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Memorial Hospital Marks August as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Memorial Hospital’s Family Birthing Center wants the public to know what it’s doing to support moms and babies in making breastfeeding as easy and accessible as possible.

Michelle Meader, RNC CLC took on the role as the lead facilitator of the weekly Breastfeeding Support Group last year.  Meader, a Registered Nurse and Certified Lactation Counselor, has been with the Family Birthing Center since 2014.

Ten years ago, the popular group was started by Heather Wasuta, a lactation counselor who worked in the Family Birthing Center. Since then, the group has evolved into an ongoing support network that includes seasonal get-togethers and many lifelong friendships.

Last year, Wasuta moved from the area and Meader has taken over what she says is “an especially rewarding” role. “I love my job and what I do,” Meader said when she took on the role.

“I think it’s really important to empower new moms so they feel confident that they can be successful at breastfeeding. We want them to know about their choices as well as the benefits of breastfeeding,” she said.

Before coming to Memorial, Meader was director of childbirth and lactation education at Littleton Hospital from 2011 to 2014. In her current role, she’s working with all of Memorial’s OB RNs who are Certified Lactation Counselors to continue the success of the program.

“Memorial is fortunate to have many nurses on staff with extensive breastfeeding training and certifications,” shared Memorial’s Family Birthing Center’s Leigh Copsey, RN, BSN, RNC-OB, CLC

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month is an opportunity to highlight the latest research about breastfeeding. Family Birthing Center manager Kris Dascoulias, RN, said the department is extremely proud of their 98% breastfeeding initiation rate.

“Breastfeeding is the first choice of nutrition for a baby. We start by introducing the subject during prenatal classes. There’s a special class dedicated to this one topic,” Dascoulias said. “Then, within 24 hours of mom’s hospital admission, we’ve developed an individual lactation care plan with her.”

Although general recommendations are for six months to a year of breastfeeding, Dascoulias says any amount of time offers significant benefits for the newborn. “There are important immune protective factors for the baby as well as increased bonding with mom.”

The support group is “a wonderful free community service,” Dascoulias said. “Even if you choose not to breastfeed, it’s open to all new moms.”

The Breastfeeding Support Group, which meets every Wednesday at 10 am at the Main Street Professional Building, two buildings south of the hospital. Babies and siblings are welcome, and the OB staff is always available by phone to answer questions.

For more information about birthing services at Memorial Hospital, call 356-4949 Ext. 2146 or visit the hospital’s website, MemorialHospitalNH.org or click here >

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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.

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’s 34th Annual Golf Tournament Approaches

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Spots still available in one of North Conway’s most popular and long-running events

Now just about a month away, the popular 34th annual Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament, is coming up on Thurs. July 17, 2014 at the Wentworth Golf Course in Jackson, NH.  While sponsorship and foursomes are going fast, there are still spots available for all who wish to be part of this Valley institution.

In addition to offering a day of fun and camaraderie for a good cause on one of the most charming and challenging courses in the area, the event features a signature dining experience, called “Grazing on the Green.”  Food for the event has been provided by Thompson House Eatery, Marty Sweeney Caterers and the Red Fox Pub.

“Every tournament in the Valley is known for something, and ours is known for its food,” said tournament director Paul Keane. “Last year, our guests were overwhelmed with both the quantity and quality of dining. This year’s participants can expect more of the same.”

Grazing on the Green features a gourmet buffet as well as wait-served appetizers, with an amazing array of seafood, beef, chicken, and other delicacies for all tastes.

The dining format is designed to promote a more social style for mixing and mingling.  A diverse array of delicious “small bites,” both sweet and savory, promise to please even the most discerning pallet.  The list below will be among this year’s offerings but don’t be surprised to see many tempting additions:

  • Crab, spinach stuffed mushroom caps
  • BBQ pulled pork on mini cornbread muffins
  • New England Clam Chowder with oyster crackers
  • Marty’s world famous deviled eggs (don’t miss these babies)
  • Smoked Salmon with fresh dill, capers, red onions, and whole grain mustard
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruits and Artisan Cheeses with assorted crackers
  • Country Style Pate’ served with flatbreads and assorted condiments
  • Pam’s “not to be missed” spinach pie, flaky and flavorful
  • Assorted Summer Bruschetta topped with fresh chopped tomatoes, basil, capers, and a sprinkled of Asiago cheese
  • Sliders
  • Braised Short Rib with a horseradish cream
  • Seafood with lemon, caper dill aioli
  • Meatloaf with homemade charred onion ketchup
  • Sausage with tomato basil aioli
  • Sesame crusted and pan seared Ahi Tuna on English cucumber, with wasabi, pickled Ginger, and a sweet chili drizzle.
  • Roasted Beef Tenderloin bites with fire roasted red peppers and a garlic & herb cream cheese
  • Fresh Asparagus wrapped in proscuitto
  • Desserts
    • Chocolate dipped Strawberries and marshmallows on Graham crackers
    • Mini Eclairs and other assorted French style pastries

But golfers shouldn’t let the food and the day’s excitement be the only reason to take part. Proceeds from this year’s golf tournament will support a school-year long initiative to bring health and wellness education and activities to students throughout Mt. Washington Valley. The initiative was launched last year and has been an extremely popular program for the student population throughout the region.

Thanks to the generosity of the tournament’s supporters, local elementary and middle school students throughout Mt. Washington Valley were treated to free running races, snowshoe tours along river banks and informational talks with sports medicine doctors, dietitians and diabetes educators. The tournament proceeds also funded the donation of health and wellness related books to a school’s library and a visit from one of Memorial’s health care providers to give a talk or an activity on a particular topic. Students also received items to encourage them to partake in a health activity, from jump ropes to pedometers to water bottles.

Sponsorship opportunities are still 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. This year’s tournament Presenting Sponsor is once again The Tolley Group.

This year’s Golf Tournament Committee members include: co-chairs: Dan Jones and Bayard Kennett;  Kathy Bennett,  Mary Collins,  Mike Davenport,  Marilyn Desmarais, Sally Fiore,  Paul Keane, Lois Gardner, Don Newton, Will Owen, Gail Paine, Joan Phillips, Marta Ramsey,  Joanne Sutton, Linda Turcotte, 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 on the 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 features a popular raffle with prizes donated from dozens of local and regional businesses, plus its famous Grazing on the Green food extravaganza.

For more information, or to sign up for golf or sponsorship, visit the golf event page on www.memorialhospitalnh.org/golf  or call Joan Phillips at 603-356-5461 ext. 2264 for more information.

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.

Photo Caption: The 34th Memorial Hospital Golf Tournament will take place at the Wentworth Golf Course in Jackson, NH on July 17, 2014.

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The Miranda Center for Diabetes Invites You to a Ribbon Cutting!

You’re invited to the Ribbon Cutting
Celebrating the…
When: Wednesday, November 13th, 12:30pm
 
3073 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH
The Miranda Center at Memorial Hospital
is located on the 2nd floor of the Bigelow Building,

the white building towards the front of the campus.

An elevator is available for the public.

  • Meet the staff of the Diabetes team
  • Learn more about the Miranda Center
  • Meet the Family of Miranda Leavitt
    after whom the Center is named
  • Members of the Foundation Board of Trustees
    will be in attendance
  • Representatives from Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office will attend to present a letter of recognition
  • Learn about Diabetes Awareness Month (November)

Brenda Leavitt & Scott McKinnon, CEO 

stand in front of the Miranda Center

“Miranda’s story and her commitment to diabetes education are a powerful legacy, one which we will be proud to continue in her honor,” Scott McKinnon, CEO

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.

In 2008, with the help of friends and family, the Leavitts started the non-profit organization, Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund, focused on providing funding for those who need help managing their diabetes and providing a voice for education and advocacy on the subject.

New Pediatrician Joins Memorial’s Primary Care Practice

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NEW PEDIATRICIAN JOINS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL’S PRIMARY CARE PRACTICE

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.

Memorial Hospital Helps Out With Community Helpers Day

Dr. Kim Goodwin, Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Dept. Medical Director, visited Children Unlimited recently for their Community Helpers theme week. Dr. Goodwin came to talk to the children about what doctors and nurses do.  Colin Richards from Memorial’s Emergency Department provided a donation of gloves, masks, safety goggles, bandage materials and disposable stethoscopes for the children to try.

They talked about how Memorial helps sick and hurt people and also do check-ups on people to make sure they stay healthy.  Some of the kids got to pretend to be patients, and then all the kids enjoyed trying out the donated supplies that to check each other and their teachers.  In the end, they kept the extra materials for their dress up box for pretend play.

The two little girls in the scrub suits are Goodwin’s foster children (Shaeleigh and Sophia) who enjoyed dressing up and teaching their friends about being a doctor “just like Mommy.”

Memorial Hospital Announces Its Second Annual Legacy Gala Event

 

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Memorial Hospital Announces Its Second Annual Legacy Gala Event

Sept. 28, 2013 Fundraiser to Be Held at Attitash Grand Summit.

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Supporters of Memorial Hospital are encouraged to break out their finest evening attire and make plans to attend the 2nd Annual Legacy Gala event, taking place Sept. 28, 2013, at the Attitash Grand Summit.

The Gala—a Red Carpet, Black Tie Event—will offer guests an elegant evening of culinary delight and superb musical and theatrical entertainment, with proceeds to fund much needed renovations to the hospital’s primary care treatment areas.  Tickets are $150 per person.

“These improvements will be designed to expedite and enhance services and care to patients,” stated Memorial’s CEO Scott McKinnon. “These renovations will be of benefit to residents of the Valley for many years to come.” Last year’s Gala proceeds went towards renovations and upgrades to Memorial’s Emergency Department. “The new Emergency Department now offers three new treatment rooms for our new Express Care service. This service has allowed patients to spend less time waiting and still have the advantage of quality assessment by emergency-trained clinicians,” continued McKinnon.

This year’s initiative supported by the Gala will also impact patient experience and patient care, albeit in a different way. The renovations to Memorial’s Primary Care Practice will allow health care providers, nurses, medical assistants and other staff to work as a team in an open-concept setting in close proximity to treatment rooms. This enhanced workspace will improve communication as well as responsiveness and accessibility to care – ultimately creating the work environment needed to meet the shift in health care towards providing a coordinated, preventative model of care delivery. “Primary Care serves as the front line in guarding our health and they are increasingly being seen as the key to the best possible care, as well as a practical solution to holding down healthcare costs,” stated Ray Rabideau, Memorial’s Chief Medical Officer.

The evening starts at 6:00 pm with a walk down the red carpet where each guest will have an opportunity to have their picture taken by local photographer Karen Stancik while enjoying a glass of chilled champagne. Guests will be served appetizers by formally-attired servers which will also be displayed on beautiful ice sculptures. Everyone will have time to mingle with friends and enjoy music by the Mountain Aire Strings in the Summit Cocktail Lounge.  At 7:00 PM, there will be an eclectic dinner menu offered with dual entrées of Skewered Lobster Tail Topped with a Cognac Sauce, Grand Summit Steak sliced and topped with a Port Demi Glaze, Pan Seared Breast of Chicken stuffed with Fontina Cheese and Prosciutto drizzled with Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette, Grilled Manicotti Roulade stuffed with Ricotta Cheese and Vegetables topped with a Garlic Cream Sauce, or Local Heirloom Tomatoes with Quinoa, New World Vegetables served over a Bed of Greens with Yellow Pepper Coulis. The menu is completed with a signature trio of Chef inspired desserts.

During dinner, the spotlight will be on a talented cast of performers from the Arts in Motion Theater Company who will once again delight the audience with a “Brat Pack” inspired dinner club cabaret performance. The evening will be reminiscent of the elegant supper clubs of the 50’s and 60’s. These clubs, in their heyday, stayed true to their cabaret roots by entertaining guests with a combination of music, dance and humor.

The entertainment will feature the music of the popular stars of the era Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, Bobby Darren, and Billie Holiday, to name a few.

After dinner festivities, the Franconia, NH based 10-piece ensemble The Wicked Smart Horn Band will add a rousing finish to the evening with dancing well into the night.

The Legacy Gala Committee is grateful to its current corporate sponsors: Maine Health, Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, Memorial Hospital Medical Staff, Colliers International, Bryan Company, Kline Seminars, DG Roofing, Wise Construction, Spectrum Medical Group, Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, Rinder Morgan, Amerisourcebergen Drug Company, NorthEast Kittredge Food Service Equipment, Attitash Grand Summit, Comfort Inn and Clean-O-Rama. More sponsors are being added all the time; those shown here were accurate as of press time

There is a wide range of sponsorship opportunities still available. Businesses interested in becoming sponsors should contact Memorial’s Director of Philanthropy, Karen Davenport at 603-356-5461 ext. 2268 or email kdavenport@memorialhospitalnh.org.

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

Co-Chairs: Carol Westervelt and Kimberly McKinnon, Marcia Keeney, Mary Vigeant, Patty Keane, Dr. and Mrs. Miles Waltz, Cindy Foster, Michelle Capozzoli, Ellen Ohlenbusch, Becky Adams, Karen and Mike Davenport, Joan Phillips, and Kathy Bennett.

For more information on the gala or to reserve tickets go to Memorial’s website at: www.memorialhospitalnh.org, or contact Joan Phillips at: jphillips@memorialhospitalnh.org  603-356-5461 ext. 2264.

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The 2013 Memorial Hospital Gala Committee:

(from left to right) Becky Adams, Karen Davenport, Joan Phillips, Michelle Capozzoli, Mary Vigeant, Patty Keane, Marcia Keeney, Mike Davenport, Kimberly McKinnon, Kathy Bennett, Carol Westervelt, Cindy Foster, June Waltz, Dr. Miles Waltz (not pictured: Ellen Ohlenbusch).

 

Memorial Hospital Variety Show Raises $1200 for Roy Estes Fund

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The 2nd annual Memorial Hospital Variety Show, held June 21 and 22 at M&D Theatre in North Conway, NH, was a resounding success, raising nearly $1200 for RENEWS, the Roy Estey Network for Education on Water Safety.  The show was sponsored by Memorial Hospital, M&D Productions, Flatbread Pizza, and Kate McPhee’s Transformational Body Therapy, with additional gifts from Mountain Top Music, North Conway Music Center, Applebees, Friendly’s, North Conway Dairy Queen, and Shaws.  Both nights were a complete sell out with tickets purchased by both Memorial staff and the general public.

Highlights of the show included Medicinal Ambience, the band made up of Bob Croce, Nicole Tavenner, Joe Roy, Jared Landry, Darin Brown, and Rafe Matregrano, plus dance routines by Charisse Hirschfeld (with Ron Audet), vocals by Stacey Clifford, original guitar work by Ken Billeaud, and comedic sketches with Darin Brown, Claes Thelemarck, Tom Rebmann, Becky Adams, Ron Audet, and Joe Roy.

The evening also featured a game show, where contestants included CEO Scott McKinnon and wife Kim; and five other couples from the crowd who all took home prizes donated by the sponsors.  Tasty hors d’oeuvres created by the M&D staff and provided by Memorial kept the audience well fed and happy.  Stage Manager Julie Lanoie, and sound/lighting by Joe Lafrance helped to make it a smoothly flowing show. Participants and audience alike had a wonderful time, and there are plans to repeat the event for its third annual happening next June.

RENEWS is an organization founded in memory of Memorial Hospital employee Roy Estey, who died tragically in a boating accident in 2010, and provides for financial assistance to pay for water safety education and resources for area residents.

This fund was established by Memorial Hospital employees who wanted to honor Roy’s memory and ensure that local children and adults who wish to safely engage in the Mt. Washington Valley’s many recreational pursuits will have ready and affordable access to swimming lessons, life jackets, and water safety education. For information on RENEWS, write to RENEWS, PO Box 616, No. Conway, NH 03860.

Sign Up To Play In The Memorial Hospital Golf Tournament!

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July 18,2013

Wentworth Golf Club
Jackson, NH

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This annual event is not only a great day of golf, food and camaraderie—it also helps support your community hospital and our commitment to providing exceptional healthcare for our second century.

Entry fees are $150 for the individual golfer. Additional “Grazing on the Green” tickets may be purchased for those not golfing for $40.  Call 603-356-5461 ext. 2264 for information on purchasing tickets.

Schedule of Events:

6:30-7:15 am – Tournament Registration at Wentworth Clubhouse for Morning Round Play

7:30am – Tee Off for Morning Play

12:00-12:45pm – Tournament Registration at Wentworth Clubhouse for Afternoon Round Play

1:15pm – Tee-off/Shotgun Start for Afternoon Play

6pm – Under the Tent – Social Hour – “Grazing on the Green” – Presentation of Prizes and Awards

Grazing on the Green this year will feature a gourmet extravaganza, with amazing appetizers, including seafood, beef, chicken, and other delicacies for all tastes, all served by top notch wait staff. This year’s new format for Grazing on the Green is designed to encourage mingling and socializing while still providing a full meal’s worth of dining.