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James W. Varnum National Quality Award presented to Project SEARCH
Date:12/2/2010

ot only learn skills that enable them to earn a living income, they also earn respect. Many have been able to move out of their family homes to live independently in the community.

Today, according to Riehle, "We have changed our culture, and we can guarantee that when you walk in that door, you will see somebody working here who looks like you." This has been inspiring especially to families who bring their children with disabilities to CCHMC for care. Project SEARCH has been replicated in more than 150 hospitals, businesses and government agencies, across the U.S. and abroad.

The James W. Varnum Quality Health Care Endowment Fund

Jim Varnum was a visionary health care leader for more than 40 years, an inspiring and bold innovator, and a responsible and responsive member of the national and local health care community.

During his 28 years at the helm of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, Varnum was an architect of progress for patients, their families, and staff. In recognition of his exceptional service, leadership, and lifelong commitment to quality health care, the Trustees of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital established The James W. Varnum Quality Health Care Endowment. Income from this permanent endowment supports local and national recognition of outstanding leadership in health care quality improvement initiatives.

Varnum retired from Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in April 2006, where he served as president since 1978. In 1983, he founded and was also president of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Alliance (now the New England Alliance for Health), a group of community hospitals (including Mary Hitchcock), behavioral health centers, and home health care agencies in Vermont, New Hampshire, and western Massachusetts. Previously, he was chief executive officer of the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle and of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison.

Varnum has served on the boards of
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Contact: Rick Adams
clarence.r.adams@hitchcock.org
603-653-1913
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
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