Speare Memorial Hospital Now Accepting Applications for Community Health Grants

2017-ad Speare Memorial Hospital Now Accepting Applications for Community Health Grants

CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION

Speare Memorial Hospital is committed to ensuring that our community achieves optimal health.  This takes the efforts of many organizations working together toward a common vision.

The SMH Community Health Grant Program provides funding to organizations with activities and initiatives that address a community health need. Grants are awarded to groups that significantly improve the health of the citizens in our region.

Grant requests must be for a minimum of $2,000.  No applicant is assured of grant funding for any given year or from one year to the next.

Eligible organizations must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and serve a region that aligns closely with Speare’s service area. The funding period is October 1-September 30th.

Applications and supplemental information are due by June 15th.

For more information contact: Cheryl Callnan, Director of Development, Speare Memorial Hospital at 603-238-2211 or ccallnan@spearehospital.com

The 7th annual Wine, Women & Wisdom is now Sold Out

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THE EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 Speare Memorial Hospital will hold its 7th annual Wine, Women and Wisdom event from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Common Man Inn and Spa in Plymouth NH. This year’s event will feature leading experts in the fields of meditation, mammography, makeup, menopause, and motivation.

Speare’s annual women’s health event will include three featured speakers, a comedic keynote speaker, a light supper buffet, wine tasting, a shopping area with women-owned businesses, a raffle and a lot of fun tossed in.

TOPICS/SPEAKERS

“Who’s Better Than Me?” – Nancy Witter (Keynote) was a finalist of Nick at Nite’s ‘Search for the Funniest Mom in America’. She will share her insightful, funny and entertaining look at aging, the change, courage, and choices. Get re-inspired about your own life and laugh all along the way!

“Ending the Confusion – Mammography in an Era of Alternative Facts” with Dr. Rebecca Zuurbier, Director of Breast Imaging at Speare Memorial Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

“The Effortless & Natural Power of Meditation” with Joyce Kendall, authorized teacher of Neelakantha Meditation – Blue Throat Yoga.

“It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts – A Makeup Makeover” with Kerri Biederman Dutile, Beauty Counter

SPONSORS & VENDORS

Thank you to the generous sponsors who help make this event possible. Please click on their names below for more information about their products and services.

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Lupus Foundation New England

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Smartsource LLC

BUFFET SPONSOR

Helms & Company, Inc.

TABLE SPONSORS

Brand & Sawicki, DDS       Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative       Venture Print Unlimited, Inc.

VENDORS (also donated raffle prizes)

Dressers Unlimited       LuLaRoe Fashion Retailer       Norwex       Kelly Libby – Meditation/Alternative Healing       Newfound Grocery       Mind Over Matter      Donna Von Gunten – Realtor        Design of Mine       Perfectly Posh with Lauren Lacasse

RAFFLE PRIZES

Innisfree Bookshop       Mill Falls at the Lake       Simply Sunflowers       Thai Smile Restaurant           Devenir Spa        Common Cents Jewelry        Northern Roots Massage        Swiss Herbal Care       Jack O’Lantern Resort and Golf club

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here to see our sponsorship opportunities

 

 

 

Leapin’ Leprechauns – It’s Time to Sign Up for the 4th Annual Shamrock Shuffle


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To mark the start of the spring season, the fourth annual Shamrock Shuffle is being held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, two days before the vernal equinox. 
 The days are getting longer, the flowers will be poking their heads out of the ground soon and there’s no time like the present to get up, get out and get moving at Speare Memorial Hospital’s family-friendly, 5K health walk/fun run.

Entertaining the crowd again during registration will be Irish step dancers from Féileacán Irish Dance Academy. They were a big hit at the event last year and really stepped the day off full of Irish cheer and good luck.

Put on your green and join us at the starting line at the Plymouth Regional High School on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Registration/Check-In begins at 8:00 a.m. and the starting gun will go off at 9:00 a.m. The race will wind its way through the streets of Plymouth, NH.

The first 150 registered walkers and runners are guaranteed their requested shirt size and the first 300 finishers will receive a Speare Shamrock Shuffle medal. The event will take place no matter rain, sleet, snow or shine.

**Please Note** If you register in advance, you can check in and pick up your packets from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Speare front lobby, on Friday, March 17th.

The event is not officially timed, as our focus is to encourage community members to take steps toward a more active lifestyle. Be sure to cheer on the participants as they pass by your home or business.

Thank you to our Pot ‘O Gold event sponsor, Medical Reimbursement Specialist for helping to make this community event possible

The registration fee is $10 per person. Children age 5 and under are free, but must be registered. The event will take place rain, shine or snow. Proceeds from the event will support Speare’s community outreach and health education programs.

Whether you are participating or cheering from the sidelines, it’s sure to be a fun morning full of Irish cheer in downtown Plymouth.

Click Here to Register Online through Eventbrite: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/ 
(Please note, there is an additional small processing fee)

Click Here to Print a Registration Form

Printed forms may be returned in person to the hospital or mailed to:

Speare Memorial Hospital
Attn:  Kate Tarbox
16 Hospital Road
Plymouth, NH 03264

THE COURSE

Due to construction along our original route, we have a new route this year – check it out.

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GET SOCIAL WITH US

Like our pages and join the conversation during the event.  Take and share photos and/or video of this super fun day!


NEED MORE INFORMATION?

Contact: Amy Lyn Kench (603) 238-2329 Email: akench@spearehospital.com

Join us at our 5th Annual Men’s Health Event – From Top…To Bottom

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On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Speare Memorial Hospital will host its fifth annual ‘It’s a Guy Thing’.
 The event will be held at Speare Memorial at Boulder Point, located at 103 Boulder Point Drive, just off Tenney Mountain Highway in Plymouth, New Hampshire. The theme for this year’s event is ‘From Top to Bottom’ and the evening begins at 5:00 p.m. with a soup and sandwich buffet catered by Biederman’s Deli.

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Starting at the top, the first topic will be ‘In the Eyes of Men – Protecting Your Vision’ with Dr. Paul Musco, Board Certified Ophthalmologist from White Mountain Eye Care & Optical. According to Dr. Musco, “Most potentially blinding eye conditions increase in incidence with age. Fortunately, early detection and treatment are available.”

Next up will be ‘A Common Problem – The Ins & Outs of Hernias’ with Dr. E. James Hanowell, Surgeon, Plymouth General Surgery who has significant experience in complex hernia repair.

The evening will end with ‘Digestive Problems & A Medical Breakthrough’ with Dr. Joseph Casey, Surgeon, Plymouth General Surgery. “A breakthrough technology only available at Speare in New Hampshire, doesn’t just allow us to better detect colon cancer,” says Dr. Joseph Casey, “it allows us to better prevent it in the first place.”

This event sold out last year and advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the Speare Memorial Hospital front lobby or Click Here to order online.

 

Need health coverage? Come to Health Insurance 101

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Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace can be a daunting task when you’re not sure what all the terminology means, and what coverage you should choose that will fit your budget and meet your needs.  Whether you’re uninsured, or just want to explore your choices, Speare Memorial Hospital can help you find coverage through the Marketplace that’s right for you and your family.

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This is an open forum for asking general questions. Those people who have specific questions about their health coverage needs or those who would like assistance with enrollment are welcome to make appointments for one on one help.

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?

The Marketplace is designed to help you find health insurance that meets your needs and fits your budget. The Marketplace offers “one-stop shopping” to find and compare private health insurance options. You may also be eligible for a new kind of tax credit that lowers your monthly premium right away. Open enrollment for health insurance coverage through the Marketplace begins November 1.  the sooner you enroll the sooner you get covered!

For more information, contact Carrie Mason, Patient Access Coordinator at (603) 238-6489 or cmason@spearehospital.com

Speare Memorial Hospital Now Offering State-of-the-Art, 3D Mammography

 

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3D Mammography 

Detects 41% more invasive breast cancers

Speare Memorial Hospital is excited to offer Genius™ 3D Mammography™, a breakthrough in the early detection of breast cancer.

“Early breast cancer detection saves lives for women screened annually, beginning at age 40,” says Rebecca Zuurbier, MD, Director of Breast Imaging at Speare Memorial Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. “Advanced 3-D tomosynthesis mammography, like that now available at Speare, is a significant technological leap forward in this process because important breast cancers can be found even earlier. This saves lives while helping women avoid disfiguring surgeries and debilitating chemotherapy treatments. This technology detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and results in fewer recalls for additional views from screening mammograms, compared to 2D mammography.”

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Speare’s mammograms now include both 2D images and 3D tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing Dr. Zuurbier to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. The exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

Speare Memorial Hospital has a dedicated and experienced team of mammography staff. Appointments can be made from 8am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Late afternoon appointments are also available.

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Speare Memorial Hospital —a 24-hour, acute care, non-profit community hospital and health care provider serving Plymouth and the communities of central New Hampshire—is nationally ranked as a HealthStrongTM: Top 100 Critical Access Hospital and a Becker’s Top 50 Critical Access Hospitals to know in 2016. Visit online at http://www.spearehospital.com and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Fueling Your Future: Diet & Exercise to Help Fuel Everyday Life

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Dr. Mike Watto

“Everything is connected, you can’t separate the parts,” says Dr. Michael Watto, a family physician at Speare Primary Care. “Your positive or negative mental outlook can affect sleep, which can impact your diet and how much you exercise — all of which are underlying factors in your overall health, including weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar.”

Dr. Watto believes that this is where his relationship with patients is critical as he helps to make a difference in each individual’s health.

“I consider myself a medical advisor/expert,” he says. “It is my job to help people make the right choices. As a primary care provider,I like to develop a relationship with my patients so we can see the big picture and pull it all together for the healthiest future.”

Watto’s Words on Nutrition

The US Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture have experts reporting to them on the most recent body of scientific evidence regarding diet, nutrition, health, and physical activity.

Dietary guidelines have evolved since 1980 and are worth noting. This chart shows what changes have been made over the decades, with Dr. Watto’s take home message about the evolution.

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Watto’s Words on Activity Guidelines

To improve or maintain your overall health, or to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, you should exercise according to the chart below.

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Dr. Michael Watto is a family physician at Speare Primary Care at Boulder Point in Plymouth. He is accepting new patients ages 13 and older. To make an appointment, call Speare Primary Care at (603) 536-1881.

 

Are You Sleep Sick?

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If you or a member of your family is experiencing difficulty sleeping – either falling asleep or not sleeping through the night – the specially trained staff at the Speare Memorial Hospital Sleep
Lab can help. Our Sleep Lab, under the direction of Dr. Michele Gaier, medical director, brings “better sleep” to the greater Plymouth area. For more information call (603) 238-2232.

Update on Consumer Antiseptic (antibacterial) Soaps

by Mary E. Ruppert, RN, BSN, CIC
Infection Prevention Coordinator, Speare Memorial Hospital
One infection is one too many.

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According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there isn’t enough science to show that antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. In addition, some of the ingredients in these products may have negative long-term effects on both people and our environment.

The recent (FDA) ruling on the elimination of antibacterial products applies to antibacterial products – liquid, gel, foam and bar soaps and body washes. The ruling is banning the marketing of consumer products with antibacterial ingredients, primarily and triclocarban. Some manufacturers had already started removing these ingredients before the FDA ruling.

Triclosan and/or triclocarban are also used in many other consumer products: toothpastes and cosmetics (which are regulated by the FDA) and clothing, kitchenware, furniture and even toys (which are not regulated by the FDA). In animal studies triclosan has altered the way that some hormones work, we don’t know if there are similar effects on humans. Studies also indicate that the antibacterial ingredients may contribute to bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics.

What does this mean to you and your family?

Washing your hands is the most effective way to prevent the spread of disease and infection. Washing your hands is simple, and it works.

Plain soap works to clean your hands and the action of washing your hands removes germs.

Read the labels of products you have at home. If your soaps contain antibacterial ingredients replace these with soaps that do not have this claim or these ingredients.

Click Here for more information about this consumer update from the FDA.

What does this mean for healthcare workers?

The antibacterial additives in soaps can also increase hand irritation. Speare Memorial Hospital has been using a plain hand soap (no antibacterial ingredients) in the soap dispensers in staff and public bathrooms and at sink locations since I started working here as the Infection Preventionist in December 2011.

This FDA rule is for soaps sold to consumers only and does not apply to hand sanitizers or hand wipes, which generally do not contain triclosan or triclocarban.

What about hand sanitizers and wipes?

The FDA is not recommending any changes to the products that are currently on the market for either consumers or healthcare use. The FDA is reviewing antiseptic hand sanitizers and wipes for both consumer and healthcare use.

Click Here for more information on sanitizers and wipes is available at this link (opens as a pdf document)

Click Here for more information on healthcare antiseptics (hand washes and rubs, surgical hand scrubs and rubs and patient preoperative skin preparations and pre-injection preparations).

Tickets On Sale Now for 2016 Golf Classic Raffle Prizes

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Tickets for fabulous raffle prizes (scroll down to see the full list) will be available at the tournament and on sale to the public prior to the Golf Classic.

Please review the schedule below for ticket sale locations and times.

Ticket costs:

5 for $5
12 for $10
25 for $20

TICKET SALE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, June 1st

7:00 – 8:0am at the Hospital Main Elevators
11:30 – 1:00pm at the Hospital Cafe
5:00 – 6:00pm  at the Hospital Cafe

Thursday, June 2nd

7:30 – 9:00am at the Boulder Point Lobby
11:30 – 1:00pm at the Hospital Cafe

Friday, June 3rd

7:30 – 9:00am at the Boulder Point Lobby
11:30 – 1:00pm at the Hospital Cafe

Monday, June 6th

7:00 – 8:0am at the Hospital Main Elevators
11:30 – 1:00pm at the Hospital Cafe
5:00 – 6:00pm  at the Hospital Cafe

Tuesday, June 7th

7:00 – 8:0am at the Hospital Main Elevators
11:30 – 1:00pm at the Hospital Cafe
5:00 – 6:00pm  at the Hospital Cafe

Wednesday, June 8th

7:00 – 8:0am at the Hospital Main Elevators
11:30 – 1:00pm at the Hospital Cafe
5:00 – 6:00pm  at the Hospital Cafe

Thank You to Our Generous 2016 Raffle Prize Donors!

Large Screen Curved TV (Anonymous Donor)

Cannon Digital Camera w/30x Zoom (Anonymous Donor)

iPod Touch 32 GB (Anonymous Donor)

Borger’s Cakes & Bakes – $30 Gift Certificate

Canobie Lake Park – 4 Passes

Canobie Lake Park – 2 Passes

Chase Street Market – Gift Basket

Ciao Pasta – $25 Gift Certificate

Maple Syrup (Donor: Clean-O-Rama)

Coca-Cola $50 Gift Certificate

Coca-Cola $50 Gift Certificate

The Common Man $50 Gift Certificate

Fitbit charge HR (Donor: Devine Millimet)

$75 Gift Certificate to LL Bean (Donor: Ruth Doane)

The Flying Monkey $50 Gift Certificate

Forrest Howes’ Auto Repair 2 Gift Certificates for Full Service Oil Changes

Golf Cooler filled with Golfing Items (Donor: Franklin Savings Bank)

George’s Seafood & BBQ $25 Gift Certificate

Hart’s Restaurant $25 Gift Certificate

Indian Head Resort $75 Gift Certificate – Dinner for 2

Handknit sox & $25 Gift Certificate to Plymouth Ski & Sports (Donor: Glory Kidger )

Loon Mountain Resort 2 Summer Adventure Passes

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves 2 Family-4-pack-passes to the Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves

Two $50 Gift Certificates to Dick’s Sporting Goods (Donor: Meredith Village Savings Bank)

½ gallon pure NH maple syrup (Donor: Bryon Middlekauff)

Moulton Farm $50 Gift Basket

O’Reilly Auto Parts Bucket of auto supplies

Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club 2016 Golf Membership

Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club One 2-night stay at Owl’s Nest Resort

Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club $100 Dining Gift Certificate for Owl’s Nest

Six Burner Bistro 2 $50 Gift Certificates

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center 4 Trail Passes

Cleveland Wedge (Donor: SymQuest)

Whale’s Tale Water Park 2 Passes

White Mountain Eye Care & Optical Shop $50 Gift Certificate toward a pair of glasses

Your support of our Golf Classic Raffle helps Speare’s Dental Health Program provide:

– Free dental screenings and fluoride varnish applications
– Dental cleanings and sealants to school-aged children on a sliding fee scale, and to “at risk” pregnant women
– Case management and financial assistance for those in needDental care is a pressing health issue identified by residents of the central New Hampshire communities we serve. Speare’s school based Dental Health Program began in 1998 to specifically target this community need, and our Annual Golf Classic, held every June, is the major fundraiser for this program.

Participate in the 2016 Speare Golf Classic

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More Information

For more information about the 2016 event, contact our Development Office at 603-238-2211