Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital to Complete Dartmouth-Hitchcock Emergency Department Transition

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Patients can count on consistency among the doctors they see and a smooth  transfer to DHMC if necessary. This staffing model will help optimize consistent, integrated care within the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system.

Scott W. Rodi, MD, MPH, chair, Department of Emergency Medicine at DHMC

Starting on April 1, 2021, all Emergency Department (ED) providers at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (APD) will be board-certified, emergency medicine residency-trained physicians who also provide care at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) Emergency Department.

Under a plan that began in September, 2019, APD transitioned the staffing of its ED and hospitalist services to a regional model with providers from Dartmouth-Hitchcock. At the time, all hospitalists were board-certified and many, but not all, ED providers were board-certified.

Board certification is a rigorous, specialty-specific process that identifies physicians who merit the distinction of being called experts in their specialty. These physicians have completed a three-to-four year residency in emergency medicine, have sat for rigorous board certification and are required to seek re-certification on a regular basis.

"Providing the same emergency physicians at APD as at DHMC means that APD patients can be assured they will always have access to the highest quality emergency care at their local hospital,” said Scott W. Rodi, MD, MPH, chair, Department of Emergency Medicine at DHMC. “Patients can count on consistency among the doctors they see and a smooth transfer to DHMC if necessary. This staffing model will help optimize consistent, integrated care within the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system.”

The Emergency Department at APD provides:
 

  • Local 24-hour access to highly trained emergency physicians and nurses.
  • Comprehensive care close to home.
  • Improved continuity of care through eD-H, a unified electronic health record.
  • TeleEmergency: additional specialized clinical support at the push of a button.
  • TelePsychiatry: psychiatric assessment by a board-certified psychiatrist through videoconference; no need to leave for a mental health assessment.

“Our patients and the community will benefit from having these board-certified ED providers at APD,” said APD’s Chief Medical Officer Michael Lynch, MD, MBA. “Their presence through this regional staffing model enables APD to manage more acute cases in our small and intimate setting that affords short wait times to care (usually under 20 minutes) and brings an added level of confidence and familiarity to the community we serve,” he added.

 

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About Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Since 1932, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (APD) has been a non-profit, community-based health care organization whose mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of our community. APD cares for more than 15,000 patients annually and has a strong reputation for personalized attention. Long-known for primary care, APD also specializes in short-stay ambulatory surgery and other specialty services. Since joining the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system in 2016, APD has been able to integrate our electronic health record along with other clinical and administrative services to better serve our patients. APD includes APD Lifecare, a non-profit senior living community with two facilities that support more than 150 residents in assisted and independent living. Please visit AlicePeckDay.org for more information, and join us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

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.