Your Hospital: September 2023

A Letter From Cyndee

Happy 100 Years!
Thanks to generous philanthropic support over the past century, MCH is entering our 101st year stronger than ever. We are very fortunate to have so much community engagement, most recently seen at our Centennial Community Celebration day that was held on June 3rd and attended by over 900 community members. A family-friendly celebration that showcased the care and dedication of this incredible community was enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you for being part of our MCH Family and for continuing to make the hospital a priority in your life!
We are excited to continue our mission of improving the health and well-being of our community by delivering accessible, high-quality and value-based care. I am happy to report that MCH is in a strong position both operationally and financially. We are honored to have welcomed new clinicians and services to our hospital over the past year and to be bringing back our Health and Wellness Educational Seminars this fall. You’ll read more about all of these topics throughout this newsletter as well as our 100th anniversary updates, the new Healing Arts Gallery exhibit, the new patient portal access page, our new spine surgery program, the grand opening of the Medical Eye Center, and more!
I hope you will take time this summer to spend with your loved ones and enjoy all the activities this region has to offer. Rest assured, MCH will be here when you need us. We cannot thank you enough for your support. Heres’s to the next 100 years!
Cyndee McGuire
Cyndee McGuire, FACHE
President and CEO
Monadnock Community Hospital

Collage of historical photos including original investor group of nurses horse drawn tools for building and the original building

100th Celebration

Our 100th celebration was a true success! Click the videos below to view our slideshow and centennial video! To view our history articles, visit

Learn more about our centennial celebration

View our slideshow of historical photos

Collage of historical photos including the first group of doctors nurses training a doctor with an anesthesia machine someone being brought in on a gurney and the original building

The Mural

MCH Healing Arts Gallery Reopens with a Splash

Lee Dunholter with wife, Soosen Dunholter who is a volunteer in the Healing Arts Gallery and their daughterMolly Dunholter, who is a CMA for Monadnock Regional PediatricsArt inspires, it draws people together, and it encourages healing. That’s why the Healing Arts Gallery at MCH has always bseen important to our mission. Now, following its temporary closure, the Healing Arts Gallery is once again open to the public as the region’s only 24/7/365 gallery.
To mark the occasion, the space recently hosted an exhibit called Monadnock, featuring more than 30 local artists and their interpretations of Mount Monadnock, on display through September 8th. Katharyn Ernst, MCH’s Coordinator of the Healing Arts Committee says that the Gallery plans to continue with quarterly shows featuring local artists.
She adds that, “We’re pleased to share that a permanent mural titled The Mural, by artist Lee Dunholter, was unveiled during our centennial celebrations on June3rd, and is now on display near our Gallery entrance adjacent to the Sarah Hogate Bacon Emergency Department. Lee and his family were in attendance, making it a very special event for all who attended.”
For any questions or more information regarding the MCH Healing Arts Gallery, please contact Katharyn Ernst at 603-924-4682.
Above: Lee Dunholter with wife, Soosen Dunholter who is a volunteer in the Healing Arts Gallery and their daughter Molly Dunholter, who is a CMA for Monadnock Regional Pediatrics.
Healing Arts Gallery

MCH Adds Spine Surgery

Dr VacheFor decades, the expert clinicians of Monadnock Orthopaedic Associates (MOA) have addressed orthopedic health from head to toe, from joints to nerves. MOA’s expertise now includes a spine care team led by Dr. Vache Hambardzumyan, MD, PhD, FEBS.
Left: Dr. Vache Hambardzumyan, MD, PhD, FEBS
Dr. Vache specializes in advanced clinical procedures, caring for and protecting the spine. Dr. Vache and his entire team are experienced clinicians who use minimally invasive, non-surgical and surgical state-of-the-art techniques for spinal disorders, such as deformities from birth, degenerative conditions and injuries, and illnesses affecting the spine.
Dr. Vache’s years of experience and expertise as well as his advanced training will provide you thorough treatment options along with the highest level of care and personalized attention. He and his team are able to relieve pain and strengthen the spine by using minimally invasive surgical procedures such as cervical disc replacement, cervical and spinal fusion, and laminectomy, which decrease pain and relieve nerve pressure.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vache, call 603-924-2144.
Monadnock Orthopedic Associates

Health and Wellness Seminars

Health and Wellness Seminars

Save the Date!
Don’t miss the great educational events happening at Monadnock Community Hospital.
Learn More About Our Upcoming Seminar Series

Patient portal access

Introducing The Medical Eye Center at MCH

Heather BartelsMonadnock Eye Physicians and Surgeons is now the Medical Eye Center at MCH.
Right: Heather Bartels, MD
With a new name comes a recommitment to excellence in eye health care. Our team of expert clinicians and surgeons offer general ophthalmology as well as a wide range of oculoplastic surgeries to address a wide range of ocular conditions. The Medical Eye Center at MCH team includes Heather Bartels, MD; Maxwell Elia, MD; Ahad Fazelat, MD, MPH; and Dane Slentz, MD. Together they address ocular conditions including:

  • Cataracts
  • Cosmetic Conditions
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Droopy Lids
  • Eyelid Lesions
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Retina Issues
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
  • Tearing/Tear Duct Issues
  • Uveitis

To schedule an appointment, call 603-668-2020. Our office hours are Monday – Friday 8 AM to 4 PM.
Learn more at
The Medical Eye Center

Welcome Andrea Bentley

Monadnock Family Care is pleased to welcome Andrea Bentley-Melle, APRN

A certified Nurse Practitioner, Andrea Bentley-Melle is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire College of Nursing, in Durham, NH where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude. She also has an Associate of Science in Nursing from Rivier University in Nashua, NH, and a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from UNH.
Before joining us, Andrea served at a number of New Hampshire health care practices, including Elliot Pediatrics in Windham, Family Tree Health Care in Hopkinton, River Road Pediatrics in Bedford, and Concord Hospital Primary Care in Belmont. She also spent time at the Lawrence General Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department in Lawrence, MA. Prior to becoming an APRN, she worked as a registered nurse in hospital, school, and camp settings for nearly 20 years.
Please join us in welcoming Andrea!
To schedule an appointment, please call 603-924-4664.
454 Old Street Road | Suite 207 | Peterborough, NH 03458 | 603-924-4664
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