CONCORD – The Foundation for Healthy Communities is pleased to announce it has recently appointed two new members to its Board of Directors for 2018.  New members Michael Decelle, who serves as the Dean of the University of New Hampshire in Manchester and the Chief Workforce Officer for the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI), and Jeff Scionti, Chief Executive Officer of Parkland Medical Center in Derry, were elected by the members at the Foundation’s January Board Meeting. 

In addition, the membership also elected new officers for the Board of  Directors: George Blike, MD, Chief Value & Quality at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, was announced as the new Chairman of the Board, replacing immediate past chair Mary DeVeau, former CEO of Concord Regional VNA.  DeVeau served as Chair for two years, going above and beyond to help the Foundation through the transition of Executive Directors.   Corin Dechirico, DO, Chief Quality Officer and Associate Vice President of Medical Affairs at Southern New Hampshire Health, was announced as the new Vice Chair of the Board. 

Those board members re-elected to serve another term were Helen Taft, former Executive Director, Families First Health Center in Portsmouth and Peter Evers, Executive Director, Riverbend Community Health in Concord.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors also honored outgoing board members Jeanne Ryer, Director of the NH Citizens Health Initiative and Greg Walker, President & CEO of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover for their dedication and commitment to the Foundation’s mission improving the health and well-being of New Hampshire’s communities.   

“Jeanne and Greg have each played significant roles in helping the Foundation achieve its mission of making our communities healthier,” stated Peter Ames, the Foundation’s Executive Director.  “Greg was a founding member of our Board when it was established in 1999, and Jeanne has been serving since 2012.  The commitment and leadership that they have demonstrated over the many years is a direct testament to our success as an organization, and we couldn’t be more grateful,” continued Ames.