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CMC President & CEO Don Caruso Announces May 2023 Retirement

Cheshire Medical Center President and CEO Don Caruso, MD, MPH, Announces May 2023 Retirement
Keene, NH—President and CEO Don Caruso, MD, MPH, has announced his plan to retire from Cheshire Medical Center, a member of Dartmouth Health, in May 2023. For over three decades, he has dedicated himself to the care and well-being of Cheshire’s staff, patients, and the greater Monadnock Region’s community. During his tenure, he’s served in various roles at Cheshire, including chair of Family Medicine, associate medical director, then chief medical officer, and president and CEO for the past seven years.
“On behalf of Cheshire Medical Center, I want to thank Don Caruso for his years of service to
this organization and our patients,” said Susan Abert, chairperson of Cheshire’s Board of Trustees. “It isn’t often that you find a CEO who also maintains time in his schedule to see patients, but he has balanced both. His leadership, supported by a truly dedicated staff, has led to Cheshire’s growth, and we’ve been so fortunate to have both leading us into a bright future.”
Don has tirelessly overseen Cheshire’s exceptional staff of providers grow from roughly 75 to more than 242, dramatically expanding the types of subspecialty practices offered and increasing the complexity of care provided in this area so patients can remain close to home for services.
Most recently, Caruso led the organization through the turbulence of the global pandemic and was a vocal advocate in the community and across the state for evidenced-based practices that reduce the virus’ spread and prevent severe illness. Throughout those difficult times, he has remained committed to Cheshire’s mission to provide high-quality, compassionate care to the communities it serves.
Caruso has been steadfast in his commitment to the launch of Cheshire’s Family Medicine Residency program, which is set to open pending accreditation approval in 2023, with the first residents arriving a year later. 
“It’s been a pleasure caring for this community. Getting to know patients and being part of their families while caring for them has made this the most rewarding part of my career. It has been a very fulfilling career, and I appreciate everyone who has joined me along the way.”
Caruso is looking forward to his retirement this coming May. He plans to have more time playing golf, fishing with his sons, building his 19-foot Chris-Craft Barrelback boat, and traveling as much as possible. 
Cheshire’s Board of Trustees is forming a search committee to name a successor before Caruso’s departure so he can assist with the transition. 
For more information about Cheshire Medical Center, visit
About Cheshire Medical Center: Cheshire Medical Center (Cheshire) is a Dartmouth Health member providing the communities in the Greater Monadnock Region a continuum of care spanning primary care and specialty medicine, to surgical services and acute inpatient care. For more than 125 years, Cheshire has been a key contributor to the health and vitality of the Monadnock Region. As a not-for-profit community medical center, Cheshire is deeply committed to delivering excellent care in a safe and welcoming environment. Cheshire is dedicated to being a great neighbor and serves as an integral community resource. Cheshire is the area's largest health care provider and leading employer. Along with the services delivered on their Keene campus and satellite locations, the Medical Center partners with local organizations to provide vital services and programs throughout the region. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit
About Dartmouth Health: Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and is recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children’s, which includes the state’s only children’s hospital and multiple locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT; and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory and specialty  services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.

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