Cornerstone VNA Welcomes New Assistant Hospice Medical Director

Cornerstone VNA Welcomes New Assistant Hospice Medical Director


Rochester, NH – Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health provider, welcomes Dr. Peter Saikali, MD, as the new Assistant Hospice Medical Director. Dr. Saikali brings a wealth of experience and expertise, further strengthening Cornerstone VNA’s commitment to providing exceptional Hospice Care and support to patients and their families.


In addition to his part-time Assistant Hospice Medical Director role at Cornerstone VNA, Dr. Saikali serves as the HCA/Envision Regional Medical Director and Hospitalist at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and is a Hospitalist for two other local HCA hospitals including Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH, and Parkland Medical Center, Derry, NH. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA.


Dr. Saikali’s academic achievements include a Doctor of Medicine degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. Throughout his career, Dr. Saikali has demonstrated a strong commitment to clinical excellence, research, and patient-centered care, and has received numerous awards and recognitions for his dedication and impact in the field of medicine.


“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Saikali to Cornerstone VNA,” said Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO of Cornerstone VNA. “His experience and dedication to patient care align perfectly with our mission to provide compassionate and comprehensive hospice care. We are confident that Dr. Saikali will be an invaluable asset to our team and the community we serve.”


In addition to his achievements, Dr. Saikali is actively involved in various committees, including the Utilization Review Committee and Credentialing Committee at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. He also participated in a 6-week learning and teaching experience at a hospital in Zimbabwe to learn more about global medicine.


According to Dr. Saikali, “I am very excited to join the team at Cornerstone VNA! With my expertise in internal medicine, coupled with my passion for hospice and palliation, I know Cornerstone VNA and I will do amazing things for our patients.” Dr. Saikali continues, “Ensuring that patients have dignity and compassionate care in their most vulnerable times is what drives my interest. I am sure that my appreciation for hospice care will only grow deeper over time with the concepts and tools that I learn from Cornerstone VNA. I’m looking forward to a fruitful future with this amazing team!”


Please join Cornerstone VNA in welcoming Dr. Peter Saikali to their Hospice Care Team.


Cornerstone VNA currently serves Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty, and Community Care. For over 111 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit or call 800-691-1133.


42nd International Children’s Festival

Somersworth Celebrates 42nd International Children’s Festival on June 14th and 15th. Friday night’s Celebration starts at 5:30 p.m. at Somersworth High School, with live entertainment. On Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Main Street in Somersworth will be transformed into a vibrant street filled with lots of fun for the kids, yummy food, craft and retail vendors, educational exhibits, and talented street performers. 

Beginner Modern Square Dance class

Beginner Modern Square Dance class on Monday, June 3rd, 6-7:30 at First Parish Church, Dover. No partner, no special clothing & no experience needed. Free first class. Come meet new people, get some brain and heart healthy walking exercise and have fun!  For more info, contact Priscilla at

Berwick’s 11th annual car show

Berwick’s 11th annual car show. Get ready to rumble on Sunday, June 2nd (rain date Sunday, June 9th) at 11 Sullivan Square! A family-oriented event featuring hundreds of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and customs. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. sharp and the event runs until 2:00 p.m. Plus music, food, beverages, and more! Bring the family – good time guaranteed! Hosted by Charles S. Hatch Post #79 to benefit local veterans and their families.

June 1st Opening Day for Museums in South Berwick, Rollinsford

June 1st Opening Day for Museums in South Berwick, Rollinsford


South Berwick, ME- Old Berwick Historical Society invites the public to Opening Day festivities on Saturday, June 1st at the Counting House Museum to kick-off its summer season.


Join the society from 1pm-4pm for a “Seeds of the Past” project, where history will take root in our Flax Garden. This is a special planting event; we will sow the seeds of tradition and the flax will be harvested in August and then, using historic practices, will transform it into linen. Come celebrate this planting as well as the artistry of early American textile craft and our wonderful exhibition. Admission is free, donations are gratefully accepted. The museum is located at 2 Liberty Street in South Berwick.
The society will also be participating in a “passport” program that day with Historic New England’s Sarah Orne Jewett House and Hamilton House, as well as the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History’s Colonel Paul Wentworth House. The Historic New England houses will be open from 11am-4pm with free admission.


The Colonel Paul Wentworth House will be hosting a living history event that day with the British Royal Artillery from 10am-4pm, admission fee is $5 for adults; kids and ARCH members are free.

Postcard passports will be available at all four sites. Guests that visit every location can submit their stamped postcard at their last site to be entered into a prize drawing. The prize will include items from each organization. Any questions can be directed to

Liberty House Craft Fair

Liberty House Craft Fair at the Somersworth American Legion Post #69 on June 22nd from 10am to 3pm. Vendors, food and prizes, all to support a great charity. Liberty House is safe and substance-free transitional housing community for homeless veterans committed to a path of independence and self-sufficiency.  

Visions of Home: A Tribute to Jim Reagan’s New England at The Art Center

Visions of Home: A Tribute to Jim Reagan’s New England at The Art Center

The Art Center is proud to announce the opening of a special exhibition, “Visions of Home: A Tribute to Jim Reagan’s New England,” at the Jim Reagan Gallery. Running now through June 29, this exhibition pays homage to Jim Reagan’s enduring legacy.

In January 2023, The Art Center dedicated a gallery space in honor of Jim Reagan, ensuring that his remarkable legacy remains interwoven into the fabric of our artistic community.

Jim Reagan, who made Dover his home in the mid-1980s while working for American Airlines, has been a prolific New England artist for over three decades. His primary subjects are the landscapes of the beautiful New England coast, spanning from Maine to Massachusetts. 

What makes Reagan’s work exceptional is his luscious use of saturated color and the way he fashions sunlight playing throughout each piece.

A Bowling Green State University graduate with a B.S. in Art Education, Jim Reagan’s journey as an artist took a unique path. After his teaching career, he combined his passion for painting with life in the airline industry as a flight attendant, allowing him to dedicate blocks of time to further his artistic development.

Over the years, Jim Reagan’s work has garnered recognition and praise, earning him numerous awards and securing a place in private collections worldwide.

Family and friends pay tribute to Jim Reagan, who passed away in November of last year. 

The exhibition features a collection of Jim Reagan’s New England oil paintings, which showcase the beauty and charm of the region’s sea and landscapes.

Visions of Home: A Tribute to Jim Reagan’s New England is on display through the end of June. Join us for a reception on Saturday, June 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to don their finest artsy outfits and express their own unique creativity and style.

The Art Center is at 1 Washington Street, Suite 1177, in Dover, NH. For more information, please visit

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