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APD Hosts New Hampshire Legislators

February 21, 2013—Michael Harris, PhD, Chair of APD’s Hospital Board and senior administrators welcomed local legislators to an annual breakfast session at APD on Friday, February 15. Senator David Pierce and a number of NH State Representatives from the Upper Valley gathered to discuss current state and federal legislation affecting New Hampshire hospitals.

Invited guests also included NH Hospital Association’s Steve Ahnen, President and Leslie K. Melby, Vice President, State Government Relations.

Harry G. Dorman, III, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, APD’s Health Systems and Lifecare Center and Susan E. Mooney, MD, MS, FACOG, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital led a lively discussion about how changes in healthcare are affecting this region and how APD is addressing the challenges. Dr. Mooney provided an update on the status of the funding of Critical Access Hospitals and the value of community-based healthcare.

“Community-based healthcare will play an increasingly important role in our healthcare system,” stated Mooney. “We need to work together to identify how to strengthen the wellness of our community and how to improve access to preventative care.”

Discussions also touched on healthcare bills and proposals in the 2013 legislative session, such as improving access to health insurance and Medicaid expansion, that would have a significant impact on the state’s hospitals.