Friends of APD

Patient testimony
"As a patient, I saw firsthand what "caring" and "community" means in a hospital setting. APD cares, so I care for APD." —Jeff Valance, Lyme, New Hampshire; Principal of Lyme Elementary School

The Friends of APD is a group of caring, committed individuals who are actively engaged in the health and well-being of APD and the community it serves. Formerly known as the APD Auxiliary, the Friends of APD has loyally supported APD for generations. Its purpose is to support APD’s mission of providing patient-focused, community-based health care.

Each member of the Friends of APD chooses their individual level of commitment and involvement, yet all become more aware and informed about how the quality and delivery of health care shapes our community. The hospital invites Friends to take part in special events throughout the year, as well as to get an insider’s view of APD. Please contact us to learn more about becoming a Friend.

The Friends of APD takes part in unique events and opportunities, including:

  • Lunches and meetings with APD leadership
  • Special lectures and discussions with APD providers
  • Behind-the-scenes insider tours and lectures on new APD projects and initiatives
  • Engagement in community-based activities, health education, and advocacy in the Upper Valley
  • Education regarding the changing environment of health care regionally and nationally

Past events

Understanding Your Birth Control Options and Pelvic Floor Health

Photo of Mike Ritundo

Thursday, February 17, 2020. The Friends of APD hosted this discussion with gynecologist Dr. Michael Ritondo, physician assistant Erika Argersinger, and physical therapist Melissa Chapin. They discussed the many contraception options that are now available to women, and considered the advantages and disadvantages of these options.


Emergency Medicine at APD: What's New and Where are We Headed


Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The Friends of APD hosted an informative discussion on Emergency Medicine with Dr. Michael Lynch, APD's Chief Medical Officer, and his Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center colleagues, Dr. Scott Rodi and Dr. Matthew Babineau. Scott Rodi, MD, MPH, FACEP, is the Interim Section Chief and Regional Director of Emergency Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Matthew Babineau, MD, FACEP, serves as Assistant Program Director for Emergency Medicine Residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and as the Interim Medical Director of the APD Emergency Medicine Department. They discussed what is new with Emergency Medicine at APD, what the future looks like for this vital community resource, and answered questions from the crowd.

Ingredients to a Good Night’s Sleep: What You Need to Know!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Adam Sorscher, MD, Medical Director, Sleep Health discussed the health consequences of sleep disorders and explored solutions and treatment options. Conditions such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and the mental health consequences of sleep disorders were considered. Dr. Sorscher also shared his recommendations on the right quality, the right quantity, and the right timing of good sleep for good health.

Dr. Sorscher has authored multiple articles and studies on sleep health and is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He received his Medical Degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio and completed his residency in Family Medicine at St. Paul Regions Hospital in Minnesota. His fellowship in Sleep Disorders Medicine was completed at Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Dr. Sorscher is welcoming patients at the new Multi-Specialty Clinic on the APD campus.

Suffering From Back Pain? Learn about Minimally Invasive Surgery Options

Photo Hulda Magnidottir, MD

Tuesday, January 23, 2018. This discussion with Neurosurgeon, Hulda Magnadottir, MD, focused on minimally invasive spine surgery options for people suffering from lower back pain, sciatica, lumbar spinal stenosis, and other back conditions that impair mobility. Dr. Magnadottir completed her neurosurgery residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and operates a private practice in Lebanon at Upper Valley Neurology Neurosurgery, doing her surgical work here at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. She performs numerous procedures per year as treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis and herniated discs. In this discussion, she presented minimally invasive spine surgery options and answered questions from the crowd.

Making the Most of How Children Learn Best: A Team-Based Approach to Success at School with APD and the Center for School Success

Photo of Doug Williamson, MD

Thursday, December 7, 2017. Pediatrician Dr. Doug Williamson; behavioral health specialist Linda Addante, MD, MEd; behavioral health specialist Steven Atkins, PsyD; learning specialist Beth Reed, MEd; program manager Leslie Williamson; and program coordinator Nancee Tracy, presented an insightful discussion on helping school-age children with their learning challenges. They shared the details of the Rx for School Success - which helps children and adolescents who are experiencing learning challenges identify and manage them. View the full presentation.

A One-Stop-Shop for Outpatient Care: Discover the APD Multi-Specialty Clinic with Dale Vidal, MD, MS


Thursday, May 18, 2017. The Friends of APD presented the Executive Director of the Multi-Specialty Clinic, Dale Vidal, MD, MS. She discussed the philosophy behind the design and construction of the 44,000 square foot building, which is on schedule to be complete in late 2017. Dr. Vidal covered functional highlights of the physical space, described the sense of community and social dynamic the people and building will provide, and detailed the improvements in care coordination the space will afford. She also sought input from audience members on their ideas for the space. View the discussion.

Keeping Active in the Game of Life

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March 21, 2017. John Houde, MD, Orthopaedic surgeon and Elizabeth Glenshaw, rotator cuff surgery patient and nationally ranked rower, discussed options for rotator cuff injuries, answered questions from the crowd, and shared their personal experiences of returning to mobility and helping patients get back to what they love. View the full discussion.

A Sporting Good Life in the Upper Valley

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November 14, 2016. This discussion featured Richard Wallace, the former owner of Omer & Bob's. Richard discussed his experience leading Omer & Bob’s for over 30 years, the history of the sports industry in our region, innovations and trends in sports equipment, and retail in the Upper Valley. View the full discussion.

How to be a Better Patient

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September 28, 2016. This discussion with Dr. Brian Lombardo, Medical Director, and Dr. Erin McNeely, Assistant Medical Director, both of the Robert A. Mesropian Center for Community Care at APD, offered recommendations and insights on how to be your own best health care advocate. View event highlights.

Can Health Care Be Harmless?

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April 27, 2016. A presentation by Maryann Caron, Associate Vice President of Population Management, Quality Improvement, and Project Management. Participants witnessed the compelling and necessary journey of identifying the true cause of an issue, streamlining an inefficient process, and reducing errors that harm patients. View event highlights.

Advancements in Hip Replacement Surgery

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March 15, 2016. Dr. Tomek specializes in total knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and anterior approach total hip replacement. His last 12 years of orthopaedic practice have been spent developing and testing innovative techniques for hip and knee replacement that reduce post-operative pain, and allow for quicker recovery of function. His approach emphasizes treatment that is tailored to the goals and values of his individual patients—whether it is non-operative or surgical treatment. View event highlights.

Building the Multi-Specialty Clinic

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February 25, 2016. A presentation by Jennifer Arbuckle, AIA, LEED AP, and Partner at the firm Morris Switcher. Jennifer spoke about the design and construction of the Multi-Specialty Clinic (MSC). This two-story, 44,000SF building will deliver one-stop care for the majority of APD's outpatient services. Careful consideration went into the efficiency, comfort and beauty of the building. View event highlights.

Meet some of our friends

Photo of Lori Shipulski

I delivered two of our children at the Birthing Center. The small-hospital atmosphere is what drew us in the first place. We came back because the staff was warm, caring, knowledgeable, and attentive to our needs. When I had the chance to give back through the Friends of APD, I enthusiastically jumped at the chance.

Lori Shipulski, Etna, New Hampshire, Four Seasons Sotheby’s Int’l Realty
Photo of Arlene Bettigole

I am a Friend of APD simply because this special hospital embraces community-oriented health care in the fullest sense and I wish to be a part of this most important step in the future of medicine.

Arlene Bettigole, Quechee, Vermont, Retired Red Cross Hospital Account Manager
Photo of Roney Hoffman

I became involved with APD through a client in my design business. Over the years, I have made wonderful friends and been involved in many of the volunteer activities that make APD so special.

Roney Hoffmann, Thetford, Vermont, Roney Hoffmann Interiors
Picture of Claudia Gibson, Friend of APD

People come first here. APD employees and volunteers take a personal interest in their visitors and clients. We find out what we have in common, rather than what separates us.

Claudia Gibson, West Lebanon, New Hampshire, Former Pediatric Neurologist
Photo of Jen Daly

When I was looking for an opportunity to give back, I couldn’t think of a place more deserving than APD. I love the size and sense of community at APD. Now that I get to interact with and observe the caregivers in Med/Surg, I’m even more impressed with the compassion and quality of care that patients receive here.

Jen Daly, Grantham, New Hampshire, Volunteer in Dickey Medical Surgical Wing
Photo of Dan Moriarty

APD has always impressed me as a small community hospital with a focus on meeting the needs of the Upper Valley community. It has always had a good reputation of catering to the unique individual attributes of its patients. The relatively small size allows it to innovate and facilitate policies and programs that would be prohibitive at larger, more bureaucratic facilities.

Dan Moriarty, Lebanon, New Hampshire, Retired V.A. Social Work Executive