Free Screenings of “Being Mortal” on June 6 and 21

Film Explores End-of-Life Care

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice is holding two free community screenings of the documentary “Being Mortal”:
Tuesday, June 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Buckley Room at Valley Regional Hospital, Claremont
Wednesday, June 21 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Summercrest Senior Living Community, Newport.

“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of planning ahead about end-of-life decisions, and delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so that our true wishes can be known and honored at end of life. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal/. The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name. More information about the book is at atulgawande.com.

The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

For more information about this event or to RSVP, call Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice at 603-526-4077.

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LSRVNA & TLC Family Resource Center Partnering on Parenting Programs

A Parenting Support Group for all families and caretakers of babies will be held at TLC Family Resource Center, 109 Pleasant St, Claremont, on June 1.  Lake Sunapee Region VNA will partner with TLC Family Resource Center to present a topic relevant to all families.

The subject of the June 1 event will be “Feeding in the First Year.” The discussion will be led by Ruth Smolnik who is a registered nurse and the Maternal Child Health Case Manager for Lake Sunapee Region VNA. The group discussion will include sharing from participants about what works for each family as well as information from Ms. Smolnik on infant cues to the introduction of solids and then table foods. The June 1 event is free to all families and will take place from 5:30-7 pm with dinner and child care provided in adjacent rooms. TLC Family Resource Center will also be sponsoring a second Parent Support Group on the subject of “Talking So Your Children Will Listen” on Saturday, June 10, from 9:30 – 11 am. Free breakfast and child care will also be provided at this event which will be led by Melony Williams, Clinical Supervisor for TLC Family Resource Center. Registration is required for both of these groups in order to plan for child care and food. Register online at www.tlcfamilyrc.org or call 603-542-1848 x 322 to reserve your spot.

TLC Family Resource Center Director Maggie Monroe-Cassel is excited to start these new parent support programs. She says, “We are reaching out to all families and caregivers to see what needs there are for additional support in the important task of raising children.” Jeana Newbern, Volunteer Services and Marketing Coordinator with Lake Sunapee Region VNA has been coordinating this effort with Ms. Monroe-Cassel. She says, “Our partnership with TLC Family Resource Center is an opportunity to bring families together to learn and grow.” TLC Family Resource Center hopes to start a series of parenting support groups in the fall. For up to date information on those events as they are scheduled, interested people can refer to the website at www.tlcfamilyrc.org or call 603-542-1848.

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Dr. Donald Eberly Named Chair of Lake Sunapee VNA Board

Donald A. Eberly, MD, FACS, has been appointed Chair of the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Board of Directors for 2017-2018. Eberly, a long-time resident of New London, retired in 2016 after 36 years as a general surgeon at New London Hospital. He also served on the New London Hospital Board from 1990-1998. Eberly received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and attended medical school at the University of Florida. He brings not only a great depth of knowledge and experience in health care, he also has an exceptional commitment to the wellness of our community. Joining Dr. Eberly on the Executive Committee are Deanna Wilson, Vice Chair; Maynard Goldman, Treasurer and Bo Quackenbos, Secretary. The agency also welcomed three new members to its Board: Lisa Richmond of Claremont; Daniel Junius of Sunapee; Dr. Gregory Curtis of Etna. “We are proud to have such strong Board leadership and membership. Our Directors’ diverse backgrounds are vital as we continue to meet the challenges of caring for our region,” shared Jim Culhane, President and CEO of LSRVNA. For more information, contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 or craymond@lakesunapeevna.org.

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Don’t miss the annual Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon!

May 17th Luncheon Details

SAVE YOUR SEAT for the 18th annual Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon on May 17, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Colby-Sawyer College in New London. $40 per person. Call or email today to reserve your seat!

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FEATURED SPEAKER, Dr. Marion Hardy, an osteopathic physician and retired US Air Force Colonel, who will provide us with her inspiring message of "Empowering Women at Every Stage of Life."

BE A SPONSOR and help the event raise vital funds for the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Pediatric Program. Sponsorship opportunities.

NOMINATE an area woman you know for her extraordinary volunteer community service. Nominations due no later than April 14, 2017.

For reservations or questions, contact:

Cathy Raymond
craymond@lakesunapeevna.org
603-526-4077 x 231

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Awards and Presentations Given at Annual Meeting

Two very deserving individuals were honored at the Lake Sunapee VNA Annual Meeting held on March 7 in Newport. Claudia Lewis was announced as the winner of the 2017 “Joanne Hughes Volunteer Excellence Award” for her incredible dedication to The Renaissance Shoppe since 2005. The 2017 “Imagine the Possibilities Staff Award” was presented to Beth Eldridge, RN Case Manager, who has been quietly, competently and compassionately caring for members of the community and supporting her fellow staff for more than eight years.

beth eldridge

Members of the Board of Trustees were also recognized at the meeting. Newly appointed members include Dr. Gregory Curtis, Dan Junius and Lisa Richmond. Sheldon Boege is stepping down as Board Chair, but will still remain on the Board. He was thanked for his leadership and guidance by Jim Culhane, President & CEO, and Dr. Donald Eberly, incoming Board Chair.

claudia lewis

The more than 80 attendees were also treated to an engaging presentation by Dr. Alan Kono of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heart & Vascular Center. Dr. Kono spoke on “The Role of Palliative Care in the Treatment of Advanced Cardiac Disease.” He stressed the importance of discussing and including palliative care measures much sooner in an individual’s disease process, which is a strength of the Lake Sunapee VNA’s Palliative Care Team. For more information about palliative care, call 603-526-4077.

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Good Day Respite

Are you caring for someone with memory loss?

Good Day Respite is a day program run by Lake Sunapee VNA that supports adults with mild to moderate memory loss and their caregivers. A Licensed Nursing Assistant oversees the program, which meets throughout the year on Mondays and Thursdays at Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church in New London and on Fridays at United Methodist Church in Lebanon.

Participants are dropped off by their caregivers at 10am, and throughout the day, enjoy discussion, games, lunch, crafts, entertainment and more. Volunteers help facilitate these activities, all of which provide stimulation and socialization for the program participants until their caregivers return to pick them up at 3pm. During the program’s five hours, caregivers of the participants have time for errands, activities and a much needed break, knowing their loved ones are in a safe and supportive place.

Each location can take up to 12 participants, and there is a nominal fee with scholarships available for those in need. If you care for an individual with memory loss, let Lake Sunapee VNA determine if the program is right for you. For more information, call 603-526-4077.

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Changes & Transitions: Growing Through Grief

Six-week bereavement support program to begin February 21st

Lake Sunapee VNA is pleased to offer “Changes & Transitions: Growing Through Grief” as part of its 2017 bereavement support schedule. This six-week program is designed to help people experiencing grief gain insight into the challenges of loss that can help one “grow through grief.” The program will be held every Tuesday from February 21 through March 28 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Lebanon Public Library, 9 East Park Street, Lebanon.

There is no fee and no registration necessary. For more information, call 526-4077.

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Dr. Kono to speak at March 7th Annual Meeting

Dr. Kono from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heart & Vascular Center to speak at Annual Meeting

Alan Kono, MD, FACC, of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heart & Vascular Center, will be the featured speaker at the LSRVNA Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 7th. Dr. Kono is Medical Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy program and Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Critical Care unit at DHMC. His clinical and research interests are focused on advanced heart failure, diastolic heart failure, cardiology-oncology, hypothermia in sudden cardiac arrest, and palliative care and translational medicine in delivering optimal care. Dr. Kono, who works collaboratively with the LSRVNA Palliative Care Team, will speak on "The Role of Palliative Care in the Treatment of Advanced Cardiac Disease."

Free and open to the public, the LSRVNA Annual Meeting will be held in the Sugar River Bank Community Room at 10 North Main Street in Newport from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. In addition to Dr. Kono’s presentation, the meeting will include remarks by the agency’s CEO and Board Chair, as well as the presentation of two very special awards. Lights refreshments will be served.

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

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Heidelberg Lodge IOOF #92 (a.k.a. Oddfellows) of New London continues its long-standing support of Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice

New London Oddfellows open their hearts again

Heidelberg Lodge IOOF #92 (a.k.a. Oddfellows) of New London continued its long-standing support of Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice by presenting its annual donation, which was gratefully accepted by Jim Culhane, President and CEO, on January 12. The Lodge supports local needs with the significant funds raised at its annual Christmas Auction, a 22-year tradition.

Heidelberg Lodge hails from the fact that before it was incorporated as New London, the town was originally called Heidelberg. Oddfellows have followed the guiding principles of friendship, love and truth in their service to the community and people in need. With approximately 10,000 Oddfellows Lodges in 26 countries, the New London Lodge, founded in 1895, is proud to be among them!

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Support LSRVNA by dining at the Coach House Restaurant on January 19th

Donate While You Dine!

Lake Sunapee VNA will be the fortunate recipient of the “Thursday’s Child” proceeds at the Coach House Restaurant on January 19th. Simply call the restaurant directly at 526-2791 to make a reservation for that evening. Then enjoy an elegant dinner with family, friends or colleagues, while supporting vital home care and community services…50% of the evening’s profits come back to Lake Sunapee VNA!

The Coach House Restaurant is located in the historic New London Inn at 353 Main Street in New London and supports local community organizations “one plate at a time” through its “Thursday’s Child” events. For more information, contact Cathy Raymond at 526-4077 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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