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July 23, 2013

Contact: John Clayton
Vice President for Communications
603-415-4255

CONCORD - Five hospitals from New Hampshire were named to the 2013 "Most Wired" list compiled by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine on behalf of the American Hospital Association.

The five hospitals include Concord Hospital, Elliot Health System in Manchester and Exeter Health Resources, with Littleton Regional Healthcare and New London Hospital being recognized among hospitals in the "Small and Rural" category.

"This recognition is further proof that hospitals in New Hampshire are more than willing to embrace new technologies in their quest to deliver the finest in patient care," said Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association. "The fact that we're seeing this both in our larger urban hospitals and our rural Critical Access Hospitals demonstrates the vitality and forward-thinking that is keeping New Hampshire hospitals on the cutting edge of healthcare."

"This year's 'Most Wired' organizations exemplify progress through innovation" added Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. "The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help to improve efficiency."

This is the fifteenth year the magazine has conducted its "Most Wired" survey. In its current issue, reporter Matthew Weinstock noted that "Hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage."

Among some of the key findings this year:

• Sixty-nine percent of 'Most Wired' hospitals and 60 percent of all surveyed hospitals report that medication orders are entered electronically by physicians. This represents a significant increase from 2004 results when only 27 percent of 'Most Wired' hospitals and 12 percent of all hospitals responded, "Yes."

• Seventy-one percent of 'Most Wired' hospitals have an electronic disease registry to identify and manage gaps in care across a population compared with 51 percent of total responders.

• Sixty-six percent of 'Most Wired' hospitals share patient discharge data with affiliated hospitals, in comparison to 49 percent of the total responders. Thirty-seven percent of 'Most Wired' hospitals do so with non-affiliated hospitals versus 24 percent of total responders.

"The concept of health information exchange is absolutely correct. We need to do it and do it in a robust, refined way," said Russell P. Branzell, president and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. "The answer here is standards, standards, standards. We need to standardize the entire process, which we've done in almost every other business sector."

The 2013 Most Wired Survey also covered some new areas such as big data analytics and patient generated data. An emerging practice, big data analytics looks at large amounts of data to uncover patterns and correlations.

"The bottom line is that care must be connected and continue wherever the patient is — whether that's in the hospital or the doctor's office or in the home," said Dr. Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA, chief medical information officer for AT&T. "The healthcare industry has lagged behind other industries, such as banking and travel, in tapping technology that can engage the patient and connect the continuum. We are finally seeing real progress as an industry, but there is still more to do."

Health Care's 'Most Wired' Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals, or roughly 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com

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CONCORD – Katie White, R.N., a registered pediatric nurse at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, is the 2013 recipient of the Clint M. Jones New Hampshire Nursing Award presented by the Foundation for Healthy Communities.

White, a University of New England graduate, received the eighth annual award during a special Nurses' Day program held Friday (May 10) at Wentworth-Douglas.

The Clint Jones Nursing Award was created in 2006 by the Foundation for Healthy Communities to honor the memory of the former director of the Foundation's N.H. Nursing Workforce Partnership. The award recognizes a registered nurse practicing in New Hampshire for at least one year but not more than six years, who exemplifies quality nursing care and demonstrates a commitment to a career in nursing.

White first joined the staff at Wentworth-Douglass in 2010 and currently serves in the hospital's Women and Children's Center.

"Although Katie has only been working at Wentworth-Douglass for three years, the impact she has made has been significant," said fellow nurse Julie Cole in her letter of nomination. "On a daily basis, she demonstrates professionalism, sharp critical thinking skills and a superb bedside manner, and she demonstrates great potential to continue to be a leader in advancing the nursing profession."

Between November 2002 and February 2005, the N.H. Nursing Workforce Partnership – under the direction of Clint Jones – distributed millions of dollars in forgivable loans to hundreds of aspiring nurses in college and practicing nurses who received specialty training or advanced degrees.

"Clint worked with extraordinary enthusiasm and commitment at the Foundation for Healthy Communities and with several other New Hampshire organizations to encourage people to pursue a nursing career," said Shawn LaFrance, the Foundation's executive director. "This award in Clint's name is one way to honor those who work so hard to care for patients across the state."

As they have every year, Clint's wife, Leslie, and son, Matt, attended the ceremony to present the award to the chosen nurse.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and health care in New Hampshire. The Foundation's partnerships include hospitals, health plans, clinicians, home care agencies, public policy leaders, and other health and social service organizations. Learn more about the Foundation at www.healthyNH.com.

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June 6, 2012

Caregiver receives award at State House event

CONCORD — Regina Moiseau, a licensed nursing assistant from Catholic Medical Center in Manchester received the 14th annual LNA of the Year Award from the New Hampshire Hospital Association at a ceremony at the State House today.

Moiseau, who works in the Rehabilitation Medicine Unit at CMC, was cited by her peers for "the fact that she concerns herself not just with the physical needs of her patients, but their emotional needs as well."

In nominating her for the award, colleague Julie Becker noted that Moiseau is fluent in English, French and Creole, "but most importantly, she speaks the language of hope."

The recipient was chosen for the NHHA award from among a dozen finalists from hospitals throughout the state.

Other health care associations in the state honored their own award winners at the ceremony, which is sponsored by the Home Care Association of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Association of Counties/County Nursing Homes, New Hampshire Association of Residential Care Homes, New Hampshire Health Care Association, the New Hampshire Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and the NHHA.

These groups formed an alliance to pay annual tribute to the people who care for those in need. The organizations solicit nominations from the state's home care agencies, public and private nursing facilities and hospitals. They select one individual to represent each group as LNA of the Year, based on compelling stories of kindness and caring.

"Our hospitals are very proud of their staff, especially the nurses and LNAs," said Steve Ahnen, NHHA president. "We receive some terrific nominations every year, and it's always difficult to choose the LNA of the Year, but Regina Moiseau clearly deserves the recognition."

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Contacts: John Clayton, NHHA, 603-415-4255

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CONCORD – The American Hospital Association (AHA), in partnership with the New Hampshire Hospital Association, honored Peter Gosline, CEO of Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, with the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award today (April 30).

 

As a 2013 Grassroots Champion, Gosline was recognized for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of his hospital’s mission.

 

“We depend upon strong voices like Peter Gosline to help tell the story of hospitals as cornerstones of the communities they serve,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO. “This award is a small token of our appreciation for his hard work and dedication to improving health and health care in America.”

 

Gosline has overseen tremendous growth at Monadnock Community Hospital in his 15-year tenure, including the addition of the Bond Wellness Center, the transformation of the emergency department into the expanded and updated Sarah Hogate Bacon Emergency Services Center, the expansion of the operating room suites and a total restructuring of the hospital campus.

 

“Peter Gosline is an innovator and a champion for doing the right thing,” said Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association. “As a Critical Access Hospital CEO, a former chair of the NHHA Board of trustees and a current board member, Peter practices advocacy on a regular basis.

 

“He has been a long-time champion of educating his own hospital board about local, state and federal issues impacting his organization,” Ahnen added. “His passion for his hospital and his community is evident by his commitment to ensure that appropriate healthcare resources are available for everyone.”

 

Gosline joined with his fellow 2013 honorees from throughout the nation Tuesday (April 30) at a special Breakfast of Grassroots Champions at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C.

 

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA Web site at www.aha.org.

 

About the NHHA

Hospitals have been collaborating through the New Hampshire Hospital Association since 1934. The association's mission is to provide leadership through advocacy, education and information in support of its member hospitals and health care delivery systems in delivering high quality health care to the patients and communities they serve.

 

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