Why Alice Peck Day

​What it means to be a nonprofit

Nonprofit hospitals, like Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, do not make profits for owners or shareholders. Funds collected from patient services pay for the service, and any profits are returned to the hospital for its operations.

But what happens if patients are not able to pay for care? APD has a long history of providing healthcare for all members of the community, regardless of their ability to pay. This is where donations help fill the gap, ensuring APD continues to serve the people of the Upper Valley. Thanks to your commitment to APD, we’re taking care of more patients with acute needs than ever before in every department of the hospital.

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Susan Oldfield

Meet a Donor: Susan Oldfield

Susan Oldfield is a patient and donor at Alice Peck Day.

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Meet Melissa

Melissa Dalton Director of Development

Melissa Dalton is the director of development at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. 

She hails from Texas, where she was Director of Development at Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation, raising and managing charitable funds to support Baylor Scott & White Health. Prior to Baylor, she spent time as a consultant for Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance and project director at John B. Cummings Company.

Throughout her career, Melissa has successfully forged deep relationships with patients and providers through her unique approach to grateful patient programs and thrives in complex academic healthcare environments.

Q: What drew you to Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital - 1,780 miles away from your Texas home?

A: My husband and I have adventurous spirits. I read the job description at Alice Peck Day and thought, “This is a place where I would like to work.” Their mission, vision, and values aligned with mine. We made the decision to leave Texas and put down roots in New Hampshire.

Q. There’s been a lot happening on campus. What are some of the improvements patients have seen recently?

A. APD successfully built and launched a Short-Stay Unit for our surgical patients and opened a newly renovated, fully accredited Sleep Health Center. In 2023 we will open a new wing for our Supply Chain and Central Sterile departments to better support our operating and procedure rooms.

Q. Why do donors choose APD?

A. Every donor story comes from a different place in their heart, but I frequently hear health care is the key to success in any community and APD positively impacts the lives of so many people.

Q. What do donations support?

Philanthropy can support capital projects, patient centered programs, and continuing education for staff. Past donations have launched community health initiatives, increased scholarship aid, upgraded technology to better serve patients, and funded campus improvements.

Q. What is new for 2023?

Donors can now designate a gift to a cause close to their heart by selecting one of four areas to support: Capital Fund, Workforce Education, Community and Patient Health, and Annual Fund.

For more information about giving, please contact Melissa Dalton, director of development, at (603) 308-0068.