Dr. Doug Weiss joins Speare and Plymouth Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Plymouth orthopedics and sports medicine is pleased to welcome dr douglass weiss

Dr. Weiss is excited to return to central New Hampshire.  He earned his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College where he captained the ice hockey team. After graduation, he played professional hockey in the United States and Europe before returning to Dartmouth to attend medical school. He completed a general surgery internship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and an orthopedic residency and research fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. He also completed an orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the distinguished Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado.

Dr. Weiss is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Besides general orthopedics and sports medicine, Dr. Weiss is interested in ACL and knee injuries, rotator cuff and shoulder injuries and tendonitis and overuse injuries.

Doug serves as a team physician for USA Hockey & the US Ski & Snowboarding Association and looks forward to the opportunity to work with local athletes. He brings a patient-centered focus consistent with the mission and values of Speare, and we are excited to have him join our team.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Weiss at Plymouth Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, please call 536-1565.

Speare has been named on the 2017 list of 62 Critical Access Hospitals to Know

beckers hospital review 62 critical access hospitals to know 2017

Speare Memorial Hospital has just been named on Becker’s Hospital Review 2017 list of “62 Critical Access Hospitals to Know”. This is the third year Becker’s has published a list recognizing outstanding critical access hospitals in the nation, and Speare has been honored all three years.

According to Becker’s, “The critical access hospitals featured on this list have a reputation for superior service and care. All hospitals featured on this list have 25 or fewer inpatient beds and an annual average length of stay no more than 96 hours for acute care. These institutions also offer emergency care and are located at least 35 miles away from any other hospital.”

To develop this list, the Becker’s Healthcare editorial team examined the rankings and awards from organizations such as iVantage Health Analytics, Healthgrades, the National Rural Health Association, Truven Health Analytics, Women’s Choice Award and Leapfrog Group. The team also considered the hospital’s community impact and reputation for innovation.

The full list features individual profiles of all hospitals on the list. The full list can be read here: http://bit.ly/2rRdhyl

staff and medical providers of Speare Memorial Hospital

Congratulations to the hardworking staff and medical providers of Speare Memorial Hospital for continuing to provide excellent healthcare for the communities of central New Hampshire every day.

 

 

Speare’s state-of-the-art Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) therapy helps heal wounds

Donna - a diabetic's wound care storyA diabetic for decades, things got grim for Donna three years ago when a diabetic ulcer appeared on her right toe. The pain was so intense she couldn’t put pressure on her foot. She tried over-the-counter treatments, but the wound would not heal.

“Amputation was mentioned several times,” says Donna, “so it was a relief when Dr. Koren (a surgeon at Plymouth General Surgery) suggested the hyperbaric chamber at Speare’s Wound Center.”

Speare’s state-of-the-art Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) therapy helps heal wounds that have not healed in 30 or more days. Patients rest in a chamber, breathing pure oxygen that increases blood flow to the body’s tissues.

“It’s been a great experience,” says Donna. “The chamber was very comfortable and the staff was so nice, I enjoyed them all. “

When Donna completed her therapy, the staff surprised her with a little ceremony, presenting her with a certificate and flowers.

“I haven’t had a signed certificate like this since 1947 when I graduated from high school,” said Donna. “That was special because Robert Frost was our keynote speaker. But this is certainly worth celebrating.”

The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare Memorial Hospital is a nationally recognized Center of Distinction. Patients with wounds that don’t heal after 30 days often need the services we provide and nearly 96% of wounds are healed at our center with a 98% patient satisfaction rate. For more information visit our Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine  or call for an appointment: 603-481-8780.

Thank you to the Sponsors, Donors and Golfers who supported the 2017 Speare Golf Classic

thank you to all who made the speare memorial golf tournament a success

Click on the thumbnails below to see the full-sized photos from the 2017 Speare Golf Classic.

The Speare Memorial Hospital Dental Health Program works in collaboration with School Administrative Unit 48, the Ashland, Lin-Wood and Warren School Districts, Plymouth Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Plymouth OB/GYN, and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program. Services include free dental screenings and fluoride varnish applications. Dental cleanings and sealants are offered to school-age children on a sliding fee scale and to at-risk pregnant women and the homeless. However, no one is denied service because of inability to pay. Children who are in pain from decay and infection are referred for restorative care. Case management and financial counseling/assistance are also provided.

Local Dental Health Program Benefits from Golf Tournament Fundraiser

A nearly perfect day for golf was enjoyed by all at Owl’s Nest Resort and Golf Club in support of Speare Memorial Hospital’s community Dental Health Program.

“Each year, more than 1,500 local children and at-risk pregnant women have access to oral health care and education through the Dental Health Program,” says Michelle McEwen, Hospital President & CEO. “The golf tournament is our signature fundraising event, and more than $27,000 was raised this year through the generosity of our tournament sponsors, golfers and donors.”  

Speare Memorial Hospital School Dental Health Program
Hygienist Ruth Doane, and Dr. Kirschner, joined by children from our community, are helping to bring a lifetime of smiles to central New Hampshire.

The Dental Health Program was established in 1998 in response to growing concerns of the local school nurses about the unmet dental health needs of area school children. Today, the Program provides free dental screenings, services and education to children enrolled at School Administrative Unit 48, and the Ashland, Lin-Wood and Warren School Districts.

“We provide dental screenings and fluoride varnish applications free of charge, and cleanings and sealants are offered on a sliding fee scale,” says Ruth Doane, the program’s Dental Hygienist. She goes on to say, “No one is ever denied services because of their inability to pay. That’s just one reason why this program is so valuable.”

Dental services are also offered to infants and to at-risk pregnant women through monthly clinics at Plymouth Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Plymouth OB/GYN, and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program.

More than 20 area dental practices, including Golf Classic Sponsor Plymouth General Dentistry, currently partner with the Dental Health Program to provide care to those referred from the program with dental concerns. Support is also provided through the Dental Health Program to families who need financial help, referrals to Medicaid, and assistance with overcoming other dental care barriers.

Help Create A Little Good Karma

hannaford good karma bagWe are excited to share that Speare Memorial Hospital at Boulder Point, has been chosen by thePlymouth, New Hampshire Hannaford Supermarkets as the latest beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag program!

Every time one of the reusable Hannaford Helps bag with the good karma message is purchased at the Plymouth Hannaford during the month of June, we receive $1. This is truly a great opportunity for us! Please visit the store, The bag retails for $2.50 and is located on the reusable bag rack.

Speare’s 7th Annual Wine, Women & Wisdom was Truly Exceptional

7th annual wine, women & wisdom plymouth nhOn May 11, 2017 we held our 7th annual Wine Women & Wisdom at the Common Man in Plymouth for 200 energetic women from all over central New Hampshire.

The event sold out several days in advance and included three featured speakers, a vendor room with fifteen women-owned businesses, a light dinner buffet, wine tasting, and raffle prizes included concert tickets, weekend getaways, and fashion items. Our keynote speaker – Nancy Witter a life coach, and comic had the audience roaring with laughter to cap off a truly exceptional evening.

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Thank you to the generous sponsors and local women-owned business vendors who helped to make this event possible. (Please click on their names below for more information about their products and services.

WINE SPONSOR

Lupus Foundation New England

FAVOR SPONSOR­

Smartsource LLC

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Thank you to the generous sponsors and local women-owned business vendors who helped to make this event possible. (Please click on their names below for more information about their products and services.

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 Susan Dugas,    Norwex,    Kelly Libby – Meditation/Alternative Healing,    Newfound Grocery,    Mind Over Matter – Weight and Health Management Group,    Design of Mine,    Donna Von Gunten – Maxfield Real Estate,    Perfectly Posh with Lauren Lacasse,       BeautyCounter

RAFFLE PRIZES

Innisfree Bookshop,    Mill Falls at the Lake,    Simply Sunflowers,    Thai Smile,    NHDevenir Esthetics & Massage,    Common Cents Jewelry,    Northern Roots Massage,    Swiss Herbal Care,    Jack O’Lantern Resort & Golf

 

Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) 2017 – FACILITATOR Education Program

 

polst training 2017POLST-trained facilitators are often physicians, APRNs, social workers or nurses responsible for developing plans of care for residents of long-term care facilities, home health, or hospice. Without an emphasis on the importance of ACP discussions and qualified facilitators, completion of the POLST form runs the risk of repeating the failures of past standard AD efforts that have focused only on form completion.

POLST was implemented statewide in New Hampshire in 2013 and we are offering training to health providers who want to be certified as POLST facilitators for colleagues and staff in their organization and community.

The course focuses on communication skills— initiating POLST conversations, assisting in making informed end-of-life decisions, and learning techniques to create POLST plans. The successful implementation of a POLST program must be complemented by professionals who have developed the necessary communication skills to initiate advance care planning discussions that help individuals establish medical and non-medical goals of care.

For more information about POLST go to: http://healthynh.com/index.php/provider-orders-for-life-sustaining-treatment-polst.html

To Register: Email mkane@spearehospital.com with your name, agency, and contact information by June 9th to ensure space is available

This Event is Free of charge and funded by a grant from Community Health Services Network, LLC

http://healthynh.com/index.php/provider-orders-for-life-sustaining-treatment-polst.html

 INSTRUCTORS

  • Brian Kugel is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in community and institutional health care, mental health, and geriatric settings.
  • Phil Lawson is a board certified hospice medical director and palliative care consultant with over 20 years experience in providing end of life care in New Hampshire.

To Register: Email mkane@spearehospital.com with your name, agency, and contact information by June 9th to ensure space is available

This Event is Free of charge and funded by a grant from Community Health Services Network, LLC

National Nurses Week 2017: The Balance of Mine, Body, and Spirit

Nurses week 2017Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. The American Nursing Association has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.”

Join us during National Nurses Week, May 6–12, as we celebrate our nurses who lead the charge for health and wellness every day at Speare Memorial Hospital.

 

Speare Memorial Hospital Now Accepting Applications for Community Health Grants

speare hospital community health grant

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