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New Board of Governors Members

Joanne Conroy, MD, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock with Keith Loud, MD, MSc, FAAP
Board of Governors: New Members, Renewed Purpose

Joanne Conroy, MD, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H), welcomed four new members to the D-H Board of Governors (BoG) at their first meeting of the New Year on January 11. The new members include:

  • Patrick Jordan, chief operating officer for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health;
  • Keith Loud, MD, MSc, FAAP, chair of Pediatrics at Geisel School of Medicine, vice president of Pediatric Specialties for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, and physician-in-chief of Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD);
  • Kurt Rhynhart, MD, FACS, section chief for Trauma and Acute Care Surgery; and
  • Kate Williams, BSN, RN, ACM, case manager for the Emergency Department, and president of the Professional Nursing Organization

Dr. Loud is succeeding Jocelyn Chertoff, MD, as the clinical chair representative, and Williams is the Nursing representative for the BoG. Dr. Rhynhart was selected through a Lebanon active hospital staff election process in November 2017, and Jordan joins the BoG in his role as a member of the senior leadership team. See bios linked below.

Roles and Responsibilities of Board of Governors

With the arrival of Dr. Conroy in August, the BoG began an evaluation process to restructure the board’s meetings and member responsibilities, particularly as it pertains to the group’s responsibility as the Medical Executive Committee for D-H. Below is the BoG’s restated purpose:

The Board of Governors is a multidisciplinary group of individuals from across the D-H system, who serve as the Medical Executive Committee focused on ensuring and enhancing the quality and safety of care, treatment, and services provided to patients in the inpatient and ambulatory settings within Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (MHMH) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic (DHC). They are partners with the D-H administration in improving engagement and well-being of all of the colleagues who contribute to the care of patients.

According to the D-H Bylaws, Rules and Regulations of the D-H professional staff, the BoG has three primary roles:

  1. To serve as the Medical Executive Committee (MEC) of the Professional Staff in accordance with applicable regulatory and licensing regulations and to discharge those responsibilities.
  2. To provide input and make recommendations to the President/CEO as to management issues and matters of concern to the members of the professional staff.
  3. To provide input and make recommendations to the Boards of Trustees on issues relating to patient care, finances, compensation and benefits, teaching, research, community benefits, the process for the annual evaluation of the President/CEO, and other matters relevant to the achievement of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s mission.

New BoG Members Bios

Patrick F. Jordan, III, MBA Patrick F. Jordan, III, MBA

Patrick F. Jordan, III, MBA, joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) on November 20, 2017, as the Chief Operating Officer of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH). In this role, Jordan has direct responsibility for operations at D-H, as well as line of sight on operations throughout the health system. He is also responsible for the support services components of D-HH—like Information Systems, Facilities and Pharmacy.

Jordan comes to D-H from a position as the Chief Operating Officer at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, MA. He joined Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in 2014, and was responsible for more than 5,000 colleagues, $1.2 billion in operating revenues, 350 inpatient beds and a vast outpatient enterprise. He was also responsible for the real estate and supply chain areas for the Lahey Health System.

Between 2000 and 2001, Jordan served as the Chief Operating Officer of Newton-Wellesley Hospital and as the Interim President from August 2012 through September 2013. Prior to his role at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Jordan spent eight years at Massachusetts General Hospital as the Director of Radiology and as Manager in Materials Management.

Keith J. Loud, MD, MSc, FAAP Keith J. Loud, MD, MSc, FAAP

Keith J. Loud, MD, MSc, FAAP, is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Vice President of Pediatric Specialties for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, and Physician-in-Chief of its Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).

A 1996 graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, Dr. Loud completed his pediatric residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 2000 and fellowship training at Boston Children's Hospital in 2004, also earning a Master of Medical Sciences in clinical investigation at Harvard Medical School.

Prior to returning to CHaD in 2010 to lead the Section of General Academic Pediatrics, Dr. Loud served as Medical Director of Adolescent and School Health Services at Akron Children's Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Certified in adolescent medicine, sports medicine, and general pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), Dr. Loud is associate professor of pediatrics and of Orthopaedic surgery at Geisel and a member of the ABP Sub-board of Adolescent Medicine.

Kurt K. Rhynhart, MD, FACS Kurt K. Rhynhart, MD, FACS

Dr. Rhynhart received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and his surgical residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Rhynhart served with the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps where he was deployed with the 115th Field Hospital to Baghdad, Iraq.

Upon return, Dr. Rhynhart completed his vascular surgery research at Beth Israel Deaconess and his Surgical Critical Care fellowship at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Rhynhart joined the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center staff in November of 2008 as a Trauma Surgeon. In 2010, he became Associate Trauma Medical Director and in 2012 became the Trauma Medical Director. In June of 2014, he became the Division Chief of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Rhynhart has served as an Associate Flight Director for DHART since 2012.

Kate M. Williams, BSN, RN, ACM Kate M. Williams, BSN, RN, ACM

Kate graduated from the UVM School of Nursing with a BSN. She worked at UVM Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, and has worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for 27 years. Kate has worked in Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, and as a School Nurse. She has worked in many nursing roles at Dartmouth-Hitchcock as a Clinical Nurse, Charge Nurse, and Preceptor. Kate currently works as a RN Case Manager in the Emergency Department.

Kate is a member of the Professional Nursing Organization (PNO), Ambulatory Council, and has served on the Acute Care Council, Practice and Quality Council, and Charge Nurse Council. Kate served as ANA-VT President, is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Case Management Association and is nationally certified as an Accredited Nurse Case Manager.

Kate participates in several quality improvement initiatives, and Green-Belt Projects in the Emergency Department and the Office of Care Management. Kate was elected President of the PNO, in December 2017.


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