At the Hospitals: Feb. 22, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Valley Regional Hospital Named to Harvard Pilgrim 2014 Honor Roll

Claremont — Valley Regional Hospital was recently named to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s seventh annual Hospital Honor Roll. The 2014 Honor Roll recognizes adult acute care hospitals scoring in the top 25 percent of those measured nationally on a set of composite quality and patient experience measures.

“We are elated with this honor because it clearly recognizes the hard work everyone does here ,” Peter J. Wright, president and CEO for Valley Regional Healthcare, said in a recent news release. “To be honored in this way by one of the region’s premier health insurance providers affirms that Valley Regional is moving forward on the right path.”

The hospital is one of 32 in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts to earn the distinction, including 10 of the Granite State’s 26 hospitals, Valley Regional said.

Rheumatologist Joins 
Mt. Ascutney Hospital

Windsor — Dr. Carey J. Field, a rheumatologist, has joined Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center.

A board-certified internist, Field is a 2007 graduate of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. She completed residencies in internal medicine and rheumatology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 2010 and 2012, respectively. She is an active member of the American College of Rheumatology, the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians. Field has also served on several projects aimed at increasing public health awareness and expanding access to medical care for underserved populations, both in the U.S. and in Latin America. She currently leads a research project focused on the links between rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease.

New Support Group 
To Begin in Claremont

Claremont — A free monthly support group for friends and relatives of adults who have mental illness will begin next month at Valley Regional Hospital.

The meetings will start on March 5, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Buckley Conference Room, and continue on the first Thursday of each month.

Families and close friends of adults who have depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, PTSD and other emotional disorders are invited to attend the meetings, offered by the New Hampshire Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness.

National Alliance on Mental Illness support groups are led by trained family members who are volunteers.

The group offers a safe, confidential forum for sharing coping strategies, effective treatments, information and “the empowerment that comes from being in a group where everyone understands what you are experiencing,” organizers said in a recent news release. “It isn’t easy to understand mental illness, but the more you learn about it, the more you can help a spouse, sibling, child, parent or good friend whose relationships with others has been changed and compromised by an illness of the brain.”

According to NAMI, in any given year, one in four adults experiences an episode of mental illness.

For more information, call Pat Whitney at 603-763-5054 or Jean Fahey at 603-542-0895.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Holds Annual Meeting

Windsor — The 80th annual meeting of the incorporators of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center was held Jan. 15. The incorporators and board of trustees swore in new members, conducted official business, and discussed issues affecting the future of health care in Vermont.

The board welcomed new trustees John Gilman and John Tansey and re-elected Michael Newbold.

In addition, two rooms to be included in the planned renovations at Mt. Ascutney were dedicated to Nancy S. Loux and Harold F. Pyke. Loux was a board member from 1976–2014, serving as president, vice president, and secretary. Pyke served from 1997–2014, holding the offices of president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and chairman of the annual fund.

The keynote speaker was Jill Olson, vice president of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.

“The discussion at this year’s annual meeting underscored our commitment to move toward a system where all Vermonters have access to affordable, high-quality health care,” said Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center CEO Kevin W. Donovan. ”

V A Honors 
Facilities Employee

White River Junction — James Gunzinger has been named employee of the month for January at White River Junction VA Medical Center.

Gunzinger is a grounds and transportation employee of the Facilities Management Service department.

“Oftentimes, after hours, we are in a quandary about how to handle certain veterans’ transportation needs,” the medical center said in a recent news release. “We are fortunate to have Mr. Gunzinger,” who answers the call, “regardless of the time, circumstances or weather.”

On one such occasion, Gunzinger had just returned from a run to Boston VA Medical Center when he was asked to drive a veteran home to Rutland. Without skipping a beat, he mentally shifted gears to accommodate the new request, the medical center said. “He buttoned up his Boston shuttle responsibilities and procured another vehicle, gassed it up, and brought the vet home.”

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso