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Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champion Award Presentation to CMC/DHK on 3/21/2014

March 20, 2014
Keene, NH

The Million Hearts® initiative has recognized Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) as one of nine national Champions of the 2013 Hypertension Control Challenge for success in achieving exceptionally high rates of adequate blood pressure control for patients.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are the co-leaders of Million Hearts® within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and there are many other national partners.

An award ceremony will be held on March 21st at 11:30 am at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene’s (CMC/DHK) 580-90 Court Street, Keene campus, in North Conference Rooms 1 & 2. The event is free, open to the public and will feature speakers: Ray Hurd, Regional Administrator for Regions I and II, CMS; Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health Services, NH DHHS; and CMC/DHK senior leadership and physicians.

Ray Hurd will share information about Million Hearts® and the importance of this initiative for the United States and CMS. Dr. José Montero will offer a statewide perspective, including an update on the collective efforts of the NH Medical Society and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to advance the initiative. A short presentation of the award and acceptance from physicians and staff at CMC/DHK will follow.

Million Hearts® is a national, public-private initiative that aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 by empowering Americans to make healthier choices and by improving heart health in healthcare settings. For more information about the initiative and to access resources, visit http://millionhearts.hhs.gov.
For more information about the award, please visit the CMC/DHK website

About Raymond Hurd
Raymond “Ray” Hurd is the Regional Administrator for the Boston and New York Regional Offices (Regions I & II). In this position he serves to promote the vital work performed by CMS in maintaining and improving access to health care in New England (Connecticut, Maine Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) as well as New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As the Regional Administrator, he works diligently to promote awareness of Medicare, Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplace programs to ensure that Americans receive the benefits they deserve. His efforts continue to facilitate collaborative relationships between new stakeholders while strengthening existing ties throughout the Northeast and U.S. Territories.

About José Montero, MD, MHCDS
José Montero, MD, MHCDS, is the Director of the Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. As Director of DPHS since 2008, he leads the development and implementation of polices that help create the conditions to improve and maintain a healthy population. For this process he relies on two key strategies -first, the development of systematic approach for actionable data collection, use and dissemination. Second, a better coordination of the public health systems and the health care delivery system, with a clear expectation of population health improvement.
Dr. Montero also fulfills several national roles. He is a past president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). He serves on several committees including the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP, as ASTHO Liaison) and has been recently appointed to the CDC’s board of scientific councilors for the Office of infectious diseases. He is also a member of the IOM roundtable on population health.

About Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene
Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/D-HK, Healthy Monadnock 2020 (formerly Vision 2020) is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of the Monadnock Region in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community by 2020. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit www.cheshiremed.org.

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