To decontaminate patient rooms and other care areas, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s (DHMC) Environmental Services Department (EVS) recently began using the Bioquell system, which is effective against the spores from C. difficile bacteria. After patient rooms are cleaned by EVS, Bioquell’s hydrogen peroxide vapor technology works to kill residual bacteria, viruses and fungi on all...
CAUTI Prevention through Culture Change
A catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is an infection caused by bacteria introduced via an indwelling urinary catheter (IUC). Although IUCs are necessary for some patients, Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) is over utilizing them in comparison to peer institutions, placing our patients at higher risk of infection.
D-H Workgroup Efforts Help Reduce C. difficile Infections
The C. difficile workgroup is co-led by Value Institute Performance Improvement Consultant Victoria Adams, CSSBB, Hospital Epidemiologist Michael Calderwood, MD, MPH, and Infection Preventionist Megan Read, MPH, MLS (ASCP), CIC.
A Tour of the New Neurocritical Care Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
It is the end of October here in the upper Valley of New Hampshire and it never ceases to amaze me how many unique colors one can see during the New England fall. Equally as inspiring are the remarkable people I encounter every day at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Today, I had the privilege of touring our brand-new, Neurocritical Care Unit with our Director of Neurosciences, Kevin Williams. Along with...
Practicing Medicine in the Mountains
One of the great things about working for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system is the proximity to the White Mountains and other hiking and walking destinations. People travel from all over the world to hike the Appalachian Trail and we are lucky enough to have it as part of our local landscape!
Live Well/Work Well - More Than a Policy
Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) would not be considered an organization that believes in the status quo. To achieve our goal of the healthiest population possible, we have developed a new high-tech system of providing health services. The most critical element of this system is encouraging people to engage more intimately with their health in a proactive manner.
In addition to transforming the way...
What it Means to Be Ethical – The D-H Clinical Ethics Program
The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) has had a long history of addressing medical ethics. Psychiatrist Charles M. Culver, MD, Ph.D. and Dartmouth College philosophy professor Bernard Gert, Ph.D. began the ethics program in the 1970s and before the end of the decade had created a course in medical ethics for their students.
By the 1980s, DHMC had formed the first hospital ethics committee
A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing Your Physician CV
In any field, first impressions are a key factor in making progress toward your career goals. When you start searching for a position in the medical field, it’s no different. A professional and comprehensive physician Curriculum Vitae (CV) will set you apart from those who are less prepared and will allow you to show a full picture of who you are to a physician recruiter.
The Association for...
Academic Appointments and the Geisel School of Medicine
Teaching is one of the more important and rewarding professions today. Educators are charged with passing along knowledge gained and encouraging worthwhile goals and high standards of achievement.
No where is education more crucial than in the fast-paced field of medicine. Individuals who earn prestigious academic appointments at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine are recognized for their...
Welcome to the New Frontier - D-H's Recruitment Blog
Dartmouth-Hitchcock is and always has been a pioneer when it comes to technology and patient care. Today, we are expanding our realm of expertise by adding a recruitment blog to our overall strategy. This blog will endeavor to further our aim of providing physicians and advanced practitioners with the information they need to know when they consider relocation, accepting a position, getting...