D-H Study Proves Patients Need Fewer Opioid Pain Killers After Surgery

Surgeons at Dartmouth-Hitchcock successfully reduced prescriptions for opioid painkillers by an average of 53 percent while still providing effective relief of their patient’s pain, according to a new study in The Annals of Surgery. “By defining postoperative opioid requirements through patient surveys and disseminating operation-specific guidelines for opioid prescriptions to surgeons, we were able to…

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How Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO’s Personal Experience Led Him to Call for a Health Care Revolution

This article, written by Eric Larsen, originally appeared in the Lessons from the C-suite series on the  Advisory Board website. Welcome to the “Lessons from the C-suite” series, featuring Managing Partner Eric Larsen’s conversations with the most influential leaders in health care. In this edition, Jim Weinstein, CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, talks…

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Trains Responders for Emergency Events

It’s hard to anticipate the unexpected but we train for many possibilities if a tragedy happens in our community so we are ready to support our region,” says Jim Alexander, Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s emergency management coordinator. “At Dartmouth-Hitchcock we are preparing ourselves with knowledge and training to make sure we can mobilize all of our organization’s expertise…

North Country Patients Can Now See DHMC Nephrologists “On TV”

In early May, 83-year-old Pauline Labrecque had a consult with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) nephrologist Thomas Kaneko, MD. A diabetic, the Groveton, New Hampshire, resident had been experiencing kidney problems. But instead of traveling 100 miles from her home to DHMC in Lebanon, NH, Labrecque’s daughter Rose McGlone drove her 10 miles to Weeks Medical…