Exemplar Primary Care Practice Designation from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

October 22, 2012
Keene, NH

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced a new program this past spring titled: The Primary Care Team: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (the LEAP Project)  with a goal to identify and share creative practices that make primary care more efficient and effective.

Out of nearly 400 practices, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene's Family Medicine department was recommended by peers and experts in primary care to be evaluated. Information about process and measurement of data sets were shared and reviewed, which in turn, earned the designation of one of the Exemplar Primary Care Practice's in the nation.

A research team from the RWJF National Advisory Committee will be scheduling a 3-day in-depth visit to the Keene campus to perform further evaluations and learn more about the primary care practice. Site visits will take place across the nation at approximately 30 high functioning primary care practices, and information from this research will be used to establish a baseline collaborative effort by the designated exemplar practices and to create tools and materials to help other primary care practices with transformation and improvement.

"It's exciting to have external validation that our approach to Primary Care and the patient centered medical home  is one of the most advanced in the nation, and that our model will be an example for others to replicate." shares Don Caruso, MD, MPH, CMO and Medical Director, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene.

Dr. Andrew Tremblay, Family Medicine Chair, also shares: "Receiving this recognition is a tremendous honor for our entire department. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication, as well as patient-centered care, which every person strives to deliver in our medical home."
More information about the LEAP Project can be found on the RWJF website

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/DHK, Vision 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community by 2020. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit

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