At the Hospitals: Sept. 15, 2013
Prouty Cancer Fundraising
Surpasses $2.75 Million Goal
Hanover — The Prouty, established in 1982 to honor cancer patient Audrey Prouty, has surpassed its 2013 fundraising goal of $2.75 million. The money supports cancer patients and cancer research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
“This support improves our patients’ lives today and offers hope for tomorrow through research,” Mark Israel, M.D., director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, said in a news release last week.
“It’s especially meaningful for those of us who care for patients and conduct research, and for our patients themselves, that these dollars come directly from our community. It’s inspiring to know that you are with us in this fight.”
On Sept. 13, the Prouty website showed total donations of about $2,752,000. The tally for this year’s event will keep rolling until Dec. 31.
The annual event, which started with four nurses on bikes raising $4000, now includes one and two-day bicycling events, several walk routes, rowing and golf. It attracts more than 5,000 participants and over 1,300 volunteers.
Since 1982, the events have raised more than $20 million. Nearly 87 cents of every dollar goes directly to cancer patient support services and cancer research at Norris Cotton, organizers said.
VA to Sponsor Telehealth Talk
White River Junction — The VA Medical Center in White River Junction will host a talk about its telehealth services on Sept. 24 from 6–7:30 p.m. in the canteen dining room, which is accessible through the emergency room entrance.
The discussion will be broadcast to sites in the following places in Vermont: Brattleboro, Bennington, Colchester, Newport and Rutland. In New Hampshire, it will be broadcast to sites in Littleton and Keene. The talk can also be accessed from home by calling 1-800-767-1750. The call-in access code is 95096#.
For more information, email WRJ.CHSS@va.gov.
Concussion Management Seminar
Will Focus on Student Athletes
New London — A free seminar on concussion management for youth athletes is set for Sept. 25 from 6-8 p.m. at Kearsarge Regional High School.
The “Brain Basics” seminar, sponsored by New London Hospital and Kearsarge Athletics, will cover topics such as the effects of mental exertion on concussion recovery, sideline evaluation of suspected mild traumatic brain injury, and treatment, rehabilitation and return-to-play protocols.
It will be guided by a panel of regional experts, including Brian Frenkiewich, an osteopathic physician at NLH; Arthur Maerlender, assistant professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine; and Scott Roy, head athletic trainer at Colby-Sawyer College.
For more information, contact Tasha Gilman at 603-927-2383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valley Regional Healthcare
Taps New Facilities Director
Claremont —Marc Tetreau has been named director of facilities and safety for Valley Regional Healthcare.
Before joining Valley Regional Healthcare, Tetreau worked at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.H., and previously held facilities management and safety positions in healthcare and education institutions in New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania.
He is a veteran of the Marines and Army and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration.
He is a certified healthcare facilities manager through the American Hospital Association, a certified hospital safety professional through the Board for Certification of Safety Managers and a member of the National Fire Prevention Association.
Joins New London Hospital
New London — Dr. Brian Frenkiewich has joined New London Hospital’s family medicine practice. Frenkiewich specializes in osteopathic medicine, with clinical interests in sports medicine, concussion management and broad spectrum family medicine.
Before joining NLH, Frenkiewich served as a family medicine faculty physician at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
He was also a team physician for University of Maine athletics and a medical examiner for the state’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta.
He is a graduate of Colby-Sawyer College and earned his medical degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. He completed his residency in family medicine at UNECOM/Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, and is board certified in family medicine, osteopathic manipulative treatment and neuromusculoskeletal medicine.
Physician Assistant Joins Newport Clinic
Claremont — Wendy Pavnick, a physician assistant, recently joined Valley Regional’s clinic in Newport.
As a family practice primary care provider, Pavnick cares for patients of all ages.
Previously Pavnick was an assistant professor of physician assistant studies at Franklin Pierce University, and she has cared for patients in clinical practices in Franklin, N.H., Manchester, N.H., and Concord. She is a fellow member of the New Hampshire Society of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants and was named Physician Assistant Preceptor of the year in 2004.
She earned her undergraduate and physician assistant degrees at Notre Dame College in Manchester, N.H.
Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Health Center Will Host Rehabilitation Reunion
Windsor — Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center will host its 21st annual rehabilitation reunion on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m., as part of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week. The event celebrates the survival, recovery and ongoing functional improvements of patients who have received rehabilitation services at Mt. Ascutney Hospital for an illness or injury.
During hospitalization, patients learn how to function as independently as possible through occupational, physical, and speech therapy as well as therapeutic recreation. Guest speaker Forrest E. Williams, a physician’s assistant and former rehabilitation patient, will discuss how rehabilitation helps patients return to their daily activities and lead full, productive lives.
Sullivan Odd Fellows Lodge
Helps Buy AED for Valley Regional
Claremont — Sullivan Lodge No. 12 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows has donated $500 toward the purchase of an automated external defibrillator for use in an outpatient clinic at Valley Regional Hospital.
An AED is an electronic device that can automatically diagnose and treat potentially life threatening heart arrhythmias.
Receiving the donation from David Kinson, of the Sullivan Lodge, Valley Regional President Peter Wright said, “Cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, even in a doctor’s office. With this donation, we now have an AED available in all of our outlying clinic offices, as well as in key locations within the hospital.”
— Compiled by Aimee Caruso