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Gosline wins honor, in Washington to discuss health care

Monadnock Community Hospital CEO Peter Gosline, who recently announced his plan to step down from his job next year, was honored on Tuesday with a Grassroots Champion Award from the American Hospital Association.

The award, which Gosline also won in 2006, recognizes hospital officials nationwide for their leadership in generating grassroots and community support for their hospitals’ missions.

“We depend upon strong voices like Peter Gosline to help tell the story of hospitals as cornerstones of the communities they serve,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO in a statement about the award. He cited the growth of Monadnock Community Hospital during Gosline’s 15-year tenure, including the addition of the Bond Wellness Center, expansion of the emergency department and operating room suites and restructuring of the hospital campus, as examples of Gosline’s success in building a strong community hospital.

The award was presented at a breakfast event during the AHA’s annual membership meeting in Washington D.C. Gosline then spent part of the day meeting with representatives from the offices of Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster.

“We were advocating for our communities today,” Gosline said by telephone from Washington on Tuesday. “We’re all talking about how the delivery system for medical treatment is changing, focusing more on value for consumers and less on volume. We’re hoping Congress will be providing sufficient resources during the interim period of two or three years as we assess our readiness to engage in new delivery systems.”

Gosline said state and federal funding will be shifting to reimburse hospitals based on how successful they are at keeping people healthy, as opposed to simply paying for procedures. That’s especially challenging in New Hampshire, he said, because about half of the state’s 26 hospitals, including Monadnock Community Hospital, are designated as critical access hospitals, eligible for higher reimbursements because they serve small populations in rural areas.

“In the northeast, it’s unusual to have as many critical access hospitals as we do in New Hampshire,” Gosline said. “We want people to remember what’s going on in the Monadnock region. We need to build strong connections between needs of our community and our legislative and executive branches.”

Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, which partnered in sponsoring the award, described Gosline as “an innovator and a champion for doing the right thing” in the statement announcing the award.

“As a critical access hospital CEO, a former chair of the NHHA Board of Trustees and a current board member, Peter practices advocacy on a regular basis,” Ahnen said. “He has been a long-time champion of educating his own hospital board about local, state and federal issues impacting his organization. His passion for his hospital and his community is evident by his commitment to ensure that appropriate healthcare resources are available for everyone.”

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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