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At the Hospitals: June 16, 2013

Residents of the William P. Clough Extended Care Center at New London Hospital were recently recognized for their support of the New Hampshire Food Bank. Wanda Walker, left, and Phyllis Taylor, resident council vice-president and president, respectively, hold a certificate from the food bank and the New Hampshire Health Care Association. Photograph by Jen Ellms

Residents of the William P. Clough Extended Care Center at New London Hospital were recently recognized for their support of the New Hampshire Food Bank. Wanda Walker, left, and Phyllis Taylor, resident council vice-president and president, respectively, hold a certificate from the food bank and the New Hampshire Health Care Association. Photograph by Jen Ellms

Valley Regional Chief Medical Officer Leads N.H. Delegation to D.C.

Claremont — Dr. Oliver Herfort, chief medical officer of Valley Regional Hospital, led the New Hampshire delegation of seven doctors to the annual American College of Physicians leadership meeting last month in Washington, D.C. More than 200 physicians from 49 states participated.

Herfort and other New Hampshire doctors met with lawmakers to discuss health care policy and legislation.

The state’s congressional delegation expressed interest in learning more about how to reimburse doctors for health care based on quality. Several models are under review that would replace the current fee-for-service system with one that rewards positive outcomes and patient satisfaction and discourages unnecessary testing.

Lake Sunapee VNA Employees Honored

New London — Linda Mitchell, a licensed practical nurse at Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice, was recently named New Hampshire Hospice LNA of the year by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

The award honors excellence in patient care, communication with patients and families, and the ability to serve as a role model for fellow caregivers.

Mitchell has worked for Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice for 15 years.

Evelyn Hodgedon, also an employee of Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice, was nominated for the Home Care Association of New Hampshire’s 2013 Home Care LNA of the year award.

Health Fair Is Saturday

Newport — A free health fair in conjunction with Newport Chamber Days is set for Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Newport Health Center, 11 John Stark Highway.

The fair, hosted by the health center and New London Hospital, will include healthy cooking demonstrations, blood pressure and bone density screenings, and bike helmet fittings, along with educational displays about smoking cessation, fall prevention, diabetes and asthma. In addition, Be the Match will hold a free bone marrow match registry drive to find potential donors.

Lebanon Center Declared Deficiency Free

Lebanon — Lebanon Center Genesis HealthCare recently achieved a deficiency free survey.

The annual survey is conducted by the New Hampshire Department of Health. Lebanon Center provides transitional, short-stay and long-term care services.

Clough Nursing Home Residents Honored

New London — Residents of the William P. Clough Extended Care Center at New London Hospital were recently recognized for their support of the New Hampshire Food Bank.

The center is part of Seniors Aid New Hampshire, a group of nursing home, assisted living and independent living residents who work to help needy Granite Staters. This year, the group raised $16,044 for the New Hampshire Food Bank, including proceeds from a bake sale and basket raffle sponsored by Clough Center residents.

In addition to fundraising, members of Seniors Aid New Hampshire also work with state leaders and policy makers on issues that affect residents of long-term care and independent living communities.

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso