Category Archives: Health

DHMC’S CEO Makes Becker’s 100 List

dr.weinsteinCongratulations to James Weinstein, DO CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon who was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review 100 List. The list features 100 hospital and health care system presidents and CEOs who hold medical degrees. Leaders were selected for the list based on editorial judgment, discretion, and nominations.

Also on the list from NH are Richard Boehler, MD President and CEO of St. Joseph Healthcare in Nashua and Joseph Pepe, MD President and CEO of Catholic Medical Center Healthcare System in Manchester.

DHMC -One of 50 Greenest Hospitals In US

dhmcDartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center was named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in the United States. Becker’s developed the list by conducting research and analyzing sustainability information from Practice Greenhealth, Healthier Hospitals Initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program and the Environmental Protection Agency, and others. DHMC has won many awards for its sustainability efforts, including the Practice Greenhealth Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award and Circle of Excellence awards for reducing waste, greening the OR (Operating room) as well as tracking and measuring greenhouse gas emissions.. DHMC serves nearly 2 million people in the New England region each year. Only three other hospitals in New England made Becker’s List, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital all located in Boston.

Suicide Postvention Training Offered

public health networkThe Public Health Network of the Upper Valley and ALL Together are sponsoring a Connect Suicide Postvention Training.   The training takes place on Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015 from 8:30-4:30pm at the Sacred Heart Parish Church basement, 2 Hough Street in Lebanon. Continental breakfast and snacks will be provided but you should bring your own lunch. There are a limited number of slots and early registration is encouraged. To register click here
or visit Prevention Works NH on facebook.

Colby Sawyer to Open Health Profession School

colby sawyerColby-Sawyer College announced on Tuesday the establishment of the Colby-Sawyer School of Health Professions. The college will launch the School of Health Professions with a formal event during Alumni Fall Festival in October in conjunction with its 30-year anniversary of the Nursing Program and the college’s partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
The school will be housed in McKean Hall and headed by Dr. Susan Reeves ’88, chair of the Nursing and Public Health Department, associate academic dean for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Partnership Programs and the Gladys A. Burrows Distinguished Professor of Nursing.
The School of Health Professions will better position Colby-Sawyer College to inspire philanthropy for the support of education in the health professions by supporting student scholarship funds, space and equipment needs, and faculty and curriculum development in the health professions,” says Thomas C. Galligan Jr., president of Colby-Sawyer College.

New Chief of Surgery Named for DHMC

wongDr. Sandra L. Wong has been named Surgery Chief at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Wong is the William W Coon Collegiate Professor of Surgical Oncology and an Associate Professor of Surgery. Wong also serves as the Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Surgery and as an Associate Chief of Staff for the University of Michigan Hospital. She will begin her position at DHMC on October 26, 2015.

Dr. Wong will oversee 13 specialty sections within the Department of Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She will also be responsible for surgical care delivery across all Dartmouth-Hitchcock practice locations, regional affiliates and partner Accountable Care Organizations.

Details on Medical Marijuana Dispensary Discussed


John Martin,Ted Rebholz and Brandon Pollock answer the public’s and Council Members questions about the cannabis treatment center.

More information was revealed about the Medical Marijuana dispensary opening in Lebanon at last night’s City Council Meeting. John Martin from the Department of Health and Human Services said the program is highly regulated and patients will need to have a relationship with the same doctor for three months before getting a registration card for limited list of diseases. Temescal Wellness board president Ted Rebholz said that his company would encourage their patients not to smoke the cannabis but to vaporize it or use a transdermal patch for the best results. Rebholz added that the price for the cannabis would cost the same as on the street price, to prevent patience from re-selling it and people trying to get registration cards just to get marijuana. Although it is a non-profit, the company says it will add good employment to the area with benefits and retirement packages.

Scott Ross, a registered hospice nurse, attended last night’s meeting. He is hoping to become a registered cannabis nurse.Ross said there is a lot to learn about the way cannabinoids affect various receptors in the body.
To learn more about NH’s Cannabis Therapy program click here.


Newport Fire and EMS Receives Awards

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L-R Dana, Dottie, and Vern Violette

Dana Violette and his family went to Newport Fire Department to meet with the department members who saved his life three months ago. On May 12,when Newport Fire and EMS answered the call they found Violette unresponsive, not breathing and with no pulse after suffering a heart attack. Off and on duty personal joined in the effort to get Violette’s heart beating before taking him to Newport Hospital.    Dana said it’s a miracle he is alive.

While Dana was at Dartmouth awaiting surgery, the facility was strike by lightening and he was transferred to Bingham and Woman’s Hospital in Boston. Dana’s father Vern Violette said the Newport EMS performed a miracle.

All of the personal on duty that night received a service award and hugs from the Violettes.

Newport Fire and EMS

1st Row Left to Right- Lt. Dustin Holmes, EMT Keith Gregory, FF/EMT Copeland Miller, Lt. Corey Conroy, Sergeant Pat Zullo. 2nd Row- EMT Mike Dixon, Capt. Carleton, FF/EMT Chris Smith, FF Zack White, Chief Wayne Conroy, Dodi Violette, Dana Violette, FF Bryan Brunt, Communications Specialist Chris Conroy, FF Tyler Nelson, FF/EMT Ryan Palmer. Missing FF/EMT Jason Rook, FF Eric Benson, Patrolman Clayton Couitt.



Immediate Closure of Liquid Planet Ordered

speed slideThe NH Attorney General’s Office has obtained a temporary restraining order against Liquid Planet, LLC. The Rockingham Superior Court ordered the immediate closure of the Speed Slides attraction at the Liquid Planet Water Park in Candia, New Hampshire, until Liquid Planet obtains required design approvals from the Department of Environmental Services (“DES”) and demonstrates compliance with applicable water quality standards.
The State sought injunctive relief when Liquid Planet refused to voluntarily close the Speed
Slides following notice from DES personnel that water samples taken from the Speed Slides had
unsanitary levels of coli-form bacteria, including Escherichia coli, that are indicators of possible
fecal contamination. In addition, the DES determined that Liquid Planet had opened its Speed
Slides, two 40-foot vertical drop slides, without first obtaining design approval from the
Department and without functioning filtration or disinfection systems to maintain compliance
with required water quality standards. Water samples for the remaining attractions at Liquid
Planet were within normal standards. Following the Court’s order, Liquid Planet closed the
Speed Slides and has begun working with DES to address the design deficiencies and come into
compliance with public bathing facility standards.
State law requires that all public bathing facilities, including commercial recreational water
slides, be approved by DES prior to public use in order to ensure adequate sanitation and to
protect public health and safety. RSA 485-A:26. DES rules establish rigorous design standards
and require ongoing monitoring and conformance with established water quality standards for
public bathing facilities. More information, including a link to the applicable rules, can be found
on the DES website at:

Newport – New London Discuss Ambulance Coverage

Newport nh map New London Ambulance Service met with Newport Selectmen on Monday night seeking clarification on ambulance mutual aid. In March, Newport announced that it would no longer be the backup coverage for New London Ambulance Service, but in May, Newport extended their backup service for New London until the end of June. Dr. Steven Powell, Chief Medical Officer for New London Hospital says he would like clarity on their status with Newport.

New London Ambulance has increased its staff and ambulances and since January, Newport has made 26 calls to New London. Gary Nichols, Chair of the Newport Selectboard and an EMT said it is not just about money but patient care.

One problem facing many communities is that the volunteer pool for EMT’s has dwindled and many towns no longer have FAST Squads.

Nichols said the Board will discuss the matter in a non public session and notify New London Ambulance Service in a letter on their decision.


Selectboard Hear Thoughts on Septage

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Bert Spaulding Sr. and David Kibbey spoke to the Newport Selectboard on Monday about land regulations and septage applications in Newport. The two men voiced their displeasure with a proposed Zoning amendment where septage application would be prohibited in entire the town of Newport. The proposed ordinance was spurned after the Zoning board upholding the ruling of Zoning Administrator – Julie Magnuson disallowing the activity of Commercial Septage Hauling on a property owned by Richard D. Kelley Jr, on 566 Unity Road. Kelley planned to process septage from his Septic business on that property and grow hay. Spaulding argued that a farm is not a commercial enterprise and suggested the town should get a second opinion from another lawyer.   Kibby handed a packet of rules and regulations regarding use of septage for farming. The Board thank the two for their input. The debate will continue at another public hearing for the change in the Zoning Ordinance on Aug. 18 when Michael Rainey from D.E.S. Wastewater Engineering Bureau will be present to answer questions from the public. Time and place of the hearing has not been set.