Celebrating the Tech Team at White Mountain Eye Care

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(Front l-r) Dr. Lance Ough, Kimberly Biagiotti, Dr. Paul Musco (Middle l-r) Dorothy Meacham, Nicole Calabria, Alicia Carr (Back l-r) Nicole Paige, Natasha Egger, Jennifer Bean
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November 4-9, 2019 is the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) 10th Annual Allied Ophthalmic Personnel Week and White Mountain Eye Care is celebrating our Tech Team. 

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Ophthalmic Technicians improve the delivery and quality of eye care and are crucial members of the eye care team.  The role of an ophthalmic tech is constantly evolving and technicians are now involved in almost every aspect of helping to run the ophthalmic practice.  Ophthalmic Technicians assist the Ophthalmologist and Optometrist by conducting the preliminary examination, assisting in minor surgical procedures, performing various ancillary tests and more. 

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IJAHPO has levels of Certification for ophthalmic personnel.  The first level of certification is COA (Certified Ophthalmic Assistant).  We’re proud to announce that one of our technicians, Kimberly Biagiotti, recently passed her test and is now Nationally Certified at the COA level.  Kim joined our practice in December 2017.  She completed a home study course and on-the-job training program through WME in order to meet the pre-requisites to apply to take the test.  

Qualities of a Great Ophthalmic Technician – from Dr. Musco:

  • Mind Reading: It may not be realistic to think an ophthalmic technician is a mind reader, but great ophthalmic technicians know what the doctor needs before they ask. And OURS do. 
  • Excellent Communication Skills: Explaining what you’re doing and why you do it plus having a brief conversation about side effects, as well as expectations before patients leave their appointment is a vital part of your job as an ophthalmic technician. And OURS know that. 
  • Working in Harmony: Walking with patients to the exam room, not six yards ahead of them. And OURS do that. 
  • Flexibility: Patience and speed are not mutually exclusive, finding the balance between both is what makes a stellar ophthalmic technician. And OURS are finely balanced. 
  • Empathy: The patient who skipped all their follow-up appointments but walks in with pain and a decrease in vision requires empathy, not scolding. And OURS have hearts of gold.
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White Mountain Eye Care & Optical, located at the Speare Memorial at Boulder Point medical office building, just off Tenney Mountain Highway in Plymouth, provides comprehensive eye care for the whole family. Our full-service optical shop features more than 800 frames to suit every age and budget. We also carry contact lenses, designer sunglasses, and sports/safety glasses.

For more information call: 603-536-1284.

New Weight Loss Surgery Support Group at Speare

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PHOTO (L-R) Janette Gaumer, RD, LD, Ryanne Haskell, RD, LD, Robert Chastanet, MD, James Koren, MD, E. James Hanowell, DO, Lauren Sirignano, RN, BSN, Becky Chase MS, RCEP

Research shows that consistent and active participation in support groups after weight loss surgery can increase the chances of long-term success. The team at Speare’s Weight Loss Surgery Center wants you to succeed in reaching your goals whether or not you’ve had your surgery at Speare. This Support Group is open to any and all patients that have previously had weight loss surgery.

Support group meetings will be held on the first Thursday of every month in the community room at Speare at Boulder Point, 103 Boulder Point Drive, Plymouth, NH, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. The topic for the November 7th meeting is “Mindful Eating Through the Holiday Season”. For more information call 603-536-5670.

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The group meetings will help to educate patients and have been shown to reduce the likelihood of depression and/or anxiety due to the many changes the body is experiencing in the post-operative period. After surgery, patients are strongly encouraged to join the Weight Loss Surgery Center for monthly meetings. Support group meetings will offer an opportunity for patients to come together, to learn and grow alongside one another in a supportive and interactive setting.


  • November 7, 2019: Mindful Eating Through the Holiday Season
  • December 5, 2019: Goal Setting for 2020
  • January 2, 2020: Consistency and Follow Through with Goals
  • February 6, 2020: Guest Speaker Therapeutic Arts with René Albee
  • March 5, 2020: Fitness for Physical and Mental Wellbeing
  • April 2, 2020: Making Healthy Choices on-the-go!
  • May 7, 2020: Spring into Fitness with RehabFit
  • June 4, 2020: Weight Bias in Society

Registration is not necessary. Please note: meetings are not suitable for children and are intended for individuals age 18 and older only. Family and/or a support person ≥18 years old are encouraged to attend.

Weight Loss Surgery Center Support Group meetings are designed for individuals that have had previous weight loss surgery. They are not intended for patients that are in the pre-operative phase, or for those contemplating weight loss surgery. Please contact the Weight Loss Surgery Center at 603-536-5670 for guidance if you are looking for support and have not previously had weight loss surgery.

Professional Growth and Development Celebrated at CAP Luncheon

On Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019, the 2nd Annual Clinical Advancement Program (CAP) Luncheon Celebration was held at Speare Memorial Hospital. CAP encourages staff to create a climate that promotes professional growth and development, leadership skills and excellence in patient care.

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(CAP Committee Members and Participants L-R) Kris Hering, CNO – MSN, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, Jennifer Oldenburg, MHRM, Dina Brodis, MLT/ASCP, Dianne Reid, CAP Chairperson – MS, BSN RN, NE-BC, , Amy Tredo – RN, BS, CNOR, Sharon Woodman, RN, CAPA, Kim Brian, M.S., ACSM-CEP, Craig Johnson, C.M.E.S., C.C.T.

(Staff not pictured) Amy Tomasello RN, CLC, Sindee Atwood MT, Jennifer Hennessy, RNC, Janette Gaumer RN/LD, Lee Marcoux CST

CAP Participants apply annually and the committee evaluates a candidate for proficiency in the following behaviors:  

  • Excellence in Clinical Practice
  • Leadership Skills
  • Community Involvement
  • Professional Development.

Some CAP Participants have been a member since 2010 and others have joined in 2019.

Speare Memorial Hospital is very appreciative of all CAP Participants for the hard work and dedication they bring to their roles.

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Plymouth Pediatric Celebration for Wilma Hyde, APRN

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On September 20, 2019, physicians, clinicians, and staff from Speare Memorial Hospital, community members as well as present and former colleagues and patients came together to celebrate the 23-years of service Wilma Hyde, APRN has dedicated to the children of our Central New Hampshire community.

It is a time of growth and change for Plymouth Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.  The team is strong and getting stronger, adding a third pediatrician in July 2020.   Due to this time of growth and stability, Wilma decided this is the time for her to spread her wings and expand her ability to serve children regionally. She will be joining the Child Development Team at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) to provide care for the most medically complex patients in the area.  

If you have an appointment scheduled with Wilma you will be receiving a call to reschedule with one of her colleagues.  You can be assured of receiving the same expert, compassionate, evidence-based care you have come to expect from Plymouth Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine with no disruption.   If you have any questions or comments please call (603) 536-3700.

Wilma would like us to extend her love and appreciation for allowing her to be a part of your lives for so long and we would like to thank Wilma for her years of service. 

Speare Hosting Free Senior Resource Fair

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The Speare Senior Resource Fair targets the common needs and interest of our aging population as well as the resources available to them and their caregivers.

At this event, on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Speare at Boulder Point in Plymouth, NH, we welcome, inform, and engage seniors, their family, friends, and caregivers about the large variety of resources available in our area that many people are not aware of. This free event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., no registration is required and refreshments will be available.

Searching for and navigating the maze of abundant services and organizations available in central New Hampshire can prove to be a challenge. With that in mind, the event will feature senior-focused presentations, screenings, activities and local organizations offering information and advice about companion services, social activities, assisted living, estate planning, in-home assistance, living wills, exercise, sleep lab, community services, balance problems, would care, transportation, independent living and more.

9:30 “Caring for Those with Dementia”
10:30 “Planning for Your Future as You Age”
11:30 “Healthy Games – Mental & Physical Exercises to Keep Your Brain Young”
12:30 “Let’s Talk About Driving”

10:00 Balance Class with RehabFit

Free Health Screenings throughout the event – Balance Assessment, Hearing, Blood Pressure, Bone Density, Blood Sugar

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Comfort Keepers: Lakes and Mountains – Quality In-Home Senior Care for Laconia, Plymouth, and Central New Hampshire.

Please join us on Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Speare Memorial at Boulder Point for our 3rd annual Senior Resource Fair.

Helping to Raise Awareness – One White Sock at a Time

White Sock Day at Speare 2019 raising awareness about PAD SALSAL 13 just the socks

The White Sock Campaign was created by the Save A Leg, Save A Life (SALSAL) Foundation to help raise awareness of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), diabetes, and the prevention of amputation.

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On September 19, 2019, physicians, clinicians, and staff from Speare Memorial Hospital participated in the SALSAL Foundation’s White Sock Campaign to both raise awareness and to honor those who have lost a leg due to PAD.  (Scroll down for more photos) By wearing one simple and visible tool – a white sock – they symbolized the many diabetes patients with late-stage PAD who have had an amputation or risk amputation due to delayed treatment.

PAD is one of the most challenging issues faced not only in wound care but in healthcare in general because oxygen is needed to continue to nourish every inch of our bodies and without oxygen cells … tissues, digits, and limbs do not survive.

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Patients with PAD and wounds that don’t heal after 30 days often need the services provided by the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare Memorial Hospital. Nearly 96% of wounds are healed at our center and we have a 98% patient satisfaction rate. A program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.

Specialized wound care is usually administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the Center for therapy, and you should plan two-and-a-half to three hours for your first visit.  Click here for more information or to make an appointment call 603-481-8780.

Preceptor Workshop: Developing the Informal Leader

Preceptors at Speare
(l-r) Carrie Ayers – Medical Assistant, Speare Primary Care, Emily Sandy – RT (R) (CT) PACS Administrator, Laurie Bolognani – BS, MA, SHRM-SCP HR Officer, Christianna Houston – Financial Manager, RehabFit, Sally Collins – RN Medical Surgical Unit, Amanda Fay – MSN, RN, Assistant Clinical Nursing Professor, Plymouth State University, Juanita Wade – Radiology Technologist RT(R)

Speare has recently been working with Amanda B. Fay, MSN, RN, Assistant Clinical Nursing Professor, Plymouth State University. Amanda has presented to 5 groups of hospital-wide department staff since April – Total 48 staff. 

The Preceptor workshop is designed specifically focusing on neuroscientific principles to engage the learner actively through discussion, story, and experiential exercises.

Each of the learners is asked to participate by providing stories from their lived experiences as they traveled from novice to expert in their field. Together staff explored behaviors that do not serve them or their colleagues in a professional setting and how these behaviors can be shifted to enhance growth personally and professional to increase staff retention, improve morale, ensure safe behaviors and positive patient outcomes. 

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Working together, getting a feel for things and making minor adjustments.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Learners will leave the workshop with a visual plan on who they want to be as a preceptor.
  • Learners will identify one mindset behavior that they will shift from fixed to a growth state.
  • Learners will leave the workshop with an awareness of their impact on the development of a colleague.

Speare is very appreciative of Amanda’s time and knowledge sharing to enhance the experience of new staff.

A Healthy Home – Maintaining a Healthy Environment

Patients at Speare Memorial Hospital consistently rank the hospital’s cleanliness as high and often comment about it in satisfaction surveys. In charge of keeping Speare hygienic, Jerica Vallie, director of environmental
services, knows best how to clean a home and keep the germs out.

Jerica cleaning mirror

Part of a healthy lifestyle is maintaining a healthy environment to live in. Proper hand hygiene is the best way to prevent the spreading of germs. Disease-causing bacteria is most often transferred to your hands from everything you touch. The best protection is simply to wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds before and after activities throughout the day. Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is quick and effective when your hands are not visibly soiled. Antimicrobial soaps have not proven to provide additional health benefits and could release harmful agents into your environment.

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Beyond cleaning your hands is cleaning the surfaces your hands come into contact with. The order in which you clean your home is far more critical than the cleaning products you use. Here are a few key points to an effective cleaning process.

  • Cleanest to dirtiest: Start by cleaning the room that is likely to have the lowest bacterial count. The bathroom typically has a higher microbial load than the living room or bedroom. Washing your hands and changing your cleaning rag between rooms can prevent cross-contamination. As I often explain to my staff, you wouldn’t wash the bottom of your feet and then your face with the same cloth! The same goes for cleaning your home.
  • High Touch Surfaces: It is important to remove organisms from the surfaces we touch frequently, like doorknobs, light switches, faucet handles, and TV remotes. Although these areas appear “clean” to the naked eye, when studied under a microscope, they are some of the most contaminated areas in a home.
  • Elbow grease: There is a variety of cleaning products on the market today that claim to disinfect your surfaces. None of these products will be effective without the presence of good old elbow grease! The physical action of cleaning removes the bulk of contamination on a surface. Once a surface is sufficiently clean, chemical disinfectants can be useful in destroying remaining germs.

As concerned as we are about safeguarding ourselves from external threats in our home, we must not discount the preventable harm within our home. So, wash your hands, roll up your sleeves, and fight off infections!

10 Reasons Men Should Do Yoga

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Most yoga classes are dominated by women. However, yoga is often recommended as a health practice for both men and women. Some even say that yoga classes are more fun and challenging than most gym workouts.

As a man, you might not be ready to give up your current exercise habits for something unfamiliar. You could be thinking – “yoga’s too feminine”, “I’m not flexible enough” or “Yoga isn’t real exercise”. Maybe you’re wondering “What can some stretching and breathing exercises really do for me?”

Just a few of the many benefits yoga can bring you physically and mentally include:

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  1. Enhanced Strength and Flexibility: Being flexible is not a prerequisite to doing yoga. That’s like thinking you need to be strong before lifting weights or thin before eating healthy. Doing yoga will help improve your flexibility and balance, and strengthen your muscles as well.
  2. Weight Loss: Yoga is good for your gut health. The bending, the stretching, the breathing and different positions all help massage your internal organs, which gives an instant boost in your metabolic rate. Yoga is also a practice of mindfulness which easily translates into awareness of eating, sleeping and lifestyle habits.
  3. Injury Prevention: Yoga stretches your whole body, helping to gently alleviate the pain you may have in your joints. Since yoga only requires light – though often challenging – poses that help increase strength and flexibility this will more than likely decrease your risk of injury.
  4. Relieve Chronic Lower Back Pain: Sitting for hours on end can be a real pain in the neck and back. Yoga is one of the best ways to combat pain and misalignment and help strengthen your back, neck, and shoulders giving you better posture. Encouraging proper posture goes a long way to preventing future aches and pains.
  5. Fountain of Youth: No matter your age, yoga will make you feel alive and full of vitality inside and out. This, of course, doesn’t happen overnight, so you have to commit to a regular routine, even if it’s just for three sessions a week.
  6. Stress Relief: Yoga is one of the best ways to naturally boost your mental health – to clear and calm your mind. Yoga will help you fight all the negativity around you, and replace those feelings with positive vibes – improving your mood and energy right away.
  7. Improve Sexual Performance: Studies show that men of all ages can enjoy the benefits of yoga when it comes to sexual function. Increased flexibility and lower stress levels lead to better sexual performance. This includes desire, erection, performance, confidence, and orgasm.
  8. Stronger Bones: There are a lot of yoga poses that can increase your range of motion, overall mobility, and boost your bone health.
  9. Personal Challenges: Learning new poses and seeing your progress are great ways to challenge yourself physically and mentally to achieve new goals.
  10. Overall Wellbeing: If you’re looking to make a major lifestyle change, yoga is a great place to start as it can literally be done anywhere and promotes both physical health and mental toughness.

Join Us For Guy Yoga

Have these ten reasons convinced you to give yoga a try? Join the Speare Primary Care and RehabFit teams for Guy Yoga. This all-levels yoga class – just for men – will be held on Wednesday, August 28th at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Speare at Boulder Point, 103 Boulder Point Dr. Plymouth, NH. Appetizers will be provided by Peppercorn Natural Foods. The cost per $10 per person. Please RSVP to Speare Primary Care 603-238-2194 or RehabFit 603-238-2225.