New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program Welcomes Inaugural Cohort

November  20, 2018

New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program Welcomes Inaugural Cohort

Program Launches with 21 Aspiring Physician Leaders from across NH

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Medical Society and the New Hampshire Hospital Association have  teamed up with the University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, and College of Health and Human Services to launch the New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program with an inaugural cohort of 21 physicians from across the state.

The New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program, facilitated by a generous leadership grant from The Physicians Foundation, is designed to cultivate effective physician leadership within the Granite State from the bedside to the board room by teaching management, communication, and leadership skills, furthering effective communication between the medical staff and administration, and empowering physicians to foster change among their colleagues.

“This Physician Leadership Development Program will offer aspiring physician leaders the opportunity to not only learn and grow as leaders, but to shape the future of healthcare by serving as change agents within their own organizations as well,” said Steve Ahnen, New Hampshire Hospital Association President.

Developing and engaging physicians in leadership roles and decisions ultimately serves the strategic goals of New Hampshire’s health care system and improves the relationship and helps to build a solid foundation that will encourage alignment among physicians, hospitals and other key stakeholders as larger-scale transformational issues are addressed.

“Creating a program that’s designed to provide the tools and resources to physicians across the state so that they can achieve a higher level of effectiveness and success as hospital and health system leaders has been a priority of the Medical Society, and we’re excited to be able to offer such a program here in the Granite State,” said James Potter, Executive Vice President of the New Hampshire Medical Society.

The program is directed by Neil Meehan, DO, Chief Physician Executive at Exeter Health Resources who has led the design and delivery of successful physician leadership development programs at both Lawrence General and Exeter Hospitals, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise in how to develop outstanding physician leaders.

The inaugural cohort will spend the next two years in the program prior to officially graduating in June of 2020 with a certificate from the University of New Hampshire, as well as up to 80 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.  Interested candidates for the September 2019 Class should visit the program online at or by calling the Medical Society at (603) 224-1909.

About the New Hampshire Medical Society

Founded in 1791, the New Hampshire Medical Society is dedicated and committed to advocating for patients, physicians, and the medical profession, as well as health-related rights, responsibilities and issues for the betterment of public health in the Granite State.

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About the New Hampshire Hospital Association

Collaborating with member hospitals since 1934, the New Hampshire Hospital Association is the leading voice for hospitals and health systems throughout the state, and provides leadership through advocacy, education and information in support of its member hospitals and health care delivery systems in delivering high quality health care to the patients and communities they serve.

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About the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire

As a community, Paul College excites, engages and empowers students to think critically and globally, apply knowledge analytically, make decisions ethically and communicate ideas persuasively. Through rigorous academics coupled with real-world, experience-based learning, students build the confidence, knowledge, skills and persistence they need to lead, forge meaningful lives and excel in careers.

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About The Physicians Foundation

The Physicians Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and helps them facilitate the delivery of healthcare to patients through grant-making, research, white papers and policy studies. Since 2005, the Foundation has awarded numerous multi-year grants totaling more than $50 million to nonprofit organizations, universities, hospital systems and medical society foundations.

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Contact:               Vanessa Stafford, New Hampshire Hospital Association (603) 415-4255 
                            James Potter, New Hampshire Medical Society (603) 224-1909
                            William Hassey, University of New Hampshire, Paul College (603) 862-3311

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