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SPRINGFIELD HOSPITAL SEEKING APPLE BLOSSOM COTILLION DIRECTORS FOR 2023

SPRINGFIELD, VT (January 3, 2023) –  According to the American Heritage Dictionary, tradition means “a time-honored practice or a set of such practices.” Keeping traditions, like the Apple Blossom Cotillion alive requires people and a strong commitment to the “practice.” For years, there certainly has not been any lack of commitment from individuals such as Pam Church, Carrie Jewell, Larry Kraft, Marie Laplante, Tracy Austin, and numerous others… years of volunteer dedication since the Cotillion’s inception in 1957.

Springfield Hospital remains committed to the Apple Blossom Cotillion, and we are seeking your help. We are seeking new directors for the 2023 Cotillion. Pam and Carrie have done an outstanding job over the years, and are now ready to hand over the directorship to new leadership. If you have an interest in either directing or helping with the production of the 2023 Apple Blossom Cotillion which traditionally takes place the first weekend in May, please email or call Sandy Peplau, Marketing and Development, 802-885-7686, speplau@springfieldhospital.org.

Thanks to our 2022 Hearts of Hope Donors

SPRINGFIELD, VT (December 22, 2022)  – Springfield Hospital and its volunteers would like to thank all those individuals that supported this year’s Hearts of Hope campaign. The Hearts of Hope campaign is an opportunity to remember, and honor loved ones, friends, or co-workers in a very special way, while supporting Springfield Hospital.  Individuals who contribute $15 or more have a handmade heart ornament placed on the Hearts of Hope holiday tree. Each ornament has the name of an individual that the donor wishes to remember or honor. Over 250 ornaments were on display at the hospital. All the ornaments have now been sent to the donors or their honorees so they may display them in their homes.


The Hearts of Hope Committee members include volunteers Barbara Bye, Linda Feddersen, and Marcia Manner. The ornaments were made by Chrissy Bedard, Brenda Buswell, Pat Graves and Sandy Peplau.  This year, the campaign will support Springfield Hospital’s 2022-2023 Annual Giving Campaign. Our generous donors continue to send funds for this campaign and to date, we have raised over $9,000. Thank you to all the donors!


To view the tree dedication ceremony program, visit www.springfieldhospital.org/fundraising-events/.

Springfield Hospital Announces New Pain Clinic

SPRINGFIELD, VT (October 20, 2022) – Springfield Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of the Springfield Pain Clinic. Located on Level D at Springfield Hospital, the Pain Clinic’s goal is to assist patients with chronic and acute pain issues and develop a treatment plan that meets patient’s needs and expedites their recovery process. The clinic offers pain management for medical conditions that include lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, musculoskeletal disorders, complex regional pain syndrome and neuropathy.

The Pain Clinic team collaborates with primary care providers and other healthcare team members to develop a plan of pain management personalized for each patient that focuses on opiate-free and opioid-sparing techniques. The interventional pain management treatments include, for example, facet joint injections, epidural steroids, trigger point injections, ultrasound-guided regional injections and occipital nerve block injections. Other treatments options are also available.

A complete history and comprehensive physical exam are completed and personalized recommendations may include physical therapy, lab work, imaging, injections, counseling and coping strategy therapy, and a surgical plan of care if needed.

Providers Francis Valenti, CRNA, NSPM-C, and Daniel Rice, CRNA, NSPM-C, are board certified and work closely with patients and their healthcare team. All appointments require a referral and patients are encouraged to inquire about Springfield Pain Clinic services with their primary care provider. For more information on services or referrals, please visit www.springfieldpainclinic.org.


Fastest Kid in Town for 2022

We were delighted to sponsor the Fastest Kid in Town event on Saturday, October 8 at Riverside Park in Springfield as part of the Vermont Apple Festival. Many thanks go to the staff and volunteers of the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center for organizing this event for the youth in our community.

Children ages 5 to 12 competed in 100- or 200-yard dashes for the fastest boy and girl in each category. This year’s winners are Ian Taylor, ages 5-6; Turner Shute and Aoife Joyce, ages 7-8; Magnus Conroy and Adela Fuentes, ages 9-10; and Malachi Bactad and Keeli Stewart, ages 11-12.

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 Flight were
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 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