Champions of Hope
Videos from the 2013 Champions of Hope event are available. Please click on the links below
Thank you to our award winners, sponsors, committee and all who participated in making Champions of Hope a memorable event.
The medical professional honoree, Claire Rodehaver, RN, MS, NE-BC has enjoyed a remarkable 30 year tenure at MVH.She began her career as a bedside nurse and since then she has been instrumental in expanding services for cancer patients, including assisting in the creation of the hospital's Bone Marrow Transplant program. She currently serves as the administrative director the MVH Hospitalist Group and the Upper Valley Medical Center Hospitalist Group. With a truly positive impact on thousands of patients, family members and colleagues, Claire Rodehaver represents the finest qualities of an outstanding medical professional.
Soon after a young mother of three children discovers she is pregnant, she learns she has a suspicious lesion on her brain. Susie Thomas and her husband Ben put their faith in God and in the physicians and staff at MVH to find a balance in what is best for Susie and best for the baby she is carrying. At 39 weeks, after surviving Susie's brain surgery, baby Annie was born healthy with no complications. Two weeks later, Susie began chemo therapy. Through it all she has maintained an incredibly positive and optimistic spirit, facing her adversities with strength and a remarkable sense of humor. The family plans to move to Brazil soon to continue their work with Athletes in Action. Susie Thomas exemplifies the courageous resolve of a true survivor.
With a background in social work, Heather Salazar met Alexis, a patient in the last stages of breast cancer who had an infant daughter. As Heather assisted the needs of the dying woman she became emotionally attached to the baby, deciding before Alexis passed away that she wanted to adopt little Lexi. A year later, Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer but was determined that Lexi would not lose two moms to cancer. Throughout her treatment and recovery, Heather was assisted with daily activities like cooking and cleaning by family and friends. When she later met the founder of the Pink Ribbons Girls, Heather learned about similar needs shared by other cancer patients and she joined the organization. Now assisting women with the same kind of help she received during her illness, Heather Salazar is a true caregiver in every sense of the word for families throughout the area.
While the word 'icon' can be easily overused, it is no exaggeration to say that - for staff at MVH - Mary Margaret Brown Deniston is an iconic nurse, leader, mentor and volunteer. A graduate of the MVH School of Nursing, Mary Margaret was instrumental in creating the Advanced Care Unit - a bridge between critical care and traditional nursing care. She earned the respect of the nurses in her charge and the physicians who relied on the exacting standard of care for their patients. A physician nicknamed the unit 'Brown County' in her honor. After her retirement she was diagnosed with cancer which she fought with typical grit and tenacity. Her service continues as she has become an invaluable volunteer at the Jerry R. Colp Center of Nursing Excellence. A revered person of inspiration to everyone she has encountered, Mary Margaret Brown Deniston is a true Champion of Hope.
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