At the Hospitals
New Nursing Director
Joins Alice Peck Day
Lebanon — Jessica Ash has joined Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital as nursing director of inpatient services in APD’s Medical/Surgical Unit.
Her previous experience includes operations, human resources, supervision, training and mentorship.
Before joining APD, Ash, was a unit nurse manager at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She also served on DHMC’s Education Advisory Council.
Ash holds an associate degree in nursing from New Hampshire Technical College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Franklin Pierce University.
She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the New Hampshire Organization of Nursing Leaders and the American Nurses Association.
Gifford Medical Center to Offer Workshops in Randolph, Chelsea
Randolph — Gifford Medical Center will offer two free workshops this month, one on grief, the other on healthy living.
Grief: The Business Side of Dying, is set for May 16 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Conference Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. It will focus on funerals, settling estates and “what to do with all that stuff,” organizers said in a recent news release.
The presenters are funeral director Randy Garner and attorney Steve Webster, both of Randolph.
Gifford also offers a free grief support group on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 4-5 p.m. at The Family Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph.
For information on the workshop or support group, call 802-728-7100, ext. 7.
A new Healthier Living Workshop for people with chronic conditions and their caregivers will start this month. It will meet Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m., May 15 to June 19, at Chelsea Health Center, 356 Vt. Route 110, Chelsea.
The class is designed to help people better manage their health conditions and deal with the frustration, fatigue and pain that can accompany a chronic disease.
It emphasizes building strength, flexibility and endurance, and includes tips for eating healthier and improving communication with family and friends.
To register, call 802-728-7100, ext. 6.
Annual Mother’s Day Bazaar
At Valley Regional Hospital
Claremont — The annual Mother’s Day Bazaar and raffle to support Valley Regional Hospital will take place Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the main lobby of the hospital, 243 Elm St.
The sale is sponsored by the Ladies Union Aid Society, which established the hospital in 1893. It features flowering plants, hanging baskets and greenery from a local greenhouse, and food prepared and donated by members of the Ladies Union Aid Society.
Tickets for the raffle are available at the hospital’s main reception and from Ladies Aid members. Prizes include gift cards donated by local businesses and cash.
Proceeds from this year’s bazaar will support the purchase of mammogram computer-aided detection technology for Valley Regional’s Medical Imaging Department.
While mammography detects approximately 85 to 90 percent of breast cancers, the images can sometimes be difficult for radiologists to interpret, the hospital said in a news release last week. “Like an additional set of eyes, after the radiologist’s initial interpretation of a mammogram, (CAD) can help find abnormalities and marks ‘areas of interest’ for further review.”
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center Names Employee of the Month
Windsor — Maureen Reed, of Claremont, was recently named Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center employee of the month for April. The award recognizes employees who have demonstrated service excellence in their respective departments and displayed compassion, a caring approach and continuous hard work within their community.
An accounts payable clerk, Reed performs day-to-day accounting functions for the hospital. Her other duties include preparing accounts payable checks for the Mt. Ascutney Hospital Community Foundation and doing bookkeeping for the Mt. Ascutney Professional Association. Kevin W. Donovan, CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital, said Reed is recognized throughout the hospital for her effort, expertise, flexibility and accountability.
— Compiled by Aimee Caruso