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22nd Annual Springfield Hospital Golf Challenge Raises Funds for Annual Giving

SPRINGFIELD, VT (September 28, 2022)  –Springfield Hospital hosted its 22nd Annual Golf Challenge on September 28th at the Fox Run Golf Club in Ludlow, Vermont. Proceeds from this year’s fundraising event go to the annual giving campaign to support the Infusion Pump Campaign.

Ninety-two tournament participants enjoyed a variety of competitions on the course in addition to 18 holes of scramble golf tournament play. A new GMC truck was up for grabs for a hole-in-one on hole 8, thanks to Springfield Buick GMC Cadillac; and ten thousand dollars was available on hole 14 for a hole-in-one, thanks to the Ludlow Insurance Agency. Those two prizes were not awarded, but the players enjoyed a good round of golf in favorable weather.


Winners in the A Flightwere 1st Gross – Chris Gautreau, Todd Lagrow, John Casavant, Dan Houghton;
2nd Gross – Rick Marasa, Christina Graves, Chris Garvey, Brian Perkins. The 1st Net – Chris Capello/Eric Bernardin, Daniel Smith, Ian Swihart, Jay Stone; 2nd Net –Ray Grant, Dave Allbee, Max Zurmuhlen, Don Garrow.

Winners in the B flight were 1st Gross – Tim Mello, Guy Alderdice, Greg White, Bryan Lantz;
2nd Gross – Eric Warren, Stu Currie, Bob O’Brien, Dan Frost. The 1st Net – Mike Pinney, Collin Pinney, Gary Stearns, Vic Baskevitch; 2nd Net –Steve Horsky, Jim Rugg, Kevin Kamky, John Pickelnok.

The straightest drive was won by Tracy Johnson and longest putt went to Guy Alderdice.

The sponsors and raffle prize donors made this year’s tournament a fundraising success. The tournament sponsors this year at the $1000 level were: BlueWater Health, Ellen Lander/Renaissance Benefit Advisors, Kinney Drugs Foundation, NFP, QHR Health, Splendid Splinter Vacation Rental and The Richards Group.

Sponsors at the Tee/Green level of $500 included Claremont Savings Bank, Connecticut Valley ENT, Cota & Cota, CVOSM, DJ’s Restaurant, ebm, 802 Credit Union, Health Plans, Inc., ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists, Infinitt North America, Inc., Richard & Carole Lechthaler, New England Retirement Consultants, Northeast Delta Dental, Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC, Red House Press, Springfield Printing and Vail Law Office.

The Eagle Sponsors at the $250 level included Bibens Home Center, Inc., Crothall Healthcare, Fisher Financial Advisors, LLC, Mike & Diane Halstead, The Abbey Group. The Birdie Sponsors at $100 were Dubois & King, Leader Distribution, Peplau’s Happy Acres Farm, and Twin State Psychological Services.

“Many thanks go to our sponsors and participants for their generous support; and to the staff and volunteers that organized this event. I am grateful to all who made this event a fundraising success”, commented Robert Adcock, CEO of Springfield Hospital.

To see a list of all of the sponsors and donors of the raffle prizes, go to http://www.springfieldhospital.org/fundraising-events/

CVOSM Team – Guy Alderdice, Greg White, Bryan Lantz and Tim Mello
Steve’s Standouts Team – Deke Dexter, Mike Martin, Peter MacGillivray and Steve Ankuda

FLORENCE GOMEZ’S FAMILY REMEMBERS HER CONTRIBUTION TO THE “PATHWAY TO HEALTH

Jerrilyn and Mark Gomez

SPRINGFIELD, VT (August 26, 2022) –  The family of Florence Gomez placed a memorial plaque this summer on the sidewalk going up to Springfield Hospital in recognition of Mrs. Gomez’s  support for the “pathway to health”.  During Springfield Hospital’s 2012-2013 Annual Campaign, funds were raised to construct a pedestrian walkway (sidewalk) from the intersection of Park Street and Ridgewood Road up to the main entrance of Springfield Hospital. Mrs. Gomez, who passed away at the age of 91 in July of 2021, had been an advocate for this project for several years, and at the time of the unveiling of the new sidewalk in 2013, she was invited to cut the ribbon at the ceremony.

Mrs. Gomez’s son, Mark and his wife, Jerrilyn are pictured near the plaque that was placed half-way up hospital hill along with some flowers near a sitting bench. “Our family is proud of mom’s commitment to Springfield Hospital and this sidewalk, which was her passion for many years,” says Mark Gomez. “ Mom loved flowers and helping people. This seemed like an appropriate tribute to her,” continued Mark.

“On behalf of the staff, patients and community members, we thank the Gomez family for placing this memorial plaque to remind us of her efforts to make walking up hospital hill a more pleasant and safe experience,” says Bob Adcock, CEO of Springfield Hospital.

Grace Wilkinson Receives 17th Annual Eileen Austin Neal RN Memorial Scholarship

Grace Wilkinson of Bellows Falls, VT – 2022 Recipient of Eileen Austin Neal RN Memorial Scholarship

SPRINGFIELD, VT (August 3, 2022) – The 17th Annual Eileen Austin Neal RN Memorial Scholarship for Nursing of $1,000 was awarded to Grace Wilkinson of Bellows Falls, VT to attend Endicott College.

“ Growing up, my great-grandmother would tell stories of her time as a nurse,” states Grace, “and I was intrigued by these stories and decided to pursue a career in nursing. She inspired me to follow in her footsteps.”

Eileen Austin Neal was a registered nurse at Springfield Hospital for 64 years, retiring in 2005. She was the first recipient of the Hospital’s George F. Leland Community Health Award in 2003. In 2004, the Hospital established the Eileen Austin Neal Spirit of Nursing Award, given to a staff nurse, in recognition of her many years of dedicated service.

Upon her death in February 2006, at the request of Eileen’s family, Springfield Hospital established the nursing scholarship fund in her name with gifts received in her memory from Eileen’s family as well as from community members.

“As part of the Austin family, we congratulate Grace and wish her good luck with her education,” says Robert Austin of Springfield, VT, son of Eileen Austin Neal.

“For seventeen years, the family and friends of Eileen have been very generous in supporting this scholarship and are proud to keep the memory of Eileen alive in this way. Supporting the education of our young people is essential and Springfield Hospital is honored to be a part of awarding this scholarship,” says Robert Adcock, CEO of Springfield Hospital.

About Springfield Hospital:
Springfield Hospital is a not-for-profit, critical access hospital located in Springfield, VT, serving communities in Windsor, Windham and portions of Bennington counties, in Vermont; and parts of Sullivan and Cheshire counties in New Hampshire. The hospital offers inpatient and outpatient care, 24-hour emergency care, adult day care, and specialty care services including cardiology, oncology, general surgery; ear, nose and throat; orthopaedics, podiatry, gynecology and urology. A comprehensive program of inpatient mental health services is offered at The Windham Center in Bellows Falls, VT. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.springfieldhospital.org, or follow us on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldHospitalVT

Hannah Crosby Receives Dr. Lovell Health Career Scholarship

SPRINGFIELD, VT (July 5, 2022) – Springfield Hospital and Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC) are pleased to announce Hannah Crosby as the recipient of this year’s Dr. E. Sherburne Lovell Health Career Award. Hannah is a resident of Springfield, Vermont and a 2018 graduate of Springfield High School. The Lovell Award contributes $1000 toward a student’s academic pursuit of a career in health and is funded by the proceeds from a community appeal.

Dr. Lovell was a longtime physician at Springfield Hospital, and his daughters, Melissa Post and Elizabeth David, said, “While he was a man who never sought recognition for his service in the medical field or in the community, we know he would be honored to have this award named in his memory.  We hope recipients of the award will share the same sense of wonder and fascination with the world of medicine that he did.”

Hannah attended the Southern Vermont AHEC’s MedQuest program in 2018 and recently completed her junior year in UVM’s nursing program with plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in June 2023. After graduation, she hopes to work as a licensed nursing assistant while preparing to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam. Hannah aspires to a career as an Emergency Department or Intensive Care nurse in Vermont.

“We are so pleased to support Hannah’s pursuit of a career in nursing,” said Jennifer Scott, Executive Director of Southern Vermont AHEC. “She has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to caring for others, and we look forward to her continued contributions to building healthier communities in Vermont.”

To be eligible for the award, students must live in one of the towns served by Springfield Hospital and complete Southern Vermont AHEC’s MedQuest program.  For more information on the MedQuest program, call (802) 885-2126 or go to http://www.svtahec.org.

Contact: Sandy Peplau, Marketing and Development
802-885-7686
speplau@springfieldhospital.org

Photo: L to R: Karen Beardsley, Finance Manager at Southern Vermont AHEC; Mary Perry, Member of Springfield Hospital’s Development Committee; Hannah Crosby; and Bob Adcock, CEO of Springfield Hospital.

About Springfield Hospital:
Springfield Hospital is a not-for-profit, critical access hospital located in Springfield, VT, serving communities in Windsor, Windham and portions of Bennington counties, in Vermont; and parts of Sullivan and Cheshire counties in New Hampshire. The hospital offers inpatient and outpatient care, 24-hour emergency care, adult day care, and specialty care services including cardiology, oncology, general surgery; ear, nose and throat; orthopaedics, podiatry, gynecology and urology. A comprehensive program of inpatient mental health services is offered at The Windham Center in Bellows Falls, VT. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.springfieldhospital.org, or follow us on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldHospitalVT

Professional, Courteous and Friendly Care at Springfield Hospital

“After suffering a mini stroke, I was transported by ambulance to the Emergency Department at Springfield Hospital. The doctor and staff were terrific and very professional in their concern about my situation. I received superior care in the Inpatient Care Unit, and the entire staff was professional, courteous and friendly,
especially Alexis and Adrienne. The severity of my illness required transfer for a higher level of care. Adrienne coordinated a flawless transfer. I cannot thank the staff at Springfield Hospital enough for the care that I received.” -George Bellin, Chester, VT

Springfield Hospital ED Scores a Home Run

“We want to express our gratitude to Doug Nilson, MD, Medical Director, Olga Carey, RN and the entire Emergency Department team at Springfield Hospital for taking great care of our daughter, Lola, after a very serious dog bite to her face.We sincerely appreciate the prompt attention, kindness, and professionalism during this traumatic situation. The entire team was extremely thoughtful and attentive which helped calm Lola’s anxiety – and ours as well. We deeply appreciate the wonderful care we received from Springfield Hospital. Thank you.”

The family of Lola McGinnis

LINDSEY POLLARD RECEIVES THE
2022 EILEEN AUSTIN NEAL SPIRIT OF NURSING AWARD

Robert S. Adcock, MBA, FACHE, CEO; Lindsey Pollard, RN OCN;
Lyndsy McIntyre, MSN, MBA, RN, VP of Patient Care Services

Springfield, VT (May 26, 2022) – Springfield Hospital is pleased to announce Lindsey Pollard, RN OCN as recipient of the 2022 Eileen Austin Neal RN Spirit of Nursing Award. Lindsey has been working at Springfield Hospital since 2004. This award was created in 2004 in honor of Eileen Austin Neal, RN, who worked at Springfield Hospital for 64 years and retired in 2005.

This award was created in 2004 in honor of Eileen Austin Neal, RN who worked at Springfield Hospital for over 64 years and retired in 2005. Judy Mittica, RN was the first recipient of this award on the request of Eileen. You can see a photo of Eileen along with her cap and uniform, and a list of the all the recipients since 2004 in the hospital lobby on Level C.

Criteria for the award includes communication, care for patients, nursing professionalism, and teamwork. Nominations are accepted from throughout the organization and are reviewed and voted on by a committee that includes the previous year’s recipient and a member of Eileen’s family, among others. This year’s nominees included Vicky Collingwood, BSN, RN, Assistant Manager and Unit Based Educator, Inpatient Care Unit; Lindsey Pollard, RN, OCN, Clinical Leader, Specialty Clinic; and Sue Pollard, BSN, RN, Director, Adult Day Services.

Contained within Lindsey’s nomination are the following words from one of her colleagues: “Lindsey holds standards for care and ensures the best for every patient, carefully paying attention to details, acknowledging her patients as human beings, and making sure processes and communication are happening that benefits her patients and department every day.” “On behalf of the staff of Springfield Hospital and its Board of Directors, I’m pleased to recognize Lindsey for her commitment to our patients and staff,” commented Robert Adcock, Chief Executive Officer for Springfield Hospital.  

Lester “Pete” Peck Receives VT Pharmacists Award

SPRINGFIELD, VT (April 15, 2022) – Springfield Hospital’s Director of Pharmacy Services, Lester “Pete” Peck, R.Ph., Pharm.D. was honored with the Inaugural Challenge Coin Award from the Vermont Pharmacists Association at their spring meeting. The Vermont Pharmacists Association Challenge Coin recognizes a pharmacist who has contributed to the welfare of patients and the profession of pharmacy in both civilian and military/first responder settings. The VPA Challenge Coin reads, “Civilian-Pharmacist-Serviceperson.”

“Congratulations Pete! We are honored to have you as a member of our staff, and we thank you for your commitment to our patients and your service to our country,” stated Bob Adcock, CEO of Springfield Hospital.

Major Pete Peck is the Pharmacy Logistics Officer for the 804th Medical Brigade United States Army Reserve. During COVID-19, Major Peck served on the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force (UAMTF) in New York City.

Eileen Austin Neal Nursing Scholarship Applications Due June 24

SPRINGFIELD, VT (March 29, 2022) –  Applications are now being accepted for the 17th Annual Eileen Austin Neal Nursing Scholarship of $1,000.  This scholarship is open to any student who has been accepted into a nursing program of study.  Applicants will be judged on interest in and commitment to the field of nursing.  Determination will be based on merit and need.

Eileen Austin Neal was a registered nurse at Springfield Hospital for 64 years, retiring in 2005.  She was the first recipient of Springfield Hospital’s Community Health Award in 2003. In 2004, the Hospital established the Spirit of Nursing Award in recognition of her many years of dedicated service.

Upon her death in February 2006, at the request of Eileen’s family, Springfield Hospital established a nursing scholarship fund in her name with the gifts received in her memory. “This scholarship continues the positive influence Eileen had on both nursing and the community,” said Lyndsy McIntyre, VP of Patient Care Services at Springfield Hospital.

The application deadline is June 24, 2022. Click here for the scholarship application . If you would like more information, please contact Sandy Peplau in the Marketing & Development office by email speplau@springfieldhospital.org or call 802-885-7686.

Springfield Hospital Receives 2022 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award

Springfield, VT (March 25, 2022) – Springfield Hospital is pleased to announce that it has received the 2022 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness-Gold Level Award. This award is presented each year by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Vermont Department of Health to worksites that encourage their employees to establish a healthy environment in which to work and create programs that help reduce chronic disease and support emotional wellbeing. “Having a supportive, healthy environment at work is beneficial to both employees and their families,” says Janet Lyle, Springfield Hospital’s VP of Human Resources. “We are pleased with this recognition by the State of Vermont and will continue to promote positive healthy initiatives for our employees,” continued Lyle. “We thank you for your commitment to health and wellness at your workplace, especially during these unique times,” says Ashwinee Kulkarni, Public Health Specialist with the VT Department of Health.