NEWPORT, NH—The Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network (GSNPHN), a collaborative of the county, municipalities and numerous health and human service agencies, schools, and community groups, is pleased to announce that Peter J. Wright, FACHE, President and CEO of Valley Regional Healthcare of Claremont, will serve as chair of its Public Health Advisory Council. The Advisory Council will help guide GSNPHN’s work to improve the Sullivan County region’s capacity to manage and promote community health through collaboration, joint planning, and improvement of community systems that support health.
Wright served as chief operating officer at Littleton Regional Hospital since 2007 and joined Valley Regional Health Care in 2013. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Lyndon State College, and Master of Science in administration from Saint Michael’s College, both in Vermont. He currently serves on the executive committee of the New Hampshire Hospital Association board, and on the district one regional policy board of the American Hospital Association. Wright is board certified in healthcare management and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), receiving that organization’s New Hampshire Regents Award in 2008.
“We are delighted to have Peter chairing this effort,” says Aurora Drew, PhD, a public health faculty member at Dartmouth and Colby-Sawyer colleges who is working with Sullivan County to develop the Advisory Council and guide its initial work, including the development of a community health improvement plan. “ Peter’s depth of experience and knowledge of community health and our region and his strong leadership skills are tremendous assets to our work.”
In accepting the appointment, Wright stated, “I am pleased and honored to be entrusted with this important role. It’s clear that Valley Regional – including our hospital, outpatient primary care and specialty clinics, and our home care and hospice program – must help lead the way toward sustainably improved population health in the region. I’m confident we are up to the challenge, especially with such a talented team of collaborators around Sullivan County.”
Valley Regional Hospital collaborated with four other area hospitals in a Community Health Needs Assessment process this year. Results of these needs assessments and other regional health data will inform GSNPHN’s community health improvement plan. Membership of the public health advisory council is currently under development, and is expected to evolve as the community health improvement plan takes final shape.