Director, Regional Program for Women’s and Children’s Health
What is your fondest memory from your 25 years working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock?
I have so many. One of my favorite memories is from the early days of our CHaD HERO Half Marathon. It was 2009, the year we won a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records—more than 1,000 people were on Dartmouth Green, dressed as superheroes, and the feeling was fantastic! Such a great vibe, and all to support CHaD [Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock] in taking care of kids. For everyone in my family, and so many friends who were there with us, it was a super fun, wonderful day filled with the spirit of community. I also have lovely memories of when our son and daughter were born. We were so well cared for—it made me really proud to work here.
What about your job/work inspires you?
So much! Dr. John Brooks, former chair of Pediatrics and CHaD, said it best when he hired me 20+ years ago, “You know the best thing about this job? You get to make the world a better place for kids!” It’s really true. I am inspired by our patients and their families, who put their trust in us. And I am inspired by so many of my colleagues—doctors, nurses and everyone dedicated to serving others. I so admire my colleagues for working miracles every day, and I have always felt it is an honor to work alongside them.
What do you like best about working for your department?
I love working in the Regional Program for Women’s & Children’s Health—I value and enjoy the relationships we build with folks throughout CHaD and OB/GYN, as well as across the region. We do great work together, and we make it fun! Our perinatal QI consortium, NNEPQIN, is a treasure. It has been going strong for almost 15 years. NNEPQIN connects us with hospitals, doctors and nurses across the region to collaborate on improving patient care. We have a deep, shared understanding that “it takes a village” to keep women and children healthy and well. To this end, NNEPQIN fosters good work and great relationships every day.