Health news and notes


Film explores end-of-life-care

On Oct. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m., Brattleboro Area Hospice will host a community screening of the documentary "Being Mortal."

After the screening, audience members can participate in a facilitated conversation about the film, including a focus on the importance of talking about and planning your healthcare wishes throughout one's lifespan.

The expert panelists will include Dr. Dan Caloras, MD, Co-Medical Director of VNH Hospice; Seth Gypson, RN, VNH Hospice Nurse Case Manager; Emma Gardner, MSW, Medical Social Worker, Bayada Hospice; and Leslie Goldman, MSN, MPH, APRN, Family Practice Nurse Practitioner, Cheshire Medical Ctr & local Bellows Falls resident.

The event will take place at the Rockingham Free Public Library at 65 Westminster St. This event is free and open to the public.

"Being Mortal" delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters.

The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Patty Dunn at 802-257- 0775, ext. 102, or


BMH to host career fair

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will host a career fair on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The fair will be held in the hospital's Brew Barry Conference Center from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Open to the public, the fair will allow attendees to meet and greet with current staff and managers as well as engage in onsite interviews. While BMH currently offers a multitude of openings, three positional categories require immediate filling: RN's/LPN's, Medical Assistants, and Environmental Service Aides.

For more information on the event or to explore careers, visit or call 802-257-8246.


The nurse is in

Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services is hosting a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Chesterfield Town Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The current vaccine protects against four strains of influenza. No appointment is necessary. To receive the vaccine, patients need to be 18 years or older, wear appropriate attire that allows access to upper arms, and have an Anthem, Harvard Pilgrim, MVP or Medicare insurance card or $35 cash or check.

A wellness nurse will be available for a foot care clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Millstream Community Center in Hinsdale from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is a $25 charge for foot care services. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling 603-352-2253          

No appointment is necessary, and the service is provided free of charge to residents of all ages.For more information, call 603-352-2253 or visit                    


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