Dr. Patrick Clary Honored at Annual Meeting of the Foundation for Healthy Communities (9/25/13)


For Immediate Release
September 26, 2013

Contact: John Clayton
Vice President, Communications


BRETTON WOODS – The Foundation for Healthy Communities recently honored local leaders in health care during the Foundation's 18th Annual Meeting at the Omni Mount Washington Resort.

Dr. Patrick Clary, Medical Director of Palliative Care at Exeter Hospital, was named recipient of the Foundation Innovator's Award, 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," said Shawn LaFrance, executive director of the Foundation.

"His leadership helped to create a strategy 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."

Dr. Clary also serves as Medical Director of Rockingham County VNA and Hospice and the Medical Director of the Riverside Rest Home, the county nursing home in Dover, but according to LaFrance, "Although he lives and provides clinical care in the seacoast, he is available throughout the state to clinicians, other colleagues, advocates and policy makers to support access to quality palliative care and support near the end-of-life."

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and health care in New Hampshire. The Foundation's partnerships include hospitals, health plans, clinicians, home care agencies, public policy leaders, and other health and social service organizations.