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At the Hospitals: Oct. 13, 2013

VA Medial Center Plans
Information Fair for Tuesday

White River Junction — The Veterans Affairs Medical Center is hosting a free open house and information fair on Tuesday, from 9-11 a.m., at the Research Building (building 44) at 163 Veterans Drive.

VA staff will be available to answer questions and assist veterans with completing their VA health care application. Veterans and their family members can also visit information tables to learn more about VA compensation benefits and available health care services.

Veterans interested in applying for VA health care during the event should bring a copy of their discharge paperwork (Form DD 214), a photo ID and financial information from the previous calendar year. Veterans may complete the application at the event or they can access the application for health benefits on the VA Health Care System webpage at www.whiteriver.va.gov. (Click on “Become a Patient” to begin completing the VA health care application and bring a printed copy of the form to the open house.)

For more information, call Naaman Horn or Wendy DeCoff at 802-295-9363, ext. 5889.

Pediatric Primary Care Providers
Join Valley Regional

Claremont — Dr. Corinne Sullivan and family nurse practitioner Curtis Harvie have joined Dr. Shirley Tan in Valley Regional’s pediatrics practice in Claremont.

Sullivan is board certified in pediatrics. She earned a bachelor’s degree in cellular neuroscience from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., and her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School.

She served her residency in pediatrics at The Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital in New York City.

Curtis Harvie earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Norwich University and her master’s degree in nursing from Indiana State University.

His previous experience includes service as a flight nurse based in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and as an intensive care unit nurse at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

Flu Shot Clinic in Georges Mills

Georges Mills — Sunapee Cove Assisted Living and the Lake Sunapee Region VNA will host a community flu clinic on Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 1250 Route 11, in Georges Mills.

Flu shots will be available for those 55 years of age or older. Refreshments will be served.

The vaccination fee is covered by most major insurances and will be billed with a proper ID card. Sunapee Cove will be covering the costs for those who are uninsured.

For more information, call Ron Andrews at 603-763-0566 or email randrews@hallkeen.com.

‘Active Shooter’ Exercise
Conducted at NLH

New London — The New London Hospital Emergency Response Team and the New London Police Department conducted an exercise on Sept. 28 to to test the response of the hospital and police in a situation involving an intruder with a firearm.

The active shooter — or “Code Silver” — scenario took several months to plan. It tested the response of hospital staff, first responders and the emergency communication system and included hospital staff, community members, the New London Fire Department, New London Dispatch and the New London Police.

Pamela Drewniak, EMS and emergency preparedness coordinator at New London Hospital, said in-house training has given the staff the tools to react in such a situation, but the interaction and realistic scenario provided by New London Police helped staff realize how they would truly react when faced with an active shooter, the hospital said in a news release.

This is the first of several training sessions to ensure a safe environment on the NLH campus.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital
Hosts Rehabilitation Reunion

Windsor — Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center held its annual “Rehabilitation Reunion” on Sept. 18.

The event celebrated the survival, recovery and ongoing functional improvements of patients who have experienced an injury or illness and received rehabilitation services at Mt. Ascutney Hospital.

The hospital’s rehabilitation and physical medicine facilities serve approximately 275 inpatients and more than 7,500 outpatient visits annually. The hospital’s inpatient and outpatient services treat conditions including stroke or brain injury, accident- and work-related injuries, and musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

This year’s featured speaker was Forrest “Joe” Williams, a physician’s assistant for more than four decades. Williams suffered a stroke in October 2012 and underwent a significant rehabilitation program at Mt. Ascutney Hospital to regain the use of his left side. “After I took the first step after my stroke, I don’t know who was more excited, me or the staff,” he said.

“The annual Rehabilitation Reunion is a celebration of each patient’s recovery and progress and the commitment and care our staff offers to them and their families,” said Belinda Needham-Shropshire, director of rehabilitation services.

— Compiled by Ernie Kohlsaat