White River Junction VA Medical Center invites all to be a part of a 'Summer of Service'

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A new nationwide initiative called a 'Summer of Service' seeks the help of local communities to create and build partnerships to grow the number of individuals and organizations serving Veterans.

In Vermont and Western New Hampshire the White River Junction VA Medical Center is renewing its commitment to Veterans by inviting the community to visit and explore opportunities to serve Veterans during an open house at the medical center on July 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. The open house will be held in the Research Building (building 44) at 163 Veterans Drive White River Junction, Vt.

Veteran Services:

Veterans, Veteran Service Organizations, Community Partners and friends, are invited to learn about services available to Veterans like: the Women Veterans Health Care Clinic, Veterans Integrated Health Care for Primary and Mental Health, OEF/OIF/OND specialized care and services, Veterans Choice Program, Eligibility, Veterans Benefits, Vet Centers and more.

Career and Volunteer Opportunities:
• Career Opportunities: Speak with VA Human Resource Specialist to learn what exciting career opportunities are available and you might become part of the VA team providing compassionate care to Veterans.
• Volunteer Opportunities: Learn about the multiple ways you can lend a helping hand. This summer thank a Veteran and pledge the gift of time.

For Veterans Not Currently Enrolled in VA Care:
If you served in the Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge, you may qualify for health care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA staff will be available to answer questions and assist Veterans with completing their VA health care application. Veterans and their family members can also visit information tables to learn more about VA compensation benefits and available health care services.
If you know a Veteran who is not receiving VA health care services, is experiencing a financial hardship or is returning from military service, then Tell-A-Vet about this important VA open house and information fair.

All are welcome to stop by to ask questions, register for care, or learn how you can help Veterans in your community.

If you have questions about the open house contact Naaman Horn, Public Affairs Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about the White River Junction VAMC and its services go to


Great North Woods NFB NH Chapter participated in 3k Walk-A-Thon fundraiser

On June 6 a few members of the newly developed Great Northwoods NFB NH Chapter traveled to Concord. They joined forces with the NHAB (New Hampshire Association for the Blind) at the McGreal Sight Ctr. And participated in their 3K Walk A Thon fundraiser.

The day offered walkers beautiful weather and an upbeat crowd. After a 3k walk around the capitol city walkers were treated to a light barbecue lunch and had a chance to meet with several other participating organizations with the same mission, to assist people with vision loss or blindness achieve their goals in life while continuing to live independently throughout their communities with the same opportunities as sighted individuals.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Great Northwoods NFB Chapter or for more information regarding the chapter, its mission and opportunities please feel free to contact Linda Vaillancourt/President via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (603)752-2347.

Roxie Severance receives 'Eli Pick Facility Leadership' award (409 Words)

WHITEFIELD — The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is proud to honor Roxie Severance, administrator of Morrison Nursing Home in Whitefield, as a 2015 recipient of the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The award was presented during the awards celebration luncheon at ACHCA's 49th Annual Convocation and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas on April 14.

This award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach. Two hundred and fifty-seven administrators were awarded leadership awards nationally.
Ms. Severance was one of 30 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award recipients recognized by over 240 peers at the luncheon. This award recognizes the administrator of record who provided leadership throughout the award year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire (Life Safety), and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also included an 80% or greater facility occupancy and a three year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status.
"Advancing leadership excellence is at the core of our mission," commented Marianna Grachek, President and Chief Executive Officer of ACHCA. "There is a close relationship between facility leadership and quality outcomes and ultimately, between quality care and operational success."
The Morrison's Board of Trustees believes that facility excellence is a reflection of both leadership excellence and a dedicated team. "While we appreciate and value Roxie's leadership, we know the success of The Morrison depends upon more than one person — it takes a team of committed, caring and compassionate professionals to make it happen," says Dave Rodham, Board Chair. "We are extremely proud of this highly functioning, committed team." The Morrison skilled nursing center and assisted living, offers quality senior services in Whitefield, New Hampshire. More information about The Morrison can be found at
The ACHCA firmly believes that long-term care facility excellence is a reflection of leadership excellence. The prestigious Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award is made possible with the support of eHealth Data Solutions.
Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today's post-acute and aging services leaders. Focused on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long-term care. For more information about ACHCA, contact the national office at (202) 536-5120 or visit


Cutline: Staff recognized for years of service

Nursing-Home-AwardA Staff Recognition Social was held at St. Vincent de Paul Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Residents and staff enjoyed cake and punch and honored those staff members with longevity. Employees who have 20+ years of service were given certificates and a granite N.H. trophy. Pictured are from left to right first row: Denise Boucher supplies 28 years, Sharon Horne R.N. 27 years, Candy O’Neil activities director 30 years, Faith Kingsley food service director 38 years, Tina Marquis dietary aide 29 years. Second Row: Darlene Mercauto scheduling 24 years. Presenting awards: Chad Dingman administrator, Ellen Labrecque LNA, 21 years, Rachelle Shreenan LPN 33 years, Gail Villnave health information manager 23 years.

Sandy Lemire: What is Relay for Life?

One day. One night. By participating in an American Cancer Society Relay for Life event near you, you honor cancer survivors, pay tribute to the lives lost to the disease, and raise money to help fight it – all right in your community.

Nowhere is that more evident than in the mid-1980s when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for a grueling 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Dr. Klatt walked and ran for more than 83 miles. Throughout the night, his friends paid $25 to run or walk 30 minutes with him. At the end 24 hours he had raised $27,000 to fight cancer. Nearly 300 of his friends, family and patients watched as he ran and walked the course. When Dr. Klatt circled the track during those 24 hours, he thought about how others could take part. He envisioned a 24-hour team relay event that could raise more money to fight cancer. Months later he pulled together a small committee to plan the first team relay event known as the City of Destiny Classic 24-hour Run Against Cancer. Since that day Relay has grown from a single man's passion to fight cancer into the world's largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States along with additional communities in 20 other countries gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds an awareness to save lives from cancer.

What happens at Relay For Life events?

At Relay, teams of family, friends, students and co-workers camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Teams set up campsites and enjoy walking to live entertainment, activities, and special ceremonies throughout the night. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length. Although every Relay for Life is different, there are certain traditions at all Relays, no matter where they are held. These traditions help participants celebrate, remember and fight back.

Celebrate – The Survivors Lap

Relay for Life opens as cancer survivors take the first lap – an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together with their caregiver and help everyone celebrate the victories they have achieved over cancer. This emotional time sets the stage for the importance of each participant's contribution. A festive atmosphere always develops as participants make new friends and spend time with old ones. The Survivor's Lap is an emotional example of how Relay participants are ensuring that more lives are saved each year – like those of each individual on the track. We also recognize and celebrate caregivers at Relay for Life. These individuals give their time, love, and support to friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers who face cancer. At Relay, people understand the frustrations and joys of being a caregiver, since the effects of cancer reach far beyond just the person diagnosed.

Remember – The Luminary Ceremony

After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence. As people take time to remember, those who have walked alongside others battling cancer can grieve and find healing. This is the time that truly highlights the importance of defeating this disease.

Fight Back – The Fight Back Ceremony

Last, there is a Fight Back Ceremony, where we make a personal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer. That personal commitment may be to do something as simple as getting a screening test, quitting smoking, or talking to elected officials about cancer. By taking action, people are personally taking steps to save lives and fight back against a disease that takes away so much. Celebrate, remember, and fight back are themes that link all Relay events together.

Relay for Life of Berlin-Gorham 2015 will be held on June 12 – 13 on the Gorham Common. The opening ceremonies will take place at 6 p.m. followed by the survivor's lap and reception. The theme for this year's Relay for Life is "A Patriotic Celebration". There will be fun and games for everyone and a live auction and talent show at the gazebo with live entertainment throughout the event. If you have never been to a Relay for Life we invite you to come and join us for an evening of celebration of life and fun.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering, and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and patient services. For more information please call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit or call Sandy Lemire, Survivorship Recruitment Chair, Berlin-Gorham Relay for Life at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 466-3360.

Sandy Lemire is the Survivorship Recruitment Chair of the Berlin-Gorham Relay for Life.