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Jose Montero, MD, MHCDS Appointed Vice President, Population Health and Health System Integration at CMC/DHK

April 02, 2015
Keene, NH

José Montero, MD, MHCDS

José Montero, MD, MHCDS

(Keene, NH)—Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) is pleased to announce the appointment of José Montero, MD, MHCDS, to the position of Vice President, Population Health and Health System Integration in the CMC/DHK Department of Community Health. Dr. Montero will plan and direct Population Health strategies by integrating clinical initiatives with community programs supporting the Monadnock Region in becoming the healthiest community in the nation.  In addition, Dr. Montero will serve as the principal liaison for CMC/DHK to Dartmouth-Hitchcock for all matters relating to Population Health. He will provide leadership in extending the CMC/DHK Healthy Monadnock 2020 model and related initiatives into other communities served by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system. Dr. Montero will begin his position in May 2015.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Montero join our executive team. This is a crucial position for us, as a health system that is dedicated to the health of our community.” says CMC/DHK CEO Art Nichols. “Dr. Montero will bring a wealth of experience to this position, and his tremendous enthusiasm, expertise, and creativity will add further momentum to our Healthy Monadnock 2020 initiative and other collaborative efforts we may undertake.”

Dr. Montero currently serves as the Public Health Director at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, where he has been responsible for strategy, policy setting, program development and financial planning since 2008. He has also served the residents of New Hampshire as the State Epidemiologist, and as Chief of the Communicable Disease control section.  Dr. Montero leads the development of the New Hampshire State Health Improvement Plan and has been a key supporter of the development of regional public health councils, to provide more targeted planning and community engagement on setting health goals. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Montero has  led or supported the development of important partnerships such as the NH Healthy Eating Active Living collaborative (HEAL), Tobacco Coalition, Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration and Cardiovascular Health plan. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth College and University of New Hampshire, School of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Montero plays a key role in development of Population Health at the national level through his role on multiple advisory committees to federal agencies and his participation on the Institute of Medicine roundtable in Population Health. As the immediate past president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Dr. Montero provided national leadership through his presidential initiatives on integrating public health and healthcare to improve population health outcomes. ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, and over 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ.

Originally from Colombia, Dr. Montero has worked in both clinical and public health services at the local, state and national levels in Colombia and the United States, including mental health services, and alcohol and drugs misuse prevention and treatment. He and his family reside in Concord, NH.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Healthy Monadnock 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation’s healthiest community by 2020. Cheshire Medical Center is a Dartmouth-Hitchcock affiliate hospital. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit cheshiremed.org.

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