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At the hospitals: Nov. 3, 2019

  • Meara

  • Matthew Geary PT

  • Danette Krushel PT

Published: 11/2/2019 10:29:26 PM
Modified: 11/2/2019 10:29:23 PM
Dartmouth professor elected to the Academy of Medicine

HANOVER — A professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and an adjunct professor of economics at Dartmouth College has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, according to a news release.

Ellen Meara’s appointment was announced in late October at the academy’s annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Meara, the Peggy Y. Thomson Professor in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, focuses her research on non-medical determinants of healthcare use, health and employment. Much of her work focuses on disabled populations, including people who are struggling with mental illness and substance use disorders.

“I am incredibly honored to be recognized by the profession in this way and am eager to support (the National Academy of Medicine)’s mission of offering independent advice to improve health for all,” Meara said in the release.

Meara is co-faculty director of Dartmouth’s Master of Health Care Delivery Science program, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Health Economics and is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in mathematical methods for social sciences and political science, and a doctorate in economics from Harvard University.

Former state rep. gets hole-in-one at Springfield event

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — For the first time in the 19-year history of the annual Springfield (Vt.) Hospital Golf Challenge, a player hit a hole-in-one on one of the big prize-winning holes during the Sept. 19 event.

Former state rep. Mark Huntley, of Cavendish, Vt., landed the hole-in-one during this year’s event at the Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow, Vt., winning $10,000, according to a news release.

Twenty-two teams participated in this year’s event, and more than 60 businesses and individuals sponsored the event that raised over $14,000 for Springfield Hospital. Proceeds from event are being used to purchase equipment for the urology department and operating room at Springfield Hospital.

New physical therapists join Dartmouth-Hitchcock

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock has hired two new Lebanon-based physical therapists, the organization announced in an email.

Danette Krushel, who now works at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, holds a doctorate in physical therapy from Springfield (Mass.) College and has been working with a variety of populations in the outpatient setting the past two years. She has combined her previous work experience as a computer specialist to investigate physical therapy-related topics.

In addition, Matthew Geary has joined D-H’s outpatient clinic at Heater Road. Geary holds a doctorate in physical therapy from the Maine-based University of New England and has worked in outpatient sports medicine throughout New England for the last decade.

HCRS makes new hires

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, southeastern Vermont’s community mental-health agency, hired 13 new staff members who will work in the Hartford, Springfield, Bellows Falls and Brattleboro regions, the organization announced in a news release.

In the Upper Valley, the new hires include: Michelle Woods, a residential specialist in Springfield; Ruben Morales, a behavioral interventionist in Hartford; Cheyenne Dunnells, a behavioral interventionist in Hartford; Dr. Christine Miller, a psychiatrist in Hartford; Jeanne Neal, an instructor for the impaired driver rehabilitation program in Springfield; Jason Pierce, a direct support professional in Hartford; and Corazon Swanberg, a case manager in Hartford.

HCRS is a nonprofit agency that serves more than 4,000 individuals annually in Windsor and Windham counties.

American Heart Association honors New London Hospital

NEW LONDON — New London Hospital received gold-level recognition from the American Heart Association 2019 Workplace Health Achievement Index for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace, according to a news release.

This is the fourth year in a row New London Hospital has earned this award, which recognizes workplaces that have evidence-based policies and programs and senior leadership support because they are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce.

“Our Wellness champions are passionate about the work they do and are dedicated to keeping the programs fresh and fun for our employees and their families,” said Catherine Bardier, the hospital’s director of wellness and population, in the release.

— Compiled by Nora Doyle-Burr

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