2014 Caring & Sharing Annual Appeal
“I was traveling on a plane, and the lady next to me asked to have her seat changed because I took up too much space. I decided right then that I wanted my health back.”
Terry Clough admits that at her “worst health” she weighed 326 pounds, needed fourteen different medications and required insulin treatments for type II diabetes. She lacked energy and motivation, and was frustrated. As a registered nurse at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK), she knew that she needed to focus on behavior change and wellness if she wanted to get healthy. Terry credits the Healthy Monadnock 2020 Champions Program with inspiring the shift in her mindset. Terry shares, “I didn’t feel alone as I prepared for bariatric surgery, with so many other Champions committed to a healthier lifestyle. But more importantly, I developed confidence knowing that I would be surrounded by my colleagues at work who supported me and believed in wellness, because at CMC/DHK, we walk the walk, and talk the talk.”
One hundred and forty plus pounds lighter and still counting, Terry, age 53, no longer needs insulin or takes any medication. Her blood pressure is controlled, she has the energy to sustain her active lifestyle, and she feels empowered to make healthy choices every day. “I am healthy now, and I am so grateful to be able to bend over to tie my shoes and climb Mount Monadnock!” Terry wants her story to inspire others. She shares her gratitude for the coordinated care that she regularly receives as a patient at CMC/DHK, allowing her to continue to improve her health through nutrition, exercise and behavior change, while enjoying her renewed energy and ambition. “Here at CMC/DHK, we need to practice our commitment to wellness before we can promote it, and we do.”
As the only medical center in Cheshire County, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene not only provides high-quality medical care whenever an emergency or illness strikes, but remains staunchly committed to community wellness through continued focus on population health and population medicine practices. Our nonprofit organization, together with many community partners, is leading Cheshire County to create environments where the healthy choices are the easy choices, and where people are less likely to become sick in the first place. And the effort has not gone unnoticed.
In November 2013, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene was the only hospital recognized by the American Hospital Association with the Carolyn Boone Lewis Living the Vision Award. This national award applauds individuals and organizations that “Live the Vision” of a society of healthy communities where all individuals reach their highest potential for health. It is awarded only when deemed worthy, not annually, and the recipient is required to be nominated by others.
This prestigious honor validates our commitment to change the culture of health and health care in the Monadnock Region, and to involve the entire community in the change. It also demonstrates that your donation truly does make a difference in the care of our community. Our Caring & Sharing Annual Appeal is an invitation to support the programs and services that directly impact the patients we serve: Emergency Care; Healthy Monadnock 2020; Charity Care; and Kingsbury Pavilion Patient Relief and Cancer Care, to name a few. Every donation, regardless of size, matters. Your financial support allows us to advance our shared goal of becoming the healthiest community in the nation, with access to the highest standard of health care for all our families, friends and neighbors, while becoming a more sustainable health system.
The Cheshire Health Foundation
580 Court Street
Keene, NH 03431
By phone: (603) 354-6810
Cheshire Health Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) foundation for Cheshire Medical Center. Your gift may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.