Community Health & Wellness Fair

Saturday, September 27 from 8  – 11 a.m.
Speare Memorial at Boulder Point, 103 Boulder Point Drive in Plymouthpublic health network logo

Free health screenings and information to help you achieve optimal health.  Presented in partnership with our regional health partners.

Advance Directives, Speare’s Department of Patient Care ManagementCNHHP
Blood Pressure Checks, Pemi-Baker Community Health
Bone Density (heel screening), Speare’s Radiology Department
Cholesterol/Glucose (12 hour fasting recommended), Speare’s Laboratory Serives
Click for Babies/Period of Purple Crying, Mid-State Health and NH Children’s Trust
Dental Screenings, Speare’s Dental Health Program
Diabetes and Nutrition, Speare’s Dietary Services and Certified Health Coach
Ergonomics and Proper Posture, Choice Physical Therapy & RehabFIT Medical Fitness
Facial Screening for sun damage, Central NH Public Health Network
Fire suppression demonstration, Central NH Public Health Network
Foot Checks, Newfound Area Nurses Association
Healthcare Marketplace Navigator, Mid-State Health
Hearing Screening, Sound Advice Hearing Center
Heart Health, CMC’s New England Heart & Vascular Insititue
Infection Control at home, Speare’s Environmental Services Department
Orthopedic Check-up for fall activities, Dr. Gennaro, Plymouth Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Pulmonary Rehab and Sleep Lab, Speare’s Cardiopulmonary Services Department
Physical Therapy/Balance Checks, Pemi-Baker Community Health
Substance Abuse Prevention, CADY
Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, Speare’s Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center
Vision Care: Eyewear adjustments, White Mountain Eye Care & Optical




Sleep Lab Nationally Accredited

Sleep-Lab-staffThree years after offering central New Hampshire residents hope for a better night’s sleep, the Sleep Lab at Speare Memorial Hospital has earned national accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The AASM’s mission is optimal health through better sleep, and is dedicated to setting standards of care and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.

“We congratulate Speare Memorial Hospital’s Sleep Lab on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep orders disorder center,” says Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, AASM president. “The Sleep Lab is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value, in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

To receive accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM, including: sleep technologists certified and registered with the Board of Registered Polysonographic Technologists; quality assurance measures through patient satisfaction and turnaround time on reports; and meeting all facility specifications.

“We’ve been working toward certification since the beginning,” says the Sleep Lab’s care coordinator, Registered Therapist Darcy Farina, “as there is a great deal of data gathering and documentation required. We have always been confident in quality of care, but accreditation demonstrates we meet and exceed national standards of care in sleep medicine.” Accreditation also means more patients can get their care at Speare’s Sleep Lab, having now become a preferred provider for other insurances including Harvard Pilgrim.

Director of Cardiopulmonary and Radiology Services Linda Nestor notes, “Accreditation of the Sleep Lab reinforces the confidence patients and referring providers have in our program. It underscores that the best care is available right here at Speare.”

Giving the Gift of Sleep

When the Sleep Lab opened at Speare in June 2011, it was to provide central New Hampshire communities with access to “better sleep.” According to Dr. Michele Gaier, medical director of the Sleep Lab, sleep apnea is still significantly under reported and affects 20 million Americans, “but awareness of how good sleep can impact a person’s overall health has dramatically increased over the last 20 years.”

Since opening, the Sleep Lab has conducted 476 sleep studies in-house, and in April of this year, began offering out-of-center sleep studies. This is in response to changing standards of care and insurance requirements. Either way, “When you treat people and they sleep well it is life changing,” notes Dr. Gaier. “When you give someone back the gift of sleep it is a wonderful thing.”

For more information about the Sleep Lab and referral requirements from your physician, call (603) 238-2232.

Speare Memorial Hospital—nationally ranked as Top 100 Critical Access Hospital and 2014 HealthStrong™ Hospital— is a 24-hour, acute care, non-profit community hospital and health care provider serving Plymouth and the communities of central New Hampshire. Visit online at and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy Feet and Diabetes: A Discussion

The American Diabetes Association says that “feet should last a lifetime,” but diabetes can make it harder to keep feet healthy.

Come meet Katie Wood Hedberg, APRN, Program Director of Speare Hospital’s Wound Care Center. Listen in as she explains how to spot the early signs of a sore foot, and when to seek medical care.

What:  Diabetes Support Group

When: Thursday, September 4, at 5 pm

Where: Speare Memorial Hospital, cafeteria annex

FREE: no registration or advance reservation needed