Hope and Healing from the Heart – Celebrating National Hospital Week

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National Hospital Week 2019 celebrates hope and healing, and the hospitals, health systems, and the women and men who support the health and well-being of their communities through dedication and care from the heart.

Celebrating National Hospital Week provides an opportunity to thank all of the dedicated individuals – physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers, food service workers, volunteers, administrators and so many more – for their contributions.

Speare celebrated its employees throughout the week in a variety of ways including – daily raffles, themed luncheons and fun activities.

Join us in thanking the many Speare employees who give their all and are committed to supporting the health and well-being of our community in and around central New Hampshire.

Celebrating our Volunteers

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Speare Memorial Hospital volunteers were honored at their annual volunteer appreciation luncheon on Wednesday, April 24th.

Volunteers serve in many capacities which include the Front Desk, Gift Shop, Inpatient Unit, various offices, Environmental Services, and Therapy Dog Services. Volunteers also serve on various Hospital Committees including the Patient Family Advocacy Council and the Patient Experience Committee, to name a few.

The following volunteers were honored this year for volunteer hour milestones:

  • 100 hours – Dee Hopper
  • 250 hours – Nancy Sawyer & Marcia Covell
  • 500 hours – Nancy Kolb
  • 1000 hours – Glory Kidger and Ed Weber
  • 1500 hours – John Gray and Annie Martin
  • 2000 hours – Pat Corbin
  • 5000 hours – Dick Flanagan
  • 19,000 hours – Ann Blair

If you would like more information on volunteering at Speare, please contact Chris Fenn at 238-6460.

4-Million Reasons to Celebrate National Nurses Week

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National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

National Nurses Week is a time for everyone – individuals, employers, other health care professionals, community leaders, and nurses – to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4-million registered nurses.

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Like nurses across the country, Speare Memorial Hospital’s nurses dedicate their lives to caring for others in times of need while working relentlessly to improve the health of the populations they serve. Speare’s 110 nursing professionals are focused on delivering excellent healthcare to their patients and families, while leading and participating in projects and initiatives to elevate quality, safety, and the patient experience.

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In addition, one third of Speare’s nurses have achieved rigorous, nationally recognized, professional certifications that objectively validate their nursing knowledge and expertise. 

Speare and the Plymouth community are truly fortunate to have this wonderful group of nursing professionals and we take this special time to appreciate and thank them!

April is National Donate Life Month

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New England Donor Services coordinated the recovery and transplant of 1,159 organs in 2018, the most ever.  Through the generosity of 393 organ donors, 2,236 tissue donors and the dedicated work of NEDS staff, both OPOs (New England Organ Bank and LifeChoice Donor Services) realized increases in donation and transplant again this year.

The staff at Speare Memorial Hospital recently took time to reflect on Organ Donation by raising a flag for those who have donated and those who received a donation.

More than 7 million New Englanders are registered as organ and tissue donors. Please consider becoming an organ and tissue donor.   

To register your decision to save and heal lives, visit RegisterMe.org. ·         To learn more about organ, eye, tissue and living donation, visit DonateLife.net.      

* Living donation is not included in a donor registration.

Dress in Blue Day 2019

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National Colon Cancer Awareness Month is observed every year in March with the first Friday of the month designated as “Wear Blue Day”. Speare staff members wore blue to honor all who are impacted by colorectal cancer and help raise awareness about the work being done to end this disease in our lifetime. (Learn more at Colorectal Cancer Alliance )

Learning about any disease that takes many lives is difficult, but the fact is that early detection through prevention and screening is proven to dramatically reduce fatalities from colorectal cancer.

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Every year, more than 140,000 people are diagnosed with this highly preventable disease. They will join more than 1.4 million colorectal cancer patients and survivors living today. We go blue for them, their families, and their community.

Colon cancer can be prevented with early detection.  Make your appointment for a colonoscopy at Plymouth General Surgery today. Call 603-536-5670 and take advantage of the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have received the most advanced colon cancer and colon polyp screening available. (Click Here to learn about FUSE – the groundbreaking technology that allows our surgeons to see twice as much of the colon as they could before.)

Community engagement continues to grow at 6th annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K

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The positive energy was overflowing at Speare Memorial Hospital’s 6th annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K. Over 400 runners and walkers made their way across the starting line at Plymouth Regional High School while a large group of volunteers sporting pompoms cheered everyone on. After finishing their run/walk, many joined the crew shouting encouragement to their fellow participants and giving high fives.

At preregistration many enjoyed taking some time at the children’s table – coloring masks and putting on removable tattoos and stickers as well as posing with St. Patrick’s Day themed props for some photo booth fun. (Scroll down to see all the photo booth and start/finish line photos.)

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CERT Team

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A very special thanks to all our volunteers including the CERT/MRC team, many local area students and several Speare employees and their family members for their hard work and boundless energy helping to bring it all together.

This event was made possible with support from our sponsors. Be sure to click their links below to learn more about these local businesses.

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St. Paddy’s Day Sponsors

Medical Reimbursement Specialists and
Morrison Healthcare

Pot ‘O Gold sponsors:

Woodstock Inn Brewery and Megaprint

Leprechaun Bag sponsor:

RehabFit

Four Leaf Clover Sponsors: Big Daddy Joes, Plymouth Ski & Sport, R.P Williams & Sons, Rhino Bike Works, and UPS

The Speare Shamrock Shuffle was developed in response to an identified community health need to live a more active lifestyle. Speare’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K encourages participants of all ages and abilities to take steps toward a more active lifestyle.

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Starting Line – click the individual images to enlarge.

Finish Line – click the individual images to enlarge.

Join the 6th Annual Speare Shamrock Shuffle!

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Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, and you know what that means – spring is just around the corner. The days are getting longer, the ice is starting to melt and there’s no time like the present to get up, get out, and get moving with Speare Memorial Hospital’s family-friendly, 5K health walk/fun run.

This low cost, community event was developed in response to an identified community health need for families to have more opportunities to participate in physical, health activities. Speare’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K encourages participants of all ages and abilities to join in walking, running, and/or strolling. The Shamrock Shuffle begins and ends at Plymouth Regional High School and makes its way through the streets of Plymouth, NH. The event is not officially timed, as the focus is to encourage families and all community members to take steps toward a more active lifestyle.

REGISTRATION

The registration fee is only $10 per person. Children age 5 and under are free, but must be registered. Register in person at the hospital reception area or visit www.SpeareHospital.com/Shamrock to register online. (Please note, there is an additional small online processing fee.)

Thank you to our St. Paddy Day Sponsors: Medical Reimbursement Specialists and Morrison Healthcare. Pot ‘o Gold Sponsors: Woodstock Inn Brewery and MegaPrint, Leprechaun Bag Sponsor RehabFit, and our Four Leaf Clover Sponsors;  Big Daddy Joe’s, Plymouth Ski & Sport, Rhino Bike Works, RP Williams, and The UPS Store.  And like so many initiatives, Speare’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K wouldn’t be possible without broad community support.  Speare is partnering with the Central New Hampshire CERT & MRC to help ensure the safety of walkers/runners on the course. 

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Be sure to dress in green to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day theme. The first 150 registered walkers and runners are guaranteed a t-shirt and the first 300 finishers will receive a Speare Shamrock Shuffle medal. The event will take place no matter snow, sleet, rain or shine.

EARLY PICK-UP

Please Note: If you register in advance, you can pick up your packets from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Speare front lobby, on Friday, March 15th.

If you have additional questions about Speare’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K, please contact (603) 238-6468 or email:  akench@spearehospital.com .

Do Your Part For Your Heart

Kasey Harisiades, PSU Exercise Physiology Student, Craig Johnson, B.S., CMES Exercise Physiologist, Kimberly Brian, M.S., RCEP Exercise Physiologist, Emily Scaife, PSU Exercise Physiology Student
(l-r) Kasey Harisiades, PSU Exercise Physiology Student, Craig Johnson, B.S., CMES Exercise Physiologist, Kimberly Brian, M.S., RCEP Exercise Physiologist, Emily Scaife, PSU Exercise Physiology Student
Cardiac Rehab team members working with patients at Speare Memorial Hospital (1)

National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week was initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) to focus national attention on cardiac rehabilitation’s contribution to the improvement of the health and physical performance of individuals at risk for heart disease and/or those individuals diagnosed with heart disease or dysfunction.

AACVPR National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week is celebrated during February, American Heart Month, as part of a national campaign to draw greater attention to heart health. The week coincides each year with Valentine’s Day. AACVPR National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week 2019 will be celebrated February 10-16.

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Cardiac Rehab Program at Speare Memorial Hospital.

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  • AACVPR certified since 2013
  • Program runs Monday through Friday
  • Monitored Exercise for 60 min
  • 35 min education class on risk factors/modifications
  • Covered by most insurance companies up to 36 visits
    • 24 monitored exercise visits
    • 12 education classes

About the Program

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Each participant wears a portable heart monitor so that their heart rate and rhythm can be monitored throughout the session. Patients exercise at different levels related to their medical history, current ability and personal goals. Exercises are adjusted by the staff according to the patient’s progress.

Education is also a very important part of Cardiac Rehab. Education classes teach patients about the disease process and prevention strategies to improve healthy lifestyle choices. Class topics include risk factors, medication, nutrition, exercise education, and cardiac anatomy.

Goals of Cardiac Rehabilitation

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  • Improve the performance of the heart muscle
  • Decrease blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
  • Improve cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility
  • Reduce cardiac risk factors
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Disease management
  • Patient self-management education
  • IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE

Covered Diagnoses

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  • MI (within 12 months)
  • -CABG (coronary artery bypass graft)
  • -Angioplasty (with or without stent)
  • -Valve repair or replacement (TAVR procedures)
  • -Stable angina
  • -Heart Transplant
  • -CHF (Class I-III)
  • -PVD (Peripheral Vascular disease)

Cardiac Rehab Team at Speare

  • Linda Nestor, Program Director
  • John Jehl, M.D., Medical Director
  • Craig Johnson, B.S., CMES: Exercise Physiologist
  • Kimberly Brian, M.S., RCEP: Exercise Physiologist
  • Janette Gaumer, RD, LD: Dietitian
  • Jesse Beaudry, Pharm.D: Pharmacist

For more information or to make an appointment call 603-238-6440

Speare Memorial Hospital Names Boucher New CFO

Speare Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Travis M. Boucher, of Concord, as the hospital’s new chief financial officer.

Boucher has a wealth of experience in health administration and financial management. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the health management and policy program at the University of New Hampshire and went on to earn his master’s degree in business administration, with a focus on healthcare administration, from Wagner College in New York. 

Boucher’s career has taken him from a health system in Staten Island, New York to the Elliot Health System and the New Hampshire Hospital Association. He was most recently CFO at New Hampshire Hospital in Concord. While he may be new to Speare, Boucher is not unfamiliar with New Hampshire. 

Boucher has been a member and former president/board member of the New Hampshire/Vermont chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association for over a decade.

Speare Memorial Hospital has hired Travis M. Boucher of Concord as the hospital’s new chief financial officer.

Boucher has a wealth of experience in health administration and financial management. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the health management and policy program at the University of New Hampshire and went on to earn his master’s degree in business administration, with a focus on healthcare administration, from Wagner College in New York.

Boucher’s career has taken him from a health system in Staten Island, New York, to the Elliot Health System and the New Hampshire Hospital Association. He most recently served as chief financial officer at New Hampshire Hospital in Concord.

Boucher has been a member and former president/board member of the New Hampshire-Vermont chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association for more than a decade.

Speare Goes Red for Heart Health

February is designated as American Heart Month and the first Friday of the month is Wear Red Day to help raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives. Because when we come together, there’s nothing we can’t do.

One in three. That’s the price women pay for cardiovascular disease. It’s time to change this fact. It’s time to be demanding when it comes to women’s heart health and ask others to do the same. Speare wore red, along with others across the nation, to help raise awareness.

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