50-critical-access-hospitals-to-know-2016-beckers Speare named one of the top “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know”

Speare named one of the top “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know”

Posted on September 19th, 2016 by Amy Lyn Kench

Speare Memorial Hospital has just been named one of the top 2016 “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review. This is the second year Becker’s has published a list recognizing outstanding critical access hospitals in the nation, and Speare has been honored both years. “The hospitals included on this list serve a variety of regions across the […]


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Are You Sleep Sick?

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by Amy Lyn Kench

If you sleep less than six hours a night, you are four times more likely to catch a cold after being exposed to the virus than people who sleep seven or more hours a night. Several studies have shown that people with less sleep are more susceptible to illness. It turns out that sleep may be one of your […]


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Update on Consumer Antiseptic (antibacterial) Soaps

Posted on September 15th, 2016 by Amy Lyn Kench

by Mary E. Ruppert, RN, BSN, CIC Infection Prevention Coordinator, Speare Memorial Hospital One infection is one too many. When you buy soaps and body washes for use at home, do you reach for products labeled “antibacterial” hoping they’ll keep your family safer? Do you think those products will lower your risk of getting sick, spreading […]


pajama-donation Pajama donation helps Speare's young patients sleep easier

Pajama donation helps Speare’s young patients sleep easier

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by Amy Lyn Kench

Each year Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp and Resort in Ashland, NH celebrates its opening weekend by holding a fundraiser. This year, thanks to the generosity of the campers twenty-nine pairs of youth pajamas were purchased and donated to Speare Memorial Hospital. Thanks to Elin Myers, campground manager, for organizing the fundraiser and guest Mary LaGarde for delivering […]


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See Yourself in Stylish Frames   

Posted on August 3rd, 2016 by Amy Lyn Kench

Eyeglass frames can be like shoes or bags to some women. They are a fun way to add some flare to your most visible feature—your face. When Crissy Williams learned at a recent eye exam that she needed glasses, she knew there was only one place for her to go, White Mountain Eyecare & Optical. […]


pulmonary-rehab-patient-683x1024 Better Breathing = A Better Life - It’s never too late!

Better Breathing = A Better Life – It’s never too late!

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 by Amy Lyn Kench

Struggling to breathe is a frightening, yet common, experience for over 3 million Americans each year living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, takes enough lives to make it the nation’s third leading cause of death. COPD develops slowly, with symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and […]


Heroin-council-meeting-50-e1472668514611 Congressional briefing on opioid epidemic held at Speare

Congressional briefing on opioid epidemic held at Speare

Posted on July 29th, 2016 by Amy Lyn Kench

When Congresswomen Annie Kuster wanted to hold a briefing on the opioid epidemic in central New Hampshire, she called upon Speare and the Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) that Speare is in partnership with. “The opioid and heroin epidemic is one of the PHAC’s top concerns,” says Michelle McEwen, president/CEO of Speare Memorial Hospital, “This […]


FUSE-BEST-with-colon5b-koren-and-casey-smoothed Colonoscopies just got better at Speare – and only at Speare

Colonoscopies just got better at Speare – and only at Speare

Posted on July 28th, 2016 by Amy Lyn Kench

Colonoscopies save lives. A major medical breakthrough, considered the most significant colonoscopy innovation in twenty years, can save even more lives. And you can benefit from this advancement right here, at Speare – and nowhere else in the Granite State. Surgeons use instruments called colonoscopes, or scopes, to look inside of your lower GI tract […]


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Something to Smile About…

Posted on July 5th, 2016 by Amy Lyn Kench

Speare’s Golf Classic raises record-breaking funds to support Dental Health Program   The Speare Golf Classic held on June 9th to raise funds for the Dental Health Program, brought to mind the Mark Twain quote, “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” Fortunately, the 50-degree temperatures and 30-mile-an-hour […]


wound-care-group-with-award-1024x549 Speare's Wound Care Center Participates in Third Annual Wound Care Awareness Week

Speare’s Wound Care Center Participates in Third Annual Wound Care Awareness Week

Posted on June 7th, 2016 by Amy Lyn Kench

The Wound Care Center at Speare Memorial Hospital, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The third annual Wound Care Awareness Week is being held from June 6 to June 10. One of nearly 800 Healogics-managed Centers; the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare offers advanced therapies […]