Four Dartmouth Health nurses recognized among New Hampshire’s best at 2023 Excellence in Nursing Awards

Debra P. Hastings, Ellen M. Belter, Tammy I. Lambert, and Kristie R. Foster
From left: Kristie R. Foster, BSN, RN; Ellen M. Belter, BSN, RN; Tammy I. Lambert, MSN, RNC-NIC; and Debra P. Hastings, PhD, RN, NPD-BC

As we celebrate National Nurses Month in May, some of New Hampshire’s finest nurses—including four employed by Dartmouth Health—were honored Thursday night at New Hampshire Magazine’s annual Excellence in Nursing Awards. Held in partnership with the New Hampshire Nurses Association, this event celebrates the unique talents, skills and contributions of Granite State nurses to the health and wellbeing of their communities.

Nominations were accepted in a total of 16 nursing specialties, from pediatrics and school nursing to leadership and education. The winners were selected by an independent committee of nursing leaders from adjoining states. Dartmouth Health’s winning nurses for 2023 are:

  • Debra P. Hastings, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, director of Continuing Nursing Education for Dartmouth Health
  • Ellen M. Belter, BSN, RN, clinical nurse supervisor for Outpatient Psychiatric Services at Dartmouth Health’s Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC)
  • Tammy I. Lambert, MSN, RNC-NIC, intensive care nursery nurse manager for Dartmouth Health Children’s
  • Kristie, R. Foster, BSN, RN, emergency department nurse manager and clinical manager for Dartmouth Health’s Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital

“Debra, Kristie, Tammy and Ellen exemplify the outstanding caliber of nurses we pride ourselves on throughout the Dartmouth Health system,” said Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN, chief nursing executive of Dartmouth Health and executive vice president of DHMC. “I am so proud of their achievements, and of the compassionate care our nurses deliver to our patients every single day. Our health system would not be the world-class care provider that it is without them and they deserve our appreciation 365 days a year.”

Learn more about the 2023 Excellence in Nursing Awards winners.

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.