Lake Sunapee VNA Announces 2022 Summer Party

“Everything’s Better When We Get Together” … at long last we’re having an in-person party! We’ve missed you! Please join us for a casual evening to relax and reconnect on Tuesday, August 2 at 5:30pm at Colby-Sawyer College’s Ivey Field. Enjoy tasty hors-d’oeuvres, refreshing libations and live music. $75 per person. Contact Cathy Raymond for details and to RSVP at 603-526-4077 x231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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A Conversation about Workforce Housing in New London

The New London Housing Commission is holding a public panel discussion with local employers, including Lake Sunapee VNA, to explore the impact that a lack of workforce housing is having and what needs to be done to address this crisis. Join us in person at Colby-Sawyer College's Wheeler Hall or live stream it at https://ycnnow.com/streaming/ on May 25 from 6:00-7:00pm.

Participating panelists will include:

  • Sue Stuebner Ed.D., President, Colby-Sawyer College
  • Tom Manion, President and CEO, New London Hospital
  • Jim Culhane, President and CEO, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice
  • Laurie Schive, Owner, Blue Loon Bakery
  • Rich Stockwell, Owner, 74 Main Restaurant

Moderator: Mark Fougere AICP, Fougere Planning & Development Inc.

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Lake Sunapee VNA Announces 2022 Board of Trustees

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) has welcomed two new members to its Board of Trustees—Anne Seger, MD, and Anthony Marino, MD, both of Sunapee. A retired internal medicine physician, Dr. Seger worked during her career as the medical director for several health plans, a physician at UMass Medical Center and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at UMass Medical School, among other roles. Dr. Marino is an orthopaedic surgeon at The NH Orthopaedic Center in Nashua and has worked at numerous affiliated hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.

“We’re very pleased to have Anthony and Anne join the Board,” says Jim Culhane, LSRVNA President and CEO. “As we continue to see increasing complexities in the health care world, their clinical experience, combined with their knowledge of home care and hospice, make for great additions to an already well rounded Board.”

The 2022 Board also includes: Kieran Kays (Chair); Daniel Junius (Vice Chair); Neil Shifrin, PhD (Treasurer); George “Bo” Quackenbos (Secretary); Sheldon Boege; Ann Dewey; Donald Eberly, MD (CHS Board); Elizabeth Falicon, APRN, MSN; Shari Goldberg, RN, PhD; Maynard Goldman (CHS Board); Christopher Martin; Linda Scofield; and Deanna Wilson.

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Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon Cancelled

After thoughtful conversations with many, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice believes it must remain cautious and not hold large in-person gatherings until summer. Thus, the May 2022 Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon has been cancelled. This is such a difficult decision, especially knowing how much our supporters have missed the fun of getting together. But when we finally have our joyous Luncheon, we will do so without doubts or undue risk.

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice looks forward to holding an in-person party this summer and can’t wait to see everyone together again! Watch for details in the coming weeks and contact Cathy Raymond with any questions or thoughts: 603-526-4077 x231; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Rebecca Lacasse Joins Hospice & Palliative Team

Rebecca Lacasse, DNP, APRN, has joined the team at Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice as its Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, bringing with her 17 years of nursing experience. Lacasse holds a Doctorate in Nursing from Maryville University and a Master’s from Walden University and completed rotations in hematology/oncology and palliative medicine during her training. She has worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in orthoplastic and trauma, as well as in neuroscience and ENT surgeries. For the last three years, she worked in primary care at Mid-State Health Center in Bristol, NH.

“I was drawn to hospice and palliative care because I can treat the whole person and not just the disease,” says Lacasse. “Through all my schooling and experience, to providing hospice care for my grandparents in my family’s home, I was definitely drawn to this role.”

Hospice focuses on physical, emotional and spiritual comfort, so individuals with a life limiting illness can live their last phase of life to the fullest wherever they call home. Lacasse works closely with the entire hospice team—nurses, therapists, social workers, home care aides, spiritual counselors and trained volunteers—in the care of hospice patients and their families.

Palliative care focuses on the conversation and navigation of advanced illness. Lacasse can assess palliative patients in the home setting, working closely with the patient’s other medical providers to achieve optimal symptom control and other goals of care.

For more information, call Lake Sunapee VNA at 603-526-4077.

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Join Us for Our Virtual Annual Meeting on March 10

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice invites you to its Annual Meeting to be held virtually on Thursday, March 10 at 4:00pm. The meeting will include a review of 2021, Board elections, a tribute to staff, and time for your questions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our home health care agency, which serves people of all ages in 32 area towns.

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone using the following link:
https://meet.goto.com/142566725

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 142-566-725

Get the app now and be ready when your first GoTo meeting starts: https://meet.goto.com/install

For more information, contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 x231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Grief Support Available Through Lake Sunapee VNA

Lake Sunapee VNA offers three virtual grief support groups for the community at no cost.

The “Recently Bereaved Group” is for men and women who have experienced the loss of their spouse within the last year and is held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 10:00-11:00am. The “Widow to Widow Group” is for women in all stages of grief and meets on the first Monday of every month from 3:30-5:00pm. Newly bereaved widows are welcome at this group as well, especially if they are feeling the need for more frequent support. In addition, a “Bereavement Check-in Group” is available for men and women experiencing a loss of any kind and is held on the third Wednesday of every month from 4:00-5:00pm.

All of these groups provide an opportunity for participants to come together in a safe place of compassion and confidentiality. Attend once, multiple times or as needed. If interested, email your contact information to Elizabeth Gantner at egantner@lakesunapeevna.org and a member of the Lake Sunapee VNA bereavement team will call you with further details.

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Foot Care Clinics Available in Five Locations

If you’re having trouble with routine foot care, Lake Sunapee VNA can help. Foot Care Clinics are available by appointment only in the following locations every month: Charlestown Senior Center, Claremont Senior Center, COA Chapin Senior Center in New London, Newport Senior Center and Upper Valley Senior Center in Lebanon. For a $25 fee, our clinic nurses provide a toenail trim and file, soak, clean and lotion. To schedule an appointment, call 603-748-1731. For specific locations and dates, visit https://lakesunapeevna.org/calendar?layout=weekly.

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New London Service Organization Brings Holiday Joy…Again!

The New London Service Organization (NLSO) has once again made a wonderful donation of $1,000 to Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) in support of the “Kearsarge Kids Christmas Program Elf Fund.” The program, a collaboration between many community partners that began nearly 20 years ago, helps local families in need of a little extra support during the holidays by providing holiday gifts and gift cards. “This generous contribution will bring joy to families, especially the children, again this year,” said Cathy Raymond, LSRVNA Development Officer.

New London Service Organization was founded in 1944, originally to provide support to local residents returning home from military service. Over the years, it has helped individuals and organizations, in New London and Elkins, in countless ways. Its tradition of giving back lives on in action today as it did more than 70 years ago. “We are delighted to support this program to benefit children in need in our community,” shared Ben Barton, NLSO Director.

New London Service Organization

From left: Gary Faccone, First Vice President; Ed Condict, Second Vice President; Wendy Johnson, Treasurer; Marion Hafner, President; Cathy Raymond, LSRVNA Development Officer

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Lake Sunapee VNA’s Hospice Program Founder Makes Special Donation

Loa and Steve Winter moved to New Hampshire from California in the late 1970’s and were instrumental in the introduction of hospice care to Lake Sunapee VNA and the region. As we celebrate National Hospice Month and the impactful hospice care provided by Lake Sunapee VNA over so many years, it’s an especially meaningful time for Loa Winter to have donated her artist’s rendering of Florence Nightingale.

Over the years, Loa, a well-known and prolific local artist, has created a number of what are known as “Dummy Boards/Silent Companions” depicting a variety of historic figures. “I was inspired to paint Florence in honor of her good work, my mother (who was a nurse), and all the spirits of strong, smart, caring women who have gone before us and continue to work as nurses and caregivers,” shared Loa. Florence has found a perfect new home at Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice!

Loa Winter’s art is currently featured at Tatewell Gallery in New London with a Meet the Artist reception on Friday, November 19 from 4:30-6:30 pm. All are invited. To learn more about the Winters’ role in the history of Lake Sunapee VNA, watch their 50th Anniversary interview at https://lakesunapeevna.org/about/celebrating-50-years.

Florence Nightingale Donation

Shown from left: Cathy Raymond, LSRVNA Development Officer; Loa Winter’s rendering of Florence Nightingale, which Winter has donated to LSRVNA; Loa Winter, Local Artist and Hospice Program Founder; and Jim Culhane, LSRVNA President & CEO. LSRVNA will display this very meaningful donation from Winter in its main lobby.

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