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Memorial Hospital to Offer Therapeutic Fitness Workshops

Press Release

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

NORTH CONWAY, NH –   Memorial Hospital announced the launch of a new series of therapeutic fitness workshops designed by their sports medicine and physical therapy specialists. These classes are suitable for all ages and fitness levels and will be instructed by fitness professionals with advanced knowledge of anatomy and injury prevention. The goal? To provide an option for individuals who need more exercise specialization than a traditional gym but not necessarily the services of a physical therapist.

memorial hospital therapeutic workshops
Memorial is offering new therapeutic exercise classes designed by Matt Geary, DPT (center). He is shown here with fellow physical therapists Angela Serrani, DPT (left) and Stephanie Pavao, PT (right).


The classes will focus each month on a different body part with exercises that have been selectively filtered for effectiveness. Matt Geary, DPT, physical therapist at Memorial stated, “These classes are designed to be broader and more robust. This is different than what you can typically find as we have partnered with our sports medicine physician, physical therapists and community-based fitness professionals.”  Geary consulted with Memorial’s Dr. James Glazer in developing the class. Glazer is board certified in sports medicine and is the on-hill physician for the US Men’s Ski Team.The classes are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. They’ll be offered 3 consecutive Tuesdays from 6-7pm with a different topic covered for each series each month.

The cost is only $30 for 3 classes and take place on the 2nd floor of Memorial’s physical therapy building, just north of the main hospital building on Route 16.

The lineup of classes are as follows:

  • Upper Extremity – This workshop is specifically designed to focus on proper shoulder mechanics and reducing rotator cuff injuries, as well as, upper body posture and decreasing risk for elbow overuse injuries like tennis and golfer’s elbow.  The first series being offered, the Upper Extremity series begins June 20, 2017. The class will be taught by Kate Soule, personal trainer and licensed massage therapist and reiki practitioner.
  • Lower Extremity – Designed to focus on proper knee and hip mechanics and will include corrective exercises to address hip and knee dysfunction. Ideal for runners and bikers, this workshop will also address lower body flexibility and target key areas like IT band and calf.
  • Back and Core – Did you know that sit ups might be bad for you? This workshop will focus on proper posture and will include safe exercises to build a strong and healthy core.

    Register online at https://memorialpophealth.coursestorm.com/browse or call 603-356-5461 x2187.


About Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital is Mt. Washington Valley’s most complete healthcare facility, with a  25-bed Critical Access Hospital . It is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, physical therapy practice, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care center, oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services 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.

May 4th Eggs & Issues: Health Insurance Policy in NH

The May 4th edition of Eggs & Issues will feature speaker Tyler Brannen, Health Policy Analyst for the New Hampshire Insurance Department in the discussion of the evolving health insurance policy. Brannen will discuss the role of the New Hampshire Insurance Department of the health insurance policy, large changes in health insurance associated with the Affordable Care Act, and how policy options currently being considered may impact the people of New Hampshire.


Interested guests can attend the discussion on Thursday, May 4th at the Technology Village, located at 53 Technology Lane in Conway. Networking opportunities start at 8:30am and the discussion starts at 9:00am and ends at 10:00am. Suggested donation for the event is $10.

Pre-registration is recommended and appreciated. To register for the event, visit https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ee2wm4t685cf14a7&oseq=&c=&ch= or call 603-447-6622. For more information, visit the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council’s website at https://mwvec.com/.



Memorial Hospital announces new initiative


Scott McKinnon, President and CEO of Memorial Hospital in North Conway, NH, today announced the hospital’s new initiative to offer a comprehensive coordinated treatment program for opioid-dependent prenatal patients. The program will be rolled out in early 2016 and will serve pregnant women receiving prenatal care through the hospital’s Women’s Health practice. The program was created due to the sharp increase in the number of babies being born drug-dependent over the course of the last few years at the small rural hospital.

“Our nurse midwives, OB/GYN doctors and Birthing Center staff have seen first-hand the devastation that the opioid epidemic has created, impacting the smallest and most vulnerable members of our community.  The staff came forward with this idea for offering this program here at Memorial,” stated McKinnon. “We are not aware of any other critical access hospitals offering this in our state. We were fortunate that the Memorial Hospital Foundation was willing to help fund the program earlier this year.” The Foundation funded both this program and a new behavioral health provider for their primary care practice at the spring 2015 Foundation board meeting.

The only other similar comprehensive coordinated prenatal program identified in the state of NH is at the much larger Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

The idea initially came from Certified Nurse Midwife Julie Bosak. Bosak believed that the prenatal period offers a unique window of opportunity to help these women when they are motivated to seek treatment, when they are already in a healthcare setting for prenatal care, and the period immediately after birth. Bosak stated, ”Our goal is to create a centralized, coordinated program that will provide weekly support for this population during pregnancy and for a period of the postpartum time.”

“Self-worth is an underlying issue,” Bosak continued, “Because of this, one of the goals of the program is to build self-esteem in these women. The hope is that with this support, they will be able to adopt and then sustain healthy habits. We want to embrace the opportunity presented by pregnancy and becoming a new mom as a life event.”

Kris Dascoulias, clinical manager of the Birthing Center added that they have been and are currently offering prenatal education related to substance abuse and have been for two years. RN Leigh Copsey initiated it as part of her BSN studies and identified the growing problem and brought it to Dascoulias’ attention. The outcome was the team’s recommendation to create this new comprehensive program.

The percentage of pregnant women presenting at Memorial Hospital with opioid dependence (primarily heroin, but also oxycodone and other drugs) has skyrocketed, an increase seen throughout the region. The infants born to these addicted women are considered drug-exposed and require Neonatal Abstinence Scoring (NAS) over a minimum of five days in an acute care setting. Without this formal program in place, clinical staff have provided the treatment, coordination of care and postpartum management these patients require, but have concluded that a structured coordinated program is needed in order to best serve these patients and deliver the highest quality of care.

Sue Ruka, Memorial Hospital’s Director of Population Health, said that the expected outcome of the program is fewer babies being born drug-exposed, and fewer new mothers continuing their drug use.

Ruka shared, “We understand that this is an illness with underlying root causes. It’s not a choice. We want to provide care in a non-judgmental environment. In 2014, 10% of Memorial Hospital’s prenatal patients, about 24 women, were identified as current opioid drug users, requiring substance abuse treatment.

Without a consistent program in place, it is difficult for these patients to receive the types of services necessary for the best outcomes. This program will result in decreased infant exposure to street drugs, decreased extended hospital stays, and better outcomes for both mothers and newborns.”

This new structured program will promote a coordinated, centralized approach to care, providing ongoing support for mothers, and improved neonatal health. Specifically, it will provide:

  • screening for substance and alcohol abuse to 100% of prenatal patients;
  • Subutex treatment for opioid addicted prenatal patients;
  • Suboxone treatment for postpartum opioid addicted patients;
  • Group therapy;
  • Education about NAS infants and available community resources;
  • Case management services;
  • Transportation assistance;
  • Healthy snacks for participants;
  • Financial advocacy services.

For more information about this program, please contact Director of Population Health Sue Ruka at 603-356-0634. Exact timing of the launch of the new program will be published at a later date.

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.

Now Open: Living From Within, Holistic Life Center


Living From Within, Holistic Life Center located at 486 White Mountain Highway, Conway,

Olivia Ducasse presenting a holistic life seminar
Olivia Ducasse presenting a holistic life seminar

NH is pleased to announce the grand opening of their uniquely designed facility in Mt Washington Valley!

Living From Within, Holistic Life Center is dedicated to helping their clients heal and grow through gentle treatment options.  Their holistic approach addresses all aspects of one’s self.  The term holistic means “whole” rather than just individual parts.  For optimum healing, it is necessary to nurture the soul first, working from the inside-out.  The wellness therapies offered at Living From Within are customized for each client in order to provide a complete balance of the mind, body and soul.

Yoga at Living from Within
Yoga at Living from Within

Living From Within, Holistic Life Center offers a variety of wellness services that include, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Psychic Services, Nutritional & Life Coaching, Yoga, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone & Herbal Foot Soaks.  In addition to those services, Living From Within also offers a variety of classes and workshops. The facility is also available to other Practitioners, Teachers, Instructors and Healers that could improve the overall health of our clients and our community.

The Practitioners at Living From Within, Holistic Life Center are highly experienced and passionate about healing.  All services are provided with pure intention, love, light and compassion.

Olivia Ducasse and Mellanie Shaw are the co-founders of Living From Within and both have strong ties to the Mount Washington Valley.  Olivia is a Naturopathic Physician as well as Medium who is internationally renowned.  She graduated from Trinity School of Natural Medicine and Saint Joseph’s College.   Olivia also studied Mediumship under Reverend Gloria Nye, Certified Medium, SPR. Mellanie is a lifelong resident of the Mount Washington Valley and a prominent community member.  She discovered her love for the holistic medicine though her journey with cancer.  With the traditional methods as well as the holistic methods Mellanie has become cancer free, and has found a passion for becoming a natural healer.  She is a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a member of the International Healers Association, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spiritual Healing.

For more information about Living From Within, Holistic Life Center, please visit http://www.livingfromwithin.org or call 603-733-6215.

New Pediatrician Joins Memorial’s Primary Care Practice

Memorial Hospital


Opportunity to schedule free “Meet and Greet” appointments with
Dr. Marianna Gagina

NORTH CONWAY, NH – It’s more than 5,000 miles from Kaliningrad, Russia where Dr. Marianna Gagina began her professional medical career, but the pediatrician has just arrived in the Mt. Washington Valley and is ready to begin her practice with Memorial Hospital’s Primary Care group. Dr. Gagina recently completed her three-year pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, a Beth Israel Medical Center affiliate.

Everyone in her family knew that Dr. Gagina wanted to be a doctor from a very early age. “I was very fortunate to spend summers with my grandmother who was the only physician in a remote town in Russia,” she said. “I spent a lot of time watching her dealing with after-hour calls and emergency situations. I was amazed at how one person could make such a difference helping others.”

Having selected pediatrics as her field upon entering medical school, she studied all of the pediatric subspecialties during six years of school and a one-year pediatric residency. “I chose pediatrics because I love children,” she said. “Young patients require a different and unique approach.” Dr. Gagina received her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1994 from the Chelyabinsk State Medical Institute, followed by her internship at Kaliningrad Provincial Sick Children’s Hospital, and specialty training in neonatology.

In 2001, barely speaking any English, she and her husband immigrated to Canada to give their young son a more promising future. While living in Toronto, Dr. Gagina put her medical knowledge to use working as a diagnostic cardiac sonographer.  However, after a few years, she knew that something meaningful was missing in her life. “I realized that my first choice to be a pediatrician, to work with children, was the right one. I decided to begin the six-year process of obtaining my U.S. medical license.”

From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Gagina successfully completed an extensive series of examinations in clinical skills and knowledge required for licensure. Three years of residency at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey followed, and then interviews for a place to begin her new practice. “It was hard,” she said of the years she devoted to getting her medical license in the U.S. “But I like to say I had the wisdom of age and the flexibility of youth to motivate me. Above all, I have a passion for helping others.”

Something about the Mt. Washington Valley made a deep impression on her from the very beginning. “When I first came here – the town, the medical practice – it all felt like home,” she said. “Being the only pediatrician in the Primary Care group is a wonderful and challenging opportunity. I’m very excited.” Today, her son is studying at McGill University in Montreal, and she and her husband are making their home in Conway.

Dr. Raymond Rabideau, Memorial’s medical director, said, “We’re delighted to welcome a pediatrician to our roster of providers. I know Dr. Gagina will be a great addition to the range of services we offer our primary care patients and families.”

To introduce Dr. Gagina to the community and to potential new patients, the Primary Care practice is offering free 20-minute “Meet & Greet” appointments. Dr. Rabideau explains that the appointments are a new trend in helping people select a health care provider. “A pediatrician has a very special relationship with his or her patients and their families. This is a great opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with a doctor so you can feel comfortable that this practitioner is the right fit for you,” he said.

There is no charge for the meet-and-greet appointments which can be made by calling the Primary Care office at 603-356-4949; ask the scheduling department for a meet-and-greet with Dr. Marianna Gagina. No treatment or diagnosis will take place at these visits. Dr. Gagina plans to officially open her practice on Sept. 30, 2013 and will care for children from infants to teenagers. The Primary Care practice also welcomes back Rachel Hamilton, DO, who will be available for patients starting Sept. 30 as well.

To schedule an appointment or for more information about any of the primary care providers at Memorial Hospital, call 603-356-4949. Visit www.MemorialHospitalNH.org to learn about all of the physician services and specialists currently available at Memorial.

PHOTO:  Pediatrician Marianna Gagina, MD has joined the Primary Care practice at Memorial Hospital.