Mt. Ascutney Hospital names Leesa Taft, A.P.N. as Associate Medical Director

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Leesa Taft. Photo provided.

WINDSOR, Vt. – Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is pleased to announce that Leesa Taft, A.P.N. has been appointed to the position of associate medical director, effective Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017.

In this newly created role, Taft will serve as a member of the primary care management team and clinical team leader for internal medicine at the Windsor practice. She will also oversee clinical practice for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, in addition to continuing her role as a primary care provider.

According to Paul Calandrella, MAHHC chief operating officer, Taft will focus on quality and implementation of team-based care across primary care practice sites in Windsor and at the Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock. “Leesa is not only a great clinician, she has demonstrated that she is a strong leader who understands the value of collaboration to improve outcomes and overall satisfaction for our patients,” said Calandrella. “As team-based primary care continues to positively transform the health care experience for our patients, Leesa will lead the way, ensuring high clinical quality and effective communication.”

Taft is a veteran of the United States Air Force and worked as a pediatric nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as well as a nursing supervisor at MAHHC. She received her M.S.N. in 2005 from the University of New Hampshire, graduating summa cum laude, and became board certified as a family nurse practitioner. Prior to attaining her new position, she served as assistant medical director in the MAHHC outpatient primary care practice and the MAHHC geriatric community program. She is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Nursing Practice, at UNH with an anticipated graduation in 2018. She is a three-decade resident of Windsor, Vt., where she lives with her husband and four children.

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