15th Annual Seacoast Half Marathon Goes Virtual

15th Annual Seacoast Half Marathon Goes Virtual

 

The Seacoast Half Marathon, one of coastal New Hampshire’s longest-running half marathons, has announced that the race will be going virtual in 2020. The Seacoast Half Marathon Race Committee, comprised of twelve local volunteer members, made the decision to shift their annual November race to a virtual event due to continued public health concerns related to COVID-19. Hosting a virtual race will enable the committee to continue their philanthropic tradition of supporting a local nonprofit beneficiary, as well as keeping the beloved autumn race tradition intact. Each year, 100% of the net proceeds are donated to a mindfully selected seacoast nonprofit organization.

 

This year’s beneficiary is Cornerstone VNA, an independent nonprofit organization providing home care, hospice care, palliative care, private duty services, and community health and wellness programs. As a local health care provider, Cornerstone VNA has been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for patients of all ages, from birth through end-of-life. “It is truly an honor to be the nonprofit beneficiary of the 2020 Seacoast Half Marathon,” states Erika Lee, Advancement Director at Cornerstone VNA. Lee adds, “Although we would all prefer to have an in-person race, we know that a virtual race is the best decision, and the Race Committee has developed some great ideas to make this year’s event a memorable one.”

 

To add excitement to this year’s event, the Race Committee is offering several distance options for the Seacoast Half Marathon’s ‘Virtual Edition’. Runners and walkers can choose between a 5K (3.1 miles), a quarter marathon (6.55 miles), or a half marathon (13.1 miles). As an added benefit, participants can compete their distance between Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 8th. The registration fees range from $15 to $40, giving runners and walkers the flexibility to select their preferred distance, and event swag offerings. To further support Cornerstone VNA, individuals can add a donation of any amount to their registration fee. There is also an option for registrants to set up their own fundraising page to encourage additional donations from family and friends.

 

According to Jay Diener, Seacoast Half Marathon Race Director, “One of the things the Seacoast Half Marathon Race Committee is proudest of is that we donate all of our revenue (after expenses) each year to local nonprofit organizations. In the 14 years we have held the race, we have donated over $1,350,000. Under any circumstances, Cornerstone VNA would have been a great choice for our beneficiary this year. But, with all of the issues related to the coronavirus, it is even more important to highlight and support the critical work that they do.” Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO at Cornerstone VNA adds, “We have been given an amazing opportunity with this race. It lets us highlight to participants the important work that we do daily caring for the vulnerable in our community. The generous proceeds will enable us to continue to provide care to them, regardless of their ability to pay, and will help us grow and strengthen our programs and services.”

 

To register, visit www.seacoasthalfmarathon.com. The website is also a great place to learn more about the virtual race and how participation, either as a sponsor or as a runner/walker, helps Cornerstone VNA.

 

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit organization currently serving 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 107 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 www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

15th Annual Seacoast Half Marathon Goes Virtual

15th Annual Seacoast Half Marathon Goes Virtual

 

The Seacoast Half Marathon, one of coastal New Hampshire’s longest-running half marathons, has announced that the race will be going virtual in 2020. The Seacoast Half Marathon Race Committee, comprised of twelve local volunteer members, made the decision to shift their annual November race to a virtual event due to continued public health concerns related to COVID-19. Hosting a virtual race will enable the committee to continue their philanthropic tradition of supporting a local nonprofit beneficiary, as well as keeping the beloved autumn race tradition intact. Each year, 100% of the net proceeds are donated to a mindfully selected seacoast nonprofit organization.

 

This year’s beneficiary is Cornerstone VNA, an independent nonprofit organization providing home care, hospice care, palliative care, private duty services, and community health and wellness programs. As a local health care provider, Cornerstone VNA has been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for patients of all ages, from birth through end-of-life. “It is truly an honor to be the nonprofit beneficiary of the 2020 Seacoast Half Marathon,” states Erika Lee, Advancement Director at Cornerstone VNA. Lee adds, “Although we would all prefer to have an in-person race, we know that a virtual race is the best decision, and the Race Committee has developed some great ideas to make this year’s event a memorable one.”

 

To add excitement to this year’s event, the Race Committee is offering several distance options for the Seacoast Half Marathon’s ‘Virtual Edition’. Runners and walkers can choose between a 5K (3.1 miles), a quarter marathon (6.55 miles), or a half marathon (13.1 miles). As an added benefit, participants can compete their distance between Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 8th. The registration fees range from $15 to $40, giving runners and walkers the flexibility to select their preferred distance, and event swag offerings. To further support Cornerstone VNA, individuals can add a donation of any amount to their registration fee. There is also an option for registrants to set up their own fundraising page to encourage additional donations from family and friends.

 

According to Jay Diener, Seacoast Half Marathon Race Director, “One of the things the Seacoast Half Marathon Race Committee is proudest of is that we donate all of our revenue (after expenses) each year to local nonprofit organizations. In the 14 years we have held the race, we have donated over $1,350,000. Under any circumstances, Cornerstone VNA would have been a great choice for our beneficiary this year. But, with all of the issues related to the coronavirus, it is even more important to highlight and support the critical work that they do.” Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO at Cornerstone VNA adds, “We have been given an amazing opportunity with this race. It lets us highlight to participants the important work that we do daily caring for the vulnerable in our community. The generous proceeds will enable us to continue to provide care to them, regardless of their ability to pay, and will help us grow and strengthen our programs and services.”

 

To register, visit www.seacoasthalfmarathon.com. The website is also a great place to learn more about the virtual race and how participation, either as a sponsor or as a runner/walker, helps Cornerstone VNA.

 

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit organization currently serving 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 107 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 www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

The Portsmouth Path of President George Washington walking tour

The Portsmouth Path of President George Washington walking tour on Saturdays, 3:30 pm, 75 minutes in length. Learn about President George Washington and his wife Martha Washington’s visit to Portsmouth in the fall of 1789. Many folks don’t know that George Washington spent time here on the Seacoast back then. This walking tour stops along the way at the Tobias Lear House who was President Washington’s personal secretary. Book your spot at www.PortsmouthHistory.org today! 

Free Virtual Summer Camp offer from Camp CHaD

Free Virtual Summer Camp offer from Camp CHaD (Children’s Hospital of Dartmouth) ; a 7-week, virtual summer camp running from July 6th to August 21st. This virtual camp will be completely FREE of charge for New Hampshire residents. Will include crafts, virtual tours, visits, challenges, and online lessons. Each weekday, you will be emailed 2-3 virtual activities. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camp-chad-tickets-107725868974

John Paul Jones Historic House Opens July 10th

John Paul Jones Historic House will Open July 10th from Friday thru Monday each week! Tours run from 11am to 4pm. The garden at the John Paul Jones House is open the publicall you have to do is open the gate to enjoy a walk through the flowers or a picnic on the lawn. Located at 43 Middle St on the corner of State St.

“Textiles from Near and Far”

Portsmouth Historical Society presents “Textiles from Near and Far” on June 25, 2020 at 7:30 pm via Zoom. Textile expert Diane Fagan Affleck, formerly of the American Textile History Museum guest hosts. FREE for Members. $15 for non-members. Registration required at https://portsmouthhistory.org

New Hampshire Magazine Awards Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, CEO, Cornerstone VNA

New Hampshire Magazine Names Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, CEO, Cornerstone VNA as a 2020 Excellence in Nursing Award Recipient

Reynolds among 13 recipients to be honored at third annual award reception this fall

Rochester, N.H: Cornerstone VNA congratulates its own Julie Reynolds, RN, MS and President/Chief Executive Officer on being awarded the 2020 Excellence in Nursing Award in Nurse Leadership by New Hampshire Magazine. In partnership with the New Hampshire Nurses Association, New Hampshire Magazine launched the Excellence in Nursing Awards in 2018 to put the spotlight on nurses’ skills and contributions as critical members of any health care team. A special event celebrating all recipients is planned for October 22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown.

Reynolds began her role as the CEO of Cornerstone VNA in January 2013, and has over 3 decades of experience in the home care and hospice industry. Reynolds understands that health care is constantly changing and that home care plays an important role in improving the health and well-being of the community.  Under her leadership, the team at Cornerstone VNA has received many local and national accolades, and is well positioned for continued growth and success.

According to longtime Cornerstone VNA Board of Trustees member, Jacqueline Fitzpatrick, “Julie has invested in staff development to continually improve their knowledge and earn specialty certifications.  This has led to improved patient outcomes and high employee satisfaction.  She constantly challenges the team and has invested in technology that improves patient outcomes.”  Fitzpatrick adds, “Julie is deeply committed to Cornerstone VNA as well as the home health care industry.  She has met with political leaders in Washington to discuss the important issues facing home care organizations. And she has demonstrated the passion and knowledge necessary to successfully lead a nonprofit organization in health care which is experiencing constant change and challenges.”

After working for several years in a hospital, Reynolds transitioned to working in home care in 1986, when the need for skilled care at home was increasing. “This is where I found my passion,” she says. “I could see the results of my work and the benefits of patient education, care at home and the teamwork required for it,” she adds. “It was apparent that there was a learning gap in the home care industry, and this really drove me to learn more about it and share my knowledge with my peers. It’s very rewarding to be able to look back from then to now and see the amazing strides that we have made along the way.”

 

“Nurses go above and beyond to comfort, heal and educate their patients, patients’ families and peers,” said Rick Broussard, editor of New Hampshire Magazine. “Nurses like Julie are crucial to the overall health and wellness of Granite Staters. We congratulate Julie on the incredible work she has done and look forward to celebrating her accomplishments this fall.”

2020 Excellence in Nursing Award Recipients

 

Category

Recipient

Hospital or Practice

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Rachel Ritter

Collaborative Anesthesia Partners

Ambulatory Care Nursing

Lisa Lang

Foundation Medical Partners

Cardiovascular Nursing

Pamela Laflamme

Elliot Cardiovascular Consultants, Elliot Health System

Emergency Nursing 

Kelsey Pearl

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

Gerontologic & Long Term Care Nursing

Julie Percy

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord Primary Care

Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing 

Sharry Keller

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Palliative Medicine Team

Maternal-Child Health Nursing

Patricia Roncone

Southern New Hampshire Medical Center

Medical-Surgical Nursing

Kelly Snow

Elliot Hospital

Nurse Educators and Nurse Researchers

Alyssa O’Brien

University of New Hampshire Department of Nursing

Nurse Leader

Julie Reynolds

Cornerstone Visiting Nurses Association

Pediatric & School Nursing

Samantha Presby

Lafayette Regional Elementary School

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 

Kimberly Anick

New Hampshire Hospital

Public Health Nursing

Theresa Calope

City of Nashua, Division of Public Health and Community Services

 

To learn more about the 2020 Excellence in Nursing Award recipients, visit www.nhmagazine.com/excellence-in-nursing.

About Cornerstone VNA:

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, currently serving 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 107 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 www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

 

About New Hampshire Magazine:
New Hampshire Magazine is the essential guide to living in the Granite State, each month joining readers in a quest for all the best the state has to offer. With over 20,000 annual subscribers, New Hampshire Magazine presents features on the most fascinating people, most entertaining places and most delicious cuisine and includes departments covering everything from health to home to humor.

John Paul Jones Garden

John Paul Jones Garden Is Open! A reminder that we have a little slice of heaven in downtown Portsmouth. The garden at the John Paul Jones House is open the publicall you have to do is open the gate to enjoy a walk through the flowers or a picnic on the lawn. Located at 43 Middle St on the corner of State St.

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