BRETTON WOODS – At their Annual Meeting held October 20th – 22nd, the New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA) and Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC) honored healthcare leaders, executives and partners from across the state who have made significant contributions to their hospital or the healthcare field.

Kevin Stone, most recently of Helms & Company, was presented with a James A. Hamilton Founder’s Award, the New Hampshire Hospital Association’s highest honor, for outstanding service to healthcare on behalf of the people of New Hampshire.  Stone was recognized for his dedication and commitment to making the health care system work better for patients and providers, demonstrated through his distinguished career of over 35 years serving healthcare institutions and providers across the state.

Bruce King, President & CEO of New London Hospital, was honored with the NHHA Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership in advocacy and dedication to his institution, patients and colleagues.  Throughout his nearly 40 years in the healthcare field, King has tirelessly dedicated himself to serving the needs of the community and empowering his institution to become the community anchor it exists as today for the region.

Stanley ‘Chris’ Cundey, Board of Trustees, New London Hospital, was recognized for excellence in hospital governance with the Outstanding Trustee of the Year Award.  Cundey was recognized for his passion, vision and strategic governance as a Board Trustee, as well as his commitment to, and passion for, the organization, its staff and patients throughout his years of service. 

Andrew Torkelson, MD, New London Hospital, was the recipient of the Medical Staff Award for outstanding service to his hospital and community, an honor bestowed upon a medical staff member from an NHHA member institution whose professional performance has strengthened the cooperation between the hospital and the medical staff, and who brings credit to the institution and the community.   Revered by his friends and colleagues for his devotion to delivering compassionate, quality patient care, Dr. Torkelson was nominated for dedication and commitment to his patients, his community and his colleagues.

Exeter Health Resources was named recipient of the Noah Lord for Patient & Family Engagement Award, which recognizes the innovative work being done to better engage patients and families with Patient Family Advisors and Patient Family Advisory Councils to improve patient safety, quality improvement and the patient experience in a hospital system.   Exeter Health Resources was recognized for their efforts to improve the design and delivery of care for LGBTQ patients with the goal of ensuring respectful, effective and patient‐centered care.

Monadnock Community Hospital was named the recipient of the Honoring Excellence in Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Award.  This award honors a team of healthcare professionals who demonstrate a continued commitment to providing quality care to their patients, lead the charge for quality improvement, promote transparency to improve healthcare, and achieve better outcomes through the implementation of a strong culture of safety.   Monadnock Community Hospital was recognized for their organization-wide commitment to highly reliable, exceptional quality, patient-centered care, and their successful efforts to develop and promote improvements in quality of care for the patients they serve.

And honored with the Foundation’s highest recognition was Corey Gately, Director of Substance Use Disorders at LRGHealthcare, who received the prestigious Innovator’s Award for her leadership and dedication to creating pathways to addiction treatment and recovery across the care continuum for patients with substance use disorders.