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Cathy Turner, Director of Health Promotion & Senior Health

Cathy Turner has worked as the Director of Health Promotion & Senior Health at Virginia Hospital Center for more than 20 years. Cathy took over the Lifeline program in 1999 and since then has installed hundreds of subscribers. “Over the years I have seen how Philips Lifeline has helped so many of our subscribers and, in many cases, saved their lives. I installed my mother-in-law’s Lifeline in 2001 and it has provided great peace of mind to our family,” she said. Cathy currently serves on the Advisory Board for Philips Lifeline corporate, instructs Hospital wellness programs, and presents health education to the community and corporate groups.

Mary Belanich, Manager of Senior Health

Mary Belanich joined the Virginia Hospital Center staff as Manager of Senior Health in 2005. In addition to managing the Philips Lifeline and Senior Health programs, Mary provides educational presentations and support to a variety of community groups. Mary has worked in the healthcare field for 23 years with an emphasis on issues concerning the elderly. When asked what she likes best about her job, Mary said “being in a position to promote healthy aging with options for maintaining independence and safety with the use of Philips Lifeline.”

Gwendolyn Beck, Assistant Manager of the Senior Health

Gwendolyn Beck has a Master’s in Gerontology and has been Assistant Manager of the Senior Health Department since 2016. Gwendolyn assists in coordinating Senior Health programs, assistive technology, and presents health education and technology lectures. Gwendolyn is the Virginia Hospital Center liaison to the Arlington Commission on Aging, and a member of the Board of the Steering Committee for Older Adults in Arlington. Gwendolyn has a background in finance and long been an advocate for senior issues and practicing preventive medicine.

Cornelia Lesh, Manager of Community Health

Cornelia Lesh has been the Manager of Community Health since 2005. She oversees Virginia Hospital Center’s fitness and healthy lifestyle programs, including senior fitness classes. Cornelia also organizes health workshops for Hospital employees and enjoys opportunities to help with Lifeline installations and service calls.


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