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At the Hospitals for Sept. 23

  • Dr. Emilija O. Florance

  • David A. Leib


Sunday, September 23, 2018
Mt. Ascutney Invites Students, Public to Help Create Mosaic

Woodstock – Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is hosting a tile-making event to create a mosaic for the exterior wall of the Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock. 

The event will take place at Woodstock Elementary School from Oct. 24 to 27.

“We’re inviting people to decorate a tile, sponsor a tile, or both,” said Charles Clement, director of development for Mt. Ascutney. “The goal is to create a 9 foot by 11 foot mural that will add color and life to the exterior of (the health center) and be a tribute to our community.”

Tile-making will be open to Woodstock Elementary School and Prosper Valley School students at no cost. Members of the general public can sponsor tile for $100 each to help cover the cost of the project. Sponsors are invited to join in the tile-making if they wish.

All tiles will be decorated during the event, then dried, glazed, and fired in preparation for installation at the health center next May. 

Tile artist Robert Rossel of Symmetry Tile Works in Epping, N.H., a former member of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, will oversee tile creation. Participants will be given raw clay tiles with basic designs that they can personalize by adding texture and select carving.

“The mosaic project is a great opportunity for our students to learn from an accomplished artist while creating something beautiful for their community,” Maggie Mills, principal at Woodstock Elementary School, said. 

For more information contact Charles Clement at 802-674-7321 or mahdev@mahhc.org.

To sponsor a tile, call 802-674-7088.

Gifford Welcomes Florance To Primary Care Team

Randolph — Dr. Emilija O. Florance has joined the primary care team at Gifford Health Care. 

Florance will see patients of all ages, newborn to geriatric, and provide a wide range of care, from chronic disease management to women’s health in Gifford’s Randolph and Berlin, Vt., locations.

Her approach to care is based on developing a partnership with each patient, she said in a news release.

“I love connecting with patients, getting to know them and the community I serve,” said Florance, who recently completed her residency at Riverside Family Medicine in Newport News, Va. “I also enjoy the variety offered by practicing family medicine. Each day is different and rewarding, whether I am working with a diabetic patient or with an expectant mother.”

Florance spent summers and holidays with family in Randolph for many years and volunteered at Gifford as a teenager, assisting her great aunt, Myrtle “Margaret” Egerton, who served with Gifford’s chaplaincy program until her death in 2010. This experience drew her back to Gifford.

“I knew Vermont was where I wanted to be,” Florance said. “And I prefer small hospitals to big ones.”

Florance spent 10 years working in the hospitality industry before going to medical school.

“The experience taught me a lot about customer service,” she said.

Florance is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Virginia Academy of Family Physicians. She earned her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond and a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg.

In medical school, she served as co-president of the Student Family Medicine Association, on the school’s admissions committee and in other leadership roles.

Microbiology and Immunology At Geisel Has New Chairman

Hanover —  Dr. David A. Leib has been named the chairman of the department of microbiology and immunology at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. 

Leib is a professor of microbiology and immunology at Geisel and adjunct professor of biology at Dartmouth College. Since joining Dartmouth in 2009, he has built a research program focusing on discovering new vaccines and therapeutics for neonatal herpesvirus infections.

In addition to his research, Leib also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in virology at Dartmouth.

“I’m very excited to begin working with David in this new role,” Geisel Dean Duane Compton, said in a news release. “He’s an outstanding member of faculty who has been engaged in our teaching and research missions for many years. He also has dedicated himself to service to the school and I look forward to interacting with him as a member of the Geisel senior leadership.”

Leib, who is originally from London, earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology at Birmingham University in 1983, and completed his doctorate in 1986 at Liverpool University. He continued his studies as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the lab of noted herpes virologist Priscilla Schaffer. In 1990, he joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in the departments of ophthalmology and visual sciences and molecular microbiology. In 2009, Leib joined the Geisel School of Medicine faculty as a professor and moved his lab to Dartmouth.

“Former chairs Bill Green, Michael Fanger and Elmer Pfefferkorn are tough acts to follow, but with the strong foundation and the terrific cadre of current faculty, students, scientists, and administrators, I am very excited to lead and continue the development of the department,” Leib said.

Conference Will Focus On Health Care Equity

Hanover — Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the New Hampshire Public Health Association and the Vermont Public Health Association are hosting a conference for health care, public health and social services professionals to learn about advancing healthcare equity on Oct. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hanover Inn, 2 E. Wheelock St., in Hanover.

The “Team Up, Take Action: A Conference on Partnering for Health Equity” will focus on the collaboration of health care systems and community and public health systems to improve health equity.

There is considerable evidence that social factors including education, employment status, income level, gender and ethnicity have a strong influence on how healthy a person is. The lower an individual’s socio-economic position, the higher their risk of poor health. The conference aims to address this disparity.

To learn more about the conference or to register visit https://conta.cc/2LfG6N5 or contact Beth D’Ovidio of the New Hampshire Public Health Association at 603-228-2983 or info@nhpha.org.