May 5th, 2016
NEW LONDON, NH - New London Hospital Board of Trustees Chair, Susan Reeves, EdD, RN has been appointed to a newly created commission by Governor Maggie Hassan on Health Care Workforce. The commission will address the health care workforce shortage in New Hampshire and ensure the state can meet health care needs for its residents.
The commission is composed of experts from various backgrounds including nursing, child and elderly care, developmental and long-term services, the broader health care community and education. Reeves will join 14 other members to examine the short- and long-term needs for health care and direct care workers and bring forward recommendations to improve areas such as recruitment methods; education and training practices; rate and payment structure; state rules, regulations and laws; and New Hampshire's loan repayment program.
"I am honored to serve on the Governor's commission," says Reeves. "The growing shortage of care givers in New Hampshire threatens to reduce access to the high quality health care that current and future residents deserve. If not addressed, the shortage will have serious implications. We must reevaluate and improve our systems now so that we can be prepared to meet the future health care needs of our population."
Reeves has served as a New London Hospital trustee since 2009 and was elected as Board Chair in 2015. In addition to her volunteer role for the hospital, she is the Dean of the School of Health Professions at Colby-Sawyer College.