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At the Hospitals: Aug. 31, 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Geisel, Dartmouth-Hitchcock 
Raise Record in Gifts

Hanover — Charitable gifts for Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock during the fiscal year ending June 30 totaled $36.7 million, a new 12-month record in charitable giving for the academic medical center.

A combination of broad-based support and major gifts from individuals were key to the year’s fundraising success, the medical school said in a recent news release

The donations came from more than 35,000 individuals, foundations and organizations, including more than 1,500 employees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Geisel School. Forty-eight donors made gifts of $100,000 or more to the campaign, which exceeded the previous year’s giving by $11.2 million.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock received $15.1 million, and the Geisel School received $21.6 million, including $1.37 million for student scholarships.

More than $9 million will support research and teaching in neurosciences at Geisel. That sum includes a $6.2 million bequest from the estate of Susan Diamond, formerly of Omaha, Neb.

Family Nurse Practitioner 
Joins Valley Regional Practice

Newport — Cameron A. Spivey, a certified family nurse practitioner, has joined Valley Regional Hospital’s primary care practice on Main Street in Newport.

Spivey came to Newport from Whittier, Alaska, where she provided primary care and emergency services to a primarily native population at a clinic more than 600 miles from the nearest hospital. At the clinic, she cared for patients of all ages, treating a broad range of conditions, from acute to chronic, including minor and major trauma and obstetric and gynecological care.

Prior to her work in Alaska, Spivey held staff nursing positions at hospitals in Rhode Island and Georgia, and she also practiced as a travel nurse, serving for brief terms in hospitals in several U.S. cities.

Spivey earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree as a nurse practitioner at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and is pursuing a master’s degree in public health at Benedictine University of Lisle, Ill. She holds certification in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, neonatal resuscitation program provider, advanced trauma life support, and HIV counseling and testing.

Spivey was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve in 1999. She lives in Newport.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital 
Medical Records Recognized

Windsor — Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center has been recognized for achieving Stage 6 of an eight-step electronic medical records adoption program.

The HIMISS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model allows health care organizations to analyze their level of EMR adoption and track their progress against other healthcare organizations nationwide. HIMSS Analytics is a nonprofit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

The Stage-6 designation reflects IT capabilities that position the hospital “to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs,” the hospital said in a recent news release.

Currently, only 13 percent of hospitals in the United States carry stage 6 designation, Kevin W. Donovan, hospital CEO, said in the release.

Gifford Orthopedist to Stay on

Randolph — Dr. Kenyatta Norman, an orthopedic surgeon who joined Gifford Medical Center in January, will stay on at the hospital.

Norman was hired last winter as a locum tenens physician, a doctor who covers gaps in patient care. Before joining Gifford, she worked as a locum in hospitals and health centers across the country.

“In Gifford and the region, Dr. Norman has found a place where she wants to continue to work and a community where she wants to live and raise a family,” the hospital said in a recent news release.

The services Norman provides include general orthopedics care, help for fractures, and arthroscopic surgery. Her subspecialty is orthopedic oncology.

A native of Indiana, she holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Indiana University in Bloomington and a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed an orthopedic residency at Howard University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and an orthopedic oncology fellowship at Mount Clemens Medical Regional Center in Michigan.

She is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Armistead Names Care Manager

Lebanon — Molly Jackson has been named care manager in Armistead Caregiver Services’ Upper Valley office, located in Lebanon.

For the past year, Jackson has been a caregiver for Armistead, serving clients through the Lebanon office. She has also worked for the Valley News in West Lebanon. Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H.

“Molly truly enjoys working with seniors and has had the opportunity to work with many of our Upper Valley clients,” Armistead said in a recent news release. “She is passionate about providing quality in-home care and building strong relationships with our clients and their families.”

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso

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