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At the Hospitals: Jan. 27, 2013

  • Sarah Westbrook, Miss Vermont USA, talks with Annie Gaiko at Menig Extended Care Facility in Randolph last week.

    Sarah Westbrook, Miss Vermont USA, talks with Annie Gaiko at Menig Extended Care Facility in Randolph last week.

  •  McCandless

    McCandless

  • Sarah Westbrook, Miss Vermont USA, talks with Annie Gaiko at Menig Extended Care Facility in Randolph last week.
  •  McCandless

D-H Neurologist Receives Award for Stroke Care

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock neurologist Timothy Lukovits was recently honored by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for being a leading advocate for the fight against stroke in New Hampshire.

Rita Zanichkowsky, director of quality improvement for AHA/ASA in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, traveled to New Hampshire from Maine to present the award, which is given annually to a physician who has gone “above and beyond” in the fight against vascular disease.

Lukovits’ contributions to the field have included efforts in the Legislature and working with the New England Cerebrovascular Consortium to improve stroke care across the region, Dartmouth-Hitchcock said in a recent news release. He is a founding member of the New Hampshire Stroke Steering Committee and has led the Dartmouth-Hitchcock stroke team, which has been recognized for excellence in stroke care.

Administrator Joins Harvest Hill

Lebanon — Corinne McCandless, a registered nurse, has joined Alice Peck Day Health Systems as administrator at Harvest Hill. McCandless will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the assisted living facility on APD’s campus.

Before joining APD, McCandless was the compliance officer and director of quality and risk management at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. She also served as director of hospice for Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire and vice president of residential care for Terrace Communities, which has assisted living facilities in New England and Florida.

She holds a master’s degree in public health policy from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in New London.

Orthopedic Physician Assistant Joins
Mt. Ascutney Hospital

Windsor — Katie Macko, of Chester, Vt., has joined Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center as an orthopedic physician assistant. In her new role, Macko is responsible for providing the initial evaluation necessary for the triage and treatment of patients in the Orthopedic Department. She monitors the medical conditions of patients with knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, foot and ankle injuries and conducts laboratory and radiographic exams.

Macko, who recently transitioned into a full-time position in orthopedics, continues to work in the hospital’s Emergency Department as needed. Prior to joining Mt. Ascutney Hospital, she worked as a physician assistant specializing in orthopedics at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital.

Macko serves on the board of Running for Rescues, a nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of shelter animals around the country. She also volunteers with the Chester-Andover Elementary School winter sports program at Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vt. Macko has experience with timber management and is certified in wildland fire and safety.

Miss Vermont USA
Visits Menig

Randolph — Sarah Westbrook, Miss Vermont USA, visited Menig Extended Care Facility on Wednesday. The residents gave her an enthusiastic welcome.

“I’m very proud to have you. It’s an honor,” Annie Gaiko, 96, told Westbrook. “You live here in this atmosphere with all of these old bucks, and it’s nice to see a young one. You’ve got the world by the tail.”

Westbrook, 24, a Burlington fitness instructor, is studying health and wellness. During the visit, she answered questions, posed for pictures and let residents try on her crown. The event was organized by Westbrook’s friend Jennifer Joseph. A nursing student at Vermont Technical College, Joseph did her clinical training at the 30-bed nursing home. “The residents made such an impact on me,” Joseph said in a news release. “It was the only way I could think to give back some of what they gave me.

Westbrook will take part in the Miss USA pageant this summer in Las Vegas.

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso