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September 28th, 2009

NEW LONDON HOSPITAL DIRECTOR NAMED TO STATE BOARD

Lori Underwood, OTR, MBA, Senior Director of Planning and Projects at New London Hospital, has been appointed by NH Governor John Lynch and the Executive Council to serve on the Health Services Planning and Review (HSPR) Board.

The 10-member HSPR Board manages the request and approval processes for a Certificate of Need (CON) in accordance with NH Statutes. CONs are required for a licensed health care facility to proceed with construction or renovation projects that exceed a threshold amount established by NH Statutes.

Projects may focus upon constructing or modifying health facilities, acquiring new medical equipment or offering new or different inpatient care services.

The HSPR Board is comprised of industry representatives from a healthcare insurer, the community, hospital, nursing home, ambulatory surgical facility, a county official, and a member of the DHHS Commissioner's Office.

Underwood joined NLH in 2005 where she is responsible for business development and planning, project management and implementation, and legislative and political awareness. Prior to joining NLH, Underwood was administrator/CEO of Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Concord.

In 1994, she earned an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Southern NH University, and a BS in Occupational Therapy in 1983 from UNH. Underwood is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Project Management Institute.

A resident of New London, she currently serves on the Board of Governors of the United Way of Merrimack County.

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