At the Hospitals for Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019

Saturday, February 02, 2019
Hanover Terrace completes second year deficiency-free

HANOVER — For the second year in a row, Hanover Terrace was found to be entirely compliant with the federal requirements for nursing homes participating in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Following a survey by New Hampshire’s Office of Program Support, Health Facilities Administration, the nursing home was found to be deficiency-free.

Martha Ilsley, administrator at the nursing home, said in a news release that in her 30 years of working in the industry this is only the fourth deficiency-free report she has been part of, and the only time it has happened twice in a row.

“I am so proud of our staff, our providers, our residents and families for achieving this, as without all of their hard work, commitment and dedication to our facility this would not be possible,” she said.

Clara Martin Center gives 2018 awards

RANDOLPH — The Clara Martin Center, a nonprofit organization that provides community-based behavioral health services in Vermont, celebrated its 2018 Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony in November at Vermont Technical Center in Randolph. During the evening the organization recognized people who have contributed to its mission.

The 2018 Vocational Service Award was presented to Vermont Associates for Training and Development in appreciation of their efforts in offering paid opportunities for individuals age 55 and older to learn new skills and competencies. This was done in collaboration with The Clara Martin Center’s vocational services in order to provide valuable work experiences that led to competitive job placements that helped people learn, grow and thrive, the organization said in a news release.

The 2018 Arnold Spahn Community Service Award was presented to Mike Nelson, who was honored for understanding the challenges of people living with serious and persistent mental illness in his role as a landlord. Nelson encourages and supports of his tenants when issues arise and takes a creative and caring approach to the business of being a landlord, the center said. His efforts have helped maintain housing for people who are often on the brink of homelessness.

The 2018 Dr. Brewster Martin Excellence Award was presented to Jenni Campbell, child and family team leader at The Clara Martin Center. Campbell is an excellent model of the center’s motto “People Helping People,” and is willing to help whenever and however she can to best keep the quality and care intact, the organization said. She manages all of the duties in her job with professionalism and care, and is able to keep the team moving forward even in the most difficult situations.

Staff members Aida Busconi, Darrell Smith, Mary Tucker, Christalee Kinney and Laurie Tiemann-Farrington were recognized for 20 years of service, while Diane Pettersen was recognized for 40. Sarah Metz was recognized for 10 years of service, and Tammy Austin for 15 years. Lori Bean-McIntire, Courtney Reinders-Moote, Kristen Briggs, Michael Dooley, Danielle Drown, Heather Hood, Deborah Hopkins, Donna Kendall, Samantha Powers were recognized for five years of service.

Mt. Ascutney plans mental health first aid trainings

WINDSOR — Health Care and Rehabilitation Service, southeastern Vermont’s community mental-health agency, is collaborating with Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center to train hospital staff in mental health first aid. The eight-hour course teaches participants how to help someone with a mental health issue or crisis, such as thoughts of suicide.

“Mental health is one of our biggest priorities according to the most recent community needs assessment. This training will help our staff to recognize and support people struggling with mental health issues,” Jill Lord, director of community health at Mt. Ascutney, said in a news release.

Training sessions have been scheduled for any staff who are in contact with patients, either clinically or administratively. The trainings will be conducted by certified trainers Kate Lamphere, adult services division director, Jack Heddon, adult services area manager, and Christine Bullard, state police liaison. In addition, Lamphere will attend several meetings with physicians in order to give them guidance about talking with patients who are having thoughts of suicide.

Lord said that she recently attended a training and found it very helpful.

“(Lamphere) is amazing and made me much more comfortable with being able to listen, help, and support someone who is thinking about suicide,” she said.

The trainings are funded through a grant from the Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund. Health Care and Rehabilitation Service was awarded the three-year, $150,000 grant in 2016 with the goal of training more than 450 people to be able to identify and support individuals experiencing a mental health issue or crisis.

“These Mental Health First Aid trainings provide important information for our communities. Invariably, at every training, participants will reflect that they wish they had received this information years ago. We’re fortunate to have received this funding which enables us to educate our communities on this critical issue,” Lamphere said.

— Kelly Burch