Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center honors former Chief Nursing Officer Jill Lord

Jill Lord, MS, RN, with two others standing in front of the plaque in her honor on the conference room wall

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC), a Dartmouth Health member, recently dedicated and renamed their main conference room in honor of former Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Director of Patient Care Services Jill Lord, MS, RN.

“The impact that Jill has left on Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is evident all around our community,” said Winfield Brown, interim president and CEO of MAHHC. “Her thoughts and ideas are rooted within our halls, and she set the standard for all other clinical and administrative staff members. Naming our largest conference room after her is the least that we could do for the work she has done for us.”

A commemorative plaque was installed in the newly christened Jill Lord Conference Room, detailing the career of the 40-year MAHHC employee, who served for nearly 25 years as CNO. She retired at the start of 2024.

“Jill is a masterful visionary and facilitator, turning a conference room brainstorm into an actionable, successful endeavor,” the plaque reads. “Her legacy of caring and creative, collaborative problem-solving lives on in the countless productive relationships and initiatives that she was instrumental in creating.”

Lord was honored during a ceremony in the conference room on November 1, 2023, where hospital leadership, colleagues, community partners and close friends gathered to celebrate. During the event, Lord expressed her gratitude for this honor.

“I am touched beyond belief,” said Lord. “Mt Ascutney Hospital has honored me beyond what I could expect. I hope that the wonderful words written for the wall inspire all those who enter the conference room.”

For more information about Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, visit the MAHHC website.

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.