“Empower Yourself into the New Year” was recently presented at Rumford Hospital, sponsored by the Dempsey Center. Dan Elliott, R.N., of the hospital’s cardiac and pulmonary rehab department, was the presenter. The program aimed to provide strategies to make participants feel more energetic and engaged in life through fun activities and gentle exercise. Elliott has been in the nursing field for eight years and was a teacher prior to earning his registered nurse degree. Emily Ecker, the Dempsey social worker who works at Rumford Hospital two days each week, arranged the program. In addition to providing special educational and healing programs, Ecker counsels patients with cancer and their loved ones.