Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center honors Doctors' Day with Hope Fund donation

News release

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) commemorated National Doctors' Day on Thursday, March 30, 2023, by donating $1,500 to the Hope Fund, the same recipient the MAHHC Medical Executive Committee selected in 2021. The Hope Fund provides grants to aid MAHHC and Ottauquechee Health Center employees who are experiencing hardships or financial emergencies.

President of the MAHHC Medical Executive Committee, Richard Marasa, MD, said the Medical Executive Committee voted unanimously to direct this year’s donation to support the fund.

“National Doctors' Day is a day to honor and thank physicians, but providing exceptional care to patients requires a team effort – from hospital greeters, schedulers, custodians and food service associates, to nurses, therapists and doctors – everyone plays an important role,” Dr. Marasa, said. “The Hope Fund was created to help our team members when they need it most. This donation is made in honor of Doctors' Day but in support of our dedicated colleagues and team members sharing in this challenging but rewarding work.”

The Hope Fund is supported solely by donations and was initially started up by MAHHC employee donations to support their colleagues during the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is dependent upon continued community support to sustain it to help our local healthcare workers. To donate, visit the HOPE Fund page.

About Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

Founded in 1933, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is a not-for-profit community hospital network in Vermont including the critical access-designated Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Historic Homes of Runnemede, a senior residential care campus, in Windsor, as well as the Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock. A member of the Dartmouth Health system, MAHHC provides primary care and a comprehensive suite of specialty services, along with 25 inpatient beds, a therapeutic pool and an acclaimed, fully modernized 10-bed Acute Rehabilitation Center. Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is dedicated to improving the lives of those it serves and is at the hub of a wide network of community resources that have partnered to cover gaps in services, and improve overall population health. One of the largest employers in the area, MAHHC acknowledges its employees as its greatest asset and has been recognized by the Governor's Office with an Excellence in Worksite Wellness award.
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), is a recent recipient of Best Practice recognition by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for health care quality, and is recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as one of the "Most Wired" hospitals for integration of technology to boost clinical performance. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded MAHHC with Level 3 status, the highest level of medical home designation.

Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and is recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children's, which includes the state's only children's hospital and multiple locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT; and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory and specialty services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.