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At the Hospitals for Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019


Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Gifford to hostholiday grief workshop

RANDOLPH CENTER — Gifford Medical Center’s volunteer chaplaincy program invites community members who have experienced loss and grief to attend a free workshop from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, to help them cope with the pressures of the upcoming holiday season.

The “Making It Through the Holidays” workshop will include members of the chaplaincy program’s ongoing grief support group sharing and reflecting on their own experiences as they made their way through painful holiday periods and anniversaries.

“With such major holidays as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s approaching, those who have experienced a significant loss in their lives may find themselves crushingly overwhelmed by all the cultural and social expectations raised around these occasions,” said the Rev. Timothy Eberhardt, spiritual care coordinator for the Chaplaincy Program. “Our personal need to grieve may feel brushed aside and dishonored with painful results.”

The workshop will be held in the lower-level conference room at Menig Nursing Home at Morgan Orchards in Randolph Center. In addition to the workshop, the hospital hosts “Living Through Loss,” a grief support group, from noon-1:30 p.m. every Friday in the Gifford Medical Center Chapel in Randolph. The weekly group is open to anyone who has experienced loss.

For more information about the workshop or the support group, email teberhardt@giffordmed.org or call 802-728-2107.

Women’s Center seeks feminine products

LEBANON — The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Women’s Health Resource Center is seeking donations of feminine products for its new menstrual bank.

Also known as The Red Box Project, the menstrual bank began this summer in response to a February article in Obstetrics & Gynecology by researchers at St. Louis (Mo.) University and Washington University in St. Louis, said the Lebanon center’s resource coordinator Wendi Grant. The study, which used surveys administered between July 2017 and March 2018, found that nearly two-thirds of low-income women in St. Louis were unable to find menstrual hygiene supplies during the preceding year and one-fifth of women experienced the challenge monthly.

Also, this summer New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill that will require school districts to provide free menstrual supplies in women’s and gender-neutral bathrooms in high schools and middle schools.

The Lebanon center’s box of supplies, including pads and tampons, was initially filled through a menstrual product drive among D-H OB-GYN staff, but that supply of 50-60 items was depleted in about two months, Grant said.

There is “clearly a need in the Upper Valley,” she said.

To donate to or to access the menstrual bank people can stop by the center, which is located on the pedestrian mall in downtown Lebanon. It is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DHART chief named to federal advisory panel

LEBANON — The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation Elaine Chao has appointed the director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART) to the department’s Air Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee, according to a D-H news release.

As a member of the committee, Kyle Madigan will help review options to improve the disclosure of charges and fees for air ambulance services. The appointment, for a one-year term, began in August.

Madigan has been a member of the DHART team since 2004, and has served as director since 2014. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of Critical Care Transport. He also has served as president of the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association.

VNH hires new directorof human resources

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire has hired Patricia Rooney as director of human resources, according to a news release.

In her new role, Rooney will be responsible for building the VNH’s workforce and supporting a positive work climate.

Prior to joining VNH, Rooney served as the human resource partner for the Office of Business Affairs at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in human resources management from Southern New Hampshire University and certification as a human resources professional.

River Valley offers new health care program

CLAREMONT — River Valley Community College will launch a certificate in health care applications in the spring of 2020, according to a news release.

The Claremont-based college’s new program will introduce students to health care concepts and provide a foundation for working in various settings. The certificate aims to prepare students to meet the region’s demand for health care professionals, as the current workforce ages and the workforce shortage persists.

“We need to bridge the gap between the needs of an aging population and students interested in a challenging and rewarding career in healthcare,” said Kim-Laura Boyle, the chairwoman of RVCC’s health science department, in the release. “The Certificate in Healthcare Applications helps expose students to the healthcare field and allows them to compete for competitive entry-level positions across the state.”

The curriculum includes safety, communication with patients, infection control, patient care, a brief exploration of disease pathology and other topics directly related to the health care profession. The coursework also will include study in students’ chosen career pathways, such as home health aide, dietetic aide, community health worker, wellness coach, rehabilitation aide or clinical secretary.

Full-time students will be able to complete the program in two semesters (10 months), although non-traditional students may pursue the certificate on a part-time basis.

— Compiled by
Nora Doyle-Burr