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At the Hospitals: Dec. 15, 2013

  • Andrews


  • Shaffer


  • Andrews
  • Shaffer

Newbury, N.H., Resident to Lead Assisted Living Community

Sunapee — Rolande “Ron” Andrews, of Newbury, N.H., has been named executive director of the new Sunapee Cove Assisted Living community on Route 11 in Georges Mills. The facility, newly renovated, is slated to reopen under new ownership at the end of January.

Andrews, a certified assisted living administrator, has worked for more than 20 years in the assisted living industry in New Hampshire. She served for 15 years as administrator at Harvest Hill assisted living and The Woodlands at Harvest Hill in Lebanon. She is also a former director of food services at Alice Peck Memorial Day Hospital and Harvest Hill.

Sunapee Cove, which was built and operated by South Woodstock residents Diana and Tom Hayes, closed in 2010, mainly due to the recession, Diana Hayes said in a phone interview. It is now part of Boston-based HallKeen Assisted Living Communities, which bought the facility last year.

At Sunapee Cove, Andrews is responsible for “overseeing fiscal management, state regulation compliance, planning, direction and implementation of programs and policies to ensure the well-being of residents, visitors and staff,” HallKeen said in a recent news release. A New Hampshire native, she holds degrees from Rivier University in Nashua, N.H., and St. Joseph’s College in Windham, Maine.

Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner Joins Mt. Ascutney Hospital

Woodstock — Kristen Shaffer, of Woodstock, has joined the Ottauquechee Health Center as an advanced practice nurse practitioner.

In this role, Shaffer provides same day appointment access for patients Ottauquechee Health Center, part of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. She performs physical examinations, minor surgical and therapeutic procedures, medical treatments, and follow-up assessments. In addition, she is responsible for facilitating referrals and providing guidance and counseling to patients.

Shaffer has worked in the medical field for 15 years. Prior to joining Mt. Ascutney Hospital, she held several positions with the Providence Health System in Portland, Oregon. Most recently, she treated patients in the Providence Newberg Medical Center Emergency Department. During her tenure, she also created and implemented educational programs and developed practice guidelines for emergency care within a large multisystem health organization in Oregon.

Shaffer holds a master’s degree in nursing and is a certified family nurse practitioner.

Cottage Hospital Receives HealthStrong Award

Woodsville — Cottage Hospital was recently recognized by iVantage Health Analytics as a HealthStrong Award winner for excellence in efficiency. The awards reflect the hospital’s place in the top quarter of acute care hospitals in the nation in efficiency.

The awards are based on the Hospital Strength Index, a national ratings program developed by iVantage to recognize top performing hospitals based on metrics “critical to success in the new health care marketplace,” according to a recent release from the hospital.

The index ranks the country’s approximately 4,400 general acute care hospitals, including more than 1,300 critical access hospitals. It is based on eight categories, measuring 56 different performance benchmarks.

Compiled by Aimee Caruso