they’re coming into a medical center, and that’s the effect we wanted.”

Since it opened, the campus has more than doubled in size in a succession of projects, most by Shepley Bulfinch, adding research, clinical, and administrative space. Its success stands as testimony to the clear organizing concepts of its original design, DHMC said.

“In the past decade our inpatient admissions have grown by roughly 30 percent, our OR cases roughly 60 percent … one in every four inpatient surgeries in the state of New Hampshire is performed here,” Daniel P. Jantzen, chief operating officer of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, said in the release. “And so when I think of the original vision for this facility — an academic medical center serving a rural area — it’s really stood the test of time, and done exactly that.”

According to D. Kirk Hamilton, Texas A&M University professor and founding father of ACHA, the legacy of the project is its “ability to double the area of the original project ... while maintaining the integrity of the original facility principles.”

Since its completion, Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been cited as a model of healthcare planning and design in numerous publications. In 1994, it received the Healthcare Facility Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Recognized For Worksite Wellness

Windsor — Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center recently received a Silver Level Award for Worksite Wellness from the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The award was presented at the Worksite Wellness Conference last week in South Burlington. Gov. Peter Shumlin presented the awards at the event, which was hosted by the council and the Vermont Department of Health.

The annual Worksite Wellness awards recognize Vermont employers that encourage and help employees improve their overall health.

New London Hospital Doctor Named To D-H Quality Committee

New London — Dr. Steven Powell, chief medical officer and medical director of psychiatric services for New London Hospital, has been named to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Quality Committee.

The committee is responsible for organizational efforts relating to patient safety, clinical quality improvement and quality assurance efforts at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. It comprises senior quality assurance healthcare leaders, clinicians, administrators and community members.

Powell will be presenting on quality initiatives next month at the American College of Physician Executives Annual Meeting in Chicago. His talk is “Quality Initiatives: Which Initiatives are Related to Finance and Compliance — and Why Does it All Matter?”

He holds a medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Ga., and a master of public health degree from The Dartmouth Institute. He completed residencies in internal medicine, preventive medicine and psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Gifford Staff Raise $520 For March of Dimes

Randolph — Blue jeans-clad Gifford Medical Center employees recently raised $520 for the March of Dimes.

Each year, the Randolph medical center and its outlying health clinics participate in the fund-raiser, which allows employees who donate $5 to the March of Dimes to wear jeans to work on Fridays. This year, more than 100 employees participated. Gifford is also a sponsor of the upcoming central Vermont March for Babies walk on May 4 at Montpelier High School. To sign up, go to

The March of Dimes raises funds through a variety of events to help prevent birth defects, premature births and infant mortality.

Other businesses wishing to wear “Blue Jeans for Babies” can contact the March of Dimes in Vermont at 802-560-3239.

Crisis Workshop Set in Newport

Newport — A free class about helping people in crisis is set for April 10, from 8-10 a.m. at Sugar River Bank, 10 No. Main St.

Liz Hennig, a certified trainer in Lifelines and UMatter suicide prevention, will lead the workshop, which is designed to help attendees be more comfortable and confident helping friends, family members or strangers in need. The group will also discuss ways to improve community response to people in crisis.

“Sullivan County has higher than average rates of mental illness at many stages of life,” Hennig said in a recent news release. “Many of us are eager to help our neighbors when they’re in trouble, but when it comes to mental illness, people don’t always know what to do. This training will help them take the first steps.”

Registration is requested. To register, go to, or contact Bridgett Taylor at or 802-356-9353. Refreshments will be provided.

The workshop is hosted by the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network and Communities United Regional Network, which works to fight substance abuse in Sullivan County.

Funds for the event have also been provided by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. — Compiled by Aimee Caruso