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Executive Vice President, DHMC and Chief Nursing Executive, D-HH System

Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN

Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN

Susan A. Reeves was named the Executive Vice President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in July 2020. In this role, she will be responsible for establishing and executing DHMC's short and long-range objectives in the context of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health's (D-HH) Strategic Plan, to ensure efficient, effective and high-quality patient care to meet the community needs of the DHMC service area. Reeves will work in close collaboration with D-HH's Chief Clinical Officer on the day-to-day operation of DHMC and to align and integrate DHMC into the D-HH System. Reeves’ team at DHMC will include senior-level leaders from clinical, research, operations and finance.

Reeves will continue in the role of Chief Nursing Executive for the D-HH system, which she assumed in June 2017. In this role, Reeves is responsible for setting the strategic direction for nursing across the system and for creating alignment for nursing practice across all D-HH entities.

Reeves possesses decades of knowledge and experience and has been a member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) community for more than 40 years. Early in her career, her clinical specialty was oncology, with a sub-specialty in radiation oncology nursing. Later she served on the senior leadership team, where she was administratively responsible for the inpatient hospital, Dartmouth and D-H's Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the D-H Emergency Services programs. As part of a contractual arrangement with D-H, beginning in 2007, Reeves led the Nursing program at Colby-Sawyer College as Dean and Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. She stayed there until her return to D-HH as the Chief Nursing Executive in June 2017.

Reeves received her Diploma in Nursing from Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in 1980. She earned her Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing in 1988 from Colby-Sawyer College. Reeves attended the University of New Hampshire, where she earned her Master's Degree in Nursing Administration in 1991 and earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont in 2010.

Reeves is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, and a Professor Emeritus at Colby-Sawyer College. Her scholarship interests lie in the field of health care quality and patient safety, and she actively participates in numerous local, regional and national programs with this focus. Locally, she is a Trustee and Vice Chair on the board of New London Hospital. At Colby-Sawyer, Reeves worked closely with faculty of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth to offer interprofessional education sessions to nursing and medical students as well as electives in the medical humanities.

Reeves and her husband, David, live in New London. They have two sons and two grandchildren.

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