In order to address the health care workforce shortage facing New Hampshire and ensure that New Hampshire can meet the health care needs of Granite Staters, Governor Maggie Hassan has issued an Executive Order creating the Governor’s Commission on Health Care Workforce. Margaret Franckhauser, CEO of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, has been appointed to serve on the commission.
The Governor’s commission will bring together experts from nursing, child and elderly care, developmental and long-term services, the broader health care community and education to make recommendations for addressing New Hampshire’s short- and long-term health care workforce needs.
“New Hampshire is facing a healthcare workforce shortage in fields ranging from direct care workers to pediatric nurses to psychologists, which is increasingly threatening our ability to meet the health care needs of our citizens and making it harder to provide home- and community-based care to New Hampshire residents,” Governor Hassan said. “Addressing this shortage will allow more Granite Staters – from those who experience disabilities to those living with chronic illness to New Hampshire’s seniors – to stay at home and live independently, increasing choices for our citizens and improving affordability of care.”
The commission will examine short- and long-term needs for health care and direct care workers in New Hampshire. Recommendations to address those needs will include improvements to recruitment methods; education and training practices; rate and payment structure; state rules, regulations and laws; and New Hampshire’s loan repayment program.
Dr. Susan Huard, President of Manchester Community College, will chair the commission, whose final report will be due to the Governor by December 15, 2016.
“Nursing and other health care careers are good jobs that are critical to the health and well-being of our people and our economy,” Dr. Huard said. “The community college system continues working to offer affordable access to a strong career pathway in these critical fields, including a nursing program partnership with the university system, and I look forward to building on those efforts through this commission’s important work.”
Other members of the commission are:
- Kathy Bizzaro-Thunberg, Executive Vice President of the New Hampshire Hospital Association
- Lisa DiMartino, parent of a child receiving long-term care services and support
- Jon Eriquezzo, Executive Director of Residential Services at Crotched Mountain
- Todd Fahey, State Director of AARP New Hampshire
- Dr. Mike Ferrara, Dean of the University of New Hampshire College of Health and Human Services
- Margaret Franckhauser, Chief Executive Officer of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice
- Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry, President of the Endowment for Health
- Brenda Howard, Medication Nursing Assistant/Licensed Nursing Assistant at Maplewood Nursing Home of Cheshire County
- Dr. Judith Joy, Interim Nurse Executive Director of the New Hampshire Nurses’ Association
- Joelle Martin, Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions Board Member
- Stephanie Pagliuca, Director of Bi-State Recruitment Center
- Dennis Powers, Chief Executive Officer of Community Crossroads
- Dr. Susan Reeves, Dean of the Colby-Sawyer College School of Health Professions and Gladys A. Burrows Distinguished Professor of Nursing
- Deb Scheetz, Health Care Policy specialist at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)