CMC/DHK Named Healthcare Business of the Decade

April 30, 2010
Keene, NH


Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene has been chosen as Business NH Magazine's 2010 Business of the Decade in the Health Care Category. Applicants went through two rounds of judging. In the first, panels of industry experts whittled each category to three semi-finalists. Then, a Panel of Excellence made up of Business of the Decade winners from the 2000 competition and statewide business leaders selected the winners. Companies and business leaders were judged on their business success and their contributions and leadership within their industry, their community, and the state during the past 10 years.

Business NH Magazine editor Matthew J. Mowry said that the Vision 2020 project spearheaded by the hospital, working together with community partners to make Keene the healthiest community in the nation by 2020, put Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene at the lead of healthcare organizations being considered for this prestigious recognition.

Winners of the Business NH Magazine's businesses of the year from 2000 to 2009 were eligible for the business of the decade award. Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene won the magazine's business of the year award in 2006. Two rounds of judging were held: The first pared down the number of finalists to three, and those were sent to a panel of excellence, which included past business of the decade winners and community leaders throughout the state of New Hampshire. The winners of the eight categories of businesses appear in Business NH magazine's May issue.

"The Vision 2020 challenge of working together with community partners to become the healthiest community in the nation has set the facility apart from other hospitals," said Thomas K. Link, Cheshire Medical's administrative director of marketing, planning and community relations. "We are extremely honored and proud to be recognized as the NH Healthcare Business of the Decade. More importantly, we sincerely hope the model of health we practice and believe in, including wellness, prevention, taking responsibility for one's personal health, the offering of high quality primary care and specialty medicine, the use of technology and a commitment to work closely with community health partners, our patients and their families, will become a model of health that will be embraced by hospitals across our state and our nation. We believe this is the true value of this prestigious recognition."

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