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Exeter Hospital doctor reprimanded for stroke treatment

CONCORD - An Exeter Hospital emergency room physician has agreed that she delivered improper care to a 38-year-old patient who suffered a severe stroke in 2008, state medical officials announced.

As part of an agreement between Dr. Jan Vanderlinde and the New Hampshire Board of Medicine, Vanderlinde keeps her license of 15 years. But she must obtain eight continuing medical education credits through Harvard Medical School, pay a $1,000 administrative fee and inform potential employers for a year about the case.

In its settlement agreement, Vanderlinde admitted to misconduct when she treated the patient, who was rushed to Exeter Hospital from a tanning bed on Sept. 22, 2008.

Despite the symptoms of stroke, Vanderlinde did not consider administering clot-busting drugs, and she did not calculate the patient's health stroke score, the agreement said.

The following day, an MRI detected a large stroke on the left side of the brain.

A lawsuit filed over the matter was eventually dropped by the patient. Websites such as Angies list, and list Vanderlinde as an emergency medicine physician at Exeter Hospital.

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