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A Legacy of Caring
Good Neighbor Health Clinics Releases Annual Report

June 10, 2022

Good Neighbor Health Clinics is pleased to announce the release of its annual report.

“This report represents a snap shot of our work and a sense of the life changing health care and dental services we proudly provide on a daily basis,” said Dana Michalovic, Executive Director, Good Neighbor Health Clinics.  “As we celebrate and recognize our 30th year, our commitment to our neighbors who struggle to access care has never been stronger.”

“We’re excited to share the annual report with our community,” she said.

The report can be viewed by clicking here.

If you would like a printed copy mailed to you, please contact Chris Dugan at Christopher@Goodnhc.org.

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A Celebration of Service
Good Neighbor Health Clinics Announces Board Retirements, New Appointments

June 10, 2022

Good Neighbor Health Clinics is pleased to announce appointments to its board as well as thank retiring trustees.

“Volunteer board leaders are critical to achieving our mission and the continued growth of the Good Neighbor Health Clinic,” said Dana Michalovic, Executive Director.  “They are part of our legacy and we are grateful for their service and commitment to our patients.”

She went on to say Patricia Monahan, Vice President of Commercial Lending at Mascoma Bank and David Nierenberg, MD from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine have joined the board

Ms. Monahan joined Mascoma Bank in 2016 as Vice President and brings almost 20 years of commercial banking experience that covers a broad spectrum of banking. As a Commercial Loan Officer at Mascoma Bank, she serves the Upper Valley area and the Littleton area communities.  Her primary responsibilities are in commercial and municipal lending, specifically working with small businesses, middle market size businesses, municipalities, community development organizations and not-for-profit agencies.

A graduate of Northeastern University with a BS in Finance / Management, her career has included positions with IBM, Gillette, BankBoston and Ledyard National Bank. Ms. Monahan has been in banking for most of her professional life, but also spent time as a stay-at-home mom and working in education when her children were young. Over the years, she has been involved in Rotary International, and held board positions for chambers of commerce and human service agencies.  Her most recent involvement is with The Family Place located in Norwich, Vermont where she serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors.  She strives to be a force for good in her local communities and be a positive change in how she conducts life.

Dr. Nierenberg served as Section Chief in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at DHMC for 40 years, and also as the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at Dartmouth Medical School. After attending Harvard Medical School, he performed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and completed a two-year cl fellowship in clinical pharmacology and toxicology at the University of California, San Francisco.

In 1981 he joined the faculty at Dartmouth Medical School and the Hitchcock Clinic, and established a new Division of Clinical Pharmacology. Since stepping down as the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education in June 2012, Dr. Nierenberg has continued to see patients with medication-related or toxin-related problems, and continues to enjoy teaching and mentoring medical students and residents. He has also enjoyed working as a volunteer internist at Good Neighbor, and serving as Clinic Co-Medical Director.

Ms. Michalovic added that Jake Blum, retired Co-Owner of Systems Plus Computers, Donald Kollisch, MD- Veteran’s Medical Center and Trina Tatro-Business Operations Specialist-Codametrix, are retiring from the board.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Patricia and Dr. Nierenberg aboard and thank Jake, Dr. Kollisch and Trina for their dedication and service to Good Neighbor,” stated Ms. Michalovic.

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A Free Dental Exam Proves Life-Altering

Above all else, the students, staff, and volunteers of the Red Logan Dental Clinic – together with their colleagues at the Good Neighbor Health Clinic – care deeply about patients.

GOOD NEIGHBOR HEALTH CLINIC & RED LOGAN DENTAL CLINIC

White River Junction, Vermont

David* was referred to the Red Logan Dental Clinic in White River Junction because he was in pain. His first dental appointment in 15 years was a comprehensive oral exam by a dental extern from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. The extern was supervised by Dr. Keith Rogerson, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and one of the Red Logan Clinic’s volunteer mentors.

Using a recently installed, state-of-the-art Panorex x-ray – a contribution of the Gladys Brooks Foundation – the extern, working with Dr. Rogerson, identified a lesion that looked suspicious. The patient returned to the clinic for a biopsy and the tissue was sent by courier to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. DHMC provides free lab work as part of the hospital’s support of the Red Logan Dental Clinic and its patients.

The biopsy was positive for ameloblastoma – a rare kind of tumor that starts in the jaw, often near the wisdom teeth or molars. It’s made from cells that form the enamel that protects the teeth. Following two surgeries at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, David was left with a small indentation in his jawbone and the loss of just one tooth. Further treatment is not required, and David’s prognosis is good.

David has returned to the Red Logan Clinic for ongoing dental care. Since initially being treated at the clinic, he has lost 21 pounds, reduced his use of insulin by 75 percent, and is committed to taking care of himself.

Above all else, the students, staff, and volunteers of the Red Logan Dental Clinic – together with their colleagues at the Good Neighbor Health Clinic – care deeply about patients.

“Our vision is to help create a community where people have access to the healthcare resources they need to reach their potential for mental, physical, and social well-being. Real change happens when expert care, so freely provided, is embraced by patients”

Dana Michalovic, Executive Director of the clinics

David’s story is but one example of that real change.

*The patient’s name has been changed to respect privacy, protect identity, and assure confidentiality.

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This White Paper and Power Point Presentation on fluoride that was prepared for us by students participating in the Social Impact Practicum at  Dartmouth College:
Fluoridation and Oral Health in the New Hampshire and Vermont

Fluoridation Power Point Presentation

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