At the Hospitals: April 27, 2014

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APD Names Woodlands Administrator

Lebanon — Carla M. Skinder, of Meriden, has been appointed administrator of The Woodlands, an independent living community for seniors on the campus of the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital.

“She has already made an impact, and we anticipate her continued contribution will have a lasting effect on the lives of our residents,” Todd Miller, president of life care at APD, said in a recent news release.

Skinder began her hospital career at the Beverly (Mass.) Hospital in critical care, where she worked for 15 years. She then moved to the Upper Valley to manage the Valley Regional Hospital’s emergency department. She later became administrator of the adult medical day care program for Connecticut Valley Home Care and Hospice in Newport, a branch of Valley Regional.

In addition to her Valley Regional experience, Skinder is also a former Democratic state representative from Cornish.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Simmons College and a master’s degree in public health from Boston University.

Chelsea Physician Assistant Retiring After 20 Years

Chelsea — Starr Strong, Chelsea Health Center’s first physician assistant, will retire Thursday after 21 years there. The health center, part of Gifford Medical Center, will honor Strong with an open house on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. The event will also introduce Dr. Amanda Hepler and physician assistant Rebecca Savidge, who recently joined the staff.

Raised in Connecticut, Strong studied eastern religion at Beloit College in Wisconsin and earned her physician assistant degree from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. She came to Vermont in 1981 for a clinical rotation with local ob/gyn Dr. Thurmond Knight and midwife Karen O’Dato, but had frequently visited the state before that. Her family came from Brookfield, and when she was a child they visited the family homestead several times a year.

Strong, who lives there with her husband and son, is the sixth generation to own the Brookfield property.

When she first moved into the old farmhouse with no running water, she envisioned a job at Gifford in Randolph, but long-time hospital Chief Executive Officer Phil Levesque repeatedly told her no, the hospital said in a news release.

“I knocked on Gifford’s door every year,” Strong said. But each time, they said medical staff just wasn’t ready for a physician assistant and might never be. At the time, the concept of a physician assistant, now commonplace in the industry, was completely new, and the hospital had just one private practice nurse practitioner affiliated with it, Gifford said.

Before joining the health center, Strong worked for Planned Parenthood for a dozen years, mostly in Barre, doing gynecological exams and providing information about birth control. But in 1993, she began was finally able to join Gifford. She started off part time at the Chelsea Health Center, becoming its first female health care provider.

Soon, she was also working at other Gifford health centers, including in Bethel, at the student health center at Vermont Technical College, in Randolph, and recently in Berlin, Vt.

Women’s Luncheon in New London Will Feature ‘Small Stories’

New London — Virginia “Ginny” Reed, a researcher and associate professor of community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, will be the guest speaker at the “Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon.”

The event, sponsored by Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice, is set for May 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Colby-Sawyer College.

It will also include music, raffles and the annual “Making a Difference” awards.

“Through personal loss and serious health challenges, Reed received the support of friends and co-workers who shared “countless acts of kindness, sometimes simple, many times surprising, always moving,” Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice said in a recent news release.

Her talk, “Serendipity, Sisterhoods and Silver Linings,” will include “small stories about life’s experiences and the sometimes unexpected gifts we receive from them.”

Reed holds a master’s in public health and a doctorate from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa.

She began her career in health care in the 1970s, working with mentors to implement a family-centered approach to childbearing.

Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit pediatric care at Lake Sunapee VNA & Hospice. To RSVP, contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077.

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Receives ‘Five Star’ Awards

Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital was recently chosen as a 2014 Five-Star Excellence Award winner by Professional Research Consultants, Inc., a healthcare market research company headquartered in Omaha, Neb.

The hospital’s Emergency Department Services, Inpatient Services, Inpatient OB/GYN Services and Inpatient Medical/Surgical Services received the award for patient overall quality of care.

Award winners are recognized annually for their achievements in improving patient experiences, healthcare employee engagement and/or physician alignment, based on patient surveys.

For the awards, hospitals are judged against the other healthcare organizations in similar categories within PRC’s nationwide databases. Five-Star award winners are identified as the top 10 percent of the company’s client database. — Compiled by Aimee Caruso