Cheshire Medical Center receives $750K in congressional funding for robotic technology in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation

From left, Kelli-Ann M. Abbott, DPT, PT, and Haley P. Bordner, OTR/L, ATP, pictured here in Cheshire’s inpatient rehabilitation unit, helped to secure funding that will benefit staff and patients.
From left, Kelli-Ann M. Abbott, DPT, PT, and Haley P. Bordner, OTR/L, ATP, pictured here in Cheshire’s inpatient rehabilitation unit, helped to secure funding that will benefit staff and patients.

The funding our rehabilitation department received will benefit our staff and patients in various and vital ways.

Anne E.Tyrol, MHA, MSN, RN, CEN, CENP

Dartmouth Health’s Cheshire Medical Center has received $750,000 from over $103 million awarded across New Hampshire from congressionally directed funding. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) secured the funding in late March as part of the final government funding package for fiscal year 2024. Overall, Dartmouth Health received $3,092,000. The grant will allow Cheshire to purchase medical devices with robotic technology for therapy services in both Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation.

“We are thrilled to bring innovative technology to the already high-level clinical care our rehabilitation team members provide our patients,” said Cheshire’s chief nursing officer Anne E.Tyrol, MHA, MSN, RN, CEN, CENP. “The initiative to secure the funding first began when Kelli-Ann M. Abbott, DPT, PT, director of rehabilitation services, and Haley P. Bordner, OTR/L, ATP, attended a robotics symposium at Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. The funding our rehabilitation department received will benefit our staff and patients in various and vital ways. This is just one of the many ways Kelli and her team bring exemplary care to our rehab patients.”

Abbott and Bordner wrote and submitted a grant proposal to the Department of Health and Human Services to acquire $750,000 for new robotic technology, which will arrive sometime after July when the next fiscal year begins. They contacted Shaheen’s office, who is a senior member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee of Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, to help advocate on Cheshire’s behalf. In addition to Shaheen, Cheshire’s support was endorsed by New Hampshire state Sen. Donovan Fenton (D-Keene); former Mayor George Hansel (R-Keene); and Gabe Below, vice president of Washington, D.C.-based government funding and government relations consultancy firm LNE Group.

“I want to thank Sen. Shaheen on behalf of Cheshire for helping to secure this funding. These funds will greatly help us in our mission to continually improve the world-class care we provide our communities and to be an employer of choice in the Granite State,” Abbott said. “Our inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation teams are committed to providing exceptional care to our community. People usually don’t plan for what will happen if they have an illness or accident and need rehabilitation. We want people to know that in the event you need it, you can stay close to home in Cheshire’s acute inpatient rehabilitation facility, where experts can help you achieve your goals after a major health event by providing physical rehabilitative care within a hospital setting. Additionally, our outpatient rehabilitation team provides physical, occupational and speech language therapy services for a wide variety of diagnoses, disorders and conditions.”

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About Cheshire Medical Center

Cheshire Medical Center (Cheshire) is a Dartmouth Health member providing the communities in the Greater Monadnock Region a continuum of care spanning primary care and specialty medicine, to surgical services and acute inpatient care. For more than 130 years, Cheshire has been a key contributor to the health and vitality of the Monadnock Region. As a not-for-profit community medical center, Cheshire is deeply committed to delivering excellent care in a safe and welcoming environment. Cheshire is dedicated to being a great neighbor and serves as an integral community resource. Cheshire is the area's largest healthcare provider and leading employer. Along with the services delivered on their Keene campus and satellite locations, the Medical Center partners with local organizations to provide vital services and programs throughout the region. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit the Cheshire Medical Center website.

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.