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Audra Burns Joins Dartmouth-Hitchcock Media Relations Team

Audra Burns
Audra Burns, D-H Media Relations Manager

Veteran communicator Audra Burns has joined the Dartmouth-Hitchcock staff as Media Relations Manager.

Burns, of Merrimack, started at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on December 3. As Media Relations Manager, Burns will work out of D-H offices in Bedford and in Lebanon, developing and placing stories promoting the work of Dartmouth-Hitchcock with journalists locally, regionally and nationally. She will be a resource to journalists working on stories on health care in general and on Dartmouth-Hitchcock in particular.

“Audra brings a breadth of knowledge and experience in health care and with New Hampshire and Vermont media,” noted Dartmouth-Hitchcock Senior Director of Media Relations Rick Adams. “We’re fortunate to bring her onto the team, and we look forward to partnering with her in broadly sharing the Dartmouth-Hitchcock story.”

EDITORS NOTE: Burns can be reached via email to; or on cell phone 603-494-2179.

Prior to joining the D-H team, Burns was Community Relations Director for Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, where she was involved in media relations, social media, community outreach, public relations, and community education. She has also served as Director of Communications for New Hampshire and Vermont for the American Heart Association, where she managed all media relations and coordinated media opportunities with partners like D-H, including the annual “Go Red for Women” event. Her resume also includes experience in sales and marketing, and as a production assistant at WMUR-TV in Manchester.

Burns is a graduate of Syracuse University and a native of Merrimack; she was named to the NH Union Leader’s “40 Under 40” list in 2015, and has been the recipient of a gold MarCom Award, a gold AVA Digital Award, and a gold Hermes Creative Award.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H), New Hampshire's only academic health system, serves a population of 1.9 million across New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,200 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named in 2018 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by US News & World Report, nationally ranked in gynecology, and recognized for high performance in 14 clinical specialties. Dartmouth-Hitchcock also includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 50 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, New Hampshire's only children's hospital; affiliated member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.