As a health care system on the front lines of patient care during this difficult time, I also want to thank our community for stepping up, making masks, caring about and thanking our workers, and being by our side through all of this.D-HH CEO and President Joanne M. Conroy, MD
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) was selected as the 2021 winner of the Cornerstone Award by New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR). The Cornerstone Award is presented annually to a NHBSR member who exemplifies the concepts of corporate social responsibility within their organization, and promotes the concepts of corporate social responsibility to the greater business community in New Hampshire. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, NHBSR specifically sought to honor a New Hampshire organization that showed unwavering leadership in the face of crisis with this year’s Cornerstone Award.
"2021’s Cornerstone Award Winner is recognized for the pillar of support that it has provided to our communities during times of great uncertainty and challenge," said Michelle Veasey, executive director of NHBSR. "The team at D-HH worked tirelessly to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all Granite Staters over the past year, moving with remarkable flexibility and supporting our communities with thoughtful care, advice, and leadership."
D-HH was presented the Cornerstone Award during a virtual conference on Thursday, May 6. Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN, executive vice president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, accepted the award virtually on behalf of the health system.
"Being honored as a Cornerstone award winner is both exciting and humbling," Reeves said. "The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much about the way we live, about how we work and about how we care for ourselves and each other. As a health system on the front lines of patient care, we’ve seen firsthand the disparities in the health of our patient population. Uniform and high-quality health care is critical for our communities and we are working hard both inside and outside our walls, to be part of the solution."
D-HH has a long-standing commitment to the work of NHBSR as highlighted as being signatories of NHBSR’s Clean Energy Principles, Sensible Housing Principles and, most recently, a signatory of the NHBSR letter in opposition of HB544.
"As we see the light at the end of this very long COVID-19 tunnel we continue to focus on sustainability and socially responsible policies throughout our health system," said D-HH CEO and President Joanne M. Conroy, MD. "To us, that means a steadfast emphasis on delivering equal health care; community outreach and impact; environmental stewardship; a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; and to being an anchor institution in our community. As a health care system on the front lines of patient care during this difficult time, I also want to thank our community for stepping up, making masks, caring about and thanking our workers, and being by our side through all of this. We are here to serve our patients and community, and you were here for us during the most challenging of times."
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.