WDH Newsroom

The latest news, headlines, and events from Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

For The Media

The Wentworth-Douglass communications department works daily with members of the media to ensure members of our community are informed of matters involving public health, our staff, and the hospital. Our providers and staff have expertise in many areas of healthcare, and appreciate opportunities from the news media to educate our community on related issues. We strive to respond quickly and efficiently to all requests, while strictly enforcing HIPAA laws that limit the amount of patient information we can release without written consent. Journalists should always work with our team to coordinate interviews. We urge members of the media to direct their requests via email to all three members of our staff for the most prompt response.

Adam Bagni

Director, External Communications, Community Division

Crystal Mockler

Manager, Internal Communications

Aaron Sanborn

Communications Specialist

To protect patient confidentiality, members of the media must be escorted by a member of Wentworth-Douglass’ Communications staff while on any of our campuses or properties. Photography and videography are not allowed in any of our facilities without the expressed consent of our communications staff. Please contact a member of our team to make arrangements.

Wentworth-Douglass requests that all media stage live broadcasts from the empty grass lot located across the street from the intersection of Walker Way and Central Ave. It is located between 794 and 798 Central Ave, adjacent to The Doorway.

The following guidelines will help you properly attribute our hospital when referencing us.

  • On first reference: Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
  • Second and subsequent references: Wentworth-Douglass
  • Please do not use “WDH” in reference to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, or “MGB” in reference to our system, Mass General Brigham.

Our first priority is always the safety and privacy of our patients and families. In accordance with HIPAA privacy laws, if a patient has not asked that their information be kept out of the hospital’s directory, the hospital may disclose the patient’s general condition to anyone who asks for the patient by their full name. If that criteria is met, Wentworth-Douglass will provide the following one-word descriptions which are in alignment with guidelines from the American Hospital Association and the law:

  • Undetermined: Waiting assessment
  • Not Listed: Not listed in our patient directory.
  • Treated & Released: Received treatment, but was not admitted.
  • Good: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Indicators are excellent.
  • Fair: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Indicators are favorable.
  • Serious: Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Indicators are questionable.
  • Critical: Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Indicators are unfavorable.
  • Discharged: No longer at the facility.
  • Deceased: If the patient was in the hospital directory, we may release their general condition as “deceased” under certain circumstances.

No information beyond the terms listed above (including dates, times, and specifics of illnesses and/or injuries) can be released by Wentworth-Douglass without written consent.

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Executive Management

Jeff Hughes

President & CEO

Ellen Caille

Executive Vice President

Dr. Paul Cass

Vice President, Clinical Integration/Chief Physician Executive

Sheila Woolley

Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer

Joel Degenaars

Vice President, Finance/Chief Financial Officer

Keith Bartlett

Vice President, Support Services/Chief Performance Officer

Cristine More

Vice President, Philanthropy/Chief Philanthropy Officer

Dalma Winkler

Vice President, Regulatory Compliance

Martha Munhall

Senior Director, Human Resources

Frequent Media Contributors

Adam Bagni

Director, Communications & Community Relations (Primary Spokesman)

Jon Beauchesne

Assistant Vice President, Musculoskeletal Health Service Line

Dr. Alexandra Filippakis

Neurology Specialist

Susan Gallagher

Assistant Vice President, Cancer Services

Michelle Hanson

Director, Strategic Planning & Community Benefits

Dr. John Mendoza

Infectious Disease Specialist

Dr. Emad Milad

Psychiatry Specialist

Kellie Mueller

Assistant Vice President, Behavioral Health

Dr. Brendan Murphy

Family Medicine Specialist

Denise Palumbo

Assistant Vice President, Cardiovascular Services

Nicole Pendenza

Assistant Vice President, Women & Children’s

Dr. Janet Perkins

OB-GYN Specialist, Medical Director of Women and Children’s

Dr. Nancy Pettinari

Internal Medicine Specialist, Medical Director of Wentworth Health Partners

Todd Sigmon

Assistant Vice President, Portsmouth Outpatient Center

Nicholas Tolentino

Family Nurse Practitioner (Military Mental Health Advocate)

Martha Wassell

Director, Infection Prevention