Category Archives: Health in the Mount Washington Valley

2017 Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament to Benefit Let’s Go Childhood Wellness Program

Press Release By Kathy Bennett, Memorial Hospital
Vice President – Community Relations & Development 

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Celebrating 37 years of supporting community health, the Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament will take place on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Wentworth Golf Course in Jackson, NH.  Proceeds from this year’s golf tournament will once again support “Let’s Go,” an initiative to bring health and wellness education and activities to school-aged children throughout Mt. Washington Valley.

In 2016, thanks to the support of donors, sponsors and golfers, the Let’s Go program was able to expand to 12 sites around the community such as pre-schools and daycare centers, to help them work towards receiving official “Let’s Go” program certification. Let’s Go is an evidence based program that works to reduce childhood obesity through better nutrition, more exercise and less screen time.

Don and Brett Newton enjoying the day at the 2016 Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament. This year’s event is set for Thurs. July 20, 2017.
Photo Credit: Rachel Damon

President & CEO Scott McKinnon shared why community support of “Let’s Go” is so critical: “This program and others like it are really part of our mission now. It’s true that it will always be important for Memorial Hospital to take care of the sick, but we also have a responsibility to keep our community healthy. ‘Let’s Go’ is just one program we’ve launched in the last few years. We are proud to be a part of it.”

Last year, the event raised over $52,000 which supported the program. The event has raised over $850,000 over its long history, purchasing many pieces of life saving equipment and supporting community health programs.

In 2016, “Let’s Go” focused on sustainable practices to improve student health, including yoga instruction for teachers at local schools, healthy cooking classes with kids and their parents to take good nutrition knowledge from classroom to home, plus Memorial’s annual Fun Run at Story Land.

The results are impressive. At “Let’s Go” sites’  school, child care and after school programs, almost 2,000 students were impacted by “Let’s Go”. Schools and sites are limiting unhealthy choices for snacks and celebrations, eliminating sugary beverages and limiting recreational screen time.

The tournament has already secured its Presenting Sponsor, with Alvin J. Coleman & Son, Inc. taking top billing for the 2017 event. Other sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses and individuals. Many sponsorship packages also include golf teams for the event. For those wishing to play in the tournament, golfers may join the event as individuals or in teams of four.

The tournament offers one exclusive afternoon flight with play limited to 128 players. Sponsors and golfers are encouraged to sign up early as the tournament sold out last year and is expected to do it again in 2017.

This year’s Golf Tournament Committee members include: Bayard Kennett, Kathy Bennett, Paul Keane, Don Newton, Will Owen, Gail Paine, Melody Nester, Rachel Damon, Peter Waugh, Corinne Ray, Ken Rose, Kathy Sanderson, Siena Tatum, Rachael Brown, Ed Harrigan and Mary Vigeant, APRN.

The Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament was founded in 1980 by former US Congressman Bill Zeliff and Jackson businessman Lee Harmon.  The long-running tournament takes place at the Wentworth Golf Club, a beautiful 18 hole course in the heart of quaint Jackson Village. This picturesque course provides outstanding views of the majestic Presidential Range and the scenic splendor of the Wildcat and Ellis Rivers as they meander throughout the course. The tournament is known for its famous Grazing on the Green food extravaganza the evening of the event. Grazing on the Green features a gourmet buffet with an array of choices, ranging from lobster mac and cheese to roast beef sliders to amazing appetizers, plus desserts to please all appetites.

For more information, or to sign up for golf or sponsorship, visit the golf event page online at or call Melody Nester at 603-356-5461 ext. 2264 for more information.

About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is the area’s largest non-profit healthcare facility, located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 25-bed in-patient ward, 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women’s health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus.

4 Our Kids Recycling Services presents the 7th Annual Family Funergy Festival on Earth Day

4 Our Kids Recycling Services presents the 7th Annual Family Funergy Festival on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd from 10am-1pm at The North Conway Community Center in North Conway, NH. Come enjoy this hands-on investigation of energy and resource conservation!

Funergy is a rain or shine,  bottled water free event with a full slate of environmentally friendly vendors, activities, and live demonstrations that is sure to please kids and grandparents alike.

Schedule of Events

  • 10am-10:30am – Food preservation workshop by UNH Cooperative Extension
  • 10:30am-11:30am – Family Basketball
  • 11am – Visit from the Lorax and free gently used book giveaway
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – Family Floor Hockey
  • 12pm – Story of Stuff: Bottled Water movie
  • 12:30pm – Rally for Science and Climate Change at the Gazebo with speakers from Bowdoin College and The Union of Concerned Scientists
buffet for worms 2013
A family enjoys learning the science of composting through the “Worm Buffet” activity at The Earth Day Funergy Festival at the North Conway Community Center.

Grab some lunch and check out the free activities such as Ray’s Solar S’mores, The Energy Scavenger Hunt (free LED bulbs while supplies last), The Scrapwood Catapult, The Pedal Powered Shower Bike, Recycled Hula Hoops or The Aluminum Can Crusher to name a few. Talk to a renewable energy company, a green builder, a recycling business and more. Shop for green goods, including gently used children’s clothing.

Don’t miss this “Something for Everyone” kind of day! The Funergy Festival is free of charge thanks to the generosity of major sponsors, Cormack Construction Management, of Madison and Frase Electric, of Sandwich. For more information, contact Colleen Cormack at 603-447-8361 or visit 4 Our Kids Recycling Services on the web at

2017 Healthcare Scholarship Applications Now Available

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Applications are now available for Memorial Hospital’s annual scholarship fund, including the Memorial Hospital Scholarship; the Memorial Hospital Volunteers Scholarship Program and the Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County (VNHCH) Kathleen Sheehan Memorial Award. The hospital’s scholarship awards are designed to support students in our community pursuing careers in health-related fields. The Memorial Hospital Foundation will once again offer a scholarship in honor of Miranda Leavitt for students with diabetes or who are studying healthcare, nutrition or exercise physiology.

The Scholarship program specifically seeks to assist those students within the hospital’s service area (towns served by SAU 9, SAU 13 and MSAD 72) who have already demonstrated the successful completion of part of a higher education degree. Adult learners returning to school, changing careers or seeking additional education are encouraged to apply. Students must be accepted into an accredited course of study in a health-related field on at least a half-time basis, and demonstrate successful completion of some earlier portion of their program of study. Each scholarship has its own criteria and interested students are encouraged to view the application online for specifics.

The  Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Scholarship is funded through the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund (MLDF), part of the Memorial Hospital Foundation. In honor of the daughter of Brenda and Rich Leavitt after whom Memorial’s diabetes center is named, this new scholarship supports the MLDF mission of providing education, outreach and resources for those in our community with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Miranda Leavitt passed away from complications of Type 1 diabetes at the age of 22.

The criteria for each scholarships to be awarded is as follows:

Memorial Hospital Scholarships (up to $4,500) – – The criteria for the Memorial Hospital Scholarship is a high school senior going into a health related field or college student in a health related field. The student must be from SAU 9, SAD 72 or SAU 13.  They can also be a son, daughter or grandson/daughter of an employee. The Memorial Hospital Scholarship also applies to employees who are attending college in a health related field.

Kathleen Sheehan Memorial Award (up to $1,000) – Must be currently enrolled in an accredited health related field of study program. Must reside in Carroll County, NH or Western Maine.

Memorial Hospital Volunteers Scholarship Program (up to $5,000) – Must be an employee or the relative of an employee of Memorial Hospital who is pursuing health related studies on a full time basis.

Memorial Hospital Volunteers Healthcare Studies Scholarship – (up to $1,000) – Must be a Kennett High School graduating senior pursuing healthcare studies.

Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Scholarship (up to $1,000) –  Awarded to a student residing in Carroll County, NH or Western Maine who either has type 1 or type 2 diabetes; or who is currently enrolled full time in college and is pursuing studies related to healthcare, nutrition, exercise physiology or health education.

Candidates must submit an application form online no later than May 12th. Only online applications will be considered. Awards are based on scholastic ability, applicable work experience, essay, and demonstrated financial needs.

The online application and more information are available online at Memorial Hospital’s website,

To learn more about the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund and the Memorial Hospital Foundation, visit them online or call 603-356-5461 ext.2264.

About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care and hyperbaric medicine center, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women’s health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.

Media Contact: Kathy Bennett, Vice President of Community Relations & Development
603-356-5461 ext. 2198

Rock, Hit, and Dodge Saturdays at the Home Run Sports Training Center

Visit the Home Run Sports Training Center in Conway, New Hampshire on Saturdays from 5-7pm for full access to their facility. Families are welcome to unlimited hitting in any tunnels that aren’t currently rented for the time slot, and unlimited dodge-ball on the indoor turf field.


The Home Run Staff energizes the atmosphere with unlimited music appropriate for all ages, and families are welcome to bring their own refreshments for their family to enjoy in the Home Run Center’s party room. This event incorporates the whole family for an affordable price of $20 per family.

For more information or to sign up, visit Home Run Sports Training Center on the web at or call (603) 447-2000.

February Vacation Sports Camp at Home Run Sports Training Center

Are you looking for a fun, affordable way to keep your child or children physically active during February vacation? The Home Run Sports Training Center in Conway welcomes boys and girls ages 7 and older to their February Vacation Sports Camp February 20th to 24th. The camp will operate from 10am to 3pm each day and will cover hitting mechanics, throwing, fielding, pitching, and catching. All ability levels are welcome!

Participants can expect baseball and softball instruction each morning, a lunch break, and sports activities in the afternoon. The price for this program is $125 per player.


For more information about this program or to sign up, please visit their website at www.homerunconway,com or by calling (603) 447-2000.

Hope on the Slopes at Cranmore Mountain

Cranmore Mountain welcomes you to participate in the 40th annual Race to Beat Cancer that will take place on Sunday, February 12th. Skiers and snowboarders can participate in the race for a minimum contribution of $80, or $50 for those 17 and younger. This contribution includes a full-day lift ticket, organic, locally-sourced pizza courtesy of Flatbread Company, and an awards ceremony. Participants are encouraged to collect donations from their friends, family and colleagues in addition to their own contribution to go towards this considerable cause.


Registration starts at 8:30am at the Main Base Lodge and the race begins at 10:00am. For more information, please contact Cranmore Mountain at 1-800-SUN-N-SKI or visit their website at

Think PINK 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend at Bretton Woods


Bretton Woods Ski Area welcomes you to their 2nd Annual Think PINK Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend from Friday, January 13th until Monday, January 16th. The event’s goal is to raise as much money as possible for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Experience  Mount Washington Valley winter fun, including a snowshoe tour, Norris Cotton Nastar Racing, après ski parties on Saturday with AMP 103.3 and DJ Chuck Noel, and the grand finale with Mix 104.1 on Sunday. Purchase Think PINK! merchandise, enter in raffles, and enjoy Think PINK! libations, and inspire yourself and others to contribute to this worthy cause.

Although some events occur on specific days, event-goers are welcome to participate in the event’s weekend long festivities at any time during the event: Driven to Beat Breast Cancer, Tie One On For Breast Cancer, and Climb For Cancer.

Driven to Beat Breast Cancer
We will be keeping track of donations that come in during our Think PINK! weekend. All donors who give $50.00 or more in a single transaction to this wonderful cause will be entered into a raffle to win a free groomer ride!

Tie One On For Breast Cancer
All weekend long we will be offering special pink ribbons at the Slopeside Restaurant for $1.00. Donors can write a special message on the ribbon and “tie one on” to our giant Think PINK! ribbon on the Slopeside Level of the Base Lodge. Just say “I’d like to Tie One On for Breast Cancer”!

Climb for Cancer
“Beating Breast Cancer from the Bottom Up” takes on a new meaning with our Climb for Cancer special. This weekend only, when purchasing 10 minutes on the Slopeside Climbing Wall, you can get  an additional 5 minutes for just $3.00! That $3.00 will go to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.  You must purchase 10 minutes on the Slopeside Climbing wall to take advantage of this offer.

For a full schedule of the Think PINK Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend, visit


In a unique partnership between ski town hospital and ski area, North Conway’s Memorial Hospital and Cranmore Mountain Resort are once again joining forces to ensure every child that wants a ski helmet gets one, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. It’s all part of a helmet safety initiative to ensure that local school children have appropriate helmets for their participation in the Eastern Slope Ski Club’s (ESSC) Junior Ski Program.

Cranmore Mountain Resort donated hundreds of free and discounted helmets through the program to students in eight elementary schools, and Bob & Terry’s Sports Outlet is making additional helmets available.

“We are so pleased that Cranmore has once again stepped up to donate these helmets to the children in our community,” said Kathy Bennett, the hospital’s Vice President of Community Relations. “This is an incredibly generous act on their part.  They are making sure all kids will have the helmets they need to participate in the ESSC program.”

Cranmore Snowsports Director Karen Dolan shared that the schools  require students who participate in the junior ski program to wear helmets. “That’s another reason why Cranmore is so happy to be able to donate the helmets for the hospital program.”

Dr. James Glazer (center) seated with son Emil along with students from Pine Tree Elementary School showing off their new helmets. Photo Credit: Rachel Damon

The National Ski Areas Association “Lids on Kids” organization is working hard to get out the message that helmets can significantly reduce head injuries. The group reports that wearing helmets can  decrease the risk of head injury by 20 to 50 percent. It can also mean the difference between a major head injury and a minor head injury, or between a minor head injury and no injury at all.

Schools participating in the Safe Skier Initiative include Bartlett Elementary, K.A. Brett School in Tamworth, Conway Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Jackson Grammar School, John Fuller, Madison Elementary and Pine Tree School. To qualify for a free helmet, students must be enrolled in the school’s free/reduced rate meals program while others have the opportunity to purchase helmets at a significant discount.

Many families face difficult financial situations at home which can make it hard for them to find the funds for equipment. As families struggle to pay for basic necessities, things like skiing equipment may not be a part of their budget. That’s what makes this program so important for students who may not be able to afford it on their own. Helmets were distributed to schools starting in early December, just in time for the winter skiing and boarding season.

To help ensure the future of the program, the Memorial Hospital Foundation created the Roger C. Clapp Memorial Ski Helmet Fund. Clapp, who passed away in 2013,  was a hospital trustee for many years and a passionate lifelong skier. Family and friends made memorial donations to the fund and continue to encourage contributions to it. Special thanks this year go to Memorial Hospital’s retiring Board of Trustee member Phil Davies, who served alongside Roger Clapp for many years and this year donated the majority of funds necessary to support the program in 2016.

Others are welcome to donate to the fund and may find more information at

Cranmore Fitness hosts Open House Mon., Nov. 14

Cranmore Fitness, the largest fitness facility in the Valley, will host an open house with free access to classes and club facilities on Monday, November 14.


In addition to a showcase of classes, guests can join Memorial Hospital’s Miranda Center for Diabetes nurse practitioner Justine Fierman, FNP-BC for free health screenings, including blood pressure check and a diabetes risk test from 9 a.m. to noon. November 14 is World Diabetes Day.

“Cranmore Fitness has a long-standing history of supporting the community and helping people stay fit,” said Kristen Barbin, club manager. “We’re excited to offer our variety of programs to the public for a day while working with Memorial Hospital to support a great cause.”

Complimentary classes offered throughout the open house will include Yoga, Les Mills BODYCOMBAT, Strength in Motion, Spinning and MOVE. Personal trainers will also be available at the club for 15 minute consultations with guests from 9 a.m. to noon.

To help support diabetes resources, awareness and education in the community during Diabetes Awareness Month, Cranmore Fitness will host a membership drive in conjunction with Memorial Hospital from November 7-21. Cranmore Fitness will donate a portion of proceeds from the drive to the hospital’s Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund.

For a full class line up and details, visit or call 603-356-6301.

Memorial Hospital Unveils Newly Renovated Primary Care and Oncology Practice

Memorial Hospital celebrated the unveiling of their newly renovated Primary Care and Oncology Practice on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

President & CEO Scott McKinnon was joined by Governor Maggie Hassan, Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Janice Crawford along with hospital staff, management and board members to cut the ribbon marking the completion of the biggest renovation at the North Conway hospital in years.

The 2-year $3.5 million project was completed this summer and was made possible in part through the generosity of donors, community members and charitable foundations.

In addition to the ribbon cutting, special recognition was given to donors who helped make the project possible. These donors include Roger Clapp, long-time hospital board member who passed away in 2013. Clapp arranged a planned gift in order to support facilities at the hospital. Special recognition was also be given to Dr. Miles E. Waltz, a beloved community doctor and for whom the hospital’s Medical Office Building will now be dedicated. The donation was made possible by a gift from Dr. Waltz’s children and their families, Mark Waltz, Ned Waltz and Martha Waltz Di Domenico. Appreciation was also given to the Oliver S. and Jeannie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust which supported the Oncology improvements through a grant.

The public was invited to a staff-led tour of each of the two renovated spaces from Primary Care and from Oncology & Chemotherapy. Tours were followed by light refreshments in the newly revamped Primary Care reception area.


Illness, accidents and changes in health status can quickly alter the lives of our patients, community and unfortunately sometimes our own families. It is often difficult to talk about end of life planning when we are healthy. However, remember hope is not a plan. This event is to raise awareness and help facilitate discussion.

On Wednesday, October 5 starting at 6pm at Kennett High School, there will be a free screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary, Being Mortal. The film will be followed by a panel and audience Q&A with local professionals who will share their own thoughtful perspectives on advance care planning. CMEs are available. Rachel Hamilton and Jennifer Grise are on the panel!


Based on Dr. Atwul Gawande’s best-selling book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Really Matters in the End, the stories in the film illustrate the importance of thinking and planning ahead as we reflect on what matters most to us in life. How do we start the conversation with our loved ones and healthcare providers about what our priorities would be if our time was limited?

The Being Mortal campaign from the Hospice Foundation of America is designed to engage community members, including medical professionals, all across the country in conversations that educate and inspire audiences to take concrete steps toward their end-of-life care planning.

The presentation is hosted by Visiting Nurse Home Care & Hospice, Memorial Hospital and members of the Community Health Collaborative who are excited to bring this national project to our town. It’s part of our advance care planning committee’s ongoing campaign to bring ACP education and assistance to the community. CMEs/CEUs available.

Free and open to the public.
Doors open at 5:30pm for refreshments & displays.
Film starts at 6:00pm.

356-7006 or 800-499-4171

Memorial Hospital introduces 3D digital mammography

There’s a new tool in the fight to detect breast cancers and Memorial Hospital’s Imaging Department recently introduced its use for the local community. Digital breast tomosynthesis is a technology that creates a three-dimensional image of the breast that is more sensitive and accurate than traditional digital mammography.

Since FDA approval of breast tomosynthesis in 2013, the use of 3D imaging has spread throughout the country for both screening and diagnostic mammograms. At Memorial, the use of breast tomosynthesis is now standard protocol.

The new technology divides the compressed breast into thin images or “slices” that allows the radiologist to view the breast through many layers. Dr. John Kustan, the on-site radiologist at Memorial, is very impressed with the benefits of 3D breast mammography.

“Two-dimensional mammograms are excellent, but there are limitations,” he explained. “The average breast is compressed to a thickness of 1 to 3 inches.  On conventional mammography, these thick compressed images can hide small lesions, particularly in dense breasts.”  In addition, Dr. Kustan points out that compression can cause overlap of tissue creating a “false lesion” which would require the patient to return for additional images.

“Tomosynthesis divides the compressed breast into one-millimeter thick slices,” Dr. Kustan explained. “For reference, there are 25 millimeters in an inch. Therefore, a three-inch thick compressed breast will have at least 75 slices for the radiologist to review.  The slices are constructed by computer with no additional radiation.”

He added that the thin slices better characterize lesions as benign or malignant and more accurately localize the lesion within the breast. “This translates to an increase in cancer detection and a decrease in number of unnecessary biopsies.”

Dr. Kustan says the research results on use of 3D mammography are significant. “There is a 15 – 40% decrease in the number of false positive recalls with the 3D system compared to 2D mammograms because of the confidence we have in the images. We’re also seeing a 30% increase in detection of all cancers and a 40% increase in detection of early invasive cancers.”

The National Institutes of Health cites benefits of clinical breast imaging with tomosynthesis in both screening and diagnostic evaluation. The primary benefits are the visualization of cancers that may not be apparent by conventional mammography, better assessment of lesions that are detected, a reduction in false positive recalls and the need for fewer biopsies.  Dr. Kustan points out that 80% of biopsies done in response to lesions detected in 2D mammograms are determined to be non-cancerous.

Sherry Cormier, RT(R), director of Memorial’s imaging services, is proud of the technology her department offers to the community. “We’re very pleased to bring the 3D mammography online,” she said recently. “Our staff has been fully trained in its operation as have the radiologists who read the images. Our primary focus continues to be providing the very best quality care to our patients.”

She added that Memorial is the first member of the MaineHealth system to bring 3D mammography online. “We were also the first small hospital in New England to use digital technology, and all of our major diagnostic imaging services are accredited by the American College of Radiology.”

More than half of the U.S. News and World Report top 20 cancer hospitals offer the Hologic 3D Mammography technology now available at Memorial Hospital. Five million women to date in the United States have already been screened with this life-changing technology.

A few insurance companies are not yet covering 3D mammography so the hospital suggests patients may want to contact their insurer in advance to be certain that CPT code 77063 is covered under their plans.

For more information about imaging services at Memorial Hospital, call 356-4949 Ext. 7502, ask your provider, or visit the hospital’s website at