White Mountain Community Health Center held a staff appreciation party on Tuesday, June 27 at M&D Playhouse to celebrate the retirement of Patricia McMurry, Shawn Rogers, Christine MacDonald, and Leslie Stanicki, as well as other staff milestones.
Patricia McMurry, who has served as White Mountain Community Health Center’s executive director for fifteen years, announced her retirement earlier this year. During her time as executive director, McMurry pioneered the children’s dental program, and more recently expanded that program to include adult dental hygiene on a sliding fee scale. Her tenure started shortly after the merger of two well-respected nonprofits, the Children and Youth Project & the Family Health Centre. Under McMurry’s leadership the health center has grown into a multifaceted health center with many services and programs. Her ability to garner resources has provided numerous programmatic and infrastructure opportunities for the organization.
Shawn Flanagan-Rogers, APRN, will retire after serving as the pediatric nurse practitioner for first the Children & Youth Project and then White Mountain Community Health Center for 27 years. Throughout her career, Flanagan-Rogers has been devoted to caring for young people in underserved communities like the one in Chicago where she grew up. She came to the health center in Conway in 1991, when it was the Children & Youth Project, and treated only young people who were uninsured. Before that, she had graduated from one of the first nurse practitioner programs in the country, at Northeastern University, and spent 12 years in Boston serving at an urban community health center. Over the years, Flanagan-Rogers has become beloved by her patients because of the deep care she has for them and her devotion to ensuring that they each get the individual treatment and support they need to be truly healthy.
Christine MacDonald is retiring after 13 years at White Mountain Community Health Center. As a social worker, MacDonald served both adults and children, supervised the Partners in Health program, and provided tobacco cessations to health center patients. She has worked part-time at the health center and part-time with Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice. MacDonald will continue to work with Visiting Nurse and Crossings, a local children’s bereavement group.
Leslie Stanicki will retire after 11 years at the health center running the Carroll County branch of Partners in Health, a state program to support families of children with chronic illness. A registered nurse, mother and grandmother, Stanicki has used her personal experiences in her work. Previous to her work at the health center, Leslie has been a school nurse; and worked at Special Medical Services at the state level, specializing in cleft lips and palates and hearing and vision impairments in infants. Stanicki’s vast variety of experiences have helped her to tap into resources to best support the families she serves.
Each retiree was recognized for their dedication to and impact on the health center by current and past staff, board members and staff of organizations that work with the health center. A number of individuals spoke about the positive effect the health center has had on the community due to the hard work of the retirees. McMurray and Rogers were presented with stained glass pieces created by Rosemarie Ferry of Stained Glass Shack, which were inspired by the organization’s logo; MacDonald and Stanicki were given wooden boxes with their name, length of service, and the organization’s logo etched on the lid by Glass Graphics.
Other staff members honored included billing manager Toni Howard and prenatal medical assistant Linda Valliere, who were both celebrated for 30 years of service; Teen Clinic coordinator Trisha Jacobson for 15 years; and dental hygienist Amy Stoddard for 10 years.
Food for the evening was provided by Rob Peterson of Horsefeathers. Three cakes, designed with retirement in mind, were made by Lori Pelkie. A special thanks to M&D Playhouse for its assistance in preparing for and hosting the party.
White Mountain Community Health Center is located in Conway and provides comprehensive primary care to men, women and children, including dental care and a prenatal program. The health center is a non-profit that aims to ensure that all can access high-quality health care regardless of ability to pay. This is achieved through a number of programs, including a sliding fee scale that provides large discounts to low-income patients. The health center also has a number of private funds to help with health care costs patients cannot afford and provides free assistance in navigating affordable health insurance programs.
For more information, contact the health center at (603) 447-8900 or visit whitemountainhealth.org.