At the Hospitals: Aug. 25, 2013

  • Led by Orange County Sheriff Bill Bohnyak, motorcyclists return to Gifford Medical Center during the recent  Last Mile Ride. The ride supports end-of-life care. Janet Miller photograph

    Led by Orange County Sheriff Bill Bohnyak, motorcyclists return to Gifford Medical Center during the recent Last Mile Ride. The ride supports end-of-life care. Janet Miller photograph

  • Led by Orange County Sheriff Bill Bohnyak, motorcyclists return to Gifford Medical Center during the recent  Last Mile Ride. The ride supports end-of-life care. Janet Miller photograph

Gifford Ride Raises Record $56,000

Randolph — Nearly 300 motorcyclists, cyclists, runners and walkers took part in Gifford Medical Center’s eighth annual Last Mile Ride earlier this month, raising $56,000 for end-of-life care.

Shelly Pearce, whose husband Kevin died on July 4 in the Garden Room, a suite at the medical center for dying patients and their families, offered an emotional thank you to participants.

“The Last Mile Ride funds helped us as a family in numerous ways,” providing massages for pain management, family meals, and a special family celebration, Pearce said.

“I want you all to know what a difference you making in a patient and their family’s life. Keep participating or volunteering even if it seems like a small thing, because it is very important and appreciated.”

Randolph resident Reg Mongeur, the top fundraiser, collected $3,458 in pledges.

The Last Mile Ride, founded by Gifford nurse Lynda McDermott, has grown over the years. The event now includes a bicycle ride and 5K run, in addition to the motorcycle ride. This year, it featured a kick-off dinner and dance that attracted more than 80 community members and Last Mile participants.

The 2014 ride is set for Aug. 16.

Lebanon Center Genesis Receives Award

Lebanon — Lebanon Center Genesis HealthCare recently received the 2012-2013 Excellence in Action Award from National Research Corp., a health care quality improvement company.

The awards are presented annually to participants that score in the top 10 percent in the categories of customer satisfaction or workforce satisfaction.

Lebanon Center was one of the only centers to also win recognition in both categories.

Registration Open for Aging Resource Center Fall Programs

Lebanon — Registration is open for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center’s fall programs.

The free events are designed to help seniors and those caring for them live healthier, more fulfilling lives.

The schedule includes ongoing support and discussion groups and more than 40 classes covering topics such as healthy aging, memory health, caregiving, mind and spirit, planning ahead, and arts and aging.

The center’s new programs include monthly screenings and education sessions on falls and balance, vision, caregiver stress, and nutrition.

To register, or for a course schedule, go to dhaging.org, or contact the center at 603-653-3460 or agingcenter@hitchcock.org.

Tuck Graduate Named New London Hospital VP

New London — Karen Zurheide, of New London, has joined New London Hospital as vice president of community relations and development.

Before joining the hospital, Zurheide was a regional president at Ledyard National Bank. Her experience also includes serving as executive director of The Fells in Newbury, N.H., and of nonprofits in Oklahoma and Connecticut, the latter in coordination with hospitals and patient families.

Zurheide is a graduate of Gordon College and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso