Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 2-14-19

Sharon Hospital will continue to serve the NW Corner community

Thank you for your continued support of Sharon Hospital and for the warm welcome I’ve received since arriving here as interim president about a month ago. One thing I’ve learned quickly: This is a wonderful community filled with passionate, dedicated citizens. We take our role as your healthcare provider very seriously and are committed to enhancing and growing services you need.

One of the services I wanted to reflect on here is what Sharon Hospital has done and continues to do for women. Our providers cover the entire spectrum of women’s healthcare. We serve moms-to-be, provide gynecological care and do advanced mammography testing, among other services.

We’ve brought stability to our maternity department. We continue to strengthen our partnerships with Sharon OB/GYN physicians, pediatricians and others, and recruit caring, skilled OB nursing staff. We know many women desire a personalized, family-centered approach to giving birth and we are happy to provide that excellent, personal care they’ve come to count on year after year. Women choose Sharon for their care, and we continue to look at how we can support our expecting parents in this community. We invite prospective patients to see our beautiful birthing suites and speak to our dedicated team of nurses, physicians and lactation consultants. 

We know when it comes to breast cancer prevention and detection, women deserve the highest quality medical imaging. We brought 3D mammography to Sharon in October. That was nearly a $500,000 investment. When women have their breast screening performed, they can rest assured we use the latest technology right here in Sharon.

Supporting women who are 50 and older is also a priority. In April, we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Dr. Susan Parisi’s addition to our medical staff. A longtime community member, Dr. Parisi provides gynecological care and is helping to spearhead our focus on a new initiative — bringing integrative medicine to our campus. We want women to take an exercise class, receive nutrition counseling, massage therapy or acupuncture, and be seen by a physician who values this integrative approach. Stay tuned for more on this soon.

Finally, we are preparing to complete the first phase of our Behavioral Health department expansion. We all know the importance of providing more mental health services in our communities, and Sharon has made a commitment to assist our aging population with those needs.

Sharon might be a community hospital, but it has a big presence and will continue to provide comprehensive services for women across the age spectrum.

Thank you again for entrusting us with your care and your continued support as your hometown hospital.

Denise George

Interim President, Sharon Hospital



There was a Green Book listing here

In the Feb. 28 edition of The Lakeville Journal on the front page, you had a story about the Green Book. It states that there were no listings for the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. I have a copy of the international edition of the Green Book from 1961-1964, obtained at the New-York Historical Society, which on Page 13 has an entry for Sharon, under the name Gordon’s Tourist Home. No further information is given, but there was a Sharon listing in that edition.

Harvey J. Rosen



Building community awareness

On Saturday, March 9, the Salisbury Bank and 21st Century Fund for HVRHS hosted a Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr. (RHKJr) Code-for-a-Cause event in the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 

Groups of four fourth- to eighth-grade students were paired with an HVRHS Student Mentor and a local nonprofit. The goal was to identify a mobile app concept that would help the nonprofit further its outreach and mission. At the end of the day, each of the groups presented their project to a room full of peers and parents. They spoke to the audience about their nonprofit and its mission, the mobile app they’d come up with, and shared their thought process behind that choice. It was a great way for the kids to learn about our local nonprofits, coding and the steps behind developing a new project.

It was a very special event and we thank Patricia Gans, the founder of RHKJr, for guiding us through the event. To our incredibly patient and willing student mentors, who were Charles Kaufman, Jack McAuliffe, Nicholas O’Neil, Madison (Miri) Rinehart and Emerson Rinehart, and our generous nonprofits,  which were Friends of Beckley Furnace, Housatonic Youth Service Bureau, NW Connecticut Arts Council, Salisbury Rotary Club, Sharon Historical Society and the 21st Century Fund: Thank you all for giving so generously of your time and helping to broaden our students’ tech skills and view of the world. 

Nancy Hegy Martin

21st Century Fund for HVRHS

Falls Village


Thanks for the support

The board of directors of the 21st Century Fund would like to thank Kevin Bousquet and the staff of the Interlaken Inn for selecting our fund to be the beneficiary of proceeds from the Sunday Brunch Fundraiser on March 3.

The food was great and it is so nice to see many of our friends and neighbors supporting the 10 nonprofit organizations involved with this wonderful Sunday Brunch program. The next groups will be Sharon Audubon on March 24 followed by Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association on March 31.

Thank you all for your continued support.

David Bayersdorfer

Chairman, 21st Century Fund for HVRHS

Falls Village