Derry hospital's goal is improving the daily experience
Accashian took over as CEO last summer, leaving a post as chief operating officer for a hospital in Richmond, Va. Instead of concentrating on strategic planning, as he did in his former job, he said he's now working to improve the daily experience for Parkland patients.
Accashian had only been in his new job for a few weeks when a patient was admitted to the emergency room. The patient was supposed to be married that day, but it seemed the wedding would be postponed.
The hospital Accashian is leading is one of the biggest employers in Derry, said Stacey Bruzzese, executive director of the Greater Derry-Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.
"Their role is as a leader, as well as a good resource for our economy," Bruzzese said. "Locally, they provide great health care."
Since Accashian started working for Parkland, he has been easy to reach and quick to return a call or email, said Bruzzese, who met Accashian during his first week of work.
"Ever since then, he has been very engaged, very accessible," Bruzzese said. "I have no problem calling over there or sending an email."
After receiving his bachelor's in psychology from the University of Virginia, he earned a master's degree in health administration from the University of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Accashian spent five years in Nashville, Tenn., working for the organization in such areas as strategic planning and capital development. During those years, he worked with HCA hospitals such as Parkland. He said he learned the New Hampshire hospital had received a number of accolades and earned an excellent reputation in the medical field.
After learning the CEO position had opened at Parkland, he said he wanted to apply for the job since he was already familiar with the hospital.
"This was an opportunity that became available that we certainly took advantage of because it seemed New Hampshire was a good place to raise a family," Accashian said. "It's a good spot, and we've been very pleased so far."
Looking to the future, the hospital is licensed for 86 beds and is adding an addition this spring. Plans call for Parkland to break ground in April on a 14-bed behavioral health facility, Accashian said.
As for the goals he would like to achieve at the hospital, Accashian said it starts with hiring the best employees possible, providing them with the tools to do their job and setting high expectations.
He would like to see Parkland promoted as a locally-based facility that has excellent care and is close to home for many people in the Greater Derry area. Residents can receive exceptional health care at Parkland without having to leave the state, he said.
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