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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
kbennett@memorialhospitalnh.org

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.

2017 Healthcare Scholarships – There’s Still Time to Apply

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Applications are still being accepted through May 12, 2017,  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.

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Memorial Hospital Volunteers, shown here at their annual luncheon in 2016, fund some of the healthcare scholarships from Memorial Hospital.

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 scholarship supports the MLDF mission of providing education, outreach and resources for those in our community with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

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, www.memorialhospitalnh.org/scholarships.

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 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

kbennett@memorialhospitalnh.org

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, www.memorialhospitalnh.org/scholarships.

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

kbennett@memorialhospitalnh.org

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL & CRANMORE MOUNTAIN ONCE AGAIN TEAM UP FOR SAFE SKIER INITIATIVE

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.”

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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 www.memorialhospitalnh.org/foundation.

The Orchard Revolution: Addressing obesity’s impact on our community

Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund, CHOP to present film and panel discussion on Nov. 6

Matt Byron’s documentary film, “Orchard Revolution,” poses some tough questions for chopcommunities about the relationship between obesity and chronic illnesses like diabetes. Produced in Portland, Maine and released to the public earlier this year, the movie includes interviews with doctors, authors, attorneys, personal trainers and environmental experts on how to improve the health of the American people as well as the environment.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, from 6-8pm at the Theatre in the Wood, Intervale, the Community Health & Obesity Prevention (CHOP) group will host an evening of education and discussion on the health challenges of obesity and how it can be addressed as a community. The film’s director, Matt Byron, will join a panel of several local people actively involved in improving awareness of the individual and societal impact of chronic disease. Byron’s film challenges communities to plant fruit trees as an expression of support for local foods and improved nutrition.

Sponsored by the Miranda Fund and the Memorial Hospital Foundation, the free public event will include a showing of the first segment of the “Orchard Revolution.” This will be followed by a panel discussion with Brenda McKay, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator of the Miranda Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology at Memorial Hospital; Trish Murray, DO, physician from T. Murray Wellness Center; and Brenda Leavitt, mother of Miranda Leavitt after whom the hospital’s diabetes center is named.

“This event is a great opportunity for CHOP and the Miranda Fund to work hand-in-hand,” Brenda Leavitt said. “Miranda so wanted to help educate people in our community about diabetes, and to help people understand the differences between Types 1 and 2. Most importantly, through education, we want to make people aware that Type 2 diabetes can largely be controlled through a healthy diet and exercise.”

Dr. Murray has been working with Leavitt and Memorial Hospital through CHOP, which is a subcommittee of the White Mountain Valley Community Health Council. CHOP is organized around the idea of collective impact where various community members and organizations work toward common goals that address a mutual concern.

“Many different community organizations have come together in a collaborative way through CHOP, and that’s how this event came to be,” Murray explained. “Our common goal is to foster a sense of community that promotes education and communication toward optimal health and wellness.”

There is no cost to attend the event, and free babysitting will be available for children ages 2 and up. Doors open at 6:00 pm and those attending are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food items for the local End 68 Hours of Hunger chapter. Information will be available on diabetes, nutrition and the CHOP program.

Murray said it’s important for everyone to work together to address issues that affect us all. The White Mountain Community Health Council participated in Memorial Hospital’s 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment that compared local health indicators to state and national averages.

“The needs assessment report identified several local key health problems that really warrant our attention including the overweight and obese population in both children and adults,” she said. “We all have different talents, knowledge and strengths, but I believe that together we can foster more community awareness and interaction. We can educate and communicate with each other about ways to be healthier — for ourselves and for our environment.”

More information on the Nov. 6 Orchard Revolution program is available online at http://tinyurl.com/orchardrevolution. Or call (603) 447-3112.

Memorial Hospital Announces Its Third Annual Legacy Gala Event

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Sept. 27, 2014 Fundraiser to Be Held at Attitash Grand Summit

Supporters of Memorial Hospital are encouraged to break out their finest evening attire and dancing shoes and make plans to attend the 3rd Annual Legacy Gala event, taking place Sept. 27, 2014, at the Attitash Grand Summit in Bartlett, NH.

The Gala—an Evening of Vintage Elegance—will offer guests an exceptional evening of culinary delight and superb musical entertainment and dancing. New for this year, entertainment will be provided by the popular Cold River Radio Band with master of ceremonies Jonathan Sarty. Tickets are $150 per person. Once again, this will be a “black tie/red carpet” formal attire event.

This year’s proceeds will go towards the Memorial Hospital Foundation’s recently renamed Community Wellness Endowment Fund. The purpose of this permanent resource is to provide financial security for Memorial Hospital’s future. Contributions to MHF Community Wellness Endowment Fund are prudently invested to provide support for Memorial Hospital in perpetuity.

“I am pleased to see the Gala support the Community Wellness Endowment Fund. Its support of this fund will create a permanent legacy, providing Memorial Hospital with reliable financial support year after year, generation after generation,” stated Memorial Hospital President & CEO Scott McKinnon.

The evening starts at 6:00 pm with a walk down the Red Carpet where each guest will have an opportunity to have their photograph taken and enjoy a glass of chilled champagne. Appetizers will be displayed on a beautiful ice sculpture as well as butler passed. Everyone will have time to mingle with friends and enjoy music by jazz pianist Joe “Sonny” Barbato in the Summit Cocktail Lounge.

At 7:00 PM, there will be an eclectic dinner menu offered with duet entrées of Skewered Lobster Tail with Tournedos of Sirloin with a Jack Daniels Demi Glaze Sauce; Baked Haddock with Buttery Herb Crust and Wellington of Chicken with Lobster Cognac Sauce; Chicken Wellington with Lobster Cognac and Skewered Lobster; and a Vegetarian Entree of Marinated Vegetables of Eggplant, Red Bell Pepper, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Garlic in a Tomato Basil Cream Sauce topped with Herbed Mozzarella, Lemon Orzo & Roasted Red Pepper with Fingerling Potatoes. Guests will enjoy complimentary wine pairings for each table, specially selected to highlight the entrees being served. The cocktail hour will offer a shrimp cocktail and oyster raw bar.

This year’s Gala sees a return to the helm of the Summit’s Executive Chef Ken Hazelton, who wowed guests at the Gala’s inaugural event two years ago. Hazelton attended Southern New Hampshire University Culinary Program in Hooksett, NH and graduated with an AAS in Culinary Arts.  He previously worked at the Mount Washington Hotel for five years and was chef at the Attitash Grand Summit since 2004. After an 18-month hiatus, Hazelton has returned to the Summit and is looking forward to once again delighting Gala participants with his spectacular cuisine.

During dinner, the musical spotlight will be on Portland-based string quartet Amarantos, performing classical, baroque, and contemporary styles in their unique and high quality arrangements for strings.

New this year, Jonathan Sarty and the Cold River Radio Band will take to the stage as the evening’s entertainment centerpiece. Sarty and his band have developed renown in Mt. Washington Valley over the last two years as the stars of the Cold River Radio Show, a bi-monthly live radio show that features not only the band but special guest musicians from around New England. Sarty, through his contacts and experience with the Show, will bring to the Gala’s stage a range of musicians and talent that will impress and delight Gala guests, while also compelling all to take to the dance floor.

The Cold River Radio Band, led by Jonathan Sarty consists of accomplished Boston based performing artists Joseph (Sonny) Barbato on piano, Professor Todd Baker on double bass, critically acclaimed and world renowned drummer Dave Mattacks, soprano saxophonist Michael Sakash, and other special guests.

The band will perform a variety of classic jazz crooners, big band jazz and swing hits, and 50’s era boogie woogie and rock n’ roll dance hits.

Sarty said, “I am so pleased to present this incredible evening of high caliber entertainment, showcasing the amazing talents of these consummate professionals in an atmosphere custom made for enjoyment. This promises to be a wonderful and memorable evening.”

There is a wide range of sponsorship opportunities still available. Businesses interested in becoming sponsors can download a sponsorship information form at http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org/gala or call Joan Phillips at 603-356-5461 ext. 2264.

The Gala is being organized by a committee made up of community members:

Becky Adams, Kathy Bennett, Karen Davenport, Mike Davenport, Carole DiGregorio, Sheila Duane, Cindy Foster, Laura Jawitz, Patty Keane, Marcia Keeney, Michael Kline, Joan Phillips, Kate Putnam, Mary Vigeant, June Waltz, Dr. Miles Waltz and Carol Westervelt.

For more information on the gala, to reserve tickets or become a sponsor go to Memorial’s website at: http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org, or contact Joan Phillips at: jphillips@memorialhospitalnh.org  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.

Left – Guests take to the dance floor at the 2013 Legacy Gala.

Above – Raw bar and shrimp cocktail adorn an ice sculpture at the 2013 Legacy Gala.

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Jon Sarty and the Cold River Radio Band

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