DHMC fellowship programs for nurse practitioners, physician assistants earn national distinction

Neurology staff pose with an award certificate outside DHMC.
From left, Jillian C. Belmont, DNP, MSN, APRN, AGACNP; Jason A. Johns, MPAS, PA-C; Cheryl A. Elinsky, MS, PA-C; Lisa A. Stephens, MSN, APRN, ACHPN; Nathaniel M. Robbins, MD; and Maxwell T. Vergo, MD.

For neurology, we are the first institution in the United States to be granted this accreditation from ANCC, and are feeling very proud to be leading the way.

Jillian C. Belmont, DNP, MSN, APRN, AGACNP

Dartmouth Health’s Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is now the only hospital in New England, and only the third nationally, to earn dual accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Practice Transition Accreditation Program. The accreditation applies to DHMC’s Post-graduate Fellowship Programs in Neurology and Palliative for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. DHMC joins Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in earning the highest level of accreditation from ANCC.

“For neurology, we are the first institution in the United States to be granted this accreditation from ANCC, and are feeling very proud to be leading the way,” said Jillian C. Belmont, DNP, MSN, APRN, AGACNP, director of the DHMC and Clinics Post-graduate Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship Program. “Earning Accreditation with Distinction means we demonstrate exemplary and innovative practice in the domains of program leadership, program goals and outcome measures, organizational enculturation, development and design, practice-based learning, and our focus on wellness and joy in work for our fellows and faculty.”

DHMC was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by ANCC. In the award letter, ANCC noted that DHMC’s fellowship programs showed strength in their well-being initiatives, collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology and hospice and palliative fellowship collaborative retreats.

DHMC’s dual accreditations through ANCC are active through July 2027. To learn more about ANCC, visit nursingworld.org.

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Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health 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, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 56 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children’s, which includes Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the state’s only children’s hospital, and multiple clinic locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Bennington and Windsor, VT; Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.