Cutline: Brosnan retires from Family Health board

Asa-Brosnan---Bob-Pelchat---CCFHS---6-18-15The board of Directors of Coos County Family Health Services marked the retirement of Asa Brosnan of Shelburne from the board at their June meeting. Brosnan served as a board member of the organization for more than 12 years, and helped to grow and strengthen CCFHS during her tenure. Brosnan is picture here with CCFHS Board President, Bob Pelchat. For more information about Family Health, contact the organization by calling 752-2040 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.