Todd Bookman

Health Reporter

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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NH News
4:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

The Mile Still Matters To Track & Field

From ryunrunning.com

Track and field has a numbers problem. As in, there are just too many of them. The 60, 26.2, 4-by-8, 2-oh-3, 5, 8, 10k…

Back in the 1950s, there was one number that mattered.

"I think there are only a handful of achievements like breaking 4 minutes for the first time, in any sport, that comes close to what Roger Bannister has done." 

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NH News
12:25 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Nepotism Inquiry Yields Little

A nepotism inquiry by House Speaker Bill O’Brien has turned up little evidence of improper hiring in state government.

The probe comes in the wake of last month’s scandal at the Department of Employment Security. Two high ranking officials are accused of hiring their daughters, and then having them laid off by subordinates so that they could collect unemployment benefits.

Speaker O’Brien requested that all agency heads disclose any family members working within their respective departments.

Shots - Health Blog
5:06 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Medical Technician Might Have Exposed Hundreds To Hepatitis C

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 3:24 pm

After five years of crisscrossing the country as a traveling medical technician, David Kwiatkowski landed at New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital in the spring of 2011. A full-time job in the hospital's cardiac unit soon followed.

It was at Exeter that federal prosecutors say the 33-year-old began to divert syringes of the drug Fentanyl. They say Kwiatkowski, who was arrested July 19, would inject himself with the painkiller, and then refill syringes with a saline solution. He is hepatitis C-positive, meaning those tainted needles might have spread the liver-damaging virus.

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NH News
7:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

The Croo of Greenleaf Hut: Fun at 4,220 feet

Emily Leich sets the table for breakfast at Greenleaf Hut.
Todd Bookman NHPR

New Hampshire’s White Mountains are known for their fierce terrain and wild weather. But atop the high peaks, there are some comforts.

Since 1888, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s high huts have provided hearty meals and a warm bunk for guests. Staff at the eight facilities carry up supplies, and also serve as educators and stewards of the alpine terrain.

To get a better feel for this unique summer job, we sent NHPR’s Todd Bookman up to the Greenleaf Hut.

Series: Shifting the Balance
10:02 am
Wed July 25, 2012

EBT Friendly Farmer's Markets

Photo Credit Ianmalcm, Via Flickr Creative Commons

At New Hampshire’s eighty or so farmer’s markets, you can choose from organic produce, local honey and freshly baked breads.

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NH News
5:57 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Farmer's Markets Work to Entice Low Income Customers

WiscDeptNatlResources Flickr/Creative Commons

The idea for doubling the value of food stamps at farmer’s markets came to Gus Schumacher in 1980. He was in Boston helping his brother, a farmer, clean up at the end of the day.

"I was packing up a box of pears at the Dorchester Fields Corner Farmer’s Market. And the box fell apart, and all the pears went into the gutter."

Schumacher figured he’d have to throw away the pears.

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NH News
4:47 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

6,000 More Need Testing in Hepatitis C Outbreak

Public Health officials have announced that approximately 6,000 more patients of Exeter Hospital need to be tested for Hepatitis C. Anyone who had inpatient surgery or treatment in the ICU between April, 2011 and May, 2012 are encouraged to attend a testing clinic at Exeter High School this weekend.

Last week, 32-year old David Kwiatkowski was charged with stealing syringes of pain medication before  reusing them on patients in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, where we has employed as a medical technician.

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All Things Considered
5:37 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Investigators Look Into Hepatitis C Suspect's Work History, Behavior

More details are emerging today about the former Exeter Hospital employee who has been charged in connection with the Hepatitis C outbreak. Thirty patients have tested positive for a strain of the virus that matches that of 32-year old David Kwiatowski. He’s been accused of stealing syringes of pain medication, injecting himself and then returning the needles. He’s facing federal charges of tampering and acquiring a controlled substance by fraud.

NH News
2:22 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Former Exeter Hospital Employee Charged In Hepatitis C Outbreak

On Thursday, the Department of Justice announced the arrest of David Kwiatowski. The 32-year old was arrested at a Massachusetts hospital, where he is receiving treatment for an undisclosed medical condition. US Attorney John Kacavas says the charges include tampering with a consumer product and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

“What we’ve been able to uncover is evidence that this defendant was diverting Fentanyl, at the least and perhaps other drugs as well.”

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Hospitals Go High Tech to Secure Drugs

A nurse at Cheshire Medical Center removes narcotics from an automated dispensing cabinet.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Denis Fortier is Director of Pharmacy at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. When he started in the field 30 years ago, that job involved loading carts with Dixie cups full of prescriptions.

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NH News
3:45 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Corrections Officer Charged with Smuggling

A corrections officer at the Cheshire County Jail has been arrested for smuggling drugs into the facility.

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NH News
5:12 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Hepatitis C Outbreak Continues to Grow

Four more cases of hepatitis C have been confirmed stemming from an outbreak at Exeter Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab. That brings the total to 31 infections, including one hospital employee.

The Division of Public Health Services is asking all patients who received services between October, 2010 and May, 2012 to get tested for the liver-destroying virus.

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NH News
5:28 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Public Pianos Help HOP Celebrate 50 Years

Singers gather on The Green in Hanover for a sing-along.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts turns 50-years old this summer. Instead of candles, the HOP is going with…pianos.

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NH News
5:09 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

With No Shark in Sight, Swimmers Back in the Water

USFWS Headquarters Flickr/Creative Commons

Beachgoers in the Town of Rye were cleared from the water on Monday. A swimmer spotted two sharks estimated at six feet in length.

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NH News
5:13 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Town of Gilsum & AIDS Group Home Reach Settlement

A group home for people with HIV and Hepatitis C has settled its legal battle with the Town Of Gilsum. Under the terms of the settlement, AIDS Services of the Monadnock Region will be able to continue operating the Cleve Jones Wellness House.

The town had denied the facility a property tax exemption after receiving the necessary application several days late.

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