| Friends NEWSLETTER | FALL 2014
New Hampshire Hospital
Association Honors NLH
NLH was honored with two awards at the New Hampshire Hospital
Association’s (NHHA) 80th Annual Meeting held in September at the
Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods. NLH President
and CEO Bruce King received the Leslie A. Smith President’s Award
The Wellness Connection—for a Healthy Lake Sunapee Region
led by NLH’s Lauren Conkey, was named recipient of the HEAL NH
Award for promoting healthy eating and active living.
The Leslie A. Smith President’s Award is bestowed annually upon
an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the
NHHA. King has served as member of the NHHA Board of Trustees
in a variety of capacities, including Chairman of the Board. “While
Bruce is certainly dedicated to the mission of his own hospital, he
has forged a strong link between his hospital and NHHA because
he believes in the importance of this association and makes regular
use of its services,” said NHHA President Steve Ahnen.
The Wellness Connection
was created in response to an anonymous
$700,000 gift to NLH in 2012, whose donor asked for “a plan for
improving the health of the community and the patients served
by the hospital.” This organization, with a 15-person community
steering committee from leading institutions and key constituencies,
is bringing people together to create environments where they live,
work and play that help make healthy choices the easy choices.
I am honored and humbled to have received the President’s
Award,” stated King. “I am also very proud to see New London
Hospital leading a community-wide health initiative aimed at
creating long-lasting partnerships and establishing resources for
wellness that can be used by community members, employers and
organizations in our region for years to come.”
During the 40
years that Mary
Ann Groulx lived
in Burlington, MA,
she had always
wanted to volunteer
her time at the
nearby Lahey
Hospital. But she
was busy with her
family, including husband Paul and their
two daughters, and with her career. For
years, Mary Ann worked for Primedica,
where she started out as a secretary and
then became a benefits manager. She left
Primedica and joined FM Global Insurance
Company, where she worked 16 years
first in Marketing and then in Human
Resources as an HR Specialist.
Ten years ago, Mary Ann and Paul moved
to Newbury, making a seasonal home their
retirement residence. Once settled, Mary
Ann finally had time to volunteer and
chose NLH, working at the Front Desk and
also substituting at the Friends Gift Shop
when coverage was needed.
Mary Ann has been a fantastic volunteer,
but sadly for NLH, she and Paul are moving
back to Burlington to be closer to their
daughters and families, including four
grandchildren. She has loved being here
nine years with us, saying “Everyone who
volunteers cares about the hospital and
wants to be here.” She adds, “I will miss
all the friends and acquaintances I have
made at New London Hospital. It’s been
a wonderful place to volunteer.” And
we will surely miss Mary Ann, whom
we thank for generously sharing her time
and talent with NLH.
In addition to reading, cooking, travel,
and visiting with friends and family in
New Hampshire and Massachusetts, after
getting resettled once again, Mary Ann
says she is definitely going to volunteer—
at Lahey Hospital, of course! They will
be most fortunate to have her, at last.
To volunteer, call Nancy Collins
at 603-526-5133.
Volunteer Spotlight
Mary Ann Groulx
L to R)
NHHA Chair Henry Lipman; NLH Board Chair Anne B. Holmes;
The Wellness Connection
Program Director Lauren Conkey; NLH President/
CEO Bruce King; Shawn LaFrance, Executive Director of the Foundation
for Healthy Communities; and NHHA President/CEO Steve Ahnen