VNH’s Maloney Granted Hospital Medical Director Certified Credential

The Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH)’s Cristine Maloney, MD, Hospice Medical Director was recently granted the Hospice Medical Director Certified (HMDC) credential by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board. Dr. Maloney was recognized for her commitment to improving quality of life by displaying professional competency in the hospice industry.

“For me personally, HMDC is a way to demonstrate to others mastery of the special skill set that a hospice medical director needs to provide excellent clinical and administrative care to hospice patients,” Dr. Maloney said. “This is the professional standard for hospice medical directors and I’m excited to have achieved it.”

Hospice practice includes patient care, medication management, performance improvement, engagement in interdisciplinary group (IDG) activities, and much more. Professional certification affirms a knowledge and experience base for hospice physicians to display commitment to their career, dedication to patient and family care, and the sustainability of the hospice organization and industry. HMDC designation is granted for six years and is renewed through continued validation of knowledge and re-assessment.

VNH serves more than 150 towns in Vermont and New Hampshire; VNH caregivers provide services for more than 5,000 people each year and makes more than 150,000 home visits to people of all ages and at all stages of life. Visit vnhcare.org for more information.

Cars, Planes and Vendors Wanted!

We’re planning for our fourth annual Wings and Wheels event, a celebration of the Lebanon community held at the Lebanon Airport. This year’s Wings and Wheels will take place from 11 am – 2 pm on Saturday, September 23.

The Wings and Wheels Committee is seeking car and motorcycle clubs and owners of rare and unusual vehicles and aircraft to display as part of the event. As in past years, there will be cash prizes for cars on exhibition. The Chamber is also seeking vendors and family activities for the event. For more information or to register, contact the Chamber offices at (603) 448-1203 or email us.

25th Annual Jim Weschler Golf Tournament

The 25th Annual Jim Weschler Golf Tournament, held on June 7 at Eastman Golf Links in Grantham, was a success, netting more than $3,700 for scholarships for adult learners in the greater Lebanon area.

“We had a team of committed volunteers who helped make this event such a success,” said Rob Taylor, Executive Director of the LACC. “Our event sponsors and prize donors helped make sure our attendees had a great day, and we were lucky enough to have perfect weather. It’s great to see so many people come out to support strengthening our area workforce through education.”

The Wechsler Memorial Golf Classic honors former Chamber Director, educator and coach Jim Wechsler. Proceeds benefit the Wechsler Scholarship Fund for adult learners pursuing college degrees and professional accreditation. More than $85,000 in scholarship funds have been distributed by the Chamber since the Fund’s inception.

Be a Part of Lebanon’s Growth

The Chamber is always looking for members to serve on workgroups for Chamber events and strategy. You don’t have to be a Director to play an important role in shaping policies, helping with events, or improving the way we do things.

Current workgroups:

Spring Event Committee

Marketing Committee

Scholarship Committee

Social Media Advisory Workgroup

Wings and Wheels Workgroup

If you’re interested in these committees or other issues that are important to you as part of our Chamber, contact Bridgett at 448-1203 / chamberlebanon@gmail.com.

Thoughts from all over the Lebanon Area…

The Lebanon Economic Vitality Exchange Committee (EVEC), a joint economic initiative between the City and the Chamber, has had some great discussions recently. Our most recent meeting focused on land use regulation in the city and how to streamline planning and zoning requirements for efficiency. This Chamber feels strongly that we as a community must take a “proactive approach” to the challenges we face. Other subjects on the radar for EVEC include workforce housing, workforce development, and implementation of Lebanon’s downtown re-visioning/revitalization plan for the downtown area, as well as the creation of a re-visioning/revitalization plan for the West Lebanon area…

In fact, the Westboro Rail Yard in old West Lebanon is back on the table. A recent letter to the Governor from the Chamber turned some attention back to the eyesore that is the old rail facility. Some enlightening discussions with Lebanon’s most experienced stakeholders later and we have some ideas beginning to come into focus. Priorities include; figuring out how to facilitate state and local cooperation and even more importantly, how/who to pay for a significant clean up job. A first step would be to remove the old dilapidated, and in some cases burned out, structures. Estimates say that work alone could be more than $1 million, due to asbestos contamination in some details. Stay tuned…

Contemplate this: modern technology has made it possible for a business sign to be whole lot more than just a sign. LED equipment and computers mean that a sign can now be completely customizable. “Joe’s Market” can advertise daily specials out front on a full color screen, and can even show video and photos of Joe and his products. All this means big changes for the City’s sign ordinance. The Chamber has two members on the city’s newly constituted “Sign Task Force” to flesh out these and other issues and how they impact Lebanon. Businesses and individuals that have strong feeling on signage are encouraged to contact the Chamber so their voice can be heard…

After many years of use, the Chamber has decided to no longer manage the Information Booth on the green (under the bandstand). We will support the city as they choose how to repurpose the space. Of course, our office is always open to the public during business hours, and we’ll be getting a signboard out to let visitors know where we are.

Wouldn’t it be great to see more art in public spaces around Lebanon? A group is taking shape with arts stakeholders from around the City to do just that. Picture new sculptures on the green or murals on the retaining walls. Lebanon has quietly become an arts destination, in particular the downtown area with AVA, LOH and the new location for UVMC. Our ears on the ground have heard talk of a 501(c)(3) taking shape to realize the vision of more public art in Lebanon…

We have moved!

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce is now located at 2 South Park Street, Lebanon, NH.

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