Cancer Currents for July 2013

The Prouty - News and Notes from the Director

Photo: Mark Israel, Director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Each year on Prouty Day morning Jean Brown and I make a special visit to the hallways of the Hematology/Oncology units on One West. While fellow staff, family members, and friends are busy outside biking, rowing, walking, golfing, or volunteering, those unable to join—patients and staff working together—hold their own event.

From to 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the four One West pods, each organized around a different theme, hold raffles and relays. Staff members help patients maneuver hallway courses lined with SAG (stop-and-go) stops and cheering fans. These inpatients, some even on stretchers, rally in whatever way they can to be part of the day's activities to fight cancer.

This is always one of the most important parts of the day for me. The spirit and courage of these patients, determined to do their part even as they are physically fighting the disease, are the inspiration for what we do at the Center every day of the year.

The Prouty allows us to fund the needs of cancer patients from new research to comprehensive support during the course of the therapy. And the event itself offers many ways to contribute: physically (biking, rowing, golfing, walking), volunteering to help at the event, contributing to team fundraising goals (and recruiting other donors). The patients at the Indoor Prouty find a way to contribute. Please follow their lead and participate in the way you can.

Support the Prouty teams

Many NCCC staff members are participating in the Prouty. Contribute to their fundraising efforts, and email your friends and ask them to contribute as well.

It's not too late to get in the action! Browse through the team list and look for a raised hand beside the team name–many NCCC teams are still looking for people to join them, including:


Each year more than 1200 people volunteer to help make the Prouty the special fundraiser that it is. Susan Whelihan is looking for people to help with all kinds of tasks before, during, and after the event. Sign up online and you will see specific tasks listed, or contact Susan at or 603-653-9073. Learn more at

Mark Israel, Director


Reception Honors Rothstein, Sites, and Bengtson

Friends and NCCC and DHMC staff gathered on June 17, 2013 to welcome Dr. Brian Sites as new dean of Continuing Medical Education, and to acknowledge the work of Richard Rothstein, MD, who served in this role for many years. Sites, an associate professor of anesthesiology, will officially assume the role on July 1, 2013.

Dr. Sites attended a joint medical school program between Dartmouth and the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, graduating in 1996 with the Outstanding Graduate Award. From there he went to Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital as a surgical resident, graduating with the Isaac O. Mehrez Award for Surgical Excellence. After completing his surgical residency, he came to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for his anesthesiology residency. He is currently pursuing his Master of Science with a concentration in Clinical and Health Services Research at The Dartmouth Institute.

Much of his academic and research focus has been dedicated to the advancement of delivering high quality and safe regional anesthesia. He has served as the medical director for the Department of Anesthesiology Grand Rounds program, directs the Regional Anesthesiology Residency Rotation, and the monthly Regional Anesthesiology lecture series. He is the director of Regional and Orthopedic Anesthesiology and founded, and remains director of, the Regional Anesthesiology Fellowship program.

At the reception Elizabeth Bengtson received a 2012 Teaching Excellence in Continuing Medical Education Award. She was recognized for her work for the Lymphoma Tumor Board in the Regularly Scheduled Series (Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Tumor Board) category.

These annual awards honor overall excellence in academic planning, faculty teaching, and content quality; attention to ABMS, IOM and ACGME Core Competencies; integration with Quality and Safety; academic innovation, where appropriate; and/or interdisciplinary and inter-professional cooperation.

Williamson Building Construction Updates

  • A protective barrier has been erected along the glass corridor near Auditoriums E and F to protect the glass during construction. Temporary emergency exits have been set up to the outside.
  • The spiral stair from the glass corridor (Level 3) up to level 4 of Rubin (i.e. to Auditorium G, student lounge, Geisel offices) has been removed to make way for construction.
  • Access to Rubin via the stairs is now from the internal stairwell near the elevators (there is no access up the spiral stair for the duration of the construction). Signs direct people to the alternate stair location.
  • Visitors coming to Auditoriums E, F, and G from the main entrance are directed to take the elevators to level 2 and travel down the hallway to the elevators that take them up to level 3.
  • Signs note that the walkway between the east entrance and the Rubin research elevators (through 3K) is for cancer center patients and families. All others are asked to use an alternate route.
  • Signage in the corridors near the main entrance direct Hematology/Oncology patients to the 2K and 3K receptions desks, and suggest using the parking garage for future appointments.

"32 Hours" at Geisel is Launched

"32 Hours" presents stories of Geisel's local and global impact, as experienced through the lens of Dartmouth medical and graduate students, faculty, alumni, patients, and global partners. From Tanzania at dawn through Residency Match Day in Hanover the following day, learn how Geisel improves lives. 

DHMC Required Performance Management Training

Whether you manage one person or 120 people, all supervisors, managers, and leaders are required to attend two performance management trainings in June and July. If you have not already done so, you should register in NetLearning as soon as possible to sign up as classes have a cap of 20 per class.

Each administrative and clinical leader/manager is required to attend two trainings: Performance Management Systems Training and Managing Employee Performance: Goal Writing.

  • Performance Management Systems Training can be completed through a 30-minute online module (level 1) or a 2-hour session in-person (level 2). The online eLearning module is for self-paced learners with solid system acumen and Level 2 is excellent for learners who prefer an interactive, hands-on training.
  • Managing Employee Performance: Goal Writing is a mandatory 2 ½-hour instructor led class for all administrative or clinical leaders/managers who have direct reports.

Each provider leader/manager (with one or more direct reports) is required to take one in-person course (2-hour session). This course is provider-specific and covers the following information:

  • Introduction to OPPE (provider specific evaluation tool and process)
  • Introduction to Halogen Performance Management System (D-H Performance Management tool)
  • Introduction to D-H Performance Management Process

You can register for these trainings through NetLearning by following these steps: go to the D-H intranet > "Manager Center" > "Ongoing Management" > "Performance Management." On the left hand side you will see "Training Calendar," click then follow the "eLearning" blue letters which will get you directly into NetLearning. You may also click here to go directly to the site, or go to the s-Runway and click on the eLearning icon to directly access NetLearning. If you have any questions, please e-mail or call 653-1515.

Dartmouth Medicine has a New Look

The spring issue of Dartmouth Medicine is out, with a new look. Check it out here.

St. Johnsbury Students Create Book to Help Kids Understand Cancer

An eighth grade class at the Riverside School, in Lyndonville, VT designed, and printed a book about cancer for first through fifth grade students.

Hematologist-Oncologist Ronald Kubica, MD, Practice Manager Markes Wilson, and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Librarian Betsy Merrill visited the Riverside School and gave presentations on cancer. In small pairs and groups, the class took on the task of explaining the scientific basis of cancer to a young reader

On the last day of their school year, the students delivered a box of Dr. Fox activity books to Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) in St. Johnsbury, VT, in hopes that the books will make their way into the hands of children whose parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles are facing cancer. Read What Do You Tell a Child about Cancer? to learn more about these students and their project.

Seated from left to right: Maggie Evans, Emily Greenstein, Rachel Savoie, Gregory Ripple, MD, Molly Moore, Christian Kapoukranidis, Tara Sathi, Anna Pommerville. Standing: Bassem Zaki, MD, Kristal Renaudett, RN

NCCC Nashua Relay for Life

Nashua NCCC nurses (l to r) Amy Welch, Infusion RN, Valerie Clark, MA, and Carley Starr, Infusion RN at the Nashua Relay for Life.

The DH Nashua NCCC team at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on June 14, 2013, raised more than $1000 in support of this event. This is the second year NCCC Nashua has participated.

Join the NCCC Facebook and Twitter Communities!

Did you know that NCCC has active Facebook and Twitter communities? Learn what people are talking about and share your thoughts and news by joining these conversations. Find information and helpful links on the DHMC Social Media policy page

Be a Prouty Volunteer!

It's not too late to be a Prouty volunteer! Each year more than 1200 volunteer to help make the Prouty be the special fundraiser that it is. The volunteer options span everything from carrying heavy boxes of water bottles to posting news of the event on community calendars.

Susan Whelihan is looking for people to help with all kinds of tasks: supply movers, massage therapists, parking guards, recycling sorters, store clerks, and food servers. She needs volunteers willing to work before, during, and/or after the event, set to take place July 12-13.

Sign up online and you will see specific tasks listed (contact Susan at or 603-653-9073 with any questions).

Register to walk, bike, row or donate in support of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center should visit (The Prouty golf event is now filled).

Ride Your Motorcycle for NCCC 8.18.13

When two brothers found out that their aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, they decided to channel their passion for motorcycle riding into raising money for a cure for cancer. Now in its 11th year, participants in the Green Mountain Motorcycle Ride on August 18, 2013, will travel a scenic route through the mountains and countryside of Vermont and New Hampshire. Riders agree to raise funds for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center and enjoy a great, well-supported ride with a BBQ and live music at the end.

Summer Hop Performances Discounted for Dartmouth Employees

Bring your employee ID to the Hop box office, call 646.2422, or purchase tickets online to receive 50 percent off on up to two tickets to one of these summer performances:

  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on June 29 and 30
  • Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra on July 19
  • New York Theatre Workshop on August 3, 10, and 17
  • Vladimir Feltsman, piano on August 9
  • Discount does not apply to Met Opera, National Theater Live and Hop films

Healthy Habitats Summer Camp

Healthy Habitats Summer Camp is a week-long program (July 29 –August 2) open to D-H employees' children entering grades 1 through 3. Take advantage of this unique summer camp opportunity—onsite at DHMC. Healthy Habitats is a joint venture of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Register for Healthy Habitats here. More information on VINS and their full camp schedule can be found here.

View the Summer Moon, Planets, and Stars

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers free viewing through its astronomical telescopes to the Dartmouth community and public at Shattuck Observatory. Summer schedule: Fridays, 9:30-11 p.m., June 21st through August 23rd. Observing is only possible under good weather conditions—call 603-646-9100 to confirm the status of a session.

Grand Rounds

NCCC Grand Rounds will be on summer break after the July 9, 2013 presentation. Normal scheduling will start again in September (view recorded webcasts, or listen to recorded podcasts)

"Statistical Prediction Models and Medical Decision Making"
Michael W. Kattan, PhD
Chairman, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, Cleveland Clinic
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Noon-1 p.m.
Auditorium E, Barbara E. Rubin Building
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Light lunch provided on a first-come basis