At the Hospitals for Aug. 5

Saturday, August 04, 2018
D-H’s Bartels Departs for Mass General

Lebanon — Steve Bartels, director of Dartmouth’s Centers for Health for Aging, is leaving Dartmouth-Hitchcock to take a position with the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School as the director of the Mongan Institute and first incumbent of the James J. and Jean H. Mongan Endowed Chair in Health Policy and Community Health.

The Mongan Institute will connect seven existing centers and individual researchers across MGH in order to expand and strengthen research.

Bartels has been instrumental in growing Dartmouth’s Centers for Health and Aging, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary this fall. He will continue as an adjunct faculty member at Geisel.

Bartels came to Dartmouth in 1986 from Cambridge Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Over three decades he served in numerous roles, including as a geriatric psychiatrist and Medical Director at West Central Behavioral Health and medical director for the New Hampshire’s Bureau of Behavioral Health.

New London Hospital Launches Diaper Bank

New London — New London Hospital’s diaper bank is open and accepting diaper donations in the Pediatrics Care Center during business hours in order to help local families in need. Donations can also be made at Mountainside Racquet and Fitness Center, 23 Summit Road in New London.

According to the National Diaper Bank network, one in three families struggle to afford diapers. This can lead to babies wearing diapers for too long, resulting in rashes and other medical issues. Diapers are not covered by government assistance programs.

In the Upper Valley, the Women’s Health Resource Center at Dartmouth has a diaper bank that has been in operation since 2012.

For more information on the New London Hospital Diaper Bank, call the hospital’s Pediatrics Care Center at 603-526-5363.

Cottage to Implement New Surgical Procedures

Woodsville — Cottage Hospital is among the first hospitals in the nation to implement new surgical procedures that have been shown to increase patient satisfaction and reduce pain and complications.

The Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocols (ERAS) have been shown to lower the physical stress responses to surgery, improving outcomes. Cottage Hospital is currently in a collaborative project with the American College of Surgeons and Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to create an ERAS protocol for total joint replacements, with plans to establish the protocol for all surgical procedures soon.

The new protocols include allowing patients to eat and drink closer to their surgery time, getting patients moving soon after surgery and standardizing pain relief methods. The focus is on preventative, rather than reactive measures with the aim of reducing physical and mental stress before and after surgery.