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At the Hospitals 

  • Vidal

  • Silverman

Published: 3/26/2016 11:48:01 PM
Modified: 3/26/2016 11:57:19 PM

APD Names Leader
Of Multi-Specialty Clinic

Lebanon Dr. Dale Vidal has joined Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital as executive director of its new multi-specialty clinic and a member of the hospital’s senior leadership team.

Before joining APD, Vidal practiced for 21 years at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where she served as chief of plastic surgery and medical director of the Center for Shared Decision Making. She was also a professor of surgery at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.

Vidal brings “significant experience and knowledge to our organization,” Dr. Sue Mooney, APD’s president and CEO, said in a hospital news release. “As physician-governed clinic, the multi-specialty clinic is designed to deliver what patients truly need, and I can’t think of anyone more suited to lead it.”

Vidal earned her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, and completed residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Vidal also holds a master of science degree from the Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences, now the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Mental Health First Aid Course
Scheduled in Lebanon

Lebanon — A free mental health first aid course for military personnel, veterans and their families is set for April 30, from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Dwinell Room at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital.

The course covers the basic skills needed to help someone experiencing a mental health or addiction-related crisis. It’s being offered by the New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, as an initiative of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

The eight-hour class will include discussions about military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health, and risk factors faced by many veterans, service members and their families, such as stress, separation, and mental and physical trauma. It will also include strategies for addressing various situations, and a review of mental health resources for veterans, service members and their families.

Those who successfully complete the course become certified Mental Health First Aiders, who can reach out to people suffering in silence, help break down the stigma associated with mental illness and provide information about community resources, organizers said.

To register, call 603-568-5780, email or go to Lunch will be provided.

Stress Reduction Series
Starts Next Sunday in Windsor

Windsor— Finding Our Way Back to a Healthy and Mindful Life, a four-part series, will meet Sundays, April 3-24, from 3-5 p.m. in the boardroom of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center.

Course leader Mike Denmeade, the hospital’s director of therapeutic recreation, will provide tools for managing the stressors of a busy life, the hospital said in a news release.

“We’ll focus on effective breathing and relaxation techniques, plus mindfulness and awareness exercises, to help us be where we are and enjoy life, ourselves and others,” said Denmeade, a practitioner in mindfulness-based stress reduction and meditation. “Spring is a time to lighten up, a time of hope and fresh starts. We invite the community to join us, and discover ways to feel more positive, energized and calm.”

The cost for the series is $40, and some scholarships are available. To register, call 802-674-7054 or

Physician Joins
New London Hospital Medical Group

New London— Dr. Elaine Silverman has joined the New London Hospital Medical Group.

Before joining New London Hospital, Silverman worked for Valley Regional Healthcare, in internal medicine. Previously, she served in the section of General Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where she was also an assistant professor of medicine.

Silverman received her medical degree from State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, and completed her internship and residency at University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. She also completed a fellowship in outcomes research at the Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences, now The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

‘New York Times’ Bestselling Author
Will Speak at Women’s Luncheon

New London New York Times bestselling author Jessica Lahey, of Lyme Center, will be the guest speaker at the Women Who Make a Difference Luncheon at Colby-Sawyer College.

The annual luncheon, sponsored by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, is set for May 18 at 11:30 a.m.

The event celebrates local women “who give back to the community in a big way,” the VNA said in a news release. Highlights include the annual “women making a difference” awards.

Admission is $40. Proceeds benefit the VNA’s pediatric programs.

Lahey is a correspondent for The Atlantic and acommentator for Vermont Public Radio. She writes the “Parent-Teacher Conference” column for the New York Times and is the author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts and a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Cottage Hospital Marks
Patient Access Week

Woodsville — Cottage Hospital is marking Patient Access Week, April 3-9, with themed clothing and activities.

Sponsored by the National Association of Healthcare Access Management, Patient Access Week acknowledges the “unique contribution” patient access registrars make to the patient experience, the hospital said in a news release. As health care has changed rapidly, the responsibilities of registrars in health care organizations have grown.

The first people patients and visitors encounter at Cottage, these “dedicated staff members fill the roles of receptionists, registration, insurance verification, financial counseling and scheduling,” the hospital said. “We offer our congratulations to the patient access team at Cottage Hospital and their contributions to the health of the community in which they serve.”

Different activities are scheduled for each weekday, including tropical-themed events on April 4 and athletic trivia on April 8. Visitors are welcome to take part. — Compiled by Aimee Caruso

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