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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon

Dartmouth-Hitchcock health care system has been discussing a potential affiliation deal with Elliot Health System, a smaller provider serving southern New Hampshire. The Valley News reports D-H executive vice president Stephen LeBlanc confirmed that the discussions were underway, but he declined to say what form the affiliation might take.

Future of Nursing in New Hampshire

Jan 14, 2016
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As New Hampshire ages, the demands for both in-home and hospital care are increasing. And as medical facilities look for nurses with advanced degrees, finding a place for new graduates to gain training is a challenge. We'll see how nursing is set to change in response and the impact on the health care we all receive in the Granite State.

Garrett Vonk

State officials say patients in New Hampshire hospitals acquired fewer infections than predicted compared to national data last year. New Hampshire's 35 hospitals have been required since 2009 to provide data on patients who develop infections after heart, colon and knee surgeries or through central lines — catheters inserted in blood vessels near the heart or another major vessel. The latest report, released Monday, covers 2014 and shows a total of 219 infections. That's 36 more than in 2013...

Associated Press

Hospitals across the state say they’re ready for the unlikely possibility that a patient with Ebola could walk through their doors. There are a lot of reasons it is unlikely Ebola could come to the Granite State. There are no direct flights from West Africa to any New England airport. Also, Ebola only spreads from direct contact with an infected person. Still, this week saw the first death from Ebola in the United States. So hospitals here are reminding doctors what the symptoms of the deadly...

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is working to stem the spread of scabies at its Lebanon facility. The infectious but non-fatal skin condition has been found in two people so far. The first was a patient who arrived at the hospital in mid-August with a number of health conditions. That patient, who’s still in the hospital, wasn’t diagnosed with scabies until late September. Since then one Dartmouth staff member has been diagnosed and treated. Scabies is a microscopic mite that burrows under the skin,...

Jack Rodolico

The number of urgent care clinics in New Hampshire has almost doubled since 2012. And in the next year, three such clinics will open their doors in the City of Keene. That will mean more choices for patients in the Monadnock Region - and stiff competition for the clinics. Urgent care clinics are often called retail healthcare. You’ll see the clinics in strip malls. The idea is you can walk in without an appointment, be treated by a doctor for anything from a bad cut to a broken finger to a...

Michael Dorausch

A new study out of Dartmouth tracks a rise in healthcare costs across northern New England. It is not exactly surprising data. But what is new is that the information is even available. Between 2008 and 2010, people on private insurance in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont saw healthcare costs climb by 4.5 percent annually. For just shy of a decade, northern New England states have required insurance companies to report how much they pay for services like blood tests and X-rays. That’s...

Journey Song

Journey Song , a group of singers based in the New Hampshire Seacoast, brings the solace of music to hospice patients and their families. Ed Brown remembers how the group sang for his wife, Judith Whipple Brown. “When they came in the room, my wife had a great big smile. You could see the glow. They asked if she had a favorite song, and she said it was ‘Amazing Grace.’ They came four times all together, and they always sang that song,” Brown said. “They would also sing her ‘Songs of Angels,’...

Journey Song Shares Gift Of Music With Hospice Patients

Jul 20, 2013
Journey Song

Journey Song , a group of singers based in the New Hampshire Seacoast, brings the solace of music to hospice patients and their families. Ed Brown remembers how the group sang for his wife, Judith Whipple Brown. “When they came in the room, my wife had a great big smile. You could see the glow. They asked if she had a favorite song, and she said it was ‘Amazing Grace.’ They came four times all together, and they always sang that song,” Brown said. “They would also sing her ‘Songs of Angels,’...

Deval Patrick's Photostream via Flickr

Treatment of the mentally ill has come a long way from the dark, locked wards of asylums now shuttered and crumbling in several New England towns. We now know much more about the brain, psychopharmacology and the importance of community for people suffering with profound mental conditions. A new 300-million dollar recovery center and hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, was designed to provide an environment that balances safety and security while encouraging patient privacy and recovery....