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Among those on hand for the presentation of the Leslie Smith President's Award at the 79th NHHA Annual Meeting were, from left, NHHA President Steve Ahnen, recipient Peter Gosline, CEO of Monadnock Community Hospital, his wife, Connie Gosline, and Cheshire Medical Center CEO Art Nichols, who is chair of the NHHA Board of Trustees.


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BRETTON WOODS – The New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA) recently honored local leaders in health care during the association's 79th Annual Meeting at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods.

Leslie Smith President's Award

Peter Gosline, CEO of Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, received the Leslie A. Smith President's Award, bestowed upon an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the New Hampshire Hospital Association.

Gosline served as member of the NHHA Board of Trustees in a variety of capacities, including Chairman of the Board. His leadership and advocacy on legislative issues was invaluable to the NHHA, and he has been a long-time member of the Rural Health Coalition.

Outstanding Trustee of the Year

Joe Graham, chairman of the board of Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, was recognized for his exemplary performance in hospital governance with the Outstanding Trustee of the Year Award.

Graham was also cited for specific achievements in service to the hospital, including co-chairing a nationwide CEO search process in 2012, and serving as a major fundraiser and ambassador in the community, hosting a gala fund raiser that brought in a record $193,000 last year.

Medical Staff Award

Paul Cass, DO, of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, was presented with the Medical Staff Award for outstanding service to hospital and community. The honor is bestowed upon a medical staff member from an NHHA member institution whose professional performance has strengthened the cooperation between the hospital and the medical staff, and who brings credit to the institution and the community

According to NHHA President Steve Ahnen, "Dr. Cass was cited for his 28-year tenure at W-D, where he has been leading teams, tackling new project and spurring innovation, while improving patient outcomes and influencing physician behavior. His passion for quality improvement spans many years, leaving a swath of successful projects as he moves on to the next challenge."

Foundation Innovator's Award

Dr. Patrick Clary, Medical Director of Palliative Care at Exeter Hospital, was named recipient of the Innovator's Award from the Foundation for Healthy Communities, which celebrates extraordinary ingenuity, creativity and skill in improving health or healthcare access, delivery or quality. Recipients are honored for their leadership or for extraordinary individual achievement in advancing these goals.

Dr. Clary was cited for his perseverance in motivating and leading patients, clinicians and communities in New Hampshire to address end-of-life care and related health care decisions to improve advance care planning, establish a statewide portable Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) process and launch the Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (or POLST) as new standard of practice in caring for patients with advanced illness who may die within a year.

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Monadnock Community Hospital was also honored at the NHHA's annual meeting when it was named recipient of the HEAL NH Award for promoting active living and health eating.

The hospital was cited for its focus on employee wellness, innovation in the realm of patient care such as the 45, 000-square-foot Bond Wellness Center, and community-level activities such as its annual Health & Wellness Festival, its Heart Smart Fitness Program, the award-winning "Healthy Teeth to Toes" initiative for children and its participation in the national Healthier Hospitals Initiative.

Hospitals have been collaborating through the New Hampshire Hospital Association since 1934. The association's mission is to provide leadership through advocacy, education and information in support of its member hospitals and health care delivery systems in delivering high quality health care to the patients and communities they serve.