At the Hospitals: Alice Peck Day Launches Program for Patients with Chronic Pain, Physical Impairments

  • Forrest

  • McCormack

Sunday, November 12, 2017
New APD Program Targets Chronic Pain, Physical Impairments

Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital will begin offering a medical approach, known as “physiatry,” designed for patients with pain, physical impairments or disabilities who want to restore functional ability and quality of life.

Physiatrists commonly treat patients who have had an amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, muscle and joint injuries, and pain syndromes.

Their work is aimed at helping people manage these injuries through a variety of techniques.

Three physicians will join this practice: Andrew Forrest; Christopher Kenny, a doctor of osteopathic medicine; and Powen Hsu.

All three are certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The physiatry service will be housed in the hospital’s new multi-specialty clinic.

Forrest graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in Minnesota. He has more than 30 years of experience in physical medicine and rehabilitation, is affiliated with Catholic Medical Center, and works with medical groups including New Era Medicine in Manchester, Littleton Hospital Association, and Manchester Alcoholism Rehabilitation Center.

Kenny has spent the last 12 years in the Army as chief of the interdisciplinary pain management center and chief of the physical medicine clinic at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as medical officer of the 566th Medical Brigade.

He went to medical school at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University in Pomona, Calif., and completed his residency at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

He has earned an expert field medical badge and his certification in battlefield acupuncture.

Hsu received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Salem Hospital, in Salem, Mass., and his residency in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Sinai Hospital/Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

Hsu has more than 20 years of medical experience and practices in preventive medicine and he specializes in comprehensive wound care.

Cottage Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer Honored

Woodsville — Holly McCormack, chief nursing officer at Cottage Hospital, has been named Nurse Leader of the Year by the New Hampshire Nurses’ Association.

The award recognizes “outstanding performance by registered and student nurses, as well as exceptional support on the part of others in regard to the profession of nursing,” he association said in a news release.

McCormack, who lives in Lisbon, N.H., started at Cottage Hospital seven years ago as director of the medical surgical department. Since becoming chief nursing officer last year, McCormack has lead many departments at Cottage Hospital, including including the emergency department, the pharmacy, Ray of Hope Geriatric Behavioral Health, infection prevention, inpatient services, perioperative services and quality risk management.

Alice Peck Day Seeks Volunteers For ElderFriend Program

Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital is looking for volunteers to visit homebound seniors in the community as part of the ElderFriend program.

Volunteers make home visits once a week, and the schedule can be very flexible, Peggy Cooper, volunteer services coordinator at the hospital, said in a telephone interview. Cooper makes an effort to match people’s personalities, and many volunteer pairs develop meaningful friendships, she said.

“This program has been very rewarding on both sides,” she said. The program started 3½ years ago and many of the original pairs still meet weekly, she said. “You really develop a relationship.”

Volunteers make one two-hour visit each week, and are asked to make at least a six-month commitment to the program.

For more information, contact Cooper at 603-448-7456 or cooperm@apdmh.org.

Website Names APD Among Best N.H. Hospitals for Nurses

Lebanon — A career website for nurses, Nurse.org, has recognized Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital as one of the top hospitals for nurses to work for in New Hampshire, the hospital said in a news release.

Over the past two years, the website has collected 165 reviews by nurses at 26 New Hampshire hospitals about their workplace satisfaction. The data from New Hampshire revealed that APD has one of the highest levels of job satisfaction among its nurses.

Reviewers cited supportive co-workers, flexible scheduling, and competitive pay as the basis for the 3.8 star rating with 94 percent of the nurses surveyed recommending the hospital as an employer.

— Complied by Kelly Burch