Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is an affiliated teaching hospital of the Geisel School of Medicine. The medical center was founded in 1893 and has grown to include the region’s only Level 1 trauma center and its only air ambulance. It is also home to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, which is one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country and to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD).
Many of the physicians at DHMC are also members of the Geisel faculty and are closely involved in the clinical education and training of medical students and residents. Geisel’s Lebanon, NH campus – adjacent to DHMC -- includes the Borwell and Rubin education and research buildings, and the Williamson Translational Research Building, which is currently under construction and is planned to open in 2015. The close proximity of clinicians, researchers, students, and residents helps facilitate close collaboration for medical education, as well as translating research discoveries into improving the health of patients.
Like the Geisel School of Medicine and its Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Dartmouth-Hitchcock has also become known for its expertise in population health and for being ahead of the curve when it comes to finding more effective and efficient ways to deliver high-quality care. In 2010, Dartmouth-Hitchcock became a founding member of the High Value Health Care Collaborative, a group of prominent health systems from around the country that is working to improve health care and lower health-care costs.
The stories on 32 Hours provide more information about the close relationship between DHMC and the medical school and give an example of how one faculty member—Richard Rothstein, the Geisel chair of the Department of Medicine—integrates his clinical work with the education of medical students, residents and fellows.