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Alice Peck Day News Archive for December 2009

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Receives $720,000 Bequest

December 31—Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (APD) in Lebanon, N.H., is pleased to announce a $720,000 bequest from the estate of the late Mary T. Burke, who passed away in 2008. Mrs. Burke was a long-time Auxiliary member and friend of the hospital who served as a trustee, volunteer, and incorporator. Her husband Earl A. Burke, who predeceased her in 1999, also served as an APD trustee and supporter.

“She was a very special lady,” recalls Barbara Brown, an APD volunteer and Auxilian who worked with Mrs. Burke on many projects, including the establishment of the hospital Gift Shop, which Brown founded and managed for many years. “She was a tremendous help to me. When the shop opened, she was instrumental.”

The Burkes married after World War II and came to settle in Lebanon. They were both very active in the Upper Valley Community, and Earl Burke owned a real estate firm in the city for many years. “We are honored that Mrs. Burke chose to share a significant portion of her estate with us,” says Melanie N. Moore, APD’s Director of Development. “Her generous contribution will be used to fund an electronic health record at APD, an important enhancement to patient care and safety.”

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Welcomes Suzanne Bissonnette as Practice Manager of Occupational H

December 29—Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H., is pleased to welcome Suzanne Bissonnette of Sunapee, N.H. as Practice Manager of the Occupational and Employee Health departments.  Suzanne has extensive experience with business management, medical marketing, and organizational development, most recently as a Director in Global Brand and International Marketing for Bristol-Meyers Squibb Medical Imaging in Billerica, Ma. She has a BS in Kinanthropology (Exercise Physiology) from Ottawa University and a Certificate in Health and Work Safety from the Polytechnic School of Montreal University.

Brenda Blair, Director of Human Resources and Administrative Director of Occupational & Employee Health, says “Suzanne’s vast experience in operations and business management will be extremely beneficial to Occupational Health Services as we work to increase our business and improve our processes.”

Occupational Health Services at APD provides a wide range of on-site and off-site services to businesses, industries, and municipalities in the Upper Valley. The program’s goal is to provide cost-effective, comprehensive services that promote the health and well-being of workers and to assist businesses with containment of worker’s compensation and healthcare costs. Occupational Health Services has offices in Lebanon and Newport, N.H. and can be reached at (603) 448-7459.

APD Hires Virginia H. McDougall, M.D.

December 17—Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H., is pleased to welcome Virginia H. McDougall, M.D., FACS of Louisiana to the staff of Alice Peck Day General Surgery. Dr. McDougall is accepting new patients.

Dr. McDougall is a Board Certified General Surgeon, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She earned her BSN, MSN, and MD degrees at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, La., and served her residency in General Surgery at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. She has practiced privately in Louisiana, Maine, and Texas. She is skilled in all aspects of general surgery including laparoscopy, colonoscopy, and breast surgery, and focuses on giving each patient the personal care and attention they deserve.

“I am absolutely delighted to welcome Virginia to the office and community,” says Dr. David Kroner of APD General Surgery. “She is a valued new member of the APD family.”

Alice Peck Day General Surgery, formerly known as the Kroner Clinic, provides a variety of general surgical services and has served the community since 1985.

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital is an integrated health care system whose mission is to provide patient-focused health care services that are responsive to community needs, promote wellness, and continually improve the quality of health care services in the Upper Valley community of New Hampshire and Vermont.

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Welcomes Robert Blais-Carter as Director of Surgical Services

December 3—Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H., is pleased to welcome Robert R. Blais-Carter, RN, of Croydon, N.H. as Director of Surgical Services. He will be managing the day-to-day operations of the hospital’s busy Operating Room and Same Day Surgery services.

Blais-Carter served most recently as a Staff Nurse in the Operating Room, Recovery Room and Same Day Surgery at New London Hospital, in New London, N.H. He also served as Director of Nursing/Assistant Hospital Administrator at Inland Valley Regional Medical Center in Wildomar, Ca. and has had extensive experience in clinical care and hospital leadership. He has been published in national nursing publications (JCAHO and AORN).
“We’re very pleased to have someone with Robert’s strong background in staff training, quality improvement, and service development joining our staff,” said Ann Marchewka, RN, Ph.D., Vice-President of Patient Care Services.