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BRETTON WOODS – The New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA) and Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC) recently honored local leaders in healthcare during the association’s 81st Annual Meeting at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods.  Every year at their annual meeting, the Association and Foundation honor healthcare leaders and executives from across the state who have made significant contributions to their hospital or the healthcare field.

Don Shumway, President & CEO, Crotched Mountain and Art Nichols, CEO, Cheshire Medical Center were joint recipients of the James A. Hamilton Founder’s Award. It is 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.

Currently leading one of New England’s most established organizations serving children, adults, and senior citizens with disabilities, Shumway has served in a variety of capacities as a health care leader, including director of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Service where he restructured the state’s mental health system and championed New Hampshire’s Medicaid 1115 Waiver for comprehensive health care reform; Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services; and Vice-Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Medicaid Managed Care.

Nichols’ commitment to keeping the population healthy over the long-term through Healthy Monadnock 2020 has awarded his hospital with many accolades, including Healthcare Business of the Decade by Business New Hampshire Magazine, Becker’s 100 Great Community Hospitals 2015 by Becker’s Hospital Review, and the American Hospital Association’s prestigious Carolyn Boone Lewis Living the Vision Award. 

Henry Lipman, Senior Vice President, Financial Strategies & External Relations, LRGHealthcare, received the Leslie A. Smith President’s Award, bestowed upon an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the New Hampshire Hospital Association.  In addition to serving as Chairman of the NHHA Board, Lipman has served as Chair of the Association’s Advocacy Task Force during the adoption of the New Hampshire Health Protection Plan and the Medicaid Enhancement Tax Agreement, and was named New Hampshire Business Review’s 2012 Financial Executive of the Year and American Hospital Association’s Grassroots Champion in 2010. 

Anne Holmes, Immediate Past Chair of the Board, New London Hospital, was recognized for her exemplary performance in hospital governance with the Outstanding Trustee of the Year Award.  Holmes was recognized for her exemplary performance in hospital governance and specific achievements in service to the hospital, including her leadership during at a time of unprecedented change in healthcare and increased financial pressures on all hospitals. 

Charles Blitzer, MD, Seacoast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover 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.  Well known for his humanitarian efforts by his friends and colleagues, Dr. Blitzer was recognized for his commitment to delivering compassionate, high quality care to patients throughout the state of New Hampshire and beyond. 

Barbara Kimball, Executive Director of the Radiation Center of Nashua, was named recipient of the Innovator’s Award from the Foundation for Healthy Communities, which celebrates extraordinary ingenuity, creativity and skill in improving health or healthcare access, delivery or quality.  Recipients are honored for their leadership or for extraordinary individual achievement in advancing these goals.

In citing Kimball’s work, Shawn LaFrance, executive director of the Foundation for Healthy Communities, said, “Barbara’s commitment to improving community health extends beyond her own, and because of that she has had tremendous impact on so many patients and their families.”

Southern New Hampshire Medical Center of Nashua was named recipient of the Noah Lord Award for Patient & Family Engagement, which is new this year to the Foundation for Healthy Communities and recognizes the innovative work being done in to better engage patients and families with Patient Family Advisors and Patient and Family Advisory Councils to improve patient safety, quality improvement and the patient experience in a NH hospital system.  Southern New Hampshire Medical Center was recognized for their Committee Membership Project, which places members of their Patient & Family Advisory Council on hospital committees which ensures input from patients and families in improving the quality and safety of care delivered.