New Members Join Partners for Community Wellness
DHMCFour new members have joined the leadership team of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Partners for Community Wellness (PCW). The PCW Executive Committee recently approved Catherine Bardier, Director of Wellness and Community Health at New London Hospital; NH attorney John Kitchen; Jill Lord, Director of Community Health at Mt. Ascutney Hospital, and Health Center; and Amanda Grappone Osmer, CEO and fourth generation steward of Grappone Automotive in Concord, NH.
PCW are citizen representatives who work with Dartmouth-Hitchcock to inspire and advance healthier communities across NH and VT, through education, advocacy, and philanthropy.

Kearsarge School District Revises School Transportation Safety Protocols
The Kearsarge School District (KRSD) has revised their school transportation and safety protocols. The changes stem from a recent analysis of the district bus accident protocols. The Transportation Committee revised their policy to enhance safety and communication during and after a school bus accident.
If there is a KRSD bus accident and after Police and EMT Personnel have cleared the scene, all students in grades K-12 will be brought to Kearsarge Regional Middle School which will serve as the district accident staging location. Preschool Students will be taken to James House Preschool in New London.
If parents who wish to sign out their students, they may do so with the assistance of Kearsarge Regional Middle School personnel. All other students will be transported from there to their respective schools, or home at the end of the day.
The (STA) Student Transportation staff will provide parents of affected students with timely and pertinent information about an accident and make alternative transportation available for all students along the specific bus route.
The district asks parents not to attempt to meet their child(ren) at an accident since it creates concerns for emergency personnel and impacts the safety of all parties.
If there is an accident parents should contact only STA Transportation (603-938-6464), Kearsarge Regional Middle School (603-927-2100), or the SAU 65 Office (603-526-2051) with questions or concerns. The new policy went into effect on Tuesday.

Multiple Rescues in Sullivan County
On the afternoon of January 5th, 2017, Zebulon Lawrence of Troy, New Hampshire sustained multiple injuries after falling approximately 50 feet out of a tree. Mr. Lawrence was part of a tree cutting company that was doing work on a powerline in the town of Springfield. The scene of the accident was approximately a mile off the nearest road. Mr. Lawrence was able to be transported out over land to Meadowbrook Road and then flown by DHART to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Responding agencies included Grantham Police Department, Grantham Fire and EMS, New Hampshire State Police, Springfield Fire and EMS, New London Fire and EMS, Sunapee Fire and EMS, and Conservation Officers from New Hampshire Fish and Game.
Shortly after this incident, a report of a missing man suffering from Alzheimer’s was received in the town of Newport. Shortly after notification, officers from Newport Police Department and New Hampshire Fish and Game located Lee Topham of Newport near the Pinnacle Overlook off Summer Street. Mr. Topham was assessed by Newport Fire and EMS and was released without incident.