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At the Hospitals: Jan. 13, 2018


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New London Hospital Diabetes Prevention Program Recognized by CDC

New London — New London Hospital’s Diabetes Prevention Program has achieved full recognition status from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This designation is reserved for programs that effectively deliver quality, evidence-based programs that meet all of the standards for CDC recognition. Some of the requirements include providing data-supported results over the course of a year by certified lifestyle coaches who help build participants’ skills and confidence to make lasting lifestyle changes. New London Hospital’s program is only the second in New Hampshire to be recognized.

“I’m thrilled our program is being recognized,” Christopher Lopez, the hospital’s Diabetes Prevention Program coordinator, said in a news release. “I’m even more excited for our staff and particularly our participants for their willingness to make a change in their lifestyle while trusting our program. To see our participants make the necessary changes to positively impact their lives and do it together is so rewarding for all involved.”

The hospital launched its Diabetes Prevention Program in September 2017. The first cohort saw 11 participants complete the program with the group losing a collective 144.5 pounds (6.2 percent of their body weight) over the course of a year. More importantly, with the guidance of certified diabetes educators and registered dietitians, they were able to make and sustain lifestyle changes.

According to the CDC, 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes and one-third of adults have prediabetes, which means their blood sugar levels are higher than normal and just below the level for type 2 diabetes. The risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50 percent higher than those without.

Alice Peck Day Adds Four Members to Board of Trustees

Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital has is added four people to its board of trustees: Rebecca W. Holcombe, John L. Sherding, Patrick F. Jordan III and Scott W. Rodi.

“The addition of these community leaders at a critical time as we integrate with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System will assist oversight, decision making, and policy setting at our hospital,” the hospital’s President and CEO Sue Mooney said in a news release. “Our team is delighted to have them join our organization and support our mission of providing patient-focused health care services that are responsive to community needs.”

Holcombe served as secretary of education for the State of Vermont for two administrations before stepping down last spring. In that role, Holcombe supported public school districts as they worked to simplify governance, to focus on equity and affordability, and to improve learning. A lifelong educator, Holcombe taught social studies and science at the middle school and high school levels, and she served in leadership roles at the building and district levels. At the university level, she worked in administration and teacher preparation and taught education policy.

Holcombe holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a master’s degree from the Simmons School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

Scherding is the associate vice president for Planning, Design and Construction at Dartmouth College, where he has worked since 2002. He oversees the construction of new buildings, additions and renovations, including the Thayer School of Engineering/Computer Science expansion, the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy & Society, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Black Family Visual Arts Center. In addition, Scherding provides oversight of sustainable building practices and appropriate building and landscape design.

Prior to joining Dartmouth, Scherding was a practicing architect in the Boston area, most recently as a principal and founder of Hecht Scherding Architects and prior to that as an associate with Ondras Associates Architects. In these roles he focused on construction and renovation projects at colleges and universities. Scherding is a registered architect in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He also is a member of the Association of University Architects, the American Institute of Architects, the United States Green Building Council and the Society of College and University Planners. He received his bachelor’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Jordan is the chief operating officer of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, which he joined in November 2017. Prior to that, he served as chief operating officer at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass., which he joined in 2014. Jordan worked at Newton-Wellesley Hospital from 2012-13, helping lead fiscal recovery and growth at the facility. Before that, he spent eight years at Massachusetts General Hospital as the director of radiology and as manager in materials management.

Jordan earned an executive MBA from Suffolk University. He also is a seven-year veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division and United States Army Special Operations community. Trained as an Airborne Ranger, he was promoted to the rank of captain during the invasion of Panama and was awarded the Bronze Star during the Persian Gulf War.

Scott W. Rodi is the interim section chief of emergency medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He also serves as regional director of emergency medicine and regional director of prehospital services (DHART) for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System. In addition, Rodi also is the medical director for TeleED at Dartmouth and currently holds telemedicine appointments at eight medical centers throughout rural New Hampshire and Vermont. In addition to his work at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Rodi served as medical director for hospital services at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph from 2015 to 2017. He has worked as an emergency medicine physician at hospitals in New Hampshire, Vermont and California.

Rodi is the founder and former medical director of the Center for Rural Emergency Services and Trauma, which was developed to advance education of rural emergency providers, perform research in rural emergency care and support operational improvements among rural emergency departments in northern New England.

Rodi earned his medical degree from the Cornell University Medical College and his master’s in public health from the Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth College. He completed a general surgery internship at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif.; in 1993, was an orthopedic surgery resident at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York city from 1993 to 1995; and completed his emergency medicine residency in 1998 at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Rodi earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College.

At its most recent board meeting, the hospital also recognized departing trustees Mark E. Melendy and Edward J. Merrens or their service.

New England VA Announces New Chief Medical Officer

Bedford, Mass. — The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that Dr. Lisa Soleymani Lehmann is the new chief medical officer of VA New England Healthcare System.

Lehmann will oversee the clinical delivery of health care to approximately 260,000 veterans throughout the six New England states, including those at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.

“We are excited to bring Dr. Lehmann on board as the new Chief Medical Officer of the VA New England Healthcare System,” Ryan Lilly, Veterans Integrated Service Network Director for the region, said in a news release. “Her sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the network, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the veterans we are honored to serve. She is currently serving in an acting capacity so we are eager to have her here permanently.”

Lehmann joined the VA in 2015 as the executive director of the National Center for Ethics in Health Care and has been serving as Acting Chief Medical Officer for the New England VA since 2017. She is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and she has been affiliated and on staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 1999.

Lehmann received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and completed her residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She received a master of science in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University. She was a fellow in the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Safra Center for Ethics.

— Compiled by Kelly Burch