At the Hospitals: March 9, 2014

Gifford chefs Ed Striebe, left, and Steve Morgan present at a previous Diabetes Education Expo. The free annual event has been expanded this year to include all people with chronic illnesses. It will feature a health fair and presentations, such as a cooking demonstration by Morgan.
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Gifford chefs Ed Striebe, left, and Steve Morgan present at a previous Diabetes Education Expo. The free annual event has been expanded this year to include all people with chronic illnesses. It will feature a health fair and presentations, such as a cooking demonstration by Morgan. Courtesy photograph

Gifford to Offer Free Health Fair

Randolph — Gifford Medical Center will hold a free health fair and diabetes education expo Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Randolph hospital’s conference center and visitors’ entrance. The event will include vendor booths and a health fair.

The fair, redesigned from past years, is open to anyone with a chronic condition. Its theme is “Creating a Healthy Lifestyle.”

For the past eight years, Gifford has held a Diabetes Education Expo. While the diabetes epidemic remains, organizers from Gifford’s Blueprint for Health team decided to expand the event this year to include other conditions, because so much of what is being discussed is applicable, Jennifer Stratton, Gifford certified diabetes educator, said in a recent news release.

“Most people who have chronic conditions have something in common,” Stratton said. “I also wanted to open it up to those with pre-diabetes to help prevent diabetes from actually happening.”

Vendors this year include local community resource agencies and organizations talking about services and help available locally. The booths will be set up in the hospital’s visitors’ entrance south of the hospital near the Gift Shop.

The health fair booths, in one of the hospital’s conference rooms, will include blood pressure checks, foot checks, and glucose monitoring, along with diabetes education, physical therapy exercises, support group information, and guidance on goal setting, healthy lifestyle choices and tobacco cessation. Registration is not required.

Valley Regional Hospital Earns Mammography Accreditation

Claremont — Valley Regional Hospital has been re-accredited for a three-year term in mammography by the American College of Radiology. Dr. Katrina Acosta, the director of medical imaging, and Kay Burge, lead mammographer, were at the forefront of the three-month accreditation process that evaluates personnel, adequacy of equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs, the hospital said in a recent news release.

“In health care today, facilities need to prove quality of work,” Acosta said. “This is a very strict assessment and not all sites pass the first time — we did.”

The ACR accreditation means three things for Valley Regional: Its facility has voluntarily gone through an extensive review process that ensures it meets national standards of care; its personnel are highly qualified to perform and interpret medical imaging; its equipment and facility exceed quality assurance and safety guidelines, including low radiation dose, the hospital said.

The ACR is a national organization that serves more than 36,000 medical imaging professionals with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Elects New Board Members

New London — Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice recently elected two new trustees, Ruth Franks, of Grantham, and George “Bo” Quackenbos, of New London. The election took place last month at the nonprofit’s annual meeting.

Franks is a senior vice president and wealth advisor for Charter Trust Co . Quackenbos is associate broker at Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Both Ruth and Bo are highly respected professionals who have been strong volunteer leaders in the community for many years, serving such organizations as the New London Rotary Club, Sunapee Board of Realtors and Lake Sunapee Protective Association,” Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice said in a recent news release. Departing board members Courtland Cross and Richard Quinlan were honored at the meeting for their service. — Compiled by Aimee Caruso