We Welcome Diane Brace

Lake Sunapee VNA Welcomes New Hospice & Palliative Care Director

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice is pleased to welcome Diane Brace, MSN, RN, as its new Hospice & Palliative Care Director. A native of New Hampshire, Diane has more than 25 years of nursing experience with hospitals in the southern part of the state. She has worked in varied specialties from acute care (including med surg, cardiac telemetry, intensive care and the post anesthesia care unit) to an outpatient interventional pain center and other outpatient procedural clinics, such as endoscopy and urology.

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Diane obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing from Manchester Community College, attended Rivier University and then received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden University in 2011. Her career then transitioned to nursing management, where she worked as nursing director of assisted living and long term care facilities and then as director of clinical services for a hospice company. She says, "I am passionate about patient care in general, but especially end-of-life care, where we have the unique opportunity to treat, not only our patients, but their families as well. I look forward to working with such a great team of competent and caring staff at Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice."

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Lake Sunapee VNA Honors Three Army Veterans

Three area Veterans of the United States Army were honored recently by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) as part of the national “We Honor Veterans” program. LSRVNA has been a We Honor Veterans Partner since 2011, which involves meeting specific requirements to enhance care for patients who served in the military. For those Veterans who are interested, that includes a special in-home recognition ceremony conducted by LSRVNA staff.

Ralph Rouillard of Claremont was honored posthumously on May 22 for his service as a PFC in the Army, peacetime, from November 1956 – November 1958. Though he passed away shortly before the scheduled ceremony, he was pleased to be acknowledged for his service and had shared the following details about his military experience with LSRVNA. After basic training at Fort Dix in NJ, he was transferred to Fort Monmouth in NJ for three months. He was then sent to a Nike missile base in Shelton, CT for a month and then to Fort Belvoir in VA for two months to be trained to prepare missiles and elevators in missile silos, specializing in hydraulics and electrical. He finished up at the Fairfield, CT base which was the headquarters for the east coast anti-aircraft missiles.

Harold Whiting Sr., a World War II Veteran and resident of Lempster, was honored on May 24 for his service as a PFC in the 7th U.S. Army, 157th Engineers Combat Battalion, Company B from December 2, 1943 – June 6, 1946. He enlisted at the age of 18 and recounts from his time in the European Theater, “We arrived at the Rhine River at about 5am. Our job was to build a landing for ducks (water-propelled cargo trucks). There was a tank already burning from the early morning that tried to cross but didn't make it to the water.” After discharge, Mr. Whiting returned to Lempster where he lives with his wife of 67 years, Beverly. On Memorial Day this year, a plaque was dedicated in Lempster honoring residents of the town who served in World War II. Harold Whiting’s name has now been added to this military “Honor Roll,” a well-deserved recognition after so many years.

Shirley Dodge of Claremont was honored on May 29 for her service in the Women’s Army Corps from 1962 – 1964. She entered the Army at the age of 18 and was stationed at Fort Benning GA at the airport with majors, captains and colonels, where she was trained to do clerical work. She loved being in the military and says, “The army made me grow up, learn discipline.”

The We Honor Veterans program was developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information, contact LSRVNA at 603-526-4077.

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Lake Sunapee VNA Honors Area Women

19th annual Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) held its 19th annual Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon on May 16 at Colby-Sawyer College in New London. Net funds in excess of $13,000 were raised for the LSRVNA Pediatric Program.

Among the highlights of the luncheon was the guest speaker, Kasey Mathews, and her inspiring message about shifting your perspective to see the opportunities that often come with challenges we face. Of course, the other highlight was the much-anticipated recognition of area women who do extraordinary service to make a difference within the 29-town region served by LSRVNA. This year’s "Woman Who Makes A Difference Award" was presented to Deborah Mozden, a resident of Unity and executive director at Turning Points Network in Claremont. In the words of those who nominated her, "Deb has restored faith and hope in thousands of area women by being their advocate; she has helped the most vulnerable members of society in her decades of work and volunteerism." Lexie Grenier, a senior at Stevens High School in Claremont, received this year’s "High School Student Who Makes A Difference Award." In the words of leadership from Stevens High School, "Lexie is the epitome of what I consider to be ‘extraordinary’ and one of the most talented, driven, dedicated and empathetic young women I have ever met."

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"We are truly grateful to the 220 people who attended the sold-out luncheon, and for so many in-kind donors and generous sponsors," says Cathy Raymond, development officer at LSRVNA. Special thanks go out to the 2018 STAR sponsors Ellie Snyder and Ledyard National Bank, and the 2018 ANGEL sponsor Mascoma Savings Bank.

For more information about pediatric care or any of the services offered by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, call 603-526-4077 or visit www.lakesunapeevna.org.

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19th annual Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon

May 16th Luncheon Details

SAVE YOUR SEAT for the 19th annual Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon on May 16, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at Colby-Sawyer College in New London. $40 per person. Call or email today to reserve your seat! Additional details.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FEATURED SPEAKER, Kasey Mathews, author of Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood and A Mom’s Guide to Creating a Magical Life, who will present “Shift Your Perspective…See the Magic.”

BE A SPONSOR and help the event raise vital funds for Lake Sunapee VNA Pediatric Care. Sponsorship opportunities.

NOMINATE an area woman you know for her extraordinary volunteer community service. Nomination forms due no later than April 20, 2018.

For reservations or questions, contact:
Cathy Raymond
603-526-4077 x 231

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Annual Volunteer and Staff Excellence Awards

Special Awards Presented at Lake Sunapee VNA Annual Meeting

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) presented its annual volunteer and staff excellence awards at its Annual Meeting on March 6. New London resident Pat Dazet, who has been an administrative volunteer at LSRVNA for more than 20 years, was honored with the 2018 "Joanne Hughes Volunteer Excellence Award." During the presentation, it was noted that, "Pat's attention to detail and dependability are of significant help to office staff, who are responsible for the agency's business operations as well as supporting direct caregivers in the field. She never seeks attention or praise, but instead shows through her actions that she believes in the mission of LSRVNA."

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Pat Dazet Receives Volunteer Excellence Award

The 2018 "Imagine the Possibilities Staff Award" was presented to Sue Phillips-Young, RN-BC, CHPN, Hospice Clinical Performance Improvement Coordinator. Sue was described as having "the heart of a lioness. She is a brave advocate for all patients and works tirelessly to meet their needs. Her compassion shines through everything she does, and she is a model of what hospice care should look like."

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Sue Phillips-Young Receives Staff Excellence Award

The Annual Meeting also included an overview of the results of the LSRVNA 2017 Community Health Needs Assessment. "It is our hope that individuals and organizations throughout the area will find the needs assessment report to be an informative and useful tool for planning and collaborative purposes," says Jim Culhane, President and CEO. "Though we as an organization can’t address every issue, we can work with community partners on those needs where we can have the greatest impact." The final report is available online at www.lakesunapeevna.org or in hard copy by request.

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Cornish Man Honored by Lake Sunapee VNA for Service in National Guard

Honoring Melvin O. Clark

On January 11, 2018 Melvin O. Clark was honored by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) at a “We Honor Veterans” ceremony in his Cornish home. Members of the LSRVNA caregiving staff acknowledged Mr. Clark for his service in the Army National Guard, where he voluntarily enlisted in 1953. With his son, Alan J. Clark, and grandson, Cullen A. Clark by his side Mr. Clark was presented with a plaque and pin honoring his service, as well as a commemorative memory book to help document stories, facts and special life moments. At the time of his final Honorable Discharge (“awarded as a testimony of honest and faithful service”) in 1961, Mr. Clark was a Corporal Grade E4 in the 4th Howitzer Battalion of the 197th Artillery based in New Hampshire. In addition to being a skilled marksman, Mr. Clark drove a Howitzer tank. Son, Alan, recalls how much his father loved driving the Howitzer and was reportedly seen chasing an occasional wayward deer or driving through a river just to see if he could get to the other side. Rumor has it that he was also usually the first in line for dinner!

As a civilian Mr. Clark was an expert and highly regarded stone mason, even building a fireplace for Guy Lombardo. Says son Alan, “Lucille Ball loved that fireplace so much that she had Melvin build one for her home in the White Mountains.” His expertise can be seen in the unique almost three-story hanging chimney at the Hopkins Center. Schools, state parks, stone churches all give testament to his mastery. He is the only person who knows where time capsules are in stone church foundations. “And when he wasn’t working, he always loved to dance!” shares Alan.

In 2011, LSRVNA was the first home care agency in New Hampshire to become a national “We Honor Veterans” Partner. Partners must meet specific requirements to enhance care for patients who served in the military during their lives. For more information please call 603-526-4077.

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PHOTO CAPTION: (Standing) Cullen Clark (left) and Alan Clark share in the moment with Melvin Clark after the “We Honor Veterans” presentation.

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Bereavement Support Program

Threads of Hope

Lake Sunapee VNA will offer a new seven-week bereavement support program called “Threads of Hope” beginning on January 17th in Claremont. Choose the afternoon series at Valley Regional Hospital or the evening series at TLC Family Resource Center. This free program will center around a little book with very large healing potential as participants journey through 12 questions asked by many grieving people and learn to respond to these questions in helpful ways. And you will keep the book!

The program will be held on Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 1:00 to 2:30pm at Valley Regional Hospital, 243 Elm Street, Claremont. It will also be held on those same dates from 5:00 to 6:30pm at TLC Family Resource Center, 109 Pleasant Street, Claremont. RSVPs are requested by calling 603-526-4077.

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Lake Sunapee VNA Partnering with Summercrest on Film Screenings

In an effort to encourage more open discussion about end-of-life decisions, Summercrest will be holding two free documentary screenings for the community in partnership with Lake Sunapee VNA.

The film "Nine to Ninety" addresses what it takes to live, love and die with dignity and grace in the modern age. "Being Mortal" explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members who care for them. Community members and health care providers are encouraged to see these films and be part of the national conversation taking place in our community that asks: Have you and your family had these important conversations and planned ahead?

"Nine to Ninety" will be shown on Thursday, January 11 at 10:00 am (snow date of January 18). "Being Mortal" will be shown on Thursday, February 8 at 10:00 am (snow date of February 15). Both films will be shown at Summercrest at 169 Summer Street in Newport and will be followed by a discussion guided by Lake Sunapee VNA staff.

RSVP to Leigh Stocker at 603-863-8181 or lstocker@summercrest.net.

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Year-End Giving

Year-End Giving: Many ways to give…many ways to help

Because Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice is a non-profit organization, tax deductible donations are accepted … and needed … in order to fulfill our mission. With many ways to give, here are a few:


It’s easy to give stocks and other marketable securities. The value of the gift is based on what the stock or other security sold for on the day of the donation (i.e. the average price between the highest and lowest quoted selling prices). And donors who give long-term stock (stock owned for more than one year) that has appreciated in value avoid paying capital gains.

Retirement Assets

To donate retirement plan assets during your lifetime, you would need to take a distribution from the retirement account, include the distribution as income, account for any taxes associated with the distribution, and then contribute cash to the charity—with one exception: People who are age 70 ½ or older can donate up to $100,000 from their IRA directly to a charity and avoid paying income tax on the distribution (known as a qualified charitable distribution).

Check / Credit Card

Simply send a check (payable to LSRVNA) or use a credit card online to donate.

There is still time to get a tax-deduction for 2017! Contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 with questions.

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Lempster Veteran Honored by Lake Sunapee VNA

On November 9, 2017 Richard Lounder of Lempster was honored at a “We Honor Veterans” ceremony in his home, offered by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice to patients who served in the military. LSRVNA became a national “We Honor Veterans” Partner in 2011, the first home care agency in New Hampshire to do so. As such, the agency has made a commitment to train staff and volunteers to better meet the unique needs of home care and hospice patients who are veterans. With family members by his side, Mr. Lounder was presented with a “We Honor Veterans” certificate, pin and memory book.

Mr. Lounder served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1954. He was stationed at Pease Air Force Base, Portsmouth, NH and at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska. He worked on landing gear, remembers the pilots being friendly, and that he served with good people. While in Alaska, where temperatures could go as low as -68 degrees, he recounts seeing polar bears and eating salmon that he was fortunate to catch. When asked about the food in general he responded, "Don’t ask!" Mr. Lounder and his family were deeply touched and thankful for this special recognition.

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(Left to right) Daughter Molly Berry, granddaughter Diane Berry and partner Louise Richards at the ceremony for Richard Lounder.

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