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CONCORD – The New Hampshire Hospital Association today expressed its gratitude to the American Hospital Association for its recognition of Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, recipient of the 2013 'Carolyn Boone Lewis Living the Vision Award.'

"In seeking a nominee from New Hampshire for this prestigious award, the NHHA recognized Cheshire Medical Center's unique role as the driving force behind an initiative called 'Healthy Monadnock 2020,'" said NHHA President Steve Ahnen. "Back in 2006, this community-wide health initiative – designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community by the year 2020 – was founded and developed by Cheshire Medical Center.

"Today, Healthy Monadnock 2020's activities are being guided in the community by the Healthiest Community Advisory Board, a group of 30 individuals representing schools, organizations, coalitions and businesses, but there is no denying the pivotal role the hospital played in getting this process off the ground."

In nominating Cheshire Medical Center for the award, the NHHA noted that the facility in Keene "is living the AHA Vision of a society where all individuals reach their highest potential for health. They are walking the walk, not just talking the talk. They have put meaningful and significant effort and resources into achieving their vision of becoming the healthiest community in the country by the year 2020.

"In the end, Healthy Monadnock 2020 is the right thing to do for their patients, their community and the organization...and they are moving full-steam ahead to measuring their progress, holding themselves accountable and to ultimately achieve their objective of becoming the healthiest community in the nation by the year 2020, and we are honored to have Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene as a member of our association."

Two booklets outline the scope and progress of the program:

http://www.cheshire-med.com/images/v2020/vision_2020_book.pdf

http://www.cheshire-med.com/images/v2020/v2020update_oct2011.pdf

In addition to the links to the publication, there is more information on the CMC/DHK website at this link:

http://www.cheshire-med.com/vision_2020.html

About the NHHA

Hospitals have been collaborating through the New Hampshire Hospital Association since 1934. The association's mission is to provide leadership through advocacy, education and information in support of its member hospitals and health care delivery systems in delivering high quality health care to the patients and communities they serve.