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At the Hospitals: Oct. 27, 2019

  • Romegialli

  • Johnson

  • Tyrol

  • Pierotti

Published: 10/26/2019 9:21:32 PM
Modified: 10/26/2019 9:21:30 PM
Group seeks suggestions for sensory-safe space

LEBANON — The Special Needs Support Center is working with a team of Dartmouth College engineering students to create a sensory-safe space at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, according to a listserv post.

As part of that work, the group seeks input from families through an online survey, which can be found at tinyurl.com/y5yko28p. The deadline for survey responses is Nov. 3.

Film screening and advanced care planning discussion set for Woodstock

WOODSTOCK — Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire and The Thompson Center will screen the Academy Award-nominated short documentary film Extremis at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, at The Thompson Center in Woodstock.

Extremis follows doctors, families, and patients as they make end-of-life decisions. A discussion about advance care planning, led by Cristine Maloney, VNH hospice medical director, will follow the film, and Thompson Center Advance Directive Clinic volunteers will be available to answer questions.

Advance Care Planning is the process of planning ahead of time for future health care decisions.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center receives grant to expand prevention work

WINDSOR — The Vermont Department of Health’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, has awarded Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center a prevention network grant of $450,000, according to a news release.

Mt. Ascutney is the sole recipient of the grant, which aims to reduce substance misuse by expanding regional prevention efforts. The grant will support the creation of a Substance Misuse Prevention Policy Institute, as well as prevention professional and workforce development.

Out of the larger grant, Mt. Ascutney will be granting sub-awards totaling $200,000 to community groups that work with people in Windsor and Orange counties. Applications for sub-awards are due Nov. 5.

“For the last few years, communities have been focused and concerned about the impact of opioids in our communities; however, the landscape around other addictive substances, such as cannabis, is changing very rapidly,” Melanie Sheehan, Mt. Ascutney’s regional prevention program manager, said in the release. “In addition, the use of vaping as a delivery device for multiple addictive substances is becoming an urgent public health issue. We cannot lose sight of alcohol, which remains the most prevalent of misused substances.”

Those interested in seeking sub-awards should email subawards@mahhc.org. The request for application is available online at: http://mtascutneyhospital.org/MAH2020_RequestForSubawardApplications.pdf.

White River Junction VA to host caregiver summit

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The White River Junction VA Medical Center is set to host a free summit for caregivers next month.

The daylong event, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, will include presentations on self-care, problem-solving and effective communication and will include small group activities, discussion and time for personal planning.

Lunch and materials will be provided, as will respite activities for the veteran or non-veteran who is being cared for.

The event will take place at the Freedom Building 103, 163 Veterans Drive in White River Junction.

For more information or to RSVP, call 802-295-9363 and ask for ext. 4060, or email lucas.zitterkopf@va.gov.

CHaD medical assistant earns immunization award

LEBANON — The New Hampshire Immunization Program presented the fourth annual Tricia McGuire Memorial Award to the lead medical assistant and vaccine manager of the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock pediatric clinics at the state’s immunization conference in September.

Brigetta Johnson was able to save CHaD approximately $650,000 by reviewing the vaccine ordering process, according to the immunization program’s website. She aims to find further savings within the entire Dartmouth-Hitchcock system, which will increase access for underserved and underinsured people.

The award, which recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions toward improved vaccination rates and vaccine management in their organizations, is presented in honor of Tricia McGuire, a former medical assistant at Indian Stream Healthcare based in Colebrook, N.H.

Geriatrician joins White River Junction VA Medical Center

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A specialist trained to help older adults manage health issues has joined the White River Junction VA Medical Center, according to a news release.

Dr. Alison Romegialli provides specialized treatment for older veterans experiencing multiple complex medical conditions such as dementia and memory impairment, as well as incontinence and depression. She has a special interest in reducing the number of medications used by aging veterans.

“My primary goal for all my patients is to provide individualized care consistent with their values and goals for the remaining years of their life,” Romegialli said in the release. “Even when a condition can’t be cured, we strive to improve function which, in turn, improves quality of life.”

VNH hires new leader for patient care services

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Danielle Pierotti is the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire’s new vice president of patient care services, according to a news release.

Pierotti, who holds a doctorate in nursing from the University of Utah and is certified in executive nursing practice, comes to the White River Junction-based organization after serving as the vice president of quality and research and acting president and CEO at Elevating HOME/Visiting Nurse Associations of America in Arlington, Va.

“I am looking forward to serving the communities of Vermont and New Hampshire by helping patients receive the highest-quality care in the comfort of their homes, at all stages of life,” Pierotti said in the release.

Alice Peck Day hires new nursing leader

LEBANON — Anne Tyrol, a registered nurse, has joined Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital as associate chief nursing officer, according to a news release.

Tyrol, who started work this month, comes to APD from Concord Hospital, where she was director of emergency services. She previously spent two years as the nurse manager of the emergency department at Concord Hospital and more than 10 years in nursing roles in Maine and California.

“I’m excited to join APD,” Tyrol said in the release. “Their mission to improve the health and well-being of the community and dedication to personalized care align with my approach to health care.”

— Compiled by Nora Doyle-Burr




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