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Alice Peck Day News Archive for June 2010

“Eye on the Sky” Meteorologist Mark Breen Highlight of Alice Peck Day Volunteer Recognition


June 11 - On Thursday, June 10, Alice Peck Day Health Systems celebrated its volunteers and Auxiliary members with a dinner featuring meteorologist Mark Breen of the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, best known for his regional “Eye on the Sky” weather updates for local radio and television stations.

Chief Operating Officer Todd Miller and Volunteer Coordinator Jane Darby welcomed the attending volunteers, who were also thanked  retiring REC Center Recreational Coordinator Linda Gurney. “In the thirteen and a half years I’ve been at APD, I’ve worked with more than 110 volunteers,” Gurney said. “They have ranged in age from six months to over ninety.” She recalled several notable volunteers and residents, including weekly singalongs and a woman with dementia who “no longer responded to people around her, but would tap her feet to music in perfect time.”

Breen described “A day in the life of a weatherman,” beginning when he rises — at 3:15 every morning — and shared stories of his early days at the Fairbanks Museum, when his only forecasting tools were a World War II-era teletype machine and, later, a small black-and-white television. He also answered many questions about current weather trends and weather lore.

According to Volunteer Services Coordinator Jane Darby, volunteers contributed nearly 6,000 hours to APD in 2009, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics translates to more than $120,000 in service. The APD Auxiliary also makes significant contributions to the hospital community, completing a $100,000 pledge to the hospital in fiscal year 2009. To learn more about volunteering or joining the APD Auxiliary, contact Jane Darby at (603) 448-7456.

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Implements New Patient Safety Initiative

June 7 -

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H., is now using the SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation) initiative to standardize patient handovers.

The nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement calls SBAR “an easy-to-remember, concrete mechanism useful for framing any conversation, especially critical ones, requiring a clinician’s immediate attention and action. It allows for an easy and focused way to set expectations for what will be communicated and how between members of the team, which is essential for developing teamwork and fostering a culture of patient safety.” Patrick Donovan, RN, of APD’s Surgical Services explains that SBAR includes “a clear, concise and consistent record of information” that will be used every time a patient goes from one area of the hospital to another.

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Welcomes Rick H. Senn as Practice Manager of General Surgery

June 1 -

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H., is pleased to welcome Rick H. Senn of Fairlee Vt., as Practice Manager of General Surgery at APD.


Senn was most recently a Practice Management Consultant and multi-site Office Manager at St. John’s Mercy Medical Group in St. Louis, where he provided operational support for nine physician practices, set up new practices, and helped implement the organization’s transition to electronic health records. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Service Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Alice Peck Day General Surgery (formerly know as the Kroner Clinic), a department of Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, provides a variety of general surgical services and has served the community since 1985.

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Welcomes Mindy Wallace, MSN, CRNA, ARNP, FAAPM to Its Medical Staff


May 27 -  Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Mindy Wallace, MSN, CRNA, ARNP, FAAPM of Monroe, N.H. to its medical staff. She will be practicing at APD’s new Pain Management Clinic, located at the Homestead Building on the APD campus in Lebanon, starting June 14. Wallace will be providing pain management services for conditions such as arthritis, bone and joint pain, fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain.

Wallace served most recently as a Pain Management provider and Medical Director of the Pain Clinic at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, N.H.  She was a Nurse Anesthetist at APD from 1995–2000. Wallace received her MS in Nursing at the University of Cincinnati and is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pain Management and a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the American Academy of Pain Management, and the New Hampshire Association of Nurse Practitioners. To book appointments with her, call (603) 443-9508.