Dr. Ed Laverty, PA-C

Javier Cardenas, MD

WHITEFIELD, N.H. — Two North Country Healthcare (NCH) providers, Javier Cardenas, MD, at Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH), and Edward Laverty, PA-C, at Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital (UCVH), recently completed the New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program. This two-year, cohort-based program is a collaboration between the New Hampshire Medical Society, the New Hampshire Hospital Association and nationally recognized thought leaders from the University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and College of Health and Human Services.

The New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development program is designed to cultivate effective physician leadership within the Granite State from the bedside to the boardroom by teaching management, communication, and leadership skills, furthering effective communications between the medical staff and administration, and empowering physicians to
foster change among their colleagues. Launched in 2018, the Physician Leadership Development Program has supported more than 50 aspiring physicians from across the state.

“As the first Physician Assistant accepted into this program, I am grateful to have been considered and included,” said Edward Laverty, PA-C. “I found the program highly engaging, and I have been able to implement the skills I gained, positively impacting my relationships with fellow clinicians and senior leaders at UCVH and NCH,” he continued. A prime example of this implementation is the Occupational Health Program Laverty began at UCVH. “Occupational Health will fill a void in the community, allowing people to stay closer to home and work, to support their healthcare needs,” Laverty said. “We have ten companies we are servicing already, and we’re looking forward to adding more,” he added.

Developing and engaging physicians in leadership roles and decisions ultimately serves the strategic goals of New Hampshire’s health care system. Leadership development programs help improve relationships and build a solid foundation that encourages alignment among physicians, hospitals, and other key stakeholders as larger-scale transformational issues are addressed.

“I’m grateful to North Country Healthcare for investing in my career. This program has given me the tools I need to be more effective in my role, as well as to look for more opportunities to raise the bar at AVH,” said Javier Cardenas, MD.

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