News Release

Contact: John Clayton
VP, Communications
New Hampshire Hospital Association

For Immediate Release
September 28, 2011

Foundation names Anne Diefendorf vice president

CONCORD – The Foundation for Healthy Communities has announced that Anne Diefendorf of Concord, NH, will join the organization as its new Associate Executive Director/Vice President for Quality & Patient Safety.

"Anne brings a deep understanding and extensive experience in guiding organizational performance improvement strategies, quality assurance activities and infection prevention efforts," said Shawn LaFrance, Executive Director of the Foundation.

"Anne's leadership style and skills will help us build on the solid foundation of work in the area of quality and patient safety," added NHHA President Steve Ahnen, "as our member hospitals continue to strive to improve the care they provide to their patients each and every day."

Anne began her hospital career as a clinical dietician after graduating summa cum laude from UNH. She earned her MS in Clinical Evaluative Sciences from Dartmouth College in 2000. Anne is actively engaged in the NH Health Care Quality Assurance Commission and other quality initiatives of the Foundation. She most recently served as the Director of Quality Performance at Concord Hospital, Concord, NH.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a non-profit partnership involving hospitals, physicians, health plans, home care agencies and other organizations working to improve health in our state. The Foundation's mission is to improve health and health care delivery in New Hampshire. Learn more at