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Twin States discuss health care access issues
07-21-2024 4:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WINDSOR — Two events in the Upper Valley this week highlighted the challenges facing rural health care systems in the Twin States, along with a tentative step forward in making that care sustainable. On Monday evening, about 30 people gathered in the...

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Number of measles cases tied to Hanover traveler grows to five
07-19-2024 3:30 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

HANOVER — The number of cases in a multistate outbreak of measles linked to an international traveler to Hanover in June has grown to five, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.The fifth case in the outbreak is a...


Two new measles cases tied to visitor to Hanover
07-09-2024 2:39 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

HANOVER — A cluster of measles infections tied to an international traveler who visited Hanover last month has grown to three and health officials on Tuesday provided a new list of Upper Valley locations where people may have been exposed to the...


Traveler potentially infectious with measles while visiting Hanover
06-29-2024 11:44 AM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — An international traveler who visited Hanover in June subsequently tested positive for measles, according to New Hampshire public health officials. While there are currently no confirmed cases of measles in New Hampshire, state health...


Supreme Court rules for Newport Health Center is tax dispute with town
06-27-2024 7:30 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled in favor of New London Hospital Association in an appeal of the charitable property tax-exempt status for the Newport Health Center (NHC) on John Stark Highway that had been denied by the town of...


Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center nurses end union campaign
06-24-2024 7:15 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

LEBANON — For the third time since 2008, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center nurses have ended a unionization campaign before holding an election.The Dartmouth Nurses Alliance, the organizational face of the organizing effort, announced on social media...


Lawmakers, governor, hospitals fail to reach deal on Medicaid payments
06-10-2024 2:53 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state’s 26 hospitals stand to lose millions in state payments for uncompensated care with the collapse Thursday of negotiations between the governor, lawmakers, and the hospitals. With a deadline fast approaching and a legislative fix seemingly...


Newport, Grantham opioid treatment clinics suddenly close
05-30-2024 2:55 PM

NEWPORT — Two Upper Valley clinics that prescribe controlled medications to treat opioid use disorder have suddenly closed.New England Medicine and Counseling Associates, which has six locations in the Twin States including Grantham and Newport,...


DHMC union organizers say they have enough signatures to force vote
05-17-2024 7:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

LEBANON — With a unionization campaign by Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center nurses making more headway than two previous attempts, the hospital’s administration has hired a prominent California anti-union consultant to resist organizing efforts.Union...


Former DHMC patient gets deferred sentence for assaulting guards
05-08-2024 8:00 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NORTH HAVERHILL — A 29-year-old former Dartmouth College student who assaulted two security guards at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where he had been admitted for psychiatric care will avoid jail time, providing he continues to get mental health...


Board waives site review for Valley Regional employee housing
04-09-2024 7:30 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — Valley Regional Hospital’s proposal to renovate a four-story building on the hospital campus as housing for visiting nurses and other workers took a step forward this week when the Planning Board granted the hospital a waiver of site plan...


NH Attorney General paves way for Valley Regional to join DH system
04-01-2024 7:45 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

CLAREMONT — Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont will become part of the Dartmouth Health system in spite of concerns that the relationship might result in a monopoly on health care services in Sullivan County, according to a Monday announcement from...


Geisel professor seeks to humanize medicine through art
03-21-2024 6:08 PM

By NICOLA SMITH

LEBANON — What if the American medical profession, known for its byzantine bureaucracy and grueling pace, had a mechanism to encourage empathy, listening and better communication? It does, but it comes from an unexpected source — art.Dr. Laura Tafe,...


DH nurses make another attempt at unionization
03-15-2024 6:47 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

LEBANON — As staffing shortages and extended wait times continue to hamper operations at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, nurses are attempting to unionize.Last weekend, pro-union fliers were distributed around DHMC, the flagship academic medical...


Dartmouth Health names interim CEO for New London Hospital
03-05-2024 12:07 PM

NEW LONDON — New London Hospital will be led by Dr. Lauren A. Geddes Wirth on an interim basis beginning next month, Dartmouth Health announced in a Tuesday news release.Geddes Wirth, New London Hospital’s chief medical officer, is set to begin the...


Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center warns of longer waits in the ED
02-14-2024 6:53 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

LEBANON — Because of overcrowding, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is warning patients with “less-pressing healthcare concerns” to expect extended wait times in the emergency department.“The Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center emergency department...


Amid primary care shortage, Chelsea doctor finds new job elsewhere in Orange County
02-13-2024 9:01 PM

By NICOLA SMITH

CHELSEA — When primary care physician Laura Barber was fired from her job at the Chelsea Health Center in mid-December, town resident Will Gilman, the owner of Will’s Store, lost the doctor with whom he had a long-established trust and rapport. Barber...


Blood drive to be held in Lebanon on Wednesday
01-11-2024 5:27 PM

LEBANON — The Lebanon Police and Fire departments are scheduled to hold an American Red Cross Blood Drive next week at the American Legion Post 22.The blood drive is set for Wednesday, Jan. 17, 12 to 5 p.m. at 189 Mechanic St. in Lebanon.The American...


Ratings agency knocks Dartmouth Health over financial performance 
12-21-2023 2:31 AM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

LEBANON — Fitch ratings downgraded Dartmouth Health’s outlook from stable to negative last week.The outlook change was due to weak operating cash flow with operating losses that accelerated in fiscal year 2023, according to the Dec. 13 rating action...


Clinic aids long COVID sufferers
12-06-2023 3:39 AM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

PLAINFIELD — One day in this past May, Susan Kahn, a 77-year-old Plainfield resident, was unable to get up.Her husband, Chris Rollins, called 911. She was unconscious with heart palpitations and says there were no Upper Valley cardiologists available...


Rescue squad serving Royalton, Sharon and Tunbridge fundraising for new station
12-02-2023 7:18 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

SOUTH ROYALTON — The South Royalton Rescue Squad is about halfway to its goal of raising $865,000 for a new crew quarters and garage.The squad responds to emergency calls in Royalton, Sharon and part of Tunbridge, as well as a 12-mile stretch of...

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