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David Karvonen, left, and Dan Moriarty visit at Karvonen’s White River Junction home, as part of a new program offered by Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. ElderFriend pairs volunteers with homebound patients of the hospital’s senior care team.
Peggy Cooper photograph

Volunteer Spotlight: ElderFriend Program Is ‘Energizing’

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Lebanon — L ast fall, David Karvonen had a series of surgeries, including one to fix a problem with his hip: An operation decades ago had left him in “ferocious pain.” “I went through so much hell” having all that surgery, the 77-year-old White River Junction resident said. But Dan Moriarty, a volunteer with ElderFriend, a new program at Alice …

At the Hospitals: Feb. 14, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Claremont Woman Honored At Mt. Ascutney Hospital Windsor — Gloria LaClair, of Claremont, has been named employee of the month for January at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. LaClair works as a cook in the hospital’s nutrition services. She was honored for her willingness to help when needed, positive attitude and strong …

To Your Good Health: Body Doesn’t Need Help to Detox and Cleanse

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: It’s a new year, and many of my friends are embarking on a detox or cleanse. Is there such a thing as beneficial detoxing and cleansing? If so, how is it done properly, and what are the benefits? — D.M.H. Answer: The body has its own mechanisms for removing toxins. The kidneys excrete them, and the liver chemically converts them …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 3, 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Alice Peck Day Adopts Electronic Registration System Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital has adopted an electronic patient registration system. Patients arriving for appointments at APD’s outpatient clinics now check themselves in using a digital tablet provided by Phreesia, a health care software company. The tablet, which …

To Your Good Health: Drooping Eyelid Common After Cataract Surgery

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 75-year-old woman who had successful cataract surgery two months ago. However, it left me with swollen eyelids and noticeable pouches under both eyes. My doctor advised that some people have a reaction like mine. I was told that the swelling should abate …

Olympus Corp. Faces Probe on Fatal Infections

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The hunt for a deadly superbug that sickened 22 patients at a Dutch hospital began just before noon on a spring day in 2012. Inside a lab in the tiny hamlet of Zoeterwoude, a technician carefully peeled back …

How Do We Want to Die?

Monday, December 28, 2015

There’s an old Woody Allen quip that neatly sums up our ambivalence toward our own mortality: “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” That may be a common viewpoint, but …

To Your Good Health: Frequent Bowel Movements Without Pain May Be Better Than Potential Risk Of Treatment

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 77-year-old female in good health. I am 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh 125 pounds. I exercise regularly and eat a varied, healthy diet. For some years now, I have had what I consider too many bowel movements every day. I …

Despite Fixes, Mental Health Patients in Limbo in Vermont

Friday, December 25, 2015

Randolph — Patients suffering mental health crises continue to remain stranded for days in emergency rooms at Gifford Medical Center and other Vermont hospitals despite a makeover of the statewide system of care after Tropical Storm Irene, hospital managers say. Hospital leaders said that backlog takes a toll …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 20, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Director of PTSD Center Honored White River Junction — Paula Schnurr, executive director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, received the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Lifetime Achievement Award last month …

New London Rotary Club Supports Polio Fight

Sunday, December 20, 2015

New London — The New London Rotary Club raised $675 last month to help combat polio. The money raised through the club’s End Polio Now initiative will provide more than 1,000 polio vaccinations for children in developing countries where the disease remains a threat. Each vaccine costs just …

Vt. Hospital CEO Pay Averages Over $500,000

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Montpelier — The chief executive officer at Vermont’s 14 hospitals and Dartmouth-­Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon made an average of $514,977 in 2013, according to a VtDigger analysis of tax records. The median total compensation package was $355,326. …

N.H. Ranks Near Top For Overdose Deaths

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Drug overdoses took the lives of 334 people in New Hampshire in 2014, putting the state’s death rate in the epidemic of opioid and drug abuse among the worst in the nation, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New …