Genesis celebrates 50 years with annual meeting, fundraising dinner and auction

MEREDITH — The Board of Directors of Genesis Behavioral Health will hold their annual meeting and fundraising dinner celebrating 50 years of service to the Lakes Region on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 5:30 p.m., at Mill Falls at the Lake, Church Landing in Meredith. Dr. Dror Ben-Zeev, associate professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth College, will provide the keynote address. Dr. Ben-Zeev is also the current director of Dartmouth's Mental Health Program at the Department of Biomedical Data Science, a multidisciplinary effort to apply mobile technology to help support the recovery and improve the outcomes for people with mental illness.

"Mental illness knows no barriers, follows no rules, and impacts families and the community," said Maggie Pritchard, Executive Director of Genesis Behavioral Health, "The reality of the illness is hard to imagine for those who have not lived it. Working within a treatment system that has inherent challenges, including but not limited to access, workforce, transportation, litigation, and the rural nature of our communities, has us looking to technological advances to assist us in providing the highest quality of care. We are delighted to have Dr. Ben-Zeev speak at our annual meeting to introduce us to the future of mobile healthcare."

As is tradition, Genesis Behavioral Health will present the 2016 Helen Holbrook Leadership and Service Award and the Dr. George "Pete" Harris Community Service Award at the annual meeting. The Holbrook Award is given to an individual who leads by example and gives of themselves to strengthen the cause of mental health in the Lakes Region, while the Harris Award is presented to an individual who promotes increased awareness, sensitivity, understanding and acceptance of mental health issues in the Lakes Region through educating the public.

Genesis Behavioral Health will also showcase its 6th annual fundraising and awareness auction at the event. "Our goal is to raise at least $15,000 to support mental health programs and services for nearly 4,000 Lakes Region residents," said Tina Hayes, co-chair of the Auction Committee, "Auction items will be on display at the annual meeting and mobile bidding will be available for on-site bids. We are grateful for the support and generosity of our many donors and bidders. This event is not possible without our sponsors, including our Champion Sponsor, Bank of New Hampshire whose support is provided by the Bank of New Hampshire Charitable Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Proforma Piper Printing, 98.3 LNH, WEMJ, 104.9 The Hawk, Genoa a QoL Healthcare Company, Well Sense Health Plan, Northway Bank, and The Standard."

The auction runs online 24/7 and ends on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. To view the items, place a bid, make a cash donation, sign up for email updates, or refer a friend, visit

Members of the community who wish to attend the annual meeting should RSVP to Kim Beardwood Smith at 524-1100, ext. 445, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Introducing the Anderson Ganong Cancer Center


LACONIA — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it's a perfect time to tell you about the high quality oncology/hematology care one can get right here in the Lakes Region.
After caring for local cancer patients for 25 years, the Hematology/Oncology Department at Lakes Region General Hospital has been given a new name and look.
The Anderson Ganong Cancer Center began simply as the hematology/oncology department in an old patient room at Lakes Region General Hospital 25 years ago. Today, with its own wing and a new name, the center continues to restore hope everyday to those fighting cancer or blood disorders by delivering exemplary care in a truly personal way.
Representative of its tag line, "a family of hope and healing," patients of the Anderson Ganong Cancer Center will find they get exceptional care with a personal touch and they don't have to travel for it. The staff is a group of compassionate, dedicated individuals who think of their patients as family and work hard to provide a comfortable, family, and homelike atmosphere.
The Anderson Ganong Cancer Center is represented through the symbol of the dragonfly representing power, poise, living in the moment, prosperity, good luck, joy and new light; all of which are important not only for patients to have as they fight their illness, but for the Anderson Ganong Cancer Center staff to deliver to them as well. Upon completion of their treatment, patients of the center are given a dragonfly pin as a symbol of their incredible accomplishment and to continue to give them hope and strength as they move on.
Reflecting on his time at the Anderson Ganong Cancer Center, former patient, Pat T. wrote, "As my wife and I now look back on and enjoy over three years of grateful survivor status, the hard work and team efforts of the Anderson Ganong Cancer Center are to be applauded. Not only do they preside over a completely professional setting, but the efficient ease of simply slowing things down, doing things right and assuring the patient of a constructive path, all went a long way toward slowing the fear. These were the most remarkable people I've ever known. These were the people that saved my life."
The Anderson Ganong Cancer Center has been named in recognition of two women and their families who have been strong supporters of the Oncology Department at LRGH since they were patients themselves years ago. Brenda Ganong and her husband John created "Brenda's Ride with Friends: Fighting Cancer One Mile at a Time" and Lynn and Jerry Anderson endowed the Anderson Pharmacy Fund. Both funds have helped numerous patients as they battled one of the most challenging times in their lives.
"Lynn and Brenda are wonderful," stated Sandy Marshall, Director of Philanthropy, Public Relations, Marketing, and Volunteer Services. "They help to provide our patients with what they need, but what insurance does not provide to ease the strain of their treatment."
Cancer patients don't have to go far to receive the top of line care they need and deserve. The Anderson Ganong Cancer Center Provides:
• NH Oncology/Hematology providers (the same providers found at Payson Center in Concord)
• Chemotherapy administered by chemotherapy certified nurses
• Radiation (through partnership with Payson Center)
• Medication management
• Medical imaging
• Surgical services
• Wound care
• Nutrition support
• Clinical and group support
• Oncology rehabilitation

Dinner at Tilt'n Diner on Oct. 18 to benefit Genesis Behavioral Health

TILTON —A spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 18, will benefit Genesis Behavioral Health. The dinner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Tilt'n Diner, located on Laconia Road in Tilton.

The Common Man Family of Restaurants will donate $5 from each spaghetti dinner sold that evening to Genesis Behavioral Health to support programs and services for children, families, and adults living with and recovering from mental illness.

"The Tilt'n Diner has been so gracious to host us for several years now, and we look forward to another successful event on the 18th," said Kim Beardwood Smith, interim director of development and communications at Genesis Behavioral Health. "It's a great way to meet our community and share information about our organization and how we contribute to the health of the region."

For more information about the auction, visit or contact Beardwood Smith at 524-1100 extension 445 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Visiting Nurse Association plans series of flu shot clinics

MEREDITH — Those who are vaccinated against the seasonal flu are not only unlikely to fall ill, they are also less likely to spread the disease to others around them. Influenza is a serious illness that can easily spread and can lead to severe complications, especially in older adults and small children. The Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association is offering flu clinics and other health screenings to community members at little to no cost.

The LRVNA is offering flu shot clinics on:
- Oct. 12 at the LRVNA office in Meredith, 9 to 11 a.m.;
- Oct. 19 at the Meredith Bay Colony Club, 9 to 11 a.m.;
- Oct. 25 at the Tuftonboro Fire Station, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.;
- Oct. 26 at Doris Benz Community Center, Sandwich, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.;
- Nov. 2 at Moultonborough Lions Clu, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and,
- Nov. 3 at LRVNA office in Meredith, noon to 3 p.m.

Call the LRVNA office at 279-6611 to sign up for one of the above clinics. Flu shots are also available from 9 to 10 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. any weekday at the LRVNA office located at 186 Waukewan Street in Meredith, appointments are not necessary.