Lake Sunapee Region VNA Names
New Hospice Medical Director
New London — Dr. Kristi Saunders has been named medical director of the Lake Sunapee Region VNA hospice team. Before joining Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice, Saunders was attending physician at Genesis HealthCare in Lebanon, specializing in geriatrics.
Saunders holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from St. Louis University and a master’s degree in microbiology from the University of California at Irvine, where she also earned her medical degree. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in hospice and palliative care. An adjunct professor at Franklin Pierce University, she has also served on the faculty of the State University of New York at Stonybrook and the University of Oklahoma. Saunders volunteers with the Good Neighbor Health Clinic in Enfield and with the Lebanon School District, helping women earn GEDs and teaching English as a second language. She serves on the board of Himalayan Healthcare, a nonprofit that works with residents of remote Himalayan villages, building clinics and providing education, medical care and supplies.
Auxiliary Awards $39,460 to Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
Windsor — Mt. Ascutney Hospital Auxiliary recently gave $39,460 to Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. About half will be used to purchase two new defibrillators, and the remaining money will help address a high-priority need within the hospital, to be determined later this spring.
The hospital recently renamed its volunteer of the year award to honor a former auxiliary member, the late Jeanette Lynch. Lynch was involved with the hospital for more 55 years, serving as a staff member until her retirement in 1993. She was a volunteer leader at the hospital until her death in March.
Auxiliary members organize fundraising events and projects, volunteer at the hospital and run the gift shop in the main lobby. Throughout its 50-year history, the organization has contributed more than $700,000 for hospital projects.e_SRit— Compiled by Aimee Caruso