At the Hospitals for Sept. 9

  • Sandra Connolly

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Hanover Dentist Joins Teaching Institute

Hanover — Dr. Michael Melkers, a Hanover dentist who practices at Lyme Road Dental, is joining the nonprofit continuing education organization The L.D. Pankey Institute as a visiting faculty member.

In this role, Melkers will be teaching dental skills in the core curriculum, personal mentorship and comprehensive care education at Pankey, which is located in Key Biscayne, Fla. He will be in Florida two or three times a year for a week at a time, but will continue his full-time practice in Hanover.

“Dr. Melkers’ reputation as an educator and dentist is one of the many reasons why he so perfectly embodies Pankey’s educational philosophy,” Dr. Lee Ann Brady, the institute’s director of education, said in a news release. “He will work closely with the Pankey team to provide timely and beneficial course content and ensure we continue to create top notch learning for today’s dentist.”

Melkers has worked at Lyme Road Dental for six years. Prior to that he practiced comprehensive adult restorative care in Washington State for more than 18 years.

“We are confident that his passion for excellent individualized care — combined with his experience in advanced restorative care — will further enhance our unique Pankey brand,” Dr. Richard Hunt, chairman of the board, said in a news release.

Gifford WelcomesTwo New Surgical Providers

Randolph —Two new providers, Victoria Edwards and Rafael Montecino, joined Gifford Health Care’s general surgery team in mid-August, providing a variety of in-office surgical procedures.

Montecino, of Randolph, brings nearly 25 years of experience to Gifford, including in burn surgery, critical care, and hand and microvascular surgery. He has taught clinical surgery at Harvard Medical School and the University of Kansas. His training includes surgical fellowships with Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University and Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston, and residencies at the University of Connecticut, University of California San Diego and in Panama City, Panama. Montecino earned his medical degree at the Universidad de Panamá and is certified by The American Board of Surgery. He is a member of several professional associations, including the American College of Surgeons, Panamerican Trauma Society and World Society of Emergency Surgery. He was attracted to Gifford’s smaller size.

“There’s a tendency to be pigeonholed at larger hospitals,” Montecino said in a news release. “Here we can offer personalized care and practice medicine as it should be, healing patients as human beings.”

Montecino said that he likes to get patients involved in making care decisions.

“My main goal is to listen and make time to explain to patients the pathology, complications and outcomes — and answer all of their questions,” he said.

Edwards, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, recently completed her general-surgery residency at Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey. She earned her medical degree from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City and a bachelor’s degree from New York University. She brings significant vascular training to Gifford, with an interest in breast health, surgery and advanced laparoscopic procedures. She said that being a surgeon is all that she ever wanted to do.

“It is very satisfying to be able to fix something quickly for a patient and make it go away,” she said in a news release.

New London HospitalWelcomes Medical Officer

New London — Dr. Gregory Curtis has stepped into the role of co-Chief Medical Officer at New London Hospital alongside Dr. James Murphy. Curtis, an informatics specialist, will provide administrative oversight for the hospitalist program, emergency department and tele-health connections. Curtis joined the hospital in 2003 and formed the hospitalist program in 2004, serving as its director. He replaces Dr. Steven Powell, who left the hospital this summer.

“I’m excited to assist our team with the many initiatives to support our mission,” Curtis said in a news release. “I look forward to working on our developing relationship with Dartmouth-Hitchcock with an emphasis on maintaining the strength and qualities of our community hospital.”


Employee of the Month Named at Mt. Ascutney

Windsor — Sandra Connolly, of Windsor, was named employee of the month for August at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center.

Connolly is the inpatient staffing coordinator at the hospital, responsible for creating staff schedules and replacing staff as needed, for the hospital’s acute unit, emergency room, and rehabilitation center. She assists the managers in maintaining time and attendance records, and is in charge of data entry for patient acuity, as well as daily patient census and nursing hours submissions to the State of Vermont.

Kim Ambrose, acute nurse manager and Connolly’s supervisor, says Connolly is “a breath of fresh air in this position, and she does an excellent job.”

“This job can be quite challenging, and oftentimes difficult and thankless, but Sandy always has a ‘can-do’ attitude and a smile,” she said.

Ambrose says that Connolly works hard to keep the unit well staffed and happy at all times.

“She has a great relationship with the all of the staff,” Ambrose said, “and is a tremendous help to the Human Resources Department with updating contact information. She’s a great choice for employee of the month.”

Connolly has worked at Mt. Ascutney since 2014.

— Compiled by Kelly Burch


Dr. Michael Melkers w ill be in Florida two or three times a year for a week at a time as a visiting faculty member of the L.D. Pankey Institute and will continue his full-time practice at Lyme Road Dental in Hanover. An earlier version of this story was unclear on those points.