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At the Hospitals: Mt. Ascutney Hospital Names New Safety, Compliance Officer

  • Otelah Perry

  • Steven D. Leach

  • Wendy Fielding

  • Mary Oseid


Saturday, December 08, 2018
Mt. Ascutney Hospital Names New Safety, Compliance Officer

Windsor — Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center has named Otelah Perry as its new director of quality, patient safety and compliance.

In the role, Perry is responsible for the administration of quality and patient safety initiatives and ensuring compliance with state and federal healthcare regulations. The position is part of the hospital’s senior leadership team.

Perry, who lives in Windsor, previously worked as the the hospital’s lab director, working concurrently as a senior performance improvement consultant for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Her previous roles at DHMC include pathology quality system manager, technical team lead and medical technologist. She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training graduate from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and coaches new practitioners in team-based performance improvement. In 2013, the pathology team led by Perry was awarded the Operational Excellence Award for the implementation of Lean Six Sigma in the laboratory. Perry is a 2013 winner of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Varnum Quality Award, for work that “embodies a deep commitment to creating and sustaining an environment of high-quality patient and family-centered care.”

Perry holds a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science from the University of New Hampshire and earned a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from New England College in 2008. She is a certified manager of quality and organizational excellence through the American Society for Quality.

Dr. Joseph Perras, president, CEO and chief medical officer at Mt. Ascutney, said in a news release that Perry brings many years of experience in quality and process improvement to her new role.

“Otelah has done tremendous work in our laboratory, and has served on numerous interdisciplinary teams at MAHHC, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and at the Value Institute of Dartmouth Hitchcock Health,” Perras said.

DHMC Doctor Named as Fellow To Association for Advancement of Science

Lebanon — Steven D. Leach, MD, director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the AAAS for my research in the initiation and progression of pancreatic cancer,” Leach said in a news release.

In addition to leading the cancer center, Leach is the Preston T. and Virginia R. Kelsey Distinguished Chair in Cancer at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. His research has ranged from studying pancreatic development in mice and zebrafish to examining how cancer mutations affect people’s immune systems.

“All of this work has been driven by my intrinsic love of biology and deep gratitude to all the tremendous teachers, colleagues and students that I’ve encountered along the way,” he said. “I greatly appreciate the acknowledgment by the AAAS for this ongoing work, which is ultimately aimed at improving survival for pancreatic cancer patients.”

Duane Compton, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine and an AAAS Fellow, said that Leach being named as a fellow is a testament to his contributions to the understanding of how cancer progresses. Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Joanne M. Conroy said that Leach’s research has had — and will continue to have — life-changing effects on patients.

“All of us here at Dartmouth-Hitchcock have benefitted from his knowledge and expertise but, most importantly, it is our patients who are the beneficiaries,” she said.

Leach joins 17 other Geisel faculty who have been elected AAAS Fellows, including Christopher Amos, Charles K. Barlowe, Ta Yuan Chang, Ambrose Cheung, Duane Compton, Jay Dunlap, Mark Israel, Jennifer Loros, Martin Lubin, George O’Toole, Elmer Pfefferkorn, Hilda Weyl Sokol, Michael Sporn, Harold Sox, Surachai Supattapone, William T. Wickner, and James Bliska.

Leach and other new fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin representing science and engineering, on Saturday, Feb. 16, during the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

DHMC Leaders Recognized with Fellowships

Lebanon — Two members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health team have received the 2018 Carol Emmott Fellowship, which recognizes women who are exceptional leaders the healthcare industry, allowing them to accelerate their career and make a lasting impact.

Wendy Fielding, vice president for financial planning, and Mary Oseid, vice president of regional and system integration, were among 18 women chosen nationally from 16 health care organizations.

“Investing in women leaders will transform health care,” said Christine Malcolm, executive director of the Carol Emmott Fellowship. “The fellowship’s mission is shared by the men and women who hold executive positions today, see the gaps created by gender disparity, and are committed to serving as our advisors, mentors, and partners.”

Fielding has been vice president of financial planning since 2009. She provides business and analytical decision support, oversees the annual financial planning cycle, and develops long-term financial projections that align with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s strategic vision.

“Health care finance covers rapidly changing territory,” Fielding said in a news release. “The complexities of our industry and how we support the efforts of our providers, for the benefit of our patients, requires the ability to adjust quickly, while maintaining the long view of our institutions’ vision and values. I look forward to learning from my classmates in the Emmott Fellowship as we find new ways to improve the health of our communities.”

Prior to joining Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Fielding was the chief financial officer at Mt. Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Maine, and director of financial reporting and analysis at Boston Medical Center.

Oseid has 25 years of experience in health care finance, operations and leadership. In her current role as vice president for integration and regional services, she leads Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s efforts to integrate clinical and support services across system member locations.

“Delivering care to patients, especially in rural areas like ours, requires innovation and collaboration,” she said. “Our integration efforts, across the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system, will benefit from the deep well of experience and expertise reflected in my classmates in the 2019 Emmott Fellowship. The networks that Wendy and I will build, and the experience we’ll gain, will strengthen our efforts across the system.”

Oseid, who has worked for Dartmouth-Hitchcock since 1994, is the leadership liaison to out-of-system regional partners. She manages the New England Alliance for Health,and is responsible for Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s growing telehealth program.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and president Joanne Conroy, said that Fielding and Oseid’s participation in the fellowship will help strengthen the entire Dartmouth organization.

“Instead of commanding or directing, management’s role is focused on supporting and leading. I’m extremely proud of the leadership that Wendy and Mary show, on a daily basis, and I look forward to their continued development as leaders through the Carol Emmott Fellowship,” she said.

— Compiled by Kelly Burch