June 7, 2012

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Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital nursing assistant honored for excellence

Caregiver receives award at State House event

 CONCORD — Talbot Blanchard, a licensed nursing assistant from
Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook received theLNA Day 2012 024 websize 13th annual LNA of the Year Award from the New Hampshire Hospital Association at a ceremony at the State House yesterday.

Blanchard, a "career change" nurse who previously spent 29 years at the Ethan Allen furniture plant in Beecher Falls, Vermont, was cited by his peers for "bringing brightness and energy to his patients during their darkest and sickest hours."

The recipient – a medical/surgical LNA who was named "Employee of the Year" at UCVH after his first year on the staff – was chosen for the NHHA award from among a dozen finalists from hospitals throughout the state.

Other health care associations in the state honored their own award winners at the ceremony, which is sponsored by the Home Care Association of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Association of Counties/County Nursing Homes, New Hampshire Association of Residential Care Homes, New Hampshire Health Care Association, and the NHHA.

These groups formed an alliance to pay annual tribute to the people who care for those in need. The organizations solicit nominations from the state's home care agencies, public and private nursing facilities and hospitals. They select one individual to represent each group as LNA of the Year, based on compelling stories of kindness and caring.

"Our hospitals are very proud of their staff, especially the nurses and LNAs," said Steve Ahnen, NHHA president, (pictured at right with award recipient Talbot Blanchard). "We receive some terrific nominations every year, and it's always difficult to choose the LNA of the Year, but Tal Blanchard clearly deserves the recognition."