GBH Annual Meeting was held on October 24, 2017

The Board of Directors of Genesis Behavioral Health was pleased to welcome four new and returning board members at its 51st Annual Meeting, ”Bold Moves Require Strong Leadership,” held on October 24th at Steele Hill Resorts in Sanbornton..  The new members included Jim Stapps and Rev. Judith Wright and returning members Ed McFarland and Susan Stearns. Robyn Parker, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Business at Plymouth State University was the keynote speaker on the topic, “Transforming Ourselves and our Organizations through Bold Strokes and Emerging Strides.” Parker earned her Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Boston University and her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Deb Pendergast, Board Chair, recapped some of the year’s highlights which included our strong participation in NH’s 1115 Waiver, increased staff training in evidence based practices such as LEAP (Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner), Illness Management & Recovery (IMR) using a Dartmouth-based Evidence Based Practice training structure. The SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program, which is a health and wellness program for children and youth, was launched thanks to a grant from the Lakes Region Children’s Auction.

“We expanded our transportation services in the Plymouth area and purchased a second bus thanks to a Department of Transportation grant and a Speare Memorial Hospital Community Health grant.

We expanded our presence in the local schools by adding Thornton and Sanbornton schools where we work closely with school staff in serving our youth.

Genesis moved our Emergency Services staff right into the ER at LRGH. Often when patients in a mental health crisis present at the hospital, the emergency room can be a very stressful environment for them.  The re-designed ER space allows us to provide a quieter environment where patients can obtain the appropriate care they need.

We are supporting nearly 100 individuals to help them obtain and maintain competitive employment through our supported employment program.  Work is an important part of recovery.  It provides patients with a sense of purpose, and improves overall well-being.  We collaborate with many employers in the region to support our patients and ensure they have the tools they need to be successful.

And finally, at the Board level, Genesis made the decision to purchase the former HealthLink building from LRGHealthcare. This was a vision more than 10 years in the making and one that will allow us, as an organization, to improve patient care, create operational and financial efficiencies for sustainability and strategically position Genesis for opportunities to expand services to better meet community needs,” said Pendergast.

“There is no better time for us to take this bold and exciting step,” said Maggie Pritchard, Executive Director of Genesis Behavioral Health. “People living with mental illness who participate at work, with family and in communities are valuable resources. Paying for jails, prisons, shelters and acute care hospitals is important but we must also support those recovering from mental illness; they deserve to live their lives with dignity, with family and friends, in their communities. Community care is better care and we must be ready to respond to the increasing and very complex needs of our patients.”

Each year, Genesis presents the Helen Holbrook Leadership & Service Award which is given to an individual who leads by example and gives of themselves to strengthen the cause of mental health in the Lakes Region. This year’s recipient was Stacey Sorrel. Stacey attended UMass Lowell where she attained her MS as a nurse practitioner.  She was previously a Pain Management and Behavioral Health nurse at LRGH and currently works at NH Hospital as an inpatient nurse.

Genesis also presented the Dr. George “Pete” Harris Community Service Award to Former Senator Andrew Hosmer. This award is given to an individual who promotes increased awareness, sensitivity, understanding and acceptance of mental health issues in the Lakes Region through educating the public. Andrew attended UMass Amherst and Suffolk University, has four children, served as a Senator from 2012-2016, served as an Asst. District Attorney and is the General Manager for AutoServ. He continues to be an active advocate of mental health issues.

Genesis publically launched their Healthy Minds Healthy Communities capital campaign to help fund the building renovation for their new location slated to open in January 2018. “Genesis Behavioral Health has the opportunity to enhance the quality and care we offer our patients by consolidating all of our staff and programs into one, new, high-quality medical facility right in downtown Laconia,” Said Maggie Pritchard. “The consolidation of our clinical services into one convenient point of access will help us close service gaps, enhance the quality of care, expand the services available to our patients, and make access to care easier for those that need it. Community support of this project is essential to our success.”

Anyone who is interested in learning more about this project or wishes to donate to the capital campaign may do so at or by contacting Ann Nichols at 603-524-1100 X445 or


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