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At the Hospitals: Feb. 10, 2013

CHaD Receives $35,000
Cancer Research Grant

Lebanon — The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth has received a one-year infrastructure grant of $34,951 from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity that raises money for childhood cancer research.

The grant helps organizations compile information about childhood cancer survivors, enabling researchers to promote clinical trial enrollment and study complications of cancer treatments and potential treatments for late side effects.

In a news release last week, Dr. Sara Chaffee, associate professor of pediatrics at Geisel School of Medicine, said two thirds of the children “cured” of cancers will experience serious side effects of their cancer treatment later in life, and some of those treated 15 or 20 years ago may not even know that they could have problems.

“Currently this program has no easy way of identifying our own survivors, providing them with information about their treatment or identifying survivors who might be able to participate in important research studies,” Chaffee said.

“This grant will provide a much needed detailed list of these survivors in the form of a database.”

Orthopedic Surgeons
Join Valley Regional

Claremont — Orthopedic surgeons Jay R. SoloRio and V.P. “Trip” Blair III have joined the medical staff at Valley Regional Hospital.

They will provide orthopedic surgery services for several months while the hospital conducts a search for a permanent orthopedic surgeon.

Blair earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from Duke University Medical School.

He completed his internship at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery and a foot and ankle research fellowship at Washington University Medical Center, also in St. Louis, and a pediatric foot fellowship at Shriner’s Hospital.

He has held teaching and other academic roles in St. Louis and was in private practice for many years in St. Louis County, Mo.

He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and serves on the staff at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in Oregon.

SoloRio earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis. He completed orthopedic surgery residencies in the hospitals of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, including service as an assistant clinical instructor and chief resident.

He is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and a Diplomate of both the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners. SoloRio has had a private practice in Decatur, Ala., for 25 years.

Oral Surgeon Joins
Upper Valley Practice

West Lebanon — Dr. Jill Brinkman has joined Upper Valley Oral Surgery. Brinkman recently relocated Washington state to the Grantham area.

A Baltimore native, she earned her master’s degree in advanced head and neck anatomy at the University of Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland Dental School in 2000.

She earned her medical degree in 2003 from University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Brinkman continued her surgical training at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital and Bethesda Naval Hospital.

She also received training at the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center, where she was received the Intern of the Year Award.

She is board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Brinkman is seeing patients in Upper Valley Oral Surgery’s West Lebanon and New London offices.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Student Volunteer Program Graduates Eight

Windsor — The student volunteer program at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center recently graduated eight junior high and high school students.

Dare to Care offers 13- to 18-year-olds a chance to learn about careers in health care by working with hospital staff as a patient care assistant.

The 17-hour course covers communication skills, confidentiality policies, infection control methods and CPR.

“With the mentoring of our staff, students have a chance to discover if a career in this field is right for them,” the hospital’s CEO, Kevin W. Donovan, said in a recent news release.

“They also develop skills sets that are not only practiced at the hospital but in their personal lives as well.”

Applications are being accepted for 2013 Dare to Care sessions. For more information, contact Wanda L. Pockett at 802-674-7440 or Jill Lord at 802-674-7224.

Double Celebration for West Lebanon Resident

West Lebanon — George Gove, an Army veteran from West Lebanon, was honored by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice last week for his military service. Gove and his wife, Jean, celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary last Sunday.

Gove served in World War II from October 1943 through April 1946.

He was presented with a pin, plaque and memory book at a ceremony attended by his wife and their daughters, Trudy Gove and Tina Gove Kebalka.

The tribute is a core part of the organization’s We Honor Veterans program.

“For many veterans, military service is one of the most profound experiences of their lives,” Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice said in a news release last week. “Through the program, our caregivers build special skills to better serve both home care and hospice patients who have served us.”

George Gove, a retired hydroplant operator, and Jean Gove, a retired registered nurse, met as teenagers. They have five children and 12 grandchildren.

New Staff Join Health Care and Rehabilitation Services

Springfield, Vt. — Several new employees recently joined Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, a mental health agency serving residents of Windham and Windsor counties.

In a recent news release the Springfield, Vt.-based agency said that due to “unprecedented growth,” it is recruiting employees for new programs and existing programs that are expanding. Margaret Gibson, case manager; Anna Palladino, family clinician; and Suzanne Henderson and Wendy Tucker, community outreach specialists, joined the agency’s Hartford office.

The new employees in Springfield, Vt., include Marissa Martin, licensed practical nurse; Deborah Boston, clinician; Jane Worley, contracted psychiatric nurse practitioner; and Shea Guetti, case manager.

The agency also added a total of nine new employees to its Brattleboro and Bellows Falls offices.

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso