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Memorial Hospital Recognizes Employees and Medical Staff at Annual Employee Awards Banquet

May 21, 2018

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Memorial Hospital hosted its annual Employee Awards Banquet at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway, NH, to recognize staff for years of service and to honor staff with accolades from Employee of the Year to a Teamwork Award. The 80’s themed event saw over 200 employees and guests turn out to celebrate.

All employees were invited to nominate their peers for the annual Excellence Awards recognizing those who exemplify Memorial’s values of Patient Centered Care, Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Ownership and Innovation, plus other awards for leadership, teamwork, Employee Engagement, and peer recognition. Those being honored included:

Patient Centered Champion – Melissa Bartlett
Spirit of Excellence – Joseph LaRue
Spirit of Respect – Logan Leach
Spirit of Integrity- Molly Foudriat
Spirit of Ownership – William Owen
Spirit of Innovation - Lucy Williams
Spirit of Teamwork – Nurse Coordinators
Leader of the Year – Heather Kennedy
Provider of the Year – Abigail Lang, PA
Employee of the Year – Erica Ramos
Brightest Star: Molly Greenwood
oNE BeAT Engagement Award: Melody Nester

Memorial also honored long-term employees with its annual Service Awards, where staff receive service pins marking years of service ranging from 5-40 years.

Memorial's Chief Medical Officer Ray Rabideau, MD reached the 40 year mark. While he was not able to attend, he did write a statement which was read at the event. In it he shared, “This year, I am the proud recipient of the forty years of service award, the journey for which seemed to have just started yesterday.”
“In the past I have jokingly complained about receiving another award for age rather than for merit, and this year, with all of the recent changes we have seen, I am willing to accept that there is merit to commitment, a merit that is priceless.”

“I had been taught many years ago that decisions that are made from the heart, may not always make the best sense from a business perspective, but often reap rewards which are immeasurably meaningful and fulfilling. Hence the decision I made in 1978 to practice in North Conway. My heart decided for me that I needed to be part of a community in need and that community was defined as the Mount Washington Valley and the Memorial Hospital.”
Employees were recognized for years of service as follows:

40 Years
Ruth Ann Fabrizio, RN
Ray Rabideau, MD

20 Years
Karie Bartnick, RN, Surgical Services
Nancy France, Surgery & Podiatry
Ethnee Garner, RN, VP – Patient Care Services
Aliceann Haulenbeek, RN, Med Surg
Kerima Lepir, Nutrition
Cynthia Shirley, Surgical Services
Joanna Whittington, RN, Med Surg & ICU

15 Years
Heike Capone, Nutrition
Deborah Chute, Registration
Tina Chute, LNA, Merriman House
Rita Croce, RN, Med Surg
Robert Croce, RN, Emergency Department
Carole DiGregorio, EMTI, Emergency Department
Karen Estey, RN, MWV Rural Healthcare
Susan Green, RN, Surgical Services
Theresa Johnson, RN, Emergency Department
Chris Jordan, IS
Heather Kennedy, RN, Surgical Services
Mark Munro, EVS
Liane O’Nell, Nutrition
Carla Placey, RN, Med Surg
Michael Poirier, RN, Nurse Coordinator
Doug Taylor, MD, Orthopedics

10 Years
Debra Brennan, Registration
Kersten Briggs, RN, Family Birthing Center
Warren Chin, DO, MWV Rural Healthcare
Steven Evans, Facilities
Leah Hammer, RN, Med Surg & ICU
Kristen Hargraves, Nutrition
Barbara Hartwell, Registration
Charisse Hirschfield, ARNP, Emergency Department & Walk-In
Anne Howland, RN, Family Birthing Center
Maureen MacDonald, Respiratory
Sean O’Brien, CRNA, Surgical Services
Valeria Magee, LNA, Merriman House
Kelly Simpson, Surgical Services
Joyce Smith, Respiratory
Joanne Weld, Respiratory
Jessica Whitaker, LNA, Family Birthing Center

5 Years
Melissa Bartlett, Patient Financial Advocate
Kathy Bennett, VP – Marketing & Community Relations.
Heather Calvert, Respiratory
Marlene Charleston, Registration & Switchboard
Elaine Chick, IS
Hugh Cochran, CRNA, Surgical Services
Susy Eldridge, Imaging
Donna Fallen, Outpatient Practices
Nancy Jackson, LNA, Merriman House
Julie Limmer, RN, Merriman House
Patricia Lovejoy, RN, Merriman House
Christopher Marcotte, RN, Emergency Department
Lisa Morin, RN, Emergency Department
Melissa Robirds, RN, Med Surg
Joseph Roy, Imaging
Pamela Scarlett, LNA, Merriman House
Lauren Smith, MWV Rural Healthcare
Vilma Staples, EVS
Charlene Swan, Sleep Center
Lewis Whiting, EVS
Lucy Williams, MWV Rural Healthcare
Rachel Hamilton, DO, MWV Rural Healthcare

For more information about Memorial Hospital and to discover their latest job openings, visit them on their website:

About Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, imaging services, cardiopulmonary care, family birthing center, sleep center, oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services. Practices include primary care and family medicine, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes, behavioral health services, women's health, and orthopedics. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer's and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus.

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