Cheryl Pinney, Director of Emergency Management at CMC/DHK, Receives Statewide Most Valuable Partner Award

June 30, 2014
Keene, NH

Cheryl Pinney, RN, BSN, MBA, CHEP, Director of Emergency Management & Joint Commission Liaison at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) was recently recognized by the State of New Hampshire as the 2014 Most Valuable Partner Award (MVP) at the opening ceremonies at the 2014 NH Emergency Preparedness Conference held in Manchester, NH.

The Most Valuable Partner Award (MVP) is given annually to an individual, organization or regional planning group in New Hampshire that reaches beyond traditional working relationships and job responsibilities to strengthen preparedness and response capacity in our state. This award celebrates those who are a model to others and who uses innovative collaborations to enhance preparedness, response and recovery from emergencies.

Ms. Pinney has been a member of the New Hampshire Hospital Emergency Management Group and the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network for over 11 years and has been an integral partner in forming and directing statewide hospital preparedness efforts. She has directly contributed to improved hospital response capabilities in NH by her commitment tackling and solving challenges related to patient decontamination and medical-surgical issues both at the hospital and in collaboration with the community and region, as well as hospital evacuation measures. Ms. Pinney is a member of the NHHA committee that determines grant allocations to the hospitals and gives direction as to implementation of federal Hospital Preparedness Program grant guidance. She has served the State by providing a ‘boots on the ground’ perspective, informing planning and implementation of response actions and is often called upon to mentor new Hospital Emergency Managers to provide guidance and understanding of complex systems.

A leader, collaborator and supporter, Ms. Pinney, set up the Incident Command Center at CMC/DHK and reached out to counterparts at Monadnock Community Hospital following an explosion at NH Ball Bearing in Peterborough in February 2014, to assist and guide with continuous contact throughout the event. Cheryl ensured that the partnerships developed over the last few years were not simply theoretical, but implementable, realistic and valuable.

Cheryl Pinney MVP Award

Perry Plummer, Director, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH DOS; John J. Barthelmes, Commissioner of Safety, NH DOS; Governor Maggie Hassan; Cheryl Pinney, CMC/DHK; Nicholas A. Toumpas, Commissioner, NH DHHS; and Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health Services, NH DHHS.

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, Healthy Monadnock 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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