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For Immediate Release

September 20, 2011

Contact: John Clayton
Vice President, Communications
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New Hampshire Hospital Association Honors
Outstanding Service in Health Care

BRETTON WOODS – The New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA) recently honored local leaders in health care. The awards were presented at the association's 77th Annual Meeting at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods.

Wendy Gladstone, MD, of Exeter Hospital received the James A. Hamilton Founder's Award, the New Hampshire Hospital Association's highest honor which is presented only as appropriate for outstanding service to health care on behalf of the people of New Hampshire.

Dr. Gladstone has been a long-time advocate for children and families at risk since she began her medical practice in 1978. She was medical director of Seacare, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to local families who cannot afford health insurance. She also serves as chairperson of the NH CARE network – comprised of physicians and nurse practitioners who provide medical services to NH children. She is often sought after for her expertise in cases of child abuse and neglect, and authored the section of the New Hampshire Attorney General's protocol for the medical evaluation of child abuse and neglect.

Frank McDougall, vice president of government relations at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, received the Leslie A. Smith President's Award, bestowed upon an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the New Hampshire Hospital Association.

Mr. McDougall is a vocal participant in NHHA's Advocacy Task Force, which deals with a range of legislative issues. He shares his technical expertise and his political savvy in support of all hospitals in New Hampshire both at the federal and state levels.

Stephen Jordan, MD, of New London Hospital, New London, was presented with the Medical Staff Award for outstanding service to hospital and community. The honor is bestowed upon a medical staff member from an NHHA member institution whose professional performance has strengthened the cooperation between the hospital and the medical staff, and who brings credit to the institution and the community.

Dr. Jordan is a 28-year member of the medical staff at New London Hospital. He has served several terms as the Chair of Medicine and the President of Medical Staff and has also served on the hospital board of trustees for five years. Dr. Jordan consistently strives to understand the different work experiences between newly hired physicians and those who began practicing medicine many years ago.

Wayne Granquist, a member of the board of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, was recognized for his exemplary performance in hospital governance with an Outstanding Trustee of the Year Award.

Mr. Granquist is described as a visionary leader, collaborator, expert negotiator and tireless advocate for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. During his 11-year tenure as a trustee, he demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the organization's vision to achieve the healthiest population possible. His dedicated focus on population health and organizational accountability is apparent in his various elected board positions.

The Cheshire Medical Center received the first ever Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Award. This is a new award created to recognize a Hospital Association member organization that has demonstrated significant progress in making the healthy choice the easy choice for its employees, patients and the community.

Cheshire Medical Center was cited for re-thinking and reforming the links between and health and health care delivery, and demonstrating a sustained commitment to healthy eating and active living.

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.