Message from Dr. Conroy
There is no shortage of important initiatives happening throughout Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, and I want to take a moment to thank each and every employee for your constant commitment to doing great work and for caring for the people of our region. I recognize that many of these larger initiatives—such as eD-H go live preparations at New London Hospital, the TAPP (Throughput, Access for Patients Project at D-H), the clinical services expansion at D-H Manchester and the D-HH/GraniteOne Health combination, are a tremendous amount of work on top of your day-to-day work. While it may seem overwhelming to balance these competing priorities, I want to encourage everyone to take a deep breath in those moments of frustration, take a walk, take some time for yourself, ask your colleagues and/or manager for help and guidance, and just remember that the work we are doing now paves the way for a stronger future for the D-HH system.
I also hope you will take a few minutes to read the variety of interesting stories we have in this issue of our quarterly Connections newsletter including updates about projects happening throughout the system and also stories which highlight what you and your colleagues are doing to move our system strategy forward and to uphold our system promise: Together, we bring the full power of our collective expertise to provide the best possible care to our patients, our people and our communities.
Here are a few highlights in this issue:
- Update on the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care, which highlights the collaboration between VNH and D-H.
- A celebration of Alice Peck Day’s eD-H transition.
- An “Inside Scoop” that profiles Jessica Lussier, Director of Emergency Services, at Cheshire Medical Center and how she and her team handled the patient evacuation this spring.
- A farewell to Bruce King, CEO and President of New London Hospital, as he retires this year.
- How New London Hospital embraced the national Stop the Bleed program.
- D-H and D-HH Telehealth program expands health care in rural areas.
As always, we welcome your feedback. If you have story ideas, questions or suggestions, please send them to: Connections@hitchcock.org.