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Certified Nurse Midwife Kathleen Mulkern Reaches 1,000 Birth Milestone at Memorial Hospital

The Town of Jackson recorded 816 residents in the 2010 census, but Certified Nurse Midwife Kathleen Mulkern can beat that and then some … she recently surpassed her 1,000th baby delivery at Memorial Hospital. Mulkern has delivered virtually an entire village over her 15 years of service!

Photo Caption: Kathleen Mulkern, ARPN, CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife, shown here with one of the 1,000 babies she has delivered at Memorial Hospital. Mom Tiara Hale is not pictured.
Photo by Megan Bailey

Mulkern has been caring for women and their babies for almost 30 years.  She shared, “I was born and raised in the Mount Washington Valley, and was fortunate to be given the opportunity in 2003 of returning with my family to live, raise my children and work as a nurse-midwife.”

She originally wanted to be a nurse practitioner, but changed her mind when a nurse midwife gave a presentation in college. “And that was it.”

When asked what keeps her going, Mulkern states that it’s the appreciation of people, and how you touch their lives. “There are certain births you always remember. It’s the relationship and the trust between you.”

In emergencies, that trust has made all the difference. Mulkern recounted one incident where the mother’s water broke and four loops of umbilical cord came out prematurely. “I called the surgeon but we needed to act immediately. I made eye contact with the mom and told her to push, and she trusted me. The baby was born safely.”

Much has changed with midwifery since she first started her practice. “There’s a lot around ‘skin to skin’ contact between moms and babies right after the birth. The culture has changed based on research – it results in better transition, better breathing and better bonding.”

Other changes to the practice include delayed cord clamping, which lets baby get extra stem cells and oxygen; and encouraging the breast crawl, where the baby is given the opportunity to find their mothers’ breast on their own and to decide when to take the first breastfeed, resulting in better breastfeeding initiation.

Breastfeeding support has become de facto for new moms and babies too. “Many midwifery concepts have become the norm now, they’ve gone mainstream compared to when I started. Midwives can change the culture of a hospital. Doctors have adapted a lot for those that are low-risk. Doctors here have embraced it. So we only offer interventions for those that need it or want them.”

Unwelcome changes have come as well, with mothers and babies being impacted by the opioid epidemic. “When I started delivering babies, (opioid abuse) was rare. It was hardly anyone. Now it’s about 10% of our population. With programs like our New Life prenatal substance abuse treatment program, women can turn their lives around,” Mulkern stated.

With the 1,000 baby milestone behind her, she plans on continuing to add to the population of Mount Washington Valley one person at a time. “The practice of midwifery fulfills my desire to connect with the women I see and to make a difference in the world, one woman and one birth at a time.  It is my goal to empower women to become healthier, mentally and physically, to better care for themselves, their families, and their communities.”

For more information about midwifery services at Memorial Hospital or to make an appointment with Kathleen Mulkern, call 603-356-9355. You can also learn more online at http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org

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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 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  http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org/news-events/memorial-hospital-open-golf-tournament 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.

FREE SCREENING AND DISCUSSION OF THE PBS FRONTLINE DOCUMENTARY, BEING MORTAL

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!

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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.

MORE INFORMATION:
356-7006 or 800-499-4171
http://www.VNHCH.org

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 www.MemorialHospitalNH.org.

Primary Care at Memorial Hospital Teams Up with Kennett High School Athletics Department to Offer Free Sports Physicals

In continuing support of the communities they serve, the medical providers at Memorial Hospital’s Primary Care practice are offering a free opportunity for students to get the sports physicals they may need. On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 5:30pm, Kennett High School students, along with their parents/guardians, can come to Kennett High School for “no appointment necessary” complimentary physicals which will be performed by primary care practitioners.

This is the second year Memorial is working with Kennett Athletic Director Neal Weaver to ensure that all student athletes have access to the sports physical exam they need to compete. A current sports physical from within the past two years is required before any student can participate in a school sport.

This sports physical is not meant to take the place of a child’s annual office visit and  does not provide any needed immunization updates.  Families are urged to contact their family doctor if you have any questions.

The program will take place in the KHS nurse’s office; visitors are asked to use the rear doors near the gymnasium.

“We wanted to find a way to help local families with something that they really needed,” said medical director Dr. Raymond Rabideau. “At the same time, we also want to encourage young people to participate in sports and other physical fitness activities as a way to stay healthy and fit.”

For more information on Primary Care at Memorial Hospital, visit them online at http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org or call 603-356-4949.

Michelle W. O’Donnell Named to Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees

Memorial Hospital CEO Scott McKinnon has announced the appointment of Michelle Williams O’Donnell of Bartlett to the hospital’s board of trustees effective this month. O’Donnell, born and raised in New York City, brings a wealth of experience to the board, including work as a newspaper journalist, entrepreneur and foundation executive director.

A local resident since 2011, O’Donnell spent most of her life in big cities on both coasts. After receiving a degree in sociology from The City College of New York, she worked as a reporter at several newspapers in Buffalo and Rochester, NY, and Phoenix, AZ. In 1990, she joined the Los Angeles Times as features editor and helped launch the paper’s first Health section.

“At that time, interest in health related topics was beginning to grow,” O’Donnell recalled. “Working with some great staff writers, we were able to create a new feature section dedicated to informing the public about many healthcare issues.”

In 1997, O’Donnell became editor of the “Southern California Living” section of the Los Angeles Times. During the next few years, she managed a staff of 60 who produced the paper’s daily features section. Under her leadership, the paper introduced several new features including weekly philanthropy coverage, the Kids’ Reading Room to promote childhood literacy, and the Monday health section.

In 1999, O’Donnell’s career took a new direction when she was named executive director of the Times Mirror Foundation in Los Angeles, a role she held until 2005. In that position, she was responsible for all aspects of the foundation’s grant-making that awarded between $2 million to $8 million a year. Journalism, arts and culture, community enrichment, education, literacy and health were the main focus areas for the grants.

O’Donnell said there were great opportunities to create and fund health-related projects through the foundation. “We funded nutrition education programs in the schools that taught students how to eat healthy by understanding nutrition information. We supported teaching journalists about health and medicine so that they could better cover and report on these topics in a way the public would understand.”

In 2005, O’Donnell stepped to the other side of the grant-making process and took on the role of grant writer and associate director of projects for the Westside Family Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. She was instrumental in the center’s acquisition of its Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) designation and more than $2 million in federal grants. It’s a job she still does today, thanks to the electronic ease of internet communication.

An aging parent and a desire to leave the big city life brought O’Donnell, her husband, Martin, and their dog, Fergus, back to the east coast in 2008. While living in Durham on the New Hampshire seacoast, the O’Donnells visited the Mt. Washington Valley and, like so many others before them, fell in love with its beauty.

Shortly after moving here in 2011, O’Donnell launched The Skinny Towel & Washcloth Co., a company that manufactures and sells bath towel products that she invented and has a patent pending. “It all came about from the question of how do you wash your back,” she laughingly explained. “I was in the shower one day and I thought, ‘What I really need is a long skinny towel!’ so when I got out, I cut several of my bath towels into strips – and the company was born.”

An active volunteer in the Mt. Washington Valley community, O’Donnell is a member of the board of directors at the MWV Chamber of Commerce and White Mountain Community Health Center in Conway. She enjoys being outdoors in the New Hampshire woods in all seasons, as well as crocheting, knitting, reading and Scrabble.
Scott McKinnon said having someone with O’Donnell’s background and experience is a big asset to Memorial and to its board. “We’re happy to have Michelle because she brings a truly unique voice and vision,” he said. “I look forward to the contributions she will make to our organization.”

The Shannon Door Pub and Blue Fridays support the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund

Miranda Leavitt was a true advocate for greater awareness and understanding of the disease that took her life at a young age. During November, many initiatives take place in support of World Diabetes Day and Diabetes Awareness Month. The “Blue Fridays” project began five years ago as a way to bring people together and raise awareness about this growing global epidemic.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, the Shannon Door Pub in Jackson, NH is hosting a fundraiser for the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund. Between the hours of 4-11pm, they will donate $1 for each pizza sold to the fund which is part of the Memorial Hospital Foundation. The public is invited for live music, raffles and pizza for a good cause.

“Blue Fridays” in November is an opportunity for area businesses to take part in raising awareness and raising money for the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund.  Businesses who agree to participate will be given special donation boxes, Blue November stickers and information on diabetes prevention and management. These businesses would share the diabetes educational materials with staff, then encourage their employees to make a voluntary donation every Friday in November in exchange for wearing blue jeans or blue attire to work for the day. Employees of Memorial Hospital and its practices will be participating. Businesses interested in participating should contact Kathy Bennett, VP of Community Relations, at (603) 356-5461, Ext. 2198.

Established in 2008 by Brenda and Richard Leavitt of Fryeburg Maine, the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund provides education, awareness and resources for people with diabetes in the community. Donations can be made by contacting the Memorial Hospital Foundation office, (603) 356-5461, ext. 2264 or donating online through the hospital’s website, MemorialHospitalNH.org.

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.

Memorial Hospital and Conway Village Fire Dept. to offer Community CPR AED Course

On Wednesday, November 18, Memorial Hospital is offering the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heartsaver® CPR/AED course at the Conway Village Fire Department from 5:30-9pm. This is a hands-on interactive class that teaches adult, child and infant CPR and AED use, as well as child and infant choking. Upon completion, participants will obtain a certification card from the AHA valid for two years.

This is a course designed for anyone with limited or no medical training who wants or needs the knowledge and a course completion card in CPR and AED use. Key changes reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care are included in the instruction.

About 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival, yet most Americans don’t know how to perform it.

According to the AHA, anyone can learn CPR. The organization is involved in the training of more than 12 million people every year to equip Americans with the skills they need to perform bystander CPR. More than 85% of cardiac arrests occur in the home so a life saved with CPR is most likely to be someone you know – a spouse, parent, neighbor or friend.

The cost of the program is $25, which includes the Heartsaver® CPR AED Student Workbook and the AHA course card. The session is limited to 25 people. Registration deadline is November 16. These classes sell out and space cannot be reserved without payment at time of registration.

Additional information and online registration is available online at http://tinyurl.com/CPRNOV2015 along with a downloadable PDF form that can be completed and returned with payment. Checks should be made payable to Memorial Hospital and delivered or mailed to Memorial Hospital, 3073 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH 03860, Attention: Barbara Rosman, Nursing Services and Operations. Those wishing to register by phone or receive more information may reach Rosman at 603-356-5461 x2157.

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.

Live Entertainment at the MWVCC Annual Meeting!

Celebrating its 102nd year in the Mt. Washington Valley, the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 28th at the Attitash Grand Summit. The evening begins at 4:00pm with a review on how the Chamber has advanced the local business environment and impacted the community during the previous year and a look at its program of work ahead. A silent auction and cocktail hour will follow, leading into a sit-down dinner. To register for the dinner, visit www.mwvannualmeeting.com or contact Mary Seavey, mary@mtwashingtonvalley.org or 356-5701 ext. 305. This is an election year and seats will reserve quickly, so make sure you’re registered!
The Annual Meeting is also a forum to recognize the White Mountains Treasures, an award that recognizes individuals in the Mt. Washington Valley who have given a lifetime of “time and talent” to the Valley. Presented by the White Mountains Treasures Award sponsor, Memorial Hospital, nominations are being accepted until October 3rd and nomination forms can be found on the website and emailed to Mary Seavey.
“We look forward to the Annual Meeting every year to present our valued community members with an award that represents our thanks for all they have done for our community,” Mary Seavey, Annual Meeting event director.
This year’s event will be especially festive with the addition of live entertainment to follow the dinner and award ceremony. Presented by the evening’s Entertainment Sponsors; Purity Spring Resort and Eastern Propane and Oil, Comedian Juston McKinney will be joining the Chamber for a NH themed comedy act to entertain guests. His work can be found on Youtube and promises a fun evening for all.
The Chamber looks forward to toasting to the year behind us and celebrating the year ahead with the community at the Annual Meeting. Thank you to the MWVCC Annual Meeting’s Supporting Sponsors; TD Bank, Boston Globe Media and Fairpoint Communications, Entertainment Sponsors; Eastern Propane and Oil and Purity Spring Resort and White Mountains Treasures Sponsor; Memorial Hospital for being an integral part of this year’s event. Be sure your tickets are reserved today for an evening of facts, food and fun!

Memorial Hospital’s Miranda Leavitt Center Hosts North Country Forum on Diabetes

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Three perspectives: a parent, a patient, a provider. Two distinct diseases: Type I and Type diabetes_webII diabetes. All come together for an educational and informative evening sponsored by the Miranda Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 5:30 pm, at the Red Jacket Resort & Conference Center. The program is free and open to the public. It will include a panel presentation, audience Q&A, light refreshments, and Meet-and-Greet time with the Diabetes Center staff and the Leavitt family. The Eli Lilly “Journey Awards” also will be presented, recognizing people who have successfully managed diabetes with insulin for 25 and 50 years.

The forum is recommended for anyone in the community who wants to learn more about diabetes and how it affects individuals, families and public health. The Miranda Board certified family nurse practitioner & diabetes educator Loretta Grimm, APRN, says the evening will be informative for everyone who cares about the health of the community. “This includes people with diabetes and their families, but also our local educators, health care professionals, emergency medical personnel, fire and police, daycare and preschool staff. Diabetes affects us all.”

Grimm is moderator of the panel discussion which includes three unique perspectives on diabetes. Moira McCarthy is the mother of 21-year-old Lauren Stanford who was diagnosed at age 6 with Type I Diabetes. Dick Smith has been living successfully with Type II Diabetes for 18 years and, at age 72, is still working as a motivational speaker and diabetes educator. Irwin Brodsky, MD, MPH, is the medical director at Maine Medical Partners Endocrinology and Diabetes Center, as well as a researcher and clinical professor.

“Today, nearly everyone has a friend, loved one, spouse, neighbor or co-worker with diabetes,” Grimm said. “We want to present different views of what it’s like to live with  Type I and Type II diabetes, as well as hear from a recognized medical expert on current work being done in the field. The Miranda Center for Diabetes is here to help people and their families, and we want them to know who we are and what we can do for them and the community,” she added.

Panelist Moira McCarthy is a best-selling author and advocate with the New England Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for more than 15 years. She is a former national reporter and newspaper editor, and author of the recently released book, “Raising Teens With Diabetes: A Parent Survival Guide.” Her tireless support of Type I diabetes research has landed her a spot as guest speaker on CNN Live and many other media outlets. She is also the creator of a well known blog about the subject, http://www.despitediabetes.com.

“My message to other parents of children with Type I diabetes is that it’s really about finding a balance between keeping them safe and healthy, and letting them live a full and happy life,” McCarthy said. “It impacts the family as well as the child at every age.”

Brenda Leavitt, whose daughter Miranda died at age 22 from complications of Type I

Leavitt Family and Memorial Hospital Staff cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of the Miranda Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology at Memorial Hospital
Leavitt Family and Memorial Hospital Staff cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of the Miranda Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology at Memorial Hospital

diabetes, understands the challenge of parenting a child with diabetes. “One of our goals in establishing the Miranda Center at Memorial Hospital is to help educate the community,” she said. “Our daughter needed a great deal of support from her family, teachers, employers and friends in order to manage her disease on a daily basis. Type I is a totally different disease than Type II, and we want people to learn about both of them.”

Irwin Brodsky is the medical director for diabetes at Maine Medical Partners Endocrinology and Diabetes Center, as well as a research scientist associate clinical professor of medicine at Tufts University. He divides his professional time between clinical patient care and administration of inpatient, outpatient, and community diabetes activities for Maine Medical Partners.

Dr. Brodsky is a strong proponent of the need for education both to prevent Type II diabetes and to improve self-care for those with the disease. He is currently involved in the development of an statewide education campaign that could be used to motivate patients who have lapsed in their attention to the disease. He also serves as principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health research trial into the relationship between vitamin D and prevention of diabetes.

“There is a genetic component to the onset of Type II diabetes that involves defects in insulin production,” he said. “People who have one parent with it are at very high risk. For them, exercise and dietary intake are critically important.”

Dick Smith has spent more than 40 years in the health education field, but he was surprised to learn 18 years ago that he, too, had developed Type II diabetes. Since then, he has been a motivational speaker sharing seminars on diabetes self-management to groups all over New England. He also worked with the company that invented the very first portable blood sugar meter in 1969. At age 72, the Navy veteran is still working full-time and says he loves it.

The evening will include presentation of the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards to individual patients of the Miranda Center who have successfully managed their diabetes over a long period of time. The program recognizes the constant effort necessary to manage the disease and serves as a means to inspire all people with diabetes to believe that they can do it, too.

The Diabetes Forum is free and open to the public with no reservations required. For more information, visit the event listing on the hospital’s website, http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org/diabetesevent, or call Kathy Bennett, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, (603) 356-5461, X2198.

ABOUT THE LILLY DIABETES JOURNEY AWARDS:

Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards
Living with diabetes is no easy task and it takes constant effort. That’s why the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards™ program recognizes and honors individuals who have successfully managed their diabetes with the help of insulin for 25, 50 or 75 years. By honoring people who have long been successful, these awards not only help them to keep moving ahead, but also help to inspire others.

Those selected for the program serve as role models to all people with diabetes for learning how to manage their disease and adapting to the ever-changing technology of diabetes care. Since 1974, Lilly has presented more than 3,000 medals in support of people on their journey with diabetes.

Medals are presented to celebrate important milestones and include a bronze 25-year medal, silver 50-year medal, or gold 75-year medal. In addition to the medal, recipients also receive a signed letter from the CEO of Eli Lilly and Company for their continued success.

Local recipients include Henry Forrest and Mary Walker for 25 years, and Jacqueline Willey and Barbara Hartwell for 50 years.

The Miranda Center at Memorial Hospital provides comprehensive diabetes care and education that is patient focused and individualized to specific needs. The staff is a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to the evaluation, treatment, and education of individuals with any form of diabetes and endocrine disorders. The center offers education and support groups to help people with diabetes learn about and manage their condition, and is certified by the American Diabetes Association. For more information, call the Miranda Center at (603) 356-0796, X3353.

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.