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.
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.
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.”