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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.

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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.

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Memorial Hospital Fun Run Draws Hundreds


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Memorial Hospital Fun Run at Story Land Draws Hundreds of Local Children

NORTH CONWAY, NH —  A little morning rain didn’t detract from the day’s festivities as 152 children hailing from towns from Berlin, NH to Norway, ME, arrived at Story Land to be part of the first annual Memorial Hospital Fun Run on Sun., Sept. 22, 2013. The free event was funded by the proceeds of the Memorial Hospital Golf Tournament held every July, with the goal of introducing local children to the joys of running, fitness and healthy living. Children from toddlers to teenagers took part in the free event.

The event was open to children in 8th grade and younger who were residents of Carroll and Coos counties NH; and Oxford county, ME. Participants received free admission to Story Land after the event, as well as medals and other special gifts for taking part in a running race in the popular theme park.

The course took runners throughout the park, with different courses set for each grade/age group. There were 4 flights to the race for grades 6-8; grades 3-5; grades K-2; and a “tot trot” for pre-schoolers.  Each child received an engraved medal as they crossed the finish line from Memorial’s new pediatrician, Dr. Marianna Gagina, or one of Story Land’s characters including Mother Goose. While the run was not a timed event, ribbons were awarded to the top 3 finishers in each category for both boys and girls:

Tot Trot:
1. Ezra Tsapis
2. Owen Zipf
3. Luke Paquette
1. Julia Labote
2. Macie Marcotte
3. Samantha Groves
K – 2 Grades:
1. Michael White
2. Quinn Hagerty
3. Joey Nichipor
1. Jane Leonard
2. Aliyah Paquette
3. Meghan Marcotte
3-5 Grades:
1. Grady Livingston
2. Taylor Rothen
3. Ethan Clay-Storm
1. Dianna Martin
2. Lucy Leonard
3. Carrisa Carr
6-8 Grades:
1. Kolby Livingston
2. Oliver Clay-Storm
3. Jordan Mosston
1. Alannah Carr (tie)
1. Ellory Kerns
2. Sophie Stimpson
3. Madelyn Marcotte

In a special awards ceremony that followed at Story Land’s Imagination Theater, Memorial’s CEO Scott McKinnon thanked families for being part of a fitness-focused event as prizes were given out and ribbons awarded.

Race coordination was provided by Believe in Books Literacy Foundation of Intervale, NH, who are holding the 100 Acre Challenge Race this upcoming Columbus Day Weekend.

Fun Run supporters providing prizes and services to the event included Story Land;Stride Rite; Northway Bank; New Balance; Varsity Beverage; North Conway Wholesale; Memorial Hospital Volunteers, Employees & Medical Staff; Jackson Ski Touring Foundation; Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf; Dunkin’ Donuts; Bagels Plus; and Eli Lilly and Company.

The Fun Run is part of a new Memorial Hospital Community Wellness initiative that will start in fall 2013 and continue through spring 2014.  The first program will be offered in October to Bartlett School 7th and 8th graders who will be visited by the hospital’s Dr. James Glazer for a talk on body image and healthy eating. Mary Vigeant, APRN, a provider at the Memorial Emergency Dept., is coordinating the program. She explains that, “This local initiative, in alliance with a national effort, is aimed to promote health and wellness among our youth. Specifically, obesity is rising at an alarming rate, as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our goal is to reach out through our school systems and offer education, instruction and tools to promote a healthier lifestyle. Memorial Hospital Providers will be collaborating with community members to promote an interest in our youth and their families towards healthier nutrition and effective physical fitness. Many of our community partners are advocating the same message and are interested in joining this initiative. Included in this group are the Miranda Leavitt Fund, Health & Wellness Committees from local schools, 121 Fitness, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, and many more.”

The program has been well received by the health and wellness coordinators at schools throughout SAU #9.  Jen Hagerty, school nurse at Jackson Elementary School, shared, “Our Health and Wellness Committee was thrilled to see the hospital reaching out to the local schools! We love the idea of a Health and Wellness Fair set up next door at our Community Center (planned for spring 2014). We have about 50 students in the entire school and would love to include all of them in some way and any parents/community members that would want to attend.  Thank you for including Jackson in this program.”

For more information on Memorial Hospital, visit them online at http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org or call 1-603-356-5461.

Children line up at the start line for the first annual Memorial Hospital Fun Run at Story land on Sept. 22, 2013. Photo credit: Bill Lee

Memorial Hospital’s Miranda Center to Be A Living Legacy For Diabetes Education

Leavitt Center Announced at Memorial Hospital

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Fund honoring Miranda Leavitt will support work of Memorial’s Diabetes Center

Miranda Leavitt was just 12 years old when she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, and only 22 when the complications from the disease took her life. The daughter of Brenda and Richard Leavitt of Fryeburg, Maine, Miranda spent her young life as an advocate speaking out on the subject of diabetes. As a Fryeburg Academy student, she committed her time and energy to educating her peers and the community about the disease and its impact on families struggling to cope with it. Now, the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund created in her memory and a center in her name at Memorialwill carry on her vision for a world free from diabetes.

Hospital CEO Scott McKinnon made the announcement after a recent meeting of the hospital’s board of trustees which approved the Memorial Hospital Foundation’s acceptance of the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund. “Miranda’s story and her commitment to diabetes education are a powerful legacy, one which we will be proud to continue in her honor,” he said.

Brenda Leavitt, Miranda’s mother, said her daughter’s wish was very simple – to find a cure. In 2008, with the help of friends and family, the Leavitts had started a non-profit organization called the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund. Since its founding, it has provided funding for those who need help managing their diabetes, support for clients of the White Mountain Health Center, and been a voice for education and advocacy on the subject.

“We need to keep Miranda’s message moving forward,” Brenda Leavitt said about the partnership with the hospital. “Our family felt very strongly that the Diabetes Center was the best place to make that happen. Miranda was a patient of the center and we know she would be happy to have them carrying on her mission.”

Miranda would visit young people at Memorial Hospital who were newly diagnosed with diabetes to encourage and mentor them in facing their new challenge. “I still hear from kids she visited,” her mother said. “Her support made a real difference in their lives.”

Karen & Mike Davenport, Memorial’s philanthropy professionals, worked with the Leavitts to establish the gift. “This is really a transformational gift because it has the power to further our organization’s mission in a very meaningful way,” she said. “This partnership will increase education and awareness of diabetes and help improve the lives of people and families who are coping with the disease.”

Memorial’s Medical Director, Dr. Raymond Rabideau, sees it as a perfect fit. “The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund and the Miranda Center are both focused on improving the health of the community,” he said, “both in terms of prevention and treatment. We can provide clinical resources and care management and continue Miranda’s quest for increasing awareness and helping people to optimize their lives in the face of chronic illness.”

According to McKinnon, during the next six months, the Leavitt family will work with the hospital and Foundation to develop a detailed implementation plan for the Miranda Center. Significant focus will be placed on supporting education in the schools and building awareness about diabetes as a family disease. Community fundraising events such as the Miranda Baskets held by the Leavitts are scheduled to continue as ongoing funding resources for the new center.

“My hope is to set a trend as a local group that can create national change,” Brenda Leavitt said. “I like to think about how many lives we can save by continuing Miranda’s mission. If I could save one mom from losing a child, I know I will have made a difference.”

For more information on the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund, please contact the Philanthropy Office at Memorial Hospital. 603-356-5461, ext. 2264.

Brenda Leavitt and Scott McKinnon

Brenda Leavitt and Scott McKinnon pictured here in front of the Memorial Hospital Diabetes Center, which will be named after Leavitt’s daughter Miranda.

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