RehabFit December Member of the Month

Dec 2017 rehabfit member of the month Carole HeuserDECEMBER MEMBER OF THE MONTH: Carole Heuser 

Carole has been a member of RehabFit since April 2010! She has been working hard in the 8 am Strength & Balance Class for almost a year now. Carole’s hard work, positive attitude and great sense of humor are contagious! She is a great role model for RehabFit members!

Why did you decide to join RehabFit?

I toured the facility when it opened, and I was impressed with the equipment, the hours, and especially the staff.  After I retired, I wanted to be in good physical shape.

What changes have you seen in your body or made in your lifestyle since you have joined?

A year ago, I joined the Strength and Balance Class and have seen a big change in my balance abilities.  I am also much stronger due to the core exercises. Furthermore, I have been able to maintain my weight. I exercise regularly rather than occasionally.  I try to take advantage of the monthly challenges.  I also appreciate the suggested recipes and health hints.  There is always new information posted in the gym.

What motivates you to keep coming to RehabFit?

I want to be able to maintain my current physical status and to stay healthy.

Have you had any setbacks that affected your health and fitness progress while attending RehabFit? What were the setbacks and how did you proceed?

I travel a lot in the winter, and while I walk frequently when I’m away, I am not a member of a fitness center.  When I return, I have to build back up to my previous status.  In addition, I fell on my right wrist last April.  After Physical Therapy, I had to get back to my previous routine slowly.  The physical therapist recommended exercises that could be incorporated into my exercise routine here at RehabFit.

What kind of advice would you give to other RehabFit members?

Try to get into a routine by coming to the gym at the same time.  If the program becomes easy, ask the staff to adjust the program.  Consider a class such as the Strength and Balance Class.  Becky and Marisa are excellent instructors and they address ability levels of all class members such as suggesting alternative exercises for those having a knee, back or shoulder injury. 

RehabFit-LogoThe Medical Fitness Program at RehabFIT is a state-of-the-art facility featuring Technogym equipment and the Technogym SmartKey wellness system software to track, monitor and analyze performance.

The goal of our Medical Fitness Program is to encourage members to take responsibility for their physical well-being and to provide the knowledge, tools and supports necessary to reinforce healthy choices and behaviors. We offer a comprehensive array of exercise, fitness and wellness services to our members, provided by highly qualified, service-oriented staff.

For more information and/or schedule a tour call (603) 238-2225.

The 6th annual It’s A Guy Thing! was a fun and informative night

it's a guy thing at speare memorial hospital plymouth nhOn Thursday, December 7, 2017 Speare held its 6th annual It’s A Guy Thing! men’s only health event. This evening is about sharing knowledge and experience in a casual and fun atmosphere.

The evening included a buffet from Biederman’s Deli and Pub, a beer tasting from Squam Brewing, raffle prizes from Plymouth Ski & Sports, Loon Mountain Resort, and Richelson’s Feet First.

Dr. Watto of Speare Primary Care was our MC for the evening, Dr. Casey from Plymouth General Surgery spoke about heartburn and acid reflux, and Dr. Weiss of Plymouth Orthopedics and Sports Medicine spoke about ski injury prevention.

Photos from It’s a Guy Thing!

 

It’s A Guy Thing! Feel The Burn?

it's a guy thing at speare memorial hospital plymouth nh

Speare Memorial Hospital presents the 6th annual It’s A Guy Thing! This men’s only health event is about breaking down barriers and sharing knowledge and experience in a casual atmosphere. The evening will include a buffet from Biederman’s Deli, a beer tasting from Squam Brewery, two speakers, and raffles.

It’s a Guy Thing! will be held at Speare Memorial Medical Office Building in Plymouth on Thursday, December 7th.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS ONLINE

SCHEDULE

5 – 6 p.m. Welcome: Buffet and Beer Tasting

6 p.m.       ACID REFLUX & HEARTBURN

dr casey plymouth general surgeryThe first presentation will be by Dr. Casey of Plymouth General Surgery. Dr. Casey provides a wide range of services in general surgery, including surgery for hernias, gallbladder disease, colorectal and breast cancer, and inflammatory diseases of the stomach, intestines and colon. He has a special interest in the surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands, and minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery. Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Casey is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency training at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston.

7 p.m.      SKI INJURY PREVENTION

dr weiss plymouth ortho team pageThe second presentation will be by Dr. Weiss of Plymouth Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic. Dr. Weiss earned his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College, he was captain of the Big Green hockey team. After graduation, he played professional hockey in the US and Europe and was selected to participate in the training camp for the 1992 Olympics. Following his athletic career, Dr. Weiss returned to central New Hampshire to earn his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Weiss is a team physician for USA Hockey and is eager to help local athletes stay active.

There will be time for Q&A following each presentation.

RAFFLE PRIZES

At the end of the evening, we’ll pull the names of the winners for our raffle prizes

TICKETS

$15 – Space is limited and advanced purchase is recommended

Tickets are available for purchase at the Speare Memorial Hospital registration desk and online at www.SpeareHospital.com/MEN.

 

Speare Schedules Annual Public Flu Shot Clinics

Flu Clinic Nurses
Flu Clinic Nurses (L-R) Alyson Yopp, RN, Susan Scheinman, RN, Jacqulyn Jewell, RN and Janice Elgin, RN.

Fall has arrived and so too has the focus on helping to prevent flu-related illness. Speare Memorial Hospital offers the flu vaccine to persons 18 years and older, and are available at several public flu shot clinics scheduled at the Hospital and in the surrounding communities.

Vaccines are administered by a Registered Nurse and most insurances are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. You will be asked to present your insurance card prior to receiving the vaccine.

For those without insurance, the cost is $32 Quadrivalent & $64.00 High Dose (65 yrs & above) and payable by cash or check.

 

Dates, Locations & Times

 

October 12, 2017 (Thursday): @ Holderness Town Hall 11am – 1pm

October 12, 2017 (Thursday): @ Speare: Main Lobby 2pm -7pm

October 18, 2017 (Wednesday): @ Speare: Main Lobby 7am–5pm

 October 19, 2017 (Thursday): @Waterville Valley Town Offices 130pm-3pm

 October 25, 2017 (Wednesday): @Plymouth Senior Center 830am-12pm

 October 25, 2017 (Wednesday): @ Speare: Main Lobby 1pm–5pm

 October 27, 2017 (Friday): @Speare: Main Lobby 7am-5pm

 November 3, 2017 (Friday): @ Speare: Main Lobby 7am-5pm

 November 8, 2017 (Wednesday): @Plymouth Senior Center 10am–12pm

 November 8, 2017 (Wednesday): @Speare: Main Lobby 7am-6pm

 November 29, 2017 (Wednesday): @Speare Main Lobby 7am-5pm

INFORMATION & DIRECTIONS

Speare Memorial Hospital Main Lobby

Waterville Valley Town Hall

Holderness Town Hall

Plymouth Senior Center

 

For more information please call Speare’s Occupational and Employee Health Department at (603) 238-2348.

#DocsInSocks – September is  Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month – #WhiteSockCampaign

save a leg, save a lifeSeptember is  Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month. Physicians, clinicians, and staff at Speare Memorial Hospital participated in The Save a Leg, Save a Life (SALSAL) Foundation’s White Sock Campaign. The goal is to raise awareness of PAD and early detection through one simple tool: a white sock.

woundcare team members at Speare helping raise awareness for PAD by wearing one white sock
Wound Care Team Members

The white sock symbolizes the many patients with late-stage PAD who have had an amputation due to delayed treatment.

As part of the White Sock Campaign, physicians are encouraged to look for signs of PAD in their high-risk patients and to refer them earlier for vascular testing.  Patients with leg pain are also encouraged to check their feet for signs of PAD, and to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and care.

The consequences of amputation are often devastating and many amputations can be prevented through early intervention and screening as well as utilization of technology that already exists.

Kris Hering, Chief Nursing Officer and Dr. Joffe at Speare helping raise awareness for PAD by wearing one white sock
Kris Hering, Chief Nursing Officer and Dr. Joffe

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 each visit.   Click here for more information or to make an appointment call 603-481-8780.

#DocsInSocks #WhiteSockCampaign Photo Gallery

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.