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$2.5 Million Grant Awarded to Dartmouth-Hitchcock to Address Workforce Shortages in Rural New Hampshire Health Care Organizations

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We are proud to have led the charge to expand and grow access and availability to training in health care careers in NH, and we know our patients stand to benefit tremendously from the increased number of care providers that will result from this grant.

Aimee Claiborne, Chief Human Resources Officer of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) was awarded a $2,496,943 H-1B Grant for Rural Healthcare Workforce Development by the United States Department of Labor. This grant will benefit rural health organizations around the state of New Hampshire, and D-H was one of only 17 organizations to receive a grant from a total of $40 million in H-1B grants awarded nationwide. Twenty-three organizations partnered across the state all in committing to support the rural health care workforce of New Hampshire. 

The coronavirus pandemic has increased an already acute demand for health care workers, particularly in rural areas where that need was critical. Through the expansion of employment and training models, the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration aims to increase the total number of individuals training and advancing in health care occupations that directly impact patient care in rural areas, including behavioral and mental health care. The proposal will support training and advancement workforce development for New Hampshire-based rural health care organizations that seek to hire, train and retain employees in hard-to-fill, patient facing roles.

“This grant will benefit our New Hampshire system members and other New Hampshire-based rural health care organizations that seek to hire, train and retain employees in hard-to-fill, patient-facing roles,” said Aimee Claiborne, Chief Human Resources Officer of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH). “We are proud to have led the charge to expand and grow access and availability to training in health care careers in our state, and we know our patients stand to benefit tremendously from the increased number of care providers that will result from this grant.”

The strategies in the proposal are focused on creating pipelines into New Hampshire’s already strong training and apprenticeship programming, supporting continuing education for current health care workers to grow their career, and investing in retention strategies to stabilize our existing workforce. 

“Our team worked incredibly hard for this grant to be able to strengthen our existing infrastructure for workforce development,” said Carolyn Isabelle, interim director of workforce development for D-H. “One unique element of this grant that we are particularly excited about is the opportunity to support our current workforce through educational advancement opportunities. This grant is not only going to help ensure high-quality of care for patients, it is also going to increase stability and the upward motion of our existing workforce who have always worked tirelessly in service of patient care and the community.”

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-HH provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named again in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; 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-HH 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.


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