Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month – White Sock Campaign

Peripheral arterial disease, or (PAD) develops when arteries become completely or partially blocked with plaque deposits that limit blood flow to legs. Just like clogged arteries in the heart, clogged arteries in the legs increase the risk of heart attack, stroke or even death.

Atherosclerosis (plaque buildup) in the legs does not always cause symptoms, so many people can have PAD and not know it. People who do experience symptoms, such as pain or cramping in the legs, often do not report them, believing they are a natural part of aging or due to another cause. PAD affects more than 12 million people in the United States which is why September is recognized as PAD Awareness Month.

As with most things, early detection can help to offset many of the long-term effects of PAD. Contact your Primary Care Provider if you notice pain in your legs at rest, pain that awakens you during the night, a cut, sore or another wound that is slow to heal, a burning sensation in your lower legs when you walk, or if you feel for some other reason you have “poor circulation”.

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.

RehabFit Exercise of the Week – Calf Stretch Lunge

The RehabFit Exercise of the Week is presented by Speare Memorial Hospital’s medical fitness team members, Leah Baron, MS and Rebeccah Chase, MS, CSCS, RCEP. This week they present how to do the Calf Stretch Lunge. This is a popular stretch because it can be done anywhere, and it improves mobility as well as flexibility.

Your calves are made up of two muscles: The gastrocnemius, which is the large part you probably think of as your calf muscle, and the soleus, which lies underneath it. These muscles connect up at the knee and at the bottom of the heel. Your calves get tight over time if you sit at a desk all day without walking around. Your shoes can also play a role, high heels restrict the full range of motion of that muscle group, as do any shoe with a really stiff bottom that doesn’t allow the foot to roll from the heel to the ball of the foot.

RehabFit is a fitness center for people of all ages and abilities with special attention to members with medical conditions and diseases. RehabFit features cardio machines, dumbbells, TRX suspension trainers and strength machines. Becky and Leah are exercise specialists at RehabFit and are happy to help with any strength training modality and all fitness. Stop by RehabFit to take a tour at Boulder Point in Plymouth or call (603) 238-2225. No referral needed!

RehabFit Exercise of the Week – Side Shuffle Walk

The RehabFit Exercise of the Week is presented by Speare Memorial Hospital’s medical fitness team members, Leah Baron, MS and Rebeccah Chase, MS, CSCS, RCEP. This week they present how to do the Side Shuffle Walk.

The Side Shuffle Walk exercise is perfect for targeting the lower body, especially the hips and glutes. This is a simple all-purpose strength and conditioning exercise.

RehabFit is a fitness center for people of all ages and abilities with special attention to members with medical conditions and diseases. RehabFit features cardio machines, dumbbells, TRX suspension trainers and strength machines. Becky and Leah are exercise specialists at RehabFit and are happy to help with any strength training modality and all fitness. Stop by RehabFit to take a tour at Boulder Point in Plymouth or call (603) 238-2225. No referral needed!

RehabFit Exercise of the Week: The Bird Dog

The RehabFit Exercise of the Week is presented by Speare Memorial Hospital’s medical fitness team members, Leah Baron, MS and Rebeccah Chase, MS, CSCS, RCEP. This week they present how to do the Bird Dog.

The Bird Dog exercise is a classic core exercise that emphasizes lower back strength and balance. If you’ve never done it before, the first few reps make seem awkward and difficult to balance, but once you get the form down, you’ll want to make it a staple in your exercise program.

RehabFit is a fitness center for people of all ages and abilities with special attention to members with medical conditions and diseases. RehabFit features cardio machines, dumbbells, TRX suspension trainers and strength machines. Becky and Leah are exercise specialists at RehabFit and are happy to help with any strength training modality and all fitness. Stop by RehabFit to take a tour at Boulder Point in Plymouth or call (603) 238-2225. No referral needed!

Dr. Ough — New Optometrist at White Mountain Eye Care & Optical

Dr. Ough with patientWe are pleased that the community has so warmly welcomed Dr. Lance Ough, our new optometrist at White Mountain Eye Care & Optical.

Highly experienced, Dr. Ough earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.

He has 22 years of experience treating eye disease and the eye-health needs of an aging population. He spent the past 9 years in a busy, full-service military clinic. Dr. Ough is experienced in assisting in corneal, cataract, retinal, and LASIK surgeries. He is also skilled at specialty contact lens fittings, foreign body removals, acute/emergency care, and the full scope of primary eye care.

White Mountain Eye Care & Optical provides comprehensive eye care for the whole family.

 

(L-R): Tom Lapointe, Optician, Dr. Paul Musco, Ophthamologist,
(L-R): Tom Lapointe, Optician, Dr. Paul Musco, Ophthalmologist, Dr. Lance Ough, Optometrist

Our experts provide annual eye exams and treat:

  • Corneal Abrasions & Injuries
  • Infections
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Implants
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy

Our full-service optical shop features more than 800 frames to suit every age and budget. We also provide:

  • Advanced technology contact lenses and an in-house lab for fast turnaround
  • Designer and special-order frames
  • Imaging software to see how frames look
  • Sports & safety glasses
  • Designer sunglasses
  • Rush orders

White Mountain Eye Care & Optical, located at the Speare Memorial at Boulder Point medical office building, just off Tenney Mountain Highway in Plymouth. For more information call: 603-536-1284.

RehabFit Exercise of the Week: Chair Sit to Stand

The RehabFit Exercise of the Week is presented by Speare Memorial Hospital’s medical fitness team members, Leah Baron, MS and Rebeccah Chase, MS, CSCS, RCEP. This week they present how to do the Chair Sit to Stand.

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It’s easy to take sitting and standing for granted as a fit, younger adult, but for some people, it is often a struggle to stand up from low chairs or soft couches. The Sit to Stand chair exercise is an excellent precursor to squats that can help gain or maintain the ability to get in and out of chairs independently, improving leg strength, functional balance, and control.

The sit-and-stand is just what it sounds like.

  • Start seated in a sturdy chair, feet planted on the floor about hip-distance apart.
  • Using as little assistance from hands or arms as possible, engage your core, and tip forward from the hips.
  • Press your weight through all four corners of your feet and push yourself to stand, extending your knees and hips fully.
  • Reverse the movement, pressing your hips back and bending your knees to carefully lower yourself to the seated position.

If you can’t press all the way to a standing position, simply shift your weight forward and lift your glutes an inch or two from the chair seat and hold for a second before lowering back down. Over time, work on developing the strength and balance necessary to come to a standing position.

RehabFit is a fitness center for people of all ages and abilities with special attention to members with medical conditions and diseases. RehabFit features cardio machines, dumbbells, TRX suspension trainers and strength machines. Becky and Leah are exercise specialists at RehabFit and are happy to help with any strength training modality and all fitness. Stop by RehabFit to take a tour at Boulder Point in Plymouth or call (603) 238-2225. No referral needed!

Your Birthing Suite at Speare Memorial Hospital

Sweet infant sleeps in doctor's armsThe birth of your baby is a highly anticipated event and an experience you will always remember. You want a supportive, family-centered care approach to the delivery process that respects your personal needs and birth plan, as you welcome your baby into the world. At the same time, you want to be able to take comfort in knowing additional medical services and technology are available in an instant, should you or your baby need them.

The doctors and nurses on Speare’s birthing suite specialize in labor and delivery. They have the knowledge and expertise necessary to provide you and your baby with the quality patient care you expect while ensuring your comfort, confidence, and privacy.

Both before and after your delivery, our staff is available to address your questions and concerns. We offer ongoing programs for childbirth preparation, baby care, and breastfeeding support.

  • An educated and highly trained medical staff is the hallmark of providing quality patient care, and our team of obstetric doctors and nurses are specialists in their field:
  • Board Certified doctors in obstetrics and gynecology from Plymouth OB/GYN
  • Board Certified doctors in pediatrics from Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
  • Registered nurses certified for inpatient obstetrics and mother-baby care
  • Registered nurse and certified lactation counselor specializing in breastfeeding techniques and strategies

Beth Simpson, RN, MSN Director, Cindy LeMien, RN, Jennifer Hennessy, RN and Ashley Vittum, RN 10 background blur

The Birthing Suite at Speare Memorial Hospital combines state-of-the-art medical technology with a warm and comforting home-like environment.

THE BIRTHING SUITE FEATURES:

  • Private, comfortable rooms for mom, baby, and family, with private bath and flat screen television
  • Hydrotherapy tub for laboring mothers, as well as birthing stools, balls and showers to promote relaxation during labor
  • Large labor & delivery rooms
  • Specially designed birthing beds providing you a range of positions
  • Aromatherapy to promote relaxation
  • Epidural anesthesia available
  • Nursery featuring the latest technology & equipment to support your baby as needed
  • Sleep chairs for family & friends supporting you in the birth of your baby
  • A nourishment center for the convenience of you & your family
  • Family waiting area

Both before and after your delivery, our staff is available to address your questions and concerns and offers ongoing programs for childbirth preparation, baby care, and breastfeeding support.

The Birthing Suite is a separate wing of the hospital located on the second floor. Contact us at: (603) 238-2213.

Dr. Lauren Blue joins Plymouth OB/GYN

Dr. Blue smallerObstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Lauren Blue, is a now an official addition to the team at Plymouth OB/GYN. Dr. Blue began working at the practice temporarily last October, seeing patients when needed but has made the decision to stay permanently.

“I’m excited to be part of Plymouth OB/ GYN and continue the tradition of providing high-quality healthcare to women in the community,” says Dr. Blue. “When I started last fall I quickly saw that Plymouth OB/GYN and Speare Memorial Hospital have something special to offer the region. Being a part of a practice where you can provide personalized, quality care to your patients and their families is important to me.”

Dr. Blue earned her medical degree from Trinity School of Medicine after earning her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in the honors program at the University of Alabama. She completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at both Northeast Ohio Medical University and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She received awards for the research she conducted at both schools.

She has a special interest in comprehensive obstetrics — including high-risk pregnancies — birth control counseling, and the management of menopausal symptoms.

Get to know the Team who will assist you throughout your pregnancy and into your child’s life

The partnership you have with your obstetricians and pediatricians is one of the most important and rewarding experiences you will have when starting your new family. The medical teams at Plymouth OB/GYN and Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine have decades of experience that you can trust.

“We personalize the care we provide for each unique expectant mother,” says Dr. Joseph Ebner of Plymouth OB/GYN. “And one of us is at Speare when she gives birth. By that time we feel like family.”

Not only will you have one of the physicians from Plymouth OB/GYN with you when you give birth, one of the pediatricians from Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine will be with you. And your child can continue on with that pediatrician group in the years to follow.

“I think parents are looking for continuity of providers,” says Dr. Ebner. “People like knowing their medical providers and they find it helpful when those clinicians already work together.”

That relationship is made even stronger at Speare because all Speare physician practices share the same electronic health record system for patients. This means you don’t need to repetitiously update changes when going from one physician group to another—they already have your updated medical information.

In addition to Dr. Blue, other clinicians at Plymouth OB/GYN include:

(L-R Dr. Banister, Dr. Ebner, Britt McDonald, PA-C

Plymouth OB/GYN physicians are certified in obstetrics and gynecology, the medical specialty providing health care to women with particular emphasis on the organs of the reproductive system. Plymouth OB/GYN at Speare Memorial Hospital understands your unique needs as a woman. Our care extends from adolescence and the reproductive years through the perimenopausal and postmenopausal years.

Call for an appointment: 603-536-1104.

RehabFit Exercise of the Week – TRX Low Row

The RehabFit Exercise of the Week is presented by Speare Memorial Hospital’s medical fitness team members, Leah Baron, MS and Rebeccah Chase, MS, CSCS, RCEP. This week they present how to do the TRX Low Row.

TRX is a form of suspension training that uses bodyweight exercises to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. It requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer, a performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete the exercises.

RehabFit is a fitness center for people of all ages and abilities with special attention to members with medical conditions and diseases. RehabFit features cardio machines, dumbbells, TRX suspension trainers and strength machines. Becky and Leah are exercise specialists at RehabFit and are happy to help with any strength training modality and all fitness. Stop by RehabFit to take a tour at Boulder Point in Plymouth or call (603) 238-2225. No referral needed!

Rehab Fit Member of the Month for August: Louise Randall

Louise Randall August 2018Louise joined RehabFit in May 2016. She is a regular attendee of the 8 am Strength & Balance Performance Class. Louise’s goal was to strengthen her legs to prepare for a knee replacement surgery. After surgery, she attended Choice PT and continued to rehab her knee at RehabFit. Louise is currently preparing for her second knee replacement. 

Why did you decide to join RehabFit?

When I moved from Laconia to Plymouth I was looking for a new fitness center and found RehabFit. I was looking for a gym to strengthen my lower body to prepare for a knee replacement surgery. RehabFit has a great strength and balance class that challenges me and helped me prepare for the knee replacement. 

What changes have you made in your exercise or health routine since joining RehabFit?

When I started at RehabFit I was using the treadmill and stationary bike. Since then I have learned how to do strength training using the machines and free weights. The strength and balance class has also helped with whole body strengthening.

What motivates you to keep exercising and coming to RehabFit?

I started the strength and balance class to prepare for my knee replacement surgery; I found it very helpful so I came back. I wanted to continue to get stronger so I came back two months after my surgery. I am now preparing for my next knee surgery.

 What changes have you seen in your body, health or general well being since starting at RehabFit?

My weight used to fluctuate a lot and now it is more stabilized. I am feeling better and stronger overall.

 Have you had any setbacks that affected your routine or progress at RehabFit?

I had a shoulder injury and received physical therapy at Choice PT. I also attended therapy for my knee replacement. I had good results both times!

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

Try to get to RehabFit at least 3 times a week. Definitely join the strength and balance performance class!

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.