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At the Hospitals: Feb. 9, 2020

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Published: 2/8/2020 10:24:31 PM
Modified: 2/8/2020 10:24:29 PM
D-H hosts events for heart month

LEBANON — The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heart and Vascular Center invites the community to join in an annual snowshoe event on Monday, in recognition of February as heart month.

And then on Wednesday, D-H CEO Joanne Conroy will host an interactive conversation with Dr. Mary McGowan of the D-H Heart and Vascular Center, live on the D-H Facebook page.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death and disability of women and men in the United States, according to a D-H news release. Physical activity helps lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The 5 p.m. snowshoe on Monday offers two guided trail options: an .8-mile or 2.3-mile roundtrip hike. Participants, who are asked to bring snowshoes and a headlamp, will meet at Café B at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

Wednesday’s online event at noon will focus on cholesterol. Conroy and McGowan invite questions from the community, which can be submitted during the livestream at facebook.com/dartmouthhitchcock, or in advance to social@hitchcock.org.

Discussion to focus on health decisions

HARTLAND — Author Virginia Morris will discuss what it means to make health care decisions on someone else’s behalf during “Don’t Drag it Out” at the Hartland Public Library later this month.

Morris, who is the author of the award-winning How to Care for Aging Parents, will describe some of the obstacles that commonly get in the way, how to prepare so loved ones get the care they want and so that others are at peace with the decisions.

The Feb. 20 program, which is co-sponsored by Aging in Hartland and the Hartland Public Library, is set to take place at 6:30 p.m. at the library on Route 5.

More information about Morris can be found on her website, careforagingparents.com. For more information about the event, call the library at 802-436-2473 or email director@hartlandlibraryvt.org.

Gifford seeks applicants for Levesque Award

RANDOLPH — Gifford Medical Center is seeking applicants for an annual grant given that is awarded to an area organization involved in the arts, health, community development, education or the environment.

The Gifford Board of Trustees established the $1,000 Philip D. Levesque Memorial Community Award in 1994 in memory of Levesque, Gifford’s president and chief executive officer from 1973-1994.

Applications for the 2020 award must be made in writing by Feb. 17, and include a detailed one-page description of a community project, estimated budget and timeline for project completion, expected results and benefits, and a copy of the organization’s 501(c)(3) certificate. Completed applications may be sent to The Philip D. Levesque Memorial Fund, Gifford Medical Center Development Office, 44. S. Main St., Randolph, Vt., 05060.

A committee of hospital staff and Levesque’s family will review applications and select a winner. The 2020 award recipient will be announced March 14 at Gifford’s annual meeting. For more information, call 802-728-2380 or email alincoln@giffordmed.org.

Mental health first aid course set for March

CLAREMONT — West Central Behavioral Health will hold a free mental health first aid course at the Sullivan County Department of Corrections complex next month.

The eight-hour course is taught by instructors who have been certified by Mental Health First Aid USA and aims to teach people how to respond when someone they know is experiencing a mental health or addiction problem or crisis, including how to connect with professional care.

The course is open to anyone over the age of 18, including family members, educators, first responders, clergy and community leaders. A course book will be provided and free parking will be available at the corrections complex on County Farm Road in Claremont.

To pre-register as required, contact Katie McDonnell at katiemcd73@gmail.com.

D-H names Padin to new position

MANCHESTER — Dr. Maria Padin will oversee care delivery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s southern New Hampshire clinics in Manchester, Nashua and Concord, the Lebanon-based health system said in a news release.

Padin, who is currently chief medical officer of Lebanon’s Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, succeeds Dr. Steve Paris who retired from the position of regional medical director at the end of 2019 after nearly 20 years in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system.

Padin’s previous work included serving in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord beginning in 1997. There, she became department chair and then became the medical director for D-H Concord in 2010.

“I’m proud to re-join the Community Group Practices at such a transformative time, as we expand our breadth of services, build infrastructure and improve access to care in southern New Hampshire,” Padin said in the release.

Padin, a Grantham resident, earned her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School (now the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth), completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She holds an undergraduate degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

She sits on the Maternal Child Health National Advisory Board for the American Hospital Association.

Padin will begin her new role in early March.

— Compiled by Nora Doyle-Burr

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