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North Country Healthcare Earns 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Recognition

MostWiredANN ARBOR, MI, October 7, 2021 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is pleased to announce that North Country Healthcare (NCH) has earned 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recognition as a certified level 8. The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

“Digital transformation in healthcare has accelerated to an unprecedented level since 2020, and the next few years will bring a wave of innovation that empowers healthcare consumers and will astound the industry,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “The Digital Health Most Wired program recognizes the outstanding digital leaders who have paved the way for this imminent revolution in healthcare. Their trailblazing commitment to rapid transformation has set an example for the entire industry in how to pursue a leadership vision with determination, brilliant planning and courage to overcome all challenges.”

“This noteworthy achievement is yet another testament to our commitment to provide accessible, integrated, high quality patient care to residents of, and visitors to, the North Country,” commented Tom Mee, RN, BSN, MBA, NCH CEO.  “The processes and systems developed since NCH’s inception are playing a critical role in both patient care and satisfaction, but also as developments on our journey to becoming a Highly Reliable Organization (HRO).”

A total of 36,674 organizations were represented in the 2021 Digital Health Most Wired program, which includes four separate surveys: acute, ambulatory, long-term care and international acute. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

Each participating organization received a customized benchmarking report, an overall score and scores for individual levels in eight segments: infrastructure; security; business/disaster recovery; administrative/supply chain; analytics/data management; interoperability/population health; patient engagement; and clinical quality/safety. Participants can use the report and scores to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. Participants also received certification based on their overall performance, with level 10 being the highest.

This is the fourth year that CHIME has conducted the survey and overseen the program. In each successive year, CHIME has expanded the survey to capture more types of organizations that serve patients across the continuum of care. CHIME also continues to promote the program internationally to provide a global overview of digital health advancements.

As in past years, CHIME will publish an industry trends report based on Digital Health Most Wired responses from U.S. participants. The 2021 National Trends Report is scheduled to be released in October during CHIME21 in San Diego.  

For more information about the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program, please go visit https://chimecentral.org/chime-most-wired-2/    

 

About CHIME

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With nearly 3,400 members in 55 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate, exchange best practices, address professional development needs and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.

 

About North Country Healthcare

Named a 2020 Best Place to Work by Modern Healthcare, North Country Healthcare (NCH) is a non-profit affiliation of four medical facilities in the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire. NCH includes numerous physicians and medical providers at multiple locations. This leading comprehensive healthcare network which employs hundreds of highly-trained individuals delivers integrated patient care through three community hospitals, medical laboratories, and home health and hospice services. NCH remains committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

For more information about NCH, please call (603) 389-2205 or visit www.northcountryhealth.org.

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North Country Healthcare Announces Additional COVID-19 Protective Measure

North Country Healthcare Announces Additional COVID-19 Protective Measure

The events of the past 18 months have confirmed what we already were aware of – that we are stronger together.  We’ve now been engaged in this public health crisis long enough to know that new variants continue to emerge, and surges can develop anytime and anywhere. Since North Country Healthcare (NCH) delivered its first COVID-19 vaccination many months ago, the organization has consistently advocated for vaccination as the best method to protect our providers, employees, volunteers, and community members from the spread of this devastating virus.  The data continues to reinforce the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines, including the mitigation of new and emerging threats such as the Delta variant.  To that end, we confidently know more than ever that vaccination is the best way to end this public health crisis.

The North Country Healthcare (NCH) Mission is to assure consistent, high quality, accessible, and integrated healthcare to the communities it serves.  It is the organization’s obligation to protect the health of our communities and other NCH stakeholders.  As the dominant provider of healthcare services in the North Country, NCH is charged with leading by example, including setting the standard for public health. It is with that as our focus that NCH will require our providers, staff, vendors, and volunteers to have received, within 60 days following the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of at least one of the current emergency-use approved vaccines, complete COVID-19 vaccination.  Employees may be vaccinated through the respective NCH affiliate’s Employee Health Department or via a third-party provider of the employee’s choice. 

Legitimate medical or religious exemption/accommodations will be granted to providers and employees.  Those individuals will be required to complete regular COVID-19 screenings and wear face masks (as all NCH providers, employees, and volunteers currently are).

COVID-19 vaccinations, which are free and available to all NCH and affiliate employees, are highly effective at decreasing the likelihood of contracting COVID-19, preventing serious illness in vaccinated individuals who contract COVID-19, and mitigating spread of the disease. 

“The COVID-19 vaccine provides a key component, as do masking, social distancing, and proper hand hygiene, to significantly reduce the spread of the Coronavirus,” commented Tom Mee, RN, BSN, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, North Country Healthcare.  “We recognize the impact of this measure and remain committed to the health and wellbeing of our patients, employees, providers, and volunteers.”    

Continuing COVID-19 education will be offered to all NCH and affiliate employees, to ensure the communication of the most recent, accurate information.

NCH will continue to work collaboratively with the New Hampshire Hospital Association, and adhere to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for healthcare organizations.  As such, the wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing and utilizing proper hand hygiene will continue. 

“We look forward to continuing to serve as the North Country’s healthcare leader,” commented Mee. 

AVH, UCVH Welcome Dr. Patrick Golden, General Surgeon

Patrick GoldenAndroscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH) and Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, proud partners of North Country Healthcare (NCH), are pleased to welcome Dr. Patrick Golden, General Surgeon. 

Dr. Golden, most recently a Staff General Surgeon/NSQIP Surgeon Champion at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas, is a Fellow, American College of Surgeons.

A graduate of both Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (Doctorate, Osteopathic Medicine) and University of New Hampshire (Bachelor of Science, Microbiology), Dr. Golden will offer, among other services, the following, close-to-home.

  • Breast surgery, including biopsies and lumpectomies
  • General surgery including stomach, colon, gallbladder, intestines, rectum and spleen
  • Hernia repairs
  • Removal of skin lesions and cancers
  • Scopes to evaluate and treat conditions of the esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum and lungs

Appointments with Dr. Golden are available at the AVH Professional Center in Berlin, and may be made by calling (603) 752-2300.  Appointments are also available at Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook, and may be made by calling (603) 388-4333.

 

About North Country Healthcare

Named a 2020 Best Place to Work by Modern Healthcare, North Country Healthcare (NCH) is a non-profit affiliation of four medical facilities in the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire. NCH includes numerous physicians and medical providers at multiple locations. This leading comprehensive healthcare network which employs hundreds of highly-trained individuals delivers integrated patient care through three community hospitals, medical laboratories, and home health and hospice services. NCH remains committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

Member organizations include Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, North Country Home Health and Hospice Agency in Littleton, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook, and Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster.  NCH is proud to be the largest employer in the North Country.

North Country Healthcare Welcomes Matthew Streeter, MBA, FACHE, FHFMA,

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North Country Healthcare (NCH), is pleased to welcome Matthew Streeter, MBA, FACHE, FHMA, Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  Mr. Streeter earned a Master of Business Administration from Lakeland College, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in 2012, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in 2003. His professional memberships include the American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Finance Management Association.

Previously, Mr. Streeter served as the Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of Southwest Health, also in Wisconsin.  He provided direct operational oversight of numerous departments including, but not limited to, Accounting, Payroll, Patient Business Services, Health Information Technology, and Nutrition Services.

Most recently, Mr. Streeter served as CFO of Black River Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin, recognized in 2017 as the 5th Best Place to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare.  There, he provided executive level leadership toward the business, financial, and strategic goals of the organization while leading multiple large initiatives including a $14M facility renovation and expansion project and an ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) implementation.

Mr. Streeter will hold a dual role, also serving as CFO of Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH), where his primary office will be located.

“I am pleased to welcome Matthew and look forward to his contributions as NCH continues its Mission of delivering high quality, accessible, and integrated healthcare in the communities we serve, while reinforcing our commitment to achieving the status of a High Reliability Organization,” commented Tom Mee, RN, BSN, MBA, Chief Executive Officer. 

About North Country Healthcare

Named a 2020 Best Place to Work by Modern Healthcare, North Country Healthcare (NCH) is a non-profit affiliation of four medical facilities in the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire. NCH includes numerous physicians and medical providers at multiple locations. This leading comprehensive healthcare network which employs hundreds of highly-trained individuals delivers integrated patient care through three community hospitals, medical laboratories, and home health and hospice services. NCH remains committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

Member organizations include Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, North Country Home Health and Hospice Agency in Littleton, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook, and Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster.  NCH is proud to be the largest employer in the North Country.

For more information about NCH, please call (603) 389-2205 or visit www.northcountryhealth.org.