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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.

Photo of Gwendolyn Beck, Manager of the Senior HealthGwendolyn Beck, Manager of Senior Health & Lifeline

Gwendolyn Beck has a Master’s in Gerontology and was promoted to Manager from Assistant Manager of the Senior Health Department in June of 2017. She has been with the Hospital since November, 2016. Gwendolyn coordinates Senior Health programs which include: Philip’s Lifeline assistive technology; the Healthy Aging Lecture Series; facilitating the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Support Group; presenting health education and technology lectures. Gwendolyn is the Virginia Hospital Center liaison to the Northern Virginia Aging Network, Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax Commissions on Aging, and a member of the Board of the Steering Committee for Older Adults in Arlington. Gwendolyn has a background in finance and has long been an advocate for senior issues and practicing preventive medicine.

Photo of Cornelia Lesh, Manager of Community HealthCornelia 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.

Margo Calkin, Administrative Coordinator of Health Promotion & Senior Health

Margo Cakin has a Master’s in Health Promotion Management and has worked as a health fair coordinator and contractor for the Hospital for over a decade. She took the position of Administrative Coordinator in November of 2016. Margo supports all aspects of Health Promotion & Senior Health.


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