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PUTNAM - Day Kimball Hospital has announced that Beth Thayer, mental health worker/unit receptionist of the behavioral health department, is the hospital's December employee of the month.

The Employee Council, a group of 20 hospital representatives, selected Ms. Thayer as the employee of the month after reviewing various nominations from the hospital staff.

"It's truly an honor for me to be the employee of the month," said Ms. Thayer in a prepared statement. "I enjoy my job and find it very rewarding. I am part of a great staff and appreciate everyone that I work with."

In July 1999, Ms. Thayer began working in the psychiatric inpatient unit in her current job as a mental health worker/unit receptionist. She is studying to become a radiology technologist, with the ultimate goal of becoming an ultrasonographer.

Kathleen Mackenzie, manager of the psychiatric inpatient unit, described Ms. Thayer in a prepared statement as "a true team player. She is always willing to lend a hand."

The hospital has also named Linda Rochefort, registered nurse in the Maternal Child Health Unit, as the hospital's January employee of the month.

"When I first learned about this award I felt honored," said Ms. Rochefort in a prepared statement. "The Maternal Child Health Unit is a wonderful place to work. A unit is only as good as its staff, and we are so fortunate to have wonderful professionals in MCH. We are blessed, all of the staff, nurses and physicians are colleagues and friends. It's a wonderful and supportive place to work."

Ms. Rochefort started her career at Day Kimball Hospital in 1980 as a staff nurse in the nursery. She stayed for two years, and then moved with her family to Pennsylvania. When the Rocheforts returned to Connecticut in 1986, she came back to Day Kimball as a per diem nurse, and then accepted a staff position in the pediatric unit. In 1989, she began working in the maternal care unit and has been there ever since.

Ms. Rochefort's colleagues say that she can be counted on to see the good in even the worst situation and can turn any negative into a positive. Her sense of humor is remarkable, and her patients single her out for her compassion and gentleness, they report.

The Friends of the Charlton Library invite photographers of all ages, both amateur and professional, to submit entries for a calendar contest. The winning submissions will be included in a 2009 calendar in stand-up format with 12 different pictures that represent the town of Charlton.

The calendar, a fundraising project of the Friends, will be available for purchase at the end of 2008. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Charlton Library.

Photographers interested in submitting should adhere to the following guidelines: limit of four submissions (only one photo per photographer will be chosen); pictures should not include people; all photographs must be taken in Charlton (location should be indicated on the back if in hard copy format or as a caption if sent electronically); and photographers must be Charlton residents.

Photographers are encouraged to submit pictures that depict each of the four seasons. All rights to the photograph remain with the photographer. The photographer grants the Friends of the Charlton Library one-time rights to publish the photograph in the calendar.

Each published photograph will bear the photographer's name and contact information

No compensation will be awarded for winning submissions. There is no entry fee.

Electronic submissions are preferred and should have CFOL photo contest in the subject line. Photos may also be mailed to: Charlton Public Library, 40 Main St., Charlton MA, 01507.

Deadline for submissions is Sept. 30.

All photographs, including those not accepted for the calendar, will be on display in the library following publication of the calendar

For more information, contact Phyllis Hanlon at 508-248-5161 or by e-mail at

Day Kimball Hospital announces that Celeste Ann Dietlin was the first baby born in 2008 at the health care facility.

Delivered by Dr. David Yeager, Celeste came into the world at 5:46 a.m. Jan. 1 to parents Jamey Smith and Bryan Dietlin of Dayville. The infant weighed 6 lbs. 14.6 oz. and measured 20-1/4 inches long.

"We are proud to welcome Celeste as Day Kimball Hospital's first baby born in 2008," said Virginia Army, director of corporate communications, in a prepared statement. "On behalf of Day Kimball Hospital, we would like to extend warm wishes and congratulations to Ms. Smith and Mr. Dietlin on the birth of their new daughter."

Because Celeste was the first born baby in 2008, her parents received two gift baskets; one given by Day Kimball Hospital and one donated by Babies "R" Us and valued at $50. The basket organized by Day Kimball included items donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals. Contributions included baby clothes, accessories, a gift certificate and a U.S. Savings Bond from the following: Day Kimball Hospital Maternal Child Health Unit; Wonderland Books; Day Kimball Hospital Woman's Board Gift Shop; Wal-Mart; Express Photo; Day Kimball HomeMakers; Putnam Bank; Hank's Restaurant; and Windy Acres Florist.

"We're so happy to welcome Celeste into the world, she's just the most precious baby," said proud mom Jamey in a prepared statement.

WARE - Baystate Mary Lane Hospital's Community Outreach Department Mary Lane Hospital and the Community Outreach Department is set to once again present its annual Health Fair from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 2 on the first and second floors of the hospital.

This year's Health Fair will include informational booths with materials available on a host of hospital services, including the Rays of Hope and the Comprehensive Breast Center at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Baystate Rehabilitation Care, Women & Infant Services at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, Quaboag Gastroenterology Group, Senior Class and Spirit of Women Loyalty Programs, Baystate Medical Health Net Plan, and Infection Control from Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.

In addition, Shields MRI will be on hand as well. A number of these informational booths will feature interactive demonstrations on different health-related subjects.

"One of the most popular features year after year for the health fair is the screening program set up for that day. This includes cholesterol and blood glucose screening," said Michelle Holmgren, community outreach associate at the hospital, in a prepared statement.

A cooking demonstration will take place from 11 a.m. to noon in the hospital cafeteria. Steven Williams, the hospital's manager of food and environmental services, along with registered dietitians, will present a healthy lunch demonstration.

A number of community organizations will be on hand as well to provide information.

For more information, call 1-800-377-4325.



CUTLINE: Linda Rochefort, RN, of the Maternal Child Health Unit is Day Kimball Hospital's January Employee of the Month.
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