NH Healthcare Leaders Issue Safety Message Regarding COVID-19

New Hampshire’s Healthcare Leaders Urge Continued Adherence to Public Health Guidance to Prevent Spread of COVID-19


November 10, 2020: As the physician and nurse leaders of hospitals and healthcare systems throughout the state of New Hampshire, we have an important safety message regarding COVID-19.

We want to make it clear that our doctors nurses, hospitals, and healthcare systems across the state are standing with our public health colleagues as a united front in our efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19. It is imperative that every New Hampshire resident join us in taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of this deadly disease.

Our hospitals and healthcare facilities will continue requiring staff, patients, and visitors to follow public safety protocols, including mask-wearing, screenings upon entry to our facilities, and limitation of visitors/caregivers. We ask that you do the same: wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart, avoid crowds, wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough, and stay home if you are experiencing any respiratory or unexplained symptoms, such as a fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, or other common COVID-19 symptoms. We do this to keep our patients, visitors, and healthcare workers safe. And when you do this, you’re helping to keep the ones you love and others around you safe.

In recent weeks, we have seen COVID-19 cases trending upward in all regions of the state, and while hospitalizations remain relatively low today, they have more than doubled in the past month. This concerning increase puts our entire healthcare system at risk. If these trends continue, doctors, nurses, therapists, environmental services, security, food services, support staff, and so many others who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic since March will suffer additional stress and risk their own infection, illness, and mortality.

The decision to continue these safety measures is driven by data and guidance from healthcare experts, not politics. Public health draws on data to chart the route from where we are now, to where we need to go. It keeps hospitals and healthcare facilities safe places for patients to receive both routine and emergency care as needed. These measures will not only help prevent another catastrophic surge in hospital admissions and COVID-19 deaths, but they will also help to keep our schools and businesses open and our economy thriving. But we need your help.

While there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of spreading COVID-19, the simple acts of wearing masks, washing our hands, and socially distancing are the most effective tools we have in the fight against COVID-19. It is incumbent upon each one of us to do all that we can to limit the spread.

Help keep COVID-19 under control by doing what you can to prevent more infections and hospitalizations. Support our dedicated and courageous healthcare heroes as they continue the fight against COVID-19 while safely caring for all of your health care needs.

Working together with you, we are confident that we can make a difference and keep this dangerous virus under control.

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital
Michael Lynch, MD, MBA                                              Jean Ten Haken, MSN,RN, CENP
Chief Medical Officer                                                    Chief Nursing Officer, COO / VP, Nursing

Androscoggin Valley Hospital
Keith Shute, MD, MMM                                                Brian O’Hearn, MBA, BSN, CEN
Senior VP / Chief Medical Officer                                Chief Nursing Officer / VP, Patient Care Services

Catholic Medical Center
Michael Gilbert, MD, MS, MHCDS                                 Jennifer Cassin, MS, RN, CNS, CENP
VP / Chief Medical Officer                                             VP, Chief Nursing Officer

Cheshire Medical Center
Cherie Holmes, MD                                                       Amy Matthews, DNP, MS, RN, CENP
Chief Medical Officer                                                    Chief Nursing Officer / VP Patient Care Services

Concord Hospital
Michael McLeod, DO                                                    Erin Collins, RN
Associate Chief Clinical Officer                                    Vice President, Nursing

Cottage Hospital
Kathryn Walsh, MSN, CRNA                                         Holly McCormack, MSN, RN
President, Medical Staff                                               Chief Nursing Officer

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Jonathan T. Huntington, MD, PhD, MPH                     Karen F. Clements, RN, FACHE
Acting Chief Medical Officer                                        Chief Nursing Officer

Elliot Hospital
Kevin P. Desrosiers, MD, MPH                                     Martha Leighton, MS, RN
Chief Medical Officer                                                   Senior VP, Chief Nursing Officer

Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital, Concord
Powen Hsu, MD                                                           Doreen O’Neil, RN, BSN
Medical Director                                                          Interim Chief Nursing Officer

Exeter Hospital
Neil Meehan, DO                                                         Donna McKinney, DNP, RN NE-BC, CPPS
Chief Physician Executive                                           Chief Nurse Executive

Frisbie Memorial Hospital
Trevor Eide, MD                                                           John L Levitow, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Medical Officer                                                  Chief Nursing Officer

Hampstead Hospital
Malcolm Beaudett, MD                                               Julie D’Apollo, BSN RN-BC
Medical Director                                                          Chief Nursing Officer

Huggins Hospital
John Boornazian, MD                                                  Susan Dionne, RN, BSN, MS
Chief Medical Officer                                                  Vice President, Nursing & Clinical Services

Littleton Regional Healthcare
Edward L. Duffy, MD, MBA, FACEP                             Koren Superchi, RN, MSN
Executive VP / Chief Medical Officer                          Chief Nursing Officer / VP, Patient Care Services

Fred Jones, MD                                                            Theresa Champagne, RN, DNP, CNOR
Chief Medical Officer                                                  Chief Nursing Officer

Memorial Hospital
Matthew Dunn, DO, FACEP                                         Kristine Dascoulias, BSN, RN
Chief Medical Officer                                                  Chief Nursing Officer

Monadnock Community Hospital
Michael Lindberg, MD, FACP                                       Vicki Loughery RN, BSN, MS, CENP
Chief Medical Officer                                                   Chief Nursing Officer / VP, Patient Services

New Hampshire Hospital
Jeffrey C. Fetter, MD                                                    Rosemary Costanzo, MSN, RN-BC
Chief Medical Officer                                                   Chief Nursing Officer

New London Hospital
Kirk R. Duffy, MD, FACEP                                            Sally Patton, RN, MS
Chief Medical Officer                                                  Chief Nursing Officer

Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital
Deniz Ozel, MD                                                            Helene Thibodeau, DNP, RN, CRRN, NEA-BC
Chief Medical Officer                                                  Chief Clinical Officer

Parkland Medical Center
Martin Johns, MD                                                        Eileen Keefe, MSN, CNL, NEA-BC
Chief Medical Officer                                                  Chief Nursing Officer

Portsmouth Regional Hospital
Thomas Wold, DO, MS                                                Michelle R. Dodd, RN, PhD, CCRN-K
Chief Medical Officer                                                  Chief Nursing Officer

Southern New Hampshire Medical Center
Timothy Scherer, MD                                                  Cheryl Gagne, DNP, MBA, NEA-BC
Chief Medical Officer                                                  Chief Nursing Officer

Speare Memorial Hospital
Joseph Ebner, MD                                                       Kris Hering, MSN, RN, NE-BC, FACHE
Chief Medical Officer                                                  Chief Nursing Officer

St. Joseph Hospital
Alison Madden, MD                                                    Andrea Erickson, MSN, RN, CNML
Vice President, Medical Affairs                                  Vice President, Patient Care Services

Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital
Ed Laverty, PA-C                                                          Lindsay A. Lea, RN
Chief Medical Officer                                                  Chief Nursing Officer

Valley Regional Hospital
Jocelyn Caple, MD, MBA                                             Beverly Rankin, RN, BSN, MSA, NE-BC
Interim CEO / Chief Medical Officer                         Chief Nursing Officer

VA Medical Center, Manchester
Glen Gechlik, MD                                                         Jennifer F. Winslow, MBA, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Interim Chief of Staff                                                  Associate Director, Patient Care Services/CNE

Weeks Medical Center
Mark Morgan, MD                                                        Jennifer Guss, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CEN
Chief Medical Officer                                                   Chief Nursing Officer / VP, Patient Care Services

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
Nancy Pettinari, MD, CPE                                            Sheila Woolley, RN, BSN, MPH, NEA-BC
Chief Medical Officer                                                   Chief Nursing Officer / VP, Patient Care Services