Governor appoints Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Staff Member Jennifer Laramie to New Hampshire Board of Nursing

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Jennifer Laramie RN, CHPN Hospice Director Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is proud to announce that Hospice Director and Chief Clinical Nurse, Jennifer Laramie RN has been appointed to sit on the New Hampshire Board of Nursing.

There are 11 members of the Board of Nursing:  5 Registered Nurses (RN) one of which must be an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), 2 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), 2 Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNA), and 2 public members. The Board members are appointed by the Governor to serve a 3-year term.  Each member may serve a total of 3 consecutive 3-year terms, or a total of 9 consecutive years.

The purpose of the Board is to:

……….Safeguard life, health, and the public welfare of the people of this state and ….. to protect the people of the state of New Hampshire from the unauthorized, unqualified, and improper application of services by individuals in the practice of nursing…….”

Jennifer Laramie has worked at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice for 12 years and says, “I really enjoy taking care of people….the patients are what keep me coming back everyday.”  She is excited about representing RN’s on the Board of Nursing and looks forward to serving on the Board for the next three years.

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Are the medical advances of the past century complicating the decisions we make about our healthcare as we age?

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is celebrating 100 years of serving the Lakes Region communityMeredith, Lakes Region, VNA!  Since 1918 we have provided Home Care (nursing and rehabilitation services in the home); Pediatric Care (direct health care, education and support services for children and families); and a comprehensive, team-based Hospice program. Over this past century  the medications and advances in medicine that have allowed people to live longer now leave them in a position where they are older and sicker and unable to live safely at home. But, they have no alternate plan.  Local physician, Marianne Jackson has spent much of her recent career researching and sharing with local New Hampshire communities why the changes in medicine make it more important than ever to make a plan for the future.  Dr. Jackson’s initiative to educate the community about Advanced Care Planning coincides with the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Centennial Year and she is now dedicating her time to helping us end unnecessary suffering at the end of life.

The first in this series, “What Ever Happened to Natural Causes?  Historical Lakes Region, Meredith, Laconia, VNAPerspectives on Death and Dying Across 100 Years,”  will be held on Monday, January 30th at 6:30pm in Ossipee at Mountain View Community, 93 Water Village Rd.  Come celebrate our Centennial, enjoy Dr. Jackson’s presentation, and discover new ways to bring families together around the topics of death and dying.  Start the Conversation.  Learn how Advanced Care Planning can relieve conflicts and provide measures of security for family members.  Free Advanced Directive and Five Wishes forms will be provided along with refreshments.

A snow date has been scheduled for Monday, February 6th at 6:30pm.

For more information about the presentation or to schedule one near you, visit or contact Angela Smith at 603-524-8444. To RSVP you can click here.

Occupational Therapy Turns 100!

In 2017 the profession of Occupational Therapy turn 100! This is a time to celebrate where we have come from, and consider how to advance occupational therapy into the 21st century. On behalf of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice…Happy Birthday OT!

The History of Occupational Therapy




Join Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice in Honoring our Country’s Heroes

Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military.

These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. Honoring our nation’s Veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives, especially at the end.

We Honor Veterans, Lakes Region, Wolfeboro, Alton, MeredithAs our nation marks Veterans Day on November 11, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice wants to share its commitment to increase Veterans’ access to compassionate, high quality hospice care for those who are facing serious and life-limiting illness.  Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a “We Honor Veterans” partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs.  Just recently Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has been recognized for attaining the highest “We Honor Veterans” partner status. Through We Honor Veterans, we are ensuring that our organization is equipped to address the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans.

It surprises many Americans to learn that every day, 1,800 Veterans die. That’s more than 680,000 Veterans every year – or 25 percent of all the people who die in this country annually.  A generation of World War II and Korean War Veterans are facing end-of-life care decisions now, and they are quickly being followed by younger Vietnam War Veterans, many of whom are confronting serious illnesses at an even earlier age.

Moultonborough, Moultonboro, We Honor VeteransThe liberty that we, as US citizens, enjoy comes at a price paid by these valiant men and women. Let each of us make sure we do our part to recognize and support them throughout their lives.

If you know a Veteran who is in need of the special care hospice brings to people facing serious and life-limiting illness, please reach out and help them learn more about the services that hospice and palliative care can provide. Contact us at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice to learn more about the ways we support our nation’s heroes.

To all our nation’s Veterans, thank you.

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Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Tree of Memories Celebration of Life to Be Held December 10th

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Tree of Memories Celebration of Life to Be Held December 10th. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will hold its 20th annual Tree of Memories Celebration on Saturday, December 10th at five locations throughout the Lakes Region. The ceremony provides an opportunity for people to remember the lives of family, friends and neighbors in a serene setting as they honor a life well lived or a life missed.  Everyone is welcome to attend. All ceremonies begin at 11:00 am and will be held in Alton at the Alton Town Hall, Wolfeboro at the Huggins Hospital Medical Arts Building, the Wakefield Town Hall, the Main Street Building in Ossipee and Moulton Farm in Meredith.


Tree of Memories at Moulton Farm in Meredith

Twenty years ago, long time Hospice supporters Bob and Shirley Richardson were introduced to a similar event on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  The event was such a great experience they decided to start what we now know as our Tree of Memories that would benefit Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.  The event was quickly adopted and has grown to include the five different locations throughout the Lakes Region. A dove was selected as a symbol of serenity, peace and tranquility and a touching ceremony was created involving the lighting of a tree, music, prayers of remembrance, the reading of names and the placing of doves on the tree.

Over 500 doves are requested each year to support the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. While the ceremonies all take place on one day, the doves remain on the trees throughout the month of December for all to see. Proceeds from the Tree of Memories are used to improve the quality of life for people living in Belknap and Southern Carroll County who are served by Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

. The hospice philosophy recognizes that the dying process is part of the normal process of living and focuses on enhancing the quality of remaining life. To purchase a dove in the name of a loved one or friend, contact the Hospice office at 603-569-2729. In order to ensure that your dove will be ready for the ceremony, please do so by December 5th.

Margaret Franckhauser, Chief Executive Officer of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, has announced her intentions of stepping down in December of 2016

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, Margaret Franckhauser, Lakes Region Award Winning VNA

Margaret Franckhauser, CEO Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

Margaret Franckhauser, Chief Executive Officer of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, has announced her intentions of stepping down in December of 2016 to become the Executive Director of the Next Fifty Initiative – a Colorado- based grant making foundation dedicated to seniors.

Franckhauser states, “Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is in a strong position both clinically and financially.  The agency is forward thinking and responsive to the needs of the community. This is the right time to step aside to allow someone else to take the helm.   She adds, “I have been given the opportunity to lead a grant making organization in Colorado which will allow me to combine my passion for philanthropy with my deep interest in aging. It is an incredible opportunity to do work that has a lasting impact on seniors and their communities.”

Franckhauser began working with Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice over 20 years ago when it was known as Community Health & Hospice. After serving as a Board Member, Margaret accepted the position of Associate Director, then quickly moved into the Executive Director position when her predecessor Alida Millham retired.  Margaret first moved to the Lakes Region in 1985 and has worked as a Nurse Practitioner at Belknap Family Medicine, a Nurse Consultant for the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, Program Chief for the Bureau of Disease Control, and as Director of Ambulatory Programs for LRGHealthcare.  She has played a significant role in shaping New Hampshire’s Healthcare system.

Margaret will continue to serve in the role of CEO until early December.  The Board of Trustees is launching an executive search and has appointed Christine Long, COO, as the Interim CEO until a new executive is hired. Board Chairman, Jared Price, commented “Margaret has done a wonderful job leading the agency in service to the community.  She skillfully managed a recent merger and has become a leading voice in New Hampshire’s healthcare environment.  She leaves behind a legacy of sound leadership and community commitment. We thank her for her many years of service and wish her well.”

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Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Kicks off Centennial Year

Wednesday evening, in front of a packed room of friends and supporters at Church Landing in Meredith, Margaret Franckhauser kicked off Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice’s Centennial Year. Noting that the agency originated in Wolfeboro, NH during World War I to help injured soldiers returning home and to help provide community services for the Spanish Flu epidemic which had hit New Hampshire by 1918.  The agency has seen many iterations and much growth over the last 100 years and now provides services throughout the entire Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

During the celebration two outgoing trustees were recognized for their service to Central New Hamsphire VNA & Hospice.  Mike Lavalle and Board Chair Bill Schwidder have both fulfilled their terms and are stepping off of the Board.  Jared Price is taking on the role of Board Chair and Mark Edelstein and Corrine Smith were welcomed as new Trustees.

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Outgoing Chair Bill Schwidder passes the gavel to incoming Board Chair Jared Price

During the evenings program three individuals were recognized.  The Shirley Bentley Outstanding Clinician award was given to Hospice Nurse Donna Tondreau, The Leavitt/Knight Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Peter Cassell and the Alida Millham Leadership Award was presented to Scott Clarenbach.

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L-R: Margaret Franckhauser, CEO; Donna Tondreau, Outstanding Clinician Awardee; Jennifer Laramie, Hospice Director; and Tammi Mozier, Clinical Director

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Alida Millham congratulates Scott Clarenbach for receiving the Millham Leadership Award

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Leavitt/Knight Volunteer of the Year Awardee Peter Cassell standing with Charlotte Leavitt and Gerald Knight












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Professor Molly Dorsey

The program was capped off with a wonderful presentation by Professor Molly Dorsey of the University of New Hampshire.

Professor Molly Girard Dorsey is an associate professor of History and core faculty member in Justice Studies at the University of New Hampshire. She teaches classes on the history of medicine, legal history, and war & society. She has published a book on chemical warfare in World War I and is working on a project on the integration of civilian professionals, including nurses and doctors, into the modern American military. Professor Dorsey took  a look back on the last 100 years with her presentation titled, “Major Events in Medicine and their Relationship with Community Healthcare…100 Years and Counting.”