Dartmouth Health and Geisel receive $5 million award to develop the next generation of scientists

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A team of researchers at Dartmouth Health and Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine have received a $5 million award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to launch a new Learning Health System Embedded Scientist Training and Research (LHS E-STaR) Center.

Built on a long-standing partnership between Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Health in patient-centered outcomes research, the new Center will support a diverse group of scientists in their professional development to conduct patient-centered outcomes and comparative effectiveness research within the Dartmouth Health Learning Health System to improve health system operations, quality, and health outcomes.

The Dartmouth LHS E-STaR Center is led by Anna Tosteson, ScD, and Eugene Nelson, DSc, MPH, from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Geisel, and Tina Foster, MD, MPH, MS, from the Value Institute at Dartmouth Health. It is one of only 16 such Centers across the U.S.

“We are delighted to train the next generation of scientists with the resources this new Center provides. These scientists will work to meet the healthcare needs of northern New England communities with a focus on advancing rural health equity,” said Tosteson.

Over the course of the next five years, Dartmouth’s E-STaR Center will train nine scientists whose research will focus on evaluating innovations for providing timely access to high-quality, equitable, person-centered care to the communities Dartmouth Health serves.

About Dartmouth Health

Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 56 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children’s, which includes Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the state’s only children’s hospital, and multiple clinic locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Bennington and Windsor, VT; Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.

About the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, founded in 1797, strives to improve the lives of the communities we serve through excellence in learning, discovery, and healing. The nation's fourth-oldest medical school, the Geisel School of Medicine has been home to many firsts in medical education, research and practice, including the discovery of the mechanism for how light resets biological clocks, creating the first multispecialty intensive care unit, the first comprehensive examination of U.S. health care cost variations (The Dartmouth Atlas), and the first Center for Health Care Delivery Science, which launched in 2010. As one of America's top medical schools, Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine is committed to training new generations of physician leaders who will help solve our most vexing challenges in health care.