NH DHHS - Congratulations to Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene for Million Hearts Award

Concord, NH – Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK)

was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a

Million Hearts 2013 Hypertension Control Champion. CMC/DHK was one of more

than 60 practices around the country nominated for the award and one of

only nine chosen for their work with patients to help them control their

blood pressure and in preventing heart attacks and strokes.

Nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure, also

known as hypertension, but fewer than half of them have it under control.

CMC/DHK was recognized for implementing a new initiative that has improved

control (blood pressure readings of less than 140/90) among its patients

from 69% in 2010 to over 84% in 2013.

“I am extremely proud of the work the staff here at Cheshire Medical

Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene have put into this program,” said Don

Caruso, MD, MPH, Medical Director at CMC/DHK. “This is an excellent

illustration of our goal to lead by example and this has gone a long way

toward improving the health of our community inside and outside the


An interdisciplinary team worked together at CMC/DHK to create a

coordinated approach across all of their primary care offices and specialty

departments. Some of the steps this group put into place were new equipment

and education protocols, a Hypertension Registry, no-cost Nurse Clinic

check-ups for high readings, and new patient education materials.

“Congratulations to Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene for

their innovative thinking and dedication to improving the rates of high

blood pressure in their community,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of

Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS). “Hypertension and heart disease are a critical health issue that we

must all work to tackle, so it is especially rewarding to be able to

recognize CMC/DHK for their hard work.”

For more information about the 2013 Hypertension Control Challenge and the

2013 Champions, visit


. For more information about controlling high blood pressure and its

effects, visit the DHHS website at

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdpc/hdsp.htm and the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov . For more on the CMC/CHK initiative,

visit www.cheshiremed.org