CALL US: (603) 536-1120

Latest News

Capture Rx

Capture Rx Data Security Incident

Who is Capture RX? Speare’s Pharmacy works closely with CaptureRx to determine if patients are eligible for discount drugs through a program called 340B. More information on the company can be found here https://www.capturerx.com/ What Happened? CaptureRx was a victim of a ransomware attack. They became aware of unusual activity ...
Ehr, Electronic Health Record Concept. Innovative Technologies in Health Care and Medicine, Online Report from Patients to Doctors via Digital Devices. Laptop with Info. Cartoon Vector Illustration

Speare Memorial Hospital Returns to MEDITECH with Expanse Signing

WESTWOOD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--When comparing EHR vendors to replace its current system, Speare Memorial Hospital (Plymouth, NH) prioritized both advanced technology and financial responsibility, which ultimately led them back to MEDITECH. By signing for MEDITECH as a Service (MaaS) — MEDITECH’s subscription-based offering — Speare Memorial will now have full access to MEDITECH’s web-based EHR ...
Dr. Joseph Casey, Plymouth General Surgery

Maintaining your colon health during the pandemic

By Dr. Joseph Casey, Plymouth General Surgery When people ask me about putting off their colonoscopy due to the pandemic, I always have the same advice – DON’T. Even if you've never had a colonoscopy, you have most likely heard about it. The laxative “prep” drink the day before the ...
Anthony Patti - Member of the Month

Member of the Month – Anthony Patti

Tony joined RehabFIT in August of 2019, and has been a regular ever since.  You can find Tony on the elliptical, playing backgammon, until Leah has to kick him off, 2 hours later!  Tony is extremely motivated with this health and fitness and puts in 100% effort for every workout.  ...
covid 19 vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates & Information

The state plans to have the COVID-19 vaccine available – for NH residents ages 65 and older and those 64 and under who have two or more chronic diseases – at its fixed-vaccination sites across the state beginning January 26th. Speare Primary Care is cooperating with the state to secure ...
first covid vaccinations Speare Hospital

First Vaccine Shipment Arrives at Speare Memorial Hospital in Rural New Hampshire

The first two in line for the new COVID-19 vaccine at Speare were Dr. Thomas Scott, medical director of MedCheck Urgent Care and Andrew Seefeld, medical director of Speare’s emergency department. On the front lines during this pandemic, they are fully confident in the vaccine's safety. They both received a ...
124843922 10158221968097631 9031229875084313746 o

COVID-19 symptoms? Rapid tests now available at Speare Memorial Hospital

Abbott BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 tests for K-12 students and others who have COVID-19 symptoms (called “symptomatic”) are now available at Speare. These antigen-based tests are available for rapid diagnosis. Identifying people with COVID-19 faster allows the quarantine/isolation to begin sooner, thereby decreasing further spread of the disease. This is particularly ...
Bentwood Cropped

Speare Memorial Hospital & Mid-State Health Center are pleased to welcome Dr. Jennifer Bentwood to our community

Dr. Jennifer Bentwood “As a family doctor who also practices obstetrics, I get to be part of some the most significant events in a family’s life, from the birth a child to the passing of a grandparent. The opportunity to develop a relationship with an entire family, often with multiple generations, ...
RehabFit Balance class outside

RehabFit has safely reopened!

RehabFit has reopened! Many precautions have been taken and so far re-opening has run smoothly! Twelve members are allowed in the fitness center at one time. Since re-opening there has yet to be a time where the twelve-member limit was reached. If members are concerned about space upon arrival, we ...
Dr. Brittany Anibal Featured Image

New Pediatrician at Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Brittany Anibal is joining Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine at Speare Memorial Hospital. A graduate of Souhegan High School in Amherst NH and the University of New Hampshire (UNH), Dr. Anibal is eager to return to New Hampshire.  Dr. Anibal earned her bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory sciences at ...
Resuming Services

Message to Our Community: Resuming Time-Sensitive, Elective Services

Speare Memorial Hospital Resumes Safe, Time-Sensitive Medical Services Speare Memorial Hospital is pleased to be able to lift restrictions on our services due to the low COVID-19 transmission rate within our community. While the number of positive COVID-19 cases has increased recently, this is no cause for alarm.  The rise ...
Running Covid out of Town Poster 4 768x1024

Running COVID Out of Town – Virtual 5K

For all you runners, walkers, outdoor enthusiasts - here is a great way to have some fun and support Speare Memorial Hospital!  The Holderness School is hosting a "Run COVID Out of Town" virtual 5K on May 16th and all of the proceeds will go to Speare's COVID-19 Fund.  To date, they have raised $2,385!  How ...
Covid 19 written on test tube

Message to the Community: New COVID-19 Testing Site in Plymouth

You only need a referral from your healthcare provider! The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the New Hampshire Army National Guard have opened a new COVID-19 testing site in Plymouth, open seven days a week from 11am to 7pm. The DHHS goal is to increase ...
CHNA 20 FB PNG

We want to hear from YOU about what Your community needs!

Every three years, the Central New Hampshire Health Partnership conducts a Community Health Needs Survey for our region. This assessment helps inform our planning for health care services and other community health initiatives. Please Click Here and take a few minutes to share your insights through this survey. We understand ...
Plymouth General Surgery 2

Speare is still here to meet all your healthcare needs

We are in the midst of an extraordinary situation and while much has changed, and masking and social distancing are the new norms, we want you to know that Speare is still here to meet all your healthcare needs. For safety, all staff and any patients coming into the hospital ...
COVID flattening

Message to the Community: COVID-19 May Be Flattening at Speare

COVID-19 at Speare Memorial Hospital flattens It is predicted that New Hampshire will soon be reaching its estimated peak for the Coronavirus. We won’t know this for sure until the data collected by the state shows a decline in new positive COVID-19 tests and a decrease in hospitalizations, although it ...
telehealth on phone with dr capron

Speare Memorial Hospital physician practices connecting with patients through telehealth

The Coronavirus has made the simple physician office visit complex. The threat of exposure to COVID-19 has led Speare Memorial Hospital to make virtual, online physician office visits a reality. “The last place an older diabetic would want to be is in a waiting room with other patients,” says Dr. ...
take a fresh air break

Spring Into Health

Health Tips from Registered Dietitians At Speare Memorial Hospital Janette Gaumer, RD, LD jgaumer@spearehospital.comRyanne Haskell, RD, LD rhaskell@spearehospital.comPhone (603) 238-2244 Fax: (603) 238-6413 Telehealth Nutrition Appointments Now Available! Click Here for more information about telehealth.     Wash Your Hands Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water ...
coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Speare Memorial Hospital cares about the safety of our staff, volunteers, patients, and community.  We are continuing to work with staff and the community to make sure proper resources and up to date information are available. While the NH Department of Health and Human Services has identified positive cases in ...
PSU image FB arena set up for COVID19 surge 1024x683

Community Update from Michelle McEwen, President/CEO

Speare has been working with the National Guard, the State, our regional Emergency Preparedness resources and Plymouth State University to create an Alternate Care Site at the PSU Ice Arena and Welcome Center. This site will serve as an extension of the hospital in preparation for a surge of COVID-19 ...
Oncology in fabric masks PPE donations 1 768x458

Your contribution can save lives – COVID-19 Donation Guidelines

We are immensely grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from our community. Thank you for donating your time, talent, and resources to help Speare Memorial Hospital during these extraordinary times. We appreciate your generosity while we work together to protect our patients, families, and community from exposure ...
SIM Lab at PSU IMG 1490 1024x698

Speare SIM Lab: Learning Together… While Giving Back

After serving as a clinical training site for Plymouth State University (PSU) nursing students for nearly a decade, Speare and PSU embarked upon a new training opportunity this year. PSU nursing students learn first-hand how to access and triage patients in the school’s state-of-the-art simulation lab, working with students who ...
School Nurses 1024x758

School Nurses: a Shared Support

From stomach bugs to caring hugs, Speare nurses are at the frontline, keeping our children safe and healthy. Photo [Front L-R]: Brooke Ashworth-Wisner, Russell Elementary School; Elizabeth Mills, Thornton Central School; Heather Mason, Holderness Central School; Sandy Rodriguez, Plymouth Elementary School; Judy Macord, Wentworth Elementary School; [Back L-R]: Denise Petrycki, ...
HS LNAs garbed up IMG 1868 1024x627

Speare Trains & Hires High School LNAs

Speare and Plymouth Regional High School have been working together since their licensed nursing assistant (LNA) program began 15 years ago. In addition to hiring many LNA students from the program, Speare has donated bedside tables and assisted the high school in purchasing new adjustable beds to help make the ...
Craig Henry Curtis and Meaghan Babbitt2 1024x981

Speare Welcomes its First Baby of 2020

Happy New Year and welcome to the world, Henry Curtis, the first baby born at Speare Memorial Hospital in 2020. Congratulations to parents Meaghan and Craig Babbitt of Campton, NH on the new addition to their family! A patient at Plymouth OB/GYN Meaghan said, "Speare is amazing. The experience in the birthing ...
2019 bronze medal award 1024x572

Speare's 2019 Hospital Campaign for Organ Donation wins Bronze Award

Dianne Reid MS, BSN RN, NE-BC - Staffing Development - School Nurse Coordinator, Deb Mallett, RN, Debra Thompson, RN, BSN, CEN - Nurse Dir, Critical Care Services, Kris Hering, MSN, RN, NE-BC, FACHE - CNO During the 2019 Hospital Campaign for Organ Donation, Speare Memorial Hospital was recognized with a ...
Northeast Delta Dental Grant pic2

Northeast Delta Dental Foundation Awards Grant to Speare’s Dental Health Program

The Northeast Delta Dental Foundation recently awarded a $2,500 grant to help fund the purchase of dental supplies for Speare Memorial Hospital’s Dental Health Program which provides free or low-cost dental health services to more than 1,600 local children annually. “This is a real asset to our state,” says Ruth ...
Dr. Capron for directory 768x771

Dr. Theodore Capron Joins Speare Primary Care

Speare Primary Care welcomes Dr. Ted Capron to the practice at 103 Boulder Point in Plymouth. Board-certified in family practice medicine, Dr. Capron has more than 35 years of medical experience, many of those as a dedicated family physician in Meredith for over two decades. After relocating out of state ...
Thanksgiving Dinner

Health Tips for the Holiday Season

by Janette Gaumer & Ryanne Haskell, Registered & Licensed Dietitians The holidays are a time for celebrating with family, friends, and good food; with that being said, unfortunately, it can also be a time when we run into problems with weight gain. Remember, your healthy eating habits don’t have to ...
White Mountain Eye Care celebrates Ophthalmic Technicians Week (5)

Celebrating the Tech Team at White Mountain Eye Care

(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 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 ...
support group stock photo (1)

New Weight Loss Surgery Support Group at Speare

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 ...
CAP Program 1024x477

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. (CAP Committee Members and Participants L-R) Kris Hering, CNO - ...
IMG 2380

Speare Flu Clinics Help You Fight the Flu

Speare is Here to Help! INFO & DIRECTIONS TO FLU CLINICS Speare Memorial Hospital Main Lobby Speare at Boulder Point Waterville Valley Town Hall Holderness Town Hall Plymouth Senior Center
Plymouth Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine celebrates Wilma Hyde APRN 1 1024x950

Plymouth Pediatric Celebration for Wilma Hyde, APRN

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 ...
save the date speares senior resource fair

Speare Hosting Free Senior Resource Fair

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, ...
White Sock Day at Speare 2019 raising awareness about PAD SALSAL 14 1024x775

Helping to Raise Awareness – One White Sock at a Time

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. On September 19, 2019, physicians, clinicians, and staff from Speare Memorial Hospital participated in the SALSAL Foundation’s White Sock ...
Preceptors balancing and making adjustments 1024x532

Preceptor Workshop: Developing the Informal Leader

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 ...
cleaning tools

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. Part of a healthy lifestyle is ...
men yoga out in nature 1024x773

10 Reasons Men Should Do Yoga

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 ...
20190606 095124 1024x576

Annual Golf Classic Raised Over $33,000 for School Dental Health Program

Premier Event Sponsor, Dr. Joan Kirschner (third from left) of Plymouth General Dentistry, joins (l-r) Speare’s Ruth Doane, Dental Hygienist, Michelle McEwen, CEO, and Cheryl Callnan, Director of Development at the 21st annual Speare Golf Classic. Despite ominous predictions of rain, the sun came out on June 6th for Speare’s ...
Close up of man's legs being sprayed with insect repellent in the park outdoors

Lyme Disease: Do Your Summer Plans Include Avoiding Ticks?

Remember when you could spend a leisurely summer day outdoors with little concern about ticks? With the tick population on the rise, those are bygone days. And the increase in ticks means a surge in the diseases they transmit. New Hampshire has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease ...
George Varnum Durgin April 5 1918 March 20 2001

A Family Legacy

At least twice a year, you will see Mary Durgin at Speare Memorial Hospital. It’s not to see a physician or to have any kind of medical procedure. It’s to hand-deliver a donation from the trust set up years ago by her brother, George V. Durgin. “George and I grew ...
PHOTO L R Janette Gaumer RD LD Ryanne Haskell RD LD E. James Hanowell DO James Koren MD Lauren Sirignano RN BSN Becky Chase MS RCEP for fb 1024x566

Weight Loss Surgery at Speare

It’s time. Medical science has determined that weight loss surgery saves lives. Maybe it can save yours or the life of someone you know. After much anticipation, Plymouth General Surgery has opened its Weight Loss Surgery Center at Speare. Offering two of the most successful and widely performed procedures—gastric bypass ...
esophageal cancer

Esophageal Cancer: On the Rise

While many cancer deaths are decreasing across our country, there is one growing at an alarming rate – esophageal cancer. And this is of tremendous concern to Dr. Joseph Casey, of Plymouth General Surgery. “Cancer of the esophagus is one of the fastest growing cancer diagnoses in the United States, ...
Laughter is the Best Medicine Wine, Women & Wisdom 2019 (139)

Wine, Women, Wisdom and Lots of Laughter

On May 9, 2019, Speare Memorial Hospital held its 9th annual Wine Women & Wisdom at the Common Man in Plymouth for over 200 women from communities around central New Hampshire. The doors opened at 4:30 pm for attendees to enjoy a wine tasting, light dinner buffet, buy chances on raffle ...
volunteers putting together lunches

Got Lunch! Speare funds program to relieve hunger

(L-R) Barbara McElroy, Plymouth; Maggie Brox, Rumney; Julie Webster, Campton; Carol Perkins, Plymouth; Elena Worrall, Ashland/Holderness; Mary Kietzman, Plymouth; Margaret Salt, Plymouth Exhilarating. Worthwhile. Beneficial…for the children and ourselves. These are the words that came to mind when women from several local Got Lunch! programs in the region were asked ...
National Hopsital Week 2019 at Speare Memorial Hospital (17)

Hope and Healing from the Heart – Celebrating National Hospital Week

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, ...
Speare Memorial Hospital 2019 Volunteer Luncheon (20)

Celebrating our Volunteers

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 ...
National Nurses Week 2019 at Speare Memorial Hospital #NursesWeek (7)

4-Million Reasons to Celebrate National Nurses Week

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 ...
Volunteers and Oncology Team Donate Life

April is National Donate Life Month

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 ...
Meredith Village grant to wound care center

Local Bank Donates to Speare Wound Care Center

Rick Wyman, president of Meredith Village Savings Bank, recently visited Speare’s Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center to present a donation for the purchase of an ankle-brachial index (ABI) device. Photo (L-R): Linda Drew, front office coordinator; Sherill Ciampa, APRN; Lori Bruce, RN; Alison Lovett, RN; Rick Wyman, president, Meredith ...
Teddy Bear Donations 2019 Gretchen Dodge Treasurer Weston Hyde President Elsa Lauriat Secretary Kalie McLeod Vice President 1

PRHS Students Bearing Gifts for Speare’s Youngest Patients

(L-R) PRHS 2019 Class Officers: Gretchen Dodge - treasurer, Weston Hyde - president, Elsa Lauriat - secretary, Kalie McLeod - vice president Each Plymouth Regional High School freshman class picks a fundraiser to follow throughout their four years of high school. The class of 2019 chose "Operation Teddy Bear" and for the past four ...
Wear Blue Day 2019 at Speare Memorial Hospital (1)

Dress in Blue Day 2019

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 ...
Finish Line at 6th annual Speare Shamrock Shuffle (146)

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

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 ...
Shamrock Shuffle Flyer sponsors without photos

Join the 6th Annual Speare Shamrock Shuffle!

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 ...
do your part for your heart cardiac rehab week

Do Your Part For Your Heart

(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 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 ...
Travis Boucher, CFO

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 ...
Wear Red Day 2019 (1)

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 ...
Steven V. Ball, MS, MBA, CRNA, Director of Anesthesiology, Rachael (Rae) Ritter, MSN, CRNA,Daniel E. Rice, Jr. DNP, CRNA

CRNAs: The Future of Anesthesia Care Today

The first successful surgical procedure was performed with anesthesia in 1846. Since then, anesthesia has continued to evolve and become safer, playing an integral role in enabling doctors to perform necessary and life-saving operations. (l-r) Daniel E. Rice, Jr. DNP, CRNA, Steven V. Ball, MS, MBA, CRNA, Director of Anesthesiology, Rachael ...
RehabFit a department of Speare memorial Hospital

Exercise For a Longer, Healthier Life

By RehabFit team members - Becky Chase MS, RCEP, and Leah Baron MS The effect of activity on mental and physical health is discussed frequently in today’s society. However, the benefits can be easily overlooked and taken for granted.  A recent study done by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic has shown ...
Mclean baby

Reflecting on Giving Birth at Speare

“My daughter Megan just delivered a baby at Speare and had the most wonderful experience. She was going to have her baby at LRGH and was one of those shocked to learn she would not deliver there. She was scheduled to go to Concord, but two days after her due date was told ...
Hannaford bags social media GroceryCart H

We’ve been selected for the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program

We are excited to share that Speare Memorial Hospital at Boulder Point, has been chosen by the Hannaford store located at 389 Tenney Mountain Hwy, Plymouth, NH as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program! This means for every Community Bag purchased at the Plymouth, NH Hannaford during the ...
Fall Prevention help off the bed

Preventing Patient Falls

Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in New Hampshire among people ages 65 and over. New Hampshire Falls Facts (This information is from WISQARS and NHUDDS) Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths among people 65-85+ with 210 deaths. There were 12,045 older adults treated for ...
nurse phone call

New After Hours Call Service at Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine

Plymouth Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine is committed to meeting the health care needs of your children 24 hours a day. We have implemented a new service for patients and families that call our office after hours. When you call after hours, you will be directed to Night Nurse Plus, an outside ...
Ken Chadderton

RehabFit Member of the Month: Ken Chadderton

Ken joined RehabFit in January 2016 with the goal of increasing ankle strength and mobility and overall fitness. Ken comes in almost every day and likes to talk and joke with fellow RehabFit members. Ken also recently joined the morning strength and balance class and is a great addition to ...
Radiology reading an xray

New Radiologists Expand Services for Central New Hampshire Communities

Speare is now working with Southern New Hampshire Radiology Consultants (SNHRC) to provide increased services in Central New Hampshire. Dr. Kevin Rivera, chief of radiology at Speare, is leading the expansion with specialty training and the purchase of new equipment and technology. ABOUT SNHRC SNHRC is comprised of a group of highly trained ...
Susan Laverack M.Ed Community Care Coordinator for IDN 5 — the Franklin, Laconia, and Plymouth communities.

Helping Patients with Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders

Susan Laverack M.Ed, Stephanie Bouchard RN BSN director, Sara Dupont MSW social worker, and Deborah McQuillen RN care manager. Susan Laverack M.Ed - Community Care Coordinator for IDN 5 — the Franklin, Laconia, and Plymouth communities. Speare’s care management team was enhanced this year with the addition of Susan Laverack, ...
Joan Glidden RN preoperative nurse, Steve Ball MS MBA CRNA APRN director of anesthesiology, and Deborah Majersky RN intraoperative nurse.

Reflecting On My Son’s Care

Angel and Jeffery Bray with sons, Harbor Bray (left) and Westley Bray (right) at their family farm stand. “My son had surgery at Speare Memorial Hospital and I can’t say enough good things about our experience! We received an excellent level of care, knowledge, and professionalism — Speare is an all-around ...
RehabFit a department of Speare memorial Hospital

What Form of Strength Training is Right for You?

By: Becky Chase M.S., RCEP Leah Baron M.S. JinLyi Mah PSU Exercise & Sports Physiology Student-Intern   The goal of strength training is to build strength, increase our muscle’s body ability to utilize energy without oxygen and to increase the size of skeletal muscle. The body’s muscular strength is used ...
cost of diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Speare Primary Care and White Mountain Eye Care and Optical will be hosting their free Annual Diabetes Day event to raise awareness about diabetes. The event will feature diabetes education/information from Speare Wound Care ,Pemi Baker Home Health & Hospice, Speare Dietary, White Mountain Eye Care, and Speare Primary ...
Flu Clinic 2018

Let’s Take A Closer Look At… Influenza “The Flu”

Now that the summer season is over we are entering the fun season of sweaters, fall foliage, and pumpkin spice everything. Unfortunately, this change also tends to bring on the start of the dreaded Influenza (flu) season. Last flu season (2017-2018) was one of the most severe seasons we have ...
Speare Memorial Hospital Gift Shop

Visit Speare’s New Gift Shop

Volunteers in gift shop (L-R) Richard Flanagan, Chris Fenn (Student & Volunteer Services Coordinator), Nancy Kolb, Pat Corbin Speare has opened a volunteer-run hospital gift shop full of fun gifts as well as necessities for patients, visitors, and staff. All proceeds go toward Scholarships for local youth studying for a career in healthcare ...
2018 Senior Resource Fair postcard

Informed & Engaged at Speare’s Senior Resource Fair

Searching for and navigating the maze of services and organizations available for seniors in central New Hampshire can be a daunting task. That's why Speare Memorial Hospital held it's 2nd annual Senior Resource Fair on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Boulder Point in Plymouth, NH. Almost 100 attendees visited a ...

Speare Schedules Annual Public Flu Shot Clinics

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, Holderness Town Hall, Waterville Valley and the Plymouth Senior ...
PAD Awareness Month White Sock Day at Speare Memorial Hospital - Wound Care

The White Sock Campaign – Honoring & Educating

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is one of the most challenging issues we face 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. On September ...
September is PAD Awareness Month feet

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 ...
Exercise of the week background calf stretch lunge

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 ...
Exercise of the week side shuffle walk

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 ...
bird dog

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 ...
Dr. Ough in Optical Shop2

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

We 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 ...
Exercise of the week chair sit to stand

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. It's easy to take sitting and standing for granted as a fit, younger ...
Beth Simpson, RN, MSN Director, Cindy LeMien, RN, Jennifer Hennessy, RN and Ashley Vittum, RN 10 background blur

Your Birthing Suite at Speare Memorial Hospital

The 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 ...
dr blue plymouth ob/gyn

Dr. Lauren Blue joins Plymouth OB/GYN

Obstetrician 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 ...
TRX low row

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, ...
Louise Randall August 2018

Rehab Fit Member of the Month for August: Louise Randall

Louise 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 ...
Daniel E. Rice, Jr. DNP, CRNA

Speare Memorial Hospital Welcomes Daniel Rice Jr, DNP, CRNA, to Plymouth Anesthesia

A combat veteran, with several years experience in the critical care and operating room setting, certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) Dr. Daniel E. Rice, Jr. DNP, has joined the anesthesia team at Speare Memorial Hospital. "Dr. Rice comes to Speare with an extensive knowledge in many different facets of healthcare,” ...
win 7 night stay at the villages florida

Support the Speare Community Dental Health Program and You Could Win a Florida Stay!

When you purchase a raffle ticket, you are providing fluoride treatments for seven children through Speare's Dental Health Program. Raffle tickets are $10 each and the winner will be drawn on July 31, 2018. Tickets are available for purchase at the hospital's front desk or by contacting Development Director, Cheryl ...
local area children with Dental Hygeniest, Ruth Doane of Speare Community Dental Health program use this

Speare Trains Future Dental Hygienists for Under-Served Areas

Local area children with Dental Hygienist, Ruth Doane of Speare Community Dental Health program. It can be tough to find dental care in rural areas throughout our country. Because there are still places in New Hampshire where people don’t have access to dental care, Speare has been training dental hygiene ...
dr. musco

Paul Musco, MD, Among Top Docs in NH!

An annual poll conducted by New Hampshire Magazine asks every licensed physician in the state to choose who they would send their friends and loved ones to for medical care. They voted that they would entrust the eyes of their loved ones to Dr. Musco! Dr. Musco provides general ophthalmologic care including cataract surgery and ...
Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare Memorial Center of Excellence Award Hospital

It’s a 3-Peat for Speare’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center Team

(L-R) Linda Drew, Patricia Norcross, Deanna Brodie, Alison Lovett, Rebecca Sayre, Lori Bruce, Dr. James Koren, and Rebekah Sexton PA-C. (missing from photo: Dr. Hanowell, Sherill Ciampa, APRN and Dr. Bentwood) For the 3rd consecutive year, the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare Memorial Hospital has exceeded quality ...
Ringlein Family

The Miraculous Baby Ben

The first thing Meghan Ringlein thought when she woke that Tuesday morning was that something was wrong with her baby. Ben was due the next day but didn’t seem to be moving as much as usual. “I wasn’t sure what it was. I just sensed that something was wrong,” says Meghan. She already had ...
Ruth Doane, Dental Hygenist, Dr. Kirschner of Plymouth General Dentistry, Michelle McEwen, CEO and Cheryl Callnan, Development Director cropped above sun spot

Thank you to the Sponsors, Donors and Golfers who supported the 20th Anniversary Speare Golf Classic

The 20th Annual Speare Golf Classic at the Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club in Campton, NH, raised over $35,000 for Speare’s School Dental Health Program.  Sponsors and raffle donations for the event help us provide the following dental services to more than 1,600 children in our community each year: Free dental screenings ...
May 2018 rehab fit members of the month

RehabFit Members of the Month for May: Doris & Dean Roth

Doris and Dean joined RehabFit in November! They wanted to stay moving during the winter and prepare for outdoor work during the warm months. Doris holds herself and Dean accountable to maintain consistency at RehabFit. Dean just turned 92 and is always ready for new exercises and challenges!  Why did ...
Speare's Speakers Rebecca Sayre, RN,MBA, Lisa Baker, PA C and Jean Briese at 8th annual Wine, Women & Wisdom (120)

Self-Empowerment and Super Powers at Speare’s 8th Annual Wine, Women & Wisdom

On May 3, 2018, Speare Memorial Hospital held its 8th annual Wine Women & Wisdom at the Common Man in Plymouth for over 200 women from communities around central New Hampshire. Lisa Baker, PA-C The doors opened at 5:00 pm for attendees to enjoy a wine tasting, light dinner buffet, buy chances on ...
volunteer luncheon 2018 (30)

Speare celebrates the positive impact of volunteer service

National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate, thank and recognize the extraordinary volunteers that share their time, talents and voices to make a meaningful difference in our community. This year we celebrated Speare Memorial Hospital's many volunteers who support patients and staff every day with a Volunteer Appreciation luncheon ...
speare memorial hospital wine women and wisdom women's health event

Tickets Now On Sale for 8th Annual Wine, Women & Wisdom

 Speare Memorial Hospital will hold its eighth annual Wine, Women and Wisdom event on Thursday, May 3rd, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Common Man Inn and Spa in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Join 200 women and unleash the awesome in you! This annual women’s health event includes two featured speakers, ...
medicare cards

Medicare Cards with New Design Being Mailed this Month

Removing Social Security numbers strengthens fraud protections for about 58 million Americans If you are a Medicare beneficiary, please watch your mail closely over the next few months for your newly designed Medicare card. The new Medicare card contains a unique, randomly-assigned number that replaces the current Social Security-based number. Starting ...
speare hospital community health grant

Speare Memorial Hospital Now Accepting Applications for Community Health Grants

CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION Speare Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the availability of grants for organizations with activities and initiatives that address a community health need. Applications are available at https://spearehospital.com/grants/ and are due by June 15, 2018 According to Deb Naro, Executive Director of Communities for Alcohol- ...
april 2018 rehabfit member of the month tara stark

RehabFit April’s Member of the Month – Tara Stark

Tara has been a member of RehabFit since January 2018! Tara has been very motivated to stick to her weekly routine. She has referred many friends and co-workers to RehabFit and now has company to exercise with!  Why did you decide to join RehabFit? I joined RehabFit when my doctor ...
Speare's Shamrock Shuffle 5K 2018 finish line (100)

Great turnout for the 5th annual Speare Shamrock Shuffle

Once again the community of central New Hampshire proves what hardy New Englanders we really are. Snow lined streets, bitterly cold temps, (19° degrees at the start), and gusty winds didn't stop over 300 runners and walkers from joining the fun at Speare's 5th annual Shamrock Shuffle. A very special ...
Jen Morris yoga photo

Yoga as therapy for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and families

Plymouth resident and certified yoga instructor, Jen Morris, is bringing together cancer survivors, cancer patients, their families and their caregivers each week for a yoga class that Jen describes as adapted to meet the needs of the participants in class whether they are experienced or new to yoga. “For cancer ...
Wear Blue Day 2018 (36)

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

National Dress in Blue Day is celebrated each year on the first Friday of March. The Colon Cancer Alliance first launched the National Dress in Blue Day program in 2009 to bring national attention to colon cancer and to celebrate the courage of those affected by this disease. Several members of ...
rehabfit at boulder point in plymouth new hampshire

RehabFit’s Member of the Month for February – Linda Allen

Linda has been a member of RehabFit since October 2017! Linda has worked hard in the balance improvement class and is dedicated to exercising at RehabFit three days per week. She has made great strides in overall strength and balance! Why did you decide to join RehabFit? I joined RehabFit ...
Mary Durgin at her home on Squam Lake

Mary Durgin… From Charitable Support to Patient

“We are so fortunate to have Speare here,” says Mary Durgin. Her brother, George Durgin, felt the same. That’s why he included Speare among the charities he made provisions for in a charitable trust he established. Since his passing 16 years ago, Mary has distributed a check to Speare every ...
The 2017 Speare Golf Classic

Register For Our 8 – Week Golf Conditioning Program Offered by RehabFit

For all levels of recreational golfers!   When: Wednesdays & Fridays:   10 – 11 am  (Starts Wednesday, March 7th thru Friday, April 27th) Where: 103 Boulder Point Drive     Community Room Pricing: RehabFit Members         $80 Non-Members                 $125        Our Golf Conditioning Program includes: Flexibility & Mobility Training Core Strengthening Large ...
National Wear Red Day 2018 at Speare Memorial Hospital (21)

National Wear Red Day® – Friday, February 2, 2018

Go Red For Women is a movement that starts with you. Lead by example and make the time to “Know Your Numbers.” It’s knowledge that could save your life. Five numbers, that all women should know to take control of their heart health are: Total Cholesterol HDL (good) Cholesterol Blood ...
calling all superheroes lee webster mammo capes

There’s A Superhero Inside All of Us…We Just Need The Courage to Put On The Cape

by Lee Webster, Speare donor I’m 5’ 2”. Every time I have gone for a mammogram, I’ve managed to trip over the long gowns. I’ve usually ended up tossing it onto a chair in frustration, as it did nothing to preserve modesty and was aggravating to boot. During my last ...
Teddy Bear Donation 2018 from Plymouth Regional High School

PRHS Operation Teddy Bear brings smiles to Speare

(L-R) Zack Ross, Holly Mason, Elsa Lauriat, and Kiki Dodge 2018 marks the third year the Plymouth Regional High School class of 2019 hosted the school’s annual ‘Operation Teddy Bear’ fundraiser. As a community service project, junior class officers sold colorful teddy bear cut-outs for one dollar each during school ...
volunteer luncheon 2016

Speare Volunteers Share Their Talents, Time and Compassion

by Chris Fenn, Student & Volunteer Services Coordinator L-R: Chris Fenn, Student and Volunteer Services Coordinator with volunteers Lee Fortier, Pat Corbin, Nancy Kolb, Mary Ann Adams, and Judy Raybeck. One of the many things our volunteers do to improve the patient experience is delivering fresh flowers to patient's rooms. When ...
from community partners to patients

Matt & Sheila Howe… From Community Partner to Patients

With his wife in her final month of pregnancy with their first child, the last thing on Matt Howe’s mind that morning was his own mortality. He started his day like any other, as program director at The Plymouth House, a treatment home for those with addiction to drugs or ...
(From L R) Alison Lovett RN, Dr. James Hanowell, Deanna Brodie LPN, Rebecca Sayre Clinical Program Director, Linda Drew, Dr. John Bentwood, Rebekah Sexton PA C, and Dr. Jim Koren Medical Director

Speare’s Wound Center Named One of Nation’s Best

(From L - R) Alison Lovett RN, Dr. James Hanowell, Deanna Brodie LPN, Rebecca Sayre Clinical Program Director, Linda Drew, Dr. John Bentwood, Rebekah Sexton PA C, and Dr. Jim Koren Medical Director The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare has earned the prestigious Robert A. Warriner III, ...
Rebeccah Chase and Marisa Zamrock, Exercise Specialists, RehabFit

Strength Training with Weights: The Myths and the Facts

By Rebeccah Chase and Marisa Zamrock, Exercise Specialists, RehabFit If you haven’t started lifting weights, it may be because you have run into some of the myths about strength training. Read on to dismiss these myths and get the facts. For both women and men, taking time each week to build your strength can help you ...
pat nestor it analyst at his desk at speare hospital in plymouth nh

Pat Nestor… From employee to patient

“Going from employee to patient made me realize how critical Speare is to our community,” says Pat. “Linda is the angel of this story,” stresses Pat. “She is really special. She was the one who kept it together and did all the heavy lifting. I had the easy part when ...
ct scanner at speare memorial hospital

The latest in CT imaging technology is at Speare

With the help of our generous donors, Speare now offers the latest in CT imaging technology with the Philips Ingenuity CT scanner. This system offers many features and functions that allow for continued improvement and enhancement of scanning capability, image quality, and dose reduction for patients. This system offers many ...
Dec 2017 rehabfit member of the month Carole Heuser

RehabFit December Member of the Month

DECEMBER 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 ...
It's a Guy Thing 2017 speakers Dr. Casey, Dr. Watto, Dr. Weiss

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

On 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 ...
it's a guy thing 2017 speare memorial hospital men's health event

It’s A Guy Thing! Feel The Burn?

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 ...
wound care team helping to raise awareness about PAD #DocsInSocks

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

September 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. Wound Care ...
Dr. Douglass Weiss of Plymouth orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Speare memorial Hospital

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

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 ...
staff and medical providers of Speare Memorial Hospital

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

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 ...
Donna - a diabetic's wound care story

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

A 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 ...
The 2017 Speare Golf Classic

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

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 ...
Speare Memorial Hospital Dental Health Program

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 ...
7th annual wine, women & wisdom plymouth nh

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

On 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 ...
foundation for healthy communities

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

  POLST-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 ...
Nurses week 2017

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

Every 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, ...
(L-R) Sandra W. Beliveau, B.S., R.T.R., Professor/Clinical Coordinator, NHTI-Concord’s Community College with Student Clinical Supervisor Juanita Wade, and Director Linda Nestor

Speare Radiology Department Wins NHTI Award

(L-R) Sandra W. Beliveau, B.S., R.T.R., Professor/Clinical Coordinator, NHTI-Concord’s Community College, with Speare Radiology Department Student Clinical Supervisor Juanita Wade, and Director Linda Nestor,  with Student Clinical Supervisor Juanita Wade, and Director Linda Nestor, RT(R), (M), (CT), CRA, MBA On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, the radiology department at Speare Memorial Hospital, ...
brown bag lunch

17 Health Tips for 2017

This Tip  Sheet is Provided by Speare Memorial Hospital Nutrition Services Janette Gaumer, Dietitian & Certified Health Coach RD, LD & CHC 603-238-2244 Jean Baker, Dietitian & Diabetes Educator MS, RD,LD & CDE 603-238-6472   Dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle in 2017 with these food, nutrition, and physical activity ...
Speare Shamrock Shuffle 5K 2017 Finish Line

Thanks to All Who Supported the 4th Annual Speare Shamrock Shuffle 5K

Thanks all the runners and walkers who came out on the very brisk morning of March 18, 2017 to participate in the 4th annual Speare Shamrock Shuffle 5K in Plymouth, NH. Close to 300 men, women, children and dogs showed their Saint Patrick's Day spirit at this year's fun-run/health-walk, geared toward ...
repeal and replace

Urge Your Legislators to Protect Health Coverage

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that, over 10 years, nearly 24 million people could lose coverage under the American Health ...
Dress in blue day 2017 at speare

Speare Participates in National Dress in Blue Day

National Dress in Blue Day is celebrated each year on the first Friday of March. The Colon Cancer Alliance first launched the National Dress in Blue Day program in 2009 to bring national attention to colon cancer and to celebrate the courage of those affected by this disease. Several members of ...
Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine a department of Speare Memorial Hospital

Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine to become a Speare medical practice

Speare Memorial Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) have jointly agreed to transition Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine from D-H to Speare in April 2017. (L-R bottom row) Wilma Hyde, APRN, Dr. David Cunis, Ashley Francis, APRN, Gabrielle Gray, APRN (L-R Top Row) Dr. Nancy Crocker, Dr. Oliver Salmon, Dr. Eric Shamansky ...
Weare Red Day 2017 at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth NH

Speare Spotlights The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Movement

My Life Check® was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health by educating the public on how best to live. These measures have one unique thing in common: any person can make these changes, the steps are not expensive to take and even modest improvements ...
teddy bear donation 2017 PRHS Freshman Class officers

Speare Receives Teddy Bear Donation from PRHS Sophomore Class

PRHS Sophomore Class Officers (L-R) Jasmine Sanders (president), Arianna Mortenson, (vice president), Alex Boursican (treasurer) and Elsa Lauriat (secretary), The Plymouth Regional High School sophomore class participated once again in the school’s annual ‘Operation Teddy Bear’ fundraiser. As a community service project, sophomore class officers sold colorful teddy bear cut-outs ...
Adam and Willow Caissie and baby Emma Jean

Speare welcomes its first baby of 2017

Speare Memorial Hospital congratulates the Caissie family of Ashland, New Hampshire, whose newest family member was the first baby born at the hospital in 2017. Adam and Willow Caissie are the proud parents of Emma Jean Caissie who arrived at 8:01 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, weighing exactly 9 ...
holiday buffet

Health Tips for the Holiday Season

Health tips for the holiday season from Jean Baker and Janette Gaumer, Registered Dietitians and the Nutrition and Wellness Experts at Speare Memorial Hospital. Eat like a kid. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re not. Don’t be a people pleaser. You decide what foods are worth eating and ...
flu season ahead

Don’t Take the Flu on Vacation With You

Don't give or get the "gift that keeps on giving" this holiday season. If you're traveling to celebrate with friends and relatives festively wrapped gifts aren’t the only thing you can bring back from your travels. A  nasty cold or even the flu could be "hitching a ride" with you back home. Wondering why? ...
top 3 health insurance questions

Need health coverage? Come to Health Insurance 101

Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace can be a daunting task when you're not sure what all the terminology means, and what coverage you should choose that will fit your budget and meet your needs.  Whether you’re uninsured, or just want to explore your choices, Speare Memorial Hospital can help you ...
3D mammogram team at speare

Speare Memorial Hospital Now Offering State-of-the-Art, 3D Mammography

  3D Mammography  Detects 41% more invasive breast cancers Speare Memorial Hospital is excited to offer Genius™ 3D Mammography™, a breakthrough in the early detection of breast cancer. “Early breast cancer detection saves lives for women screened annually, beginning at age 40,” says Rebecca Zuurbier, MD, Director of Breast Imaging ...

Fueling Your Future: Diet & Exercise to Help Fuel Everyday Life

Dr. Mike Watto “Everything is connected, you can’t separate the parts,” says Dr. Michael Watto, a family physician at Speare Primary Care. “Your positive or negative mental outlook can affect sleep, which can impact your diet and how much you exercise — all of which are underlying factors in your overall health, including weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and ...
Aromatherapy is now available at Speare Memorial Hospital

Aromatherapy… it makes scents

Exhale as completely as you can. Open our specialty bottle near your nose, inhale deeply. Hold your breath for as long as it is comfortable, and then breathe normally. That may not trigger anything as you read this, but it just may enhance your wellness and comfort when you are at Speare Memorial Hospital. With the help of ...
50 critical access hospitals to know 2016 beckers

Speare named one of the top “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know”

Speare Memorial Hospital has just been named one of the top 2016 “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review. This is the second year Becker’s has published a list recognizing outstanding critical access hospitals in the nation, and Speare has been honored both years. “The hospitals included on this list serve ...
not sleeping

Are You Sleep Sick?

If you sleep less than six hours a night, you are four times more likely to catch a cold after being exposed to the virus than people who sleep seven or more hours a night. Several studies have shown that people with less sleep are more susceptible to illness. It turns out that sleep ...
hand washing

Update on Consumer Antiseptic (antibacterial) Soaps

by Mary E. Ruppert, RN, BSN, CIC Infection Prevention Coordinator, Speare Memorial Hospital One infection is one too many. When you buy soaps and body washes for use at home, do you reach for products labeled “antibacterial” hoping they’ll keep your family safer? Do you think those products will lower your ...
pajama donation from Yogi Bear Campground to Speare Memorial Hospital

Pajama donation helps Speare’s young patients sleep easier

Speare Nurses (L-R) Beth Simpson, Jennifer Hennessey, Heather Grenon, Whitney Rino with some of the pajamas that will be given to the younger patients. Each year Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp and Resort in Ashland, NH celebrates its opening weekend by holding a fundraiser. This year, thanks to the generosity of the campers ...
the new way to shop for eye glasses with an app for the ipad

See Yourself in Stylish Frames   

Eyeglass frames can be like shoes or bags to some women. They are a fun way to add some flare to your most visible feature—your face. When Crissy Williams learned at a recent eye exam that she needed glasses, she knew there was only one place for her to go, ...
pulmonary rehab is offered at Speare Memorial Hospital

Better Breathing = A Better Life – It’s never too late!

Struggling to breathe is a frightening, yet common, experience for over 3 million Americans each year living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, takes enough lives to make it the nation’s third leading cause of death. COPD develops slowly, with symptoms like shortness ...
Heroin council meeting with Annie Kuster at Speare Memorial Hospital

Congressional briefing on opioid epidemic held at Speare

When Congresswomen Annie Kuster wanted to hold a briefing on the opioid epidemic in central New Hampshire, she called upon Speare and the Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) that Speare is in partnership with. “The opioid and heroin epidemic is one of the PHAC’s top concerns,” says Michelle McEwen, president/CEO ...
Speare offering the most advanced colonoscopy technology in the new hampshire

Colonoscopies just got better at Speare – and only at Speare

Colonoscopies save lives. A major medical breakthrough, considered the most significant colonoscopy innovation in twenty years, can save even more lives. And you can benefit from this advancement right here, at Speare – and nowhere else in the Granite State. Surgeons use instruments called colonoscopes, or scopes, to look inside ...

Something to Smile About…

Speare’s Golf Classic raises record-breaking funds to support Dental Health Program   The Speare Golf Classic held on June 9th to raise funds for the Dental Health Program, brought to mind the Mark Twain quote, “If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes." Fortunately, ...
wound card awareness week - the wound care and hyperbaric medicine team at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth NH

Speare’s Wound Care Center Participates in Third Annual Wound Care Awareness Week

The Wound Care Center at Speare Memorial Hospital, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The third annual Wound Care Awareness Week is being held from June 6 to June 10. One of nearly 800 Healogics-managed Centers; the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center ...
wound card awareness week - the wound care and hyperbaric medicine team at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth NH

Speare’s Wound Care Center Participates in Third Annual Wound Care Awareness Week

The Wound Care Center at Speare Memorial Hospital, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The third annual Wound Care Awareness Week is being held from June 6 to June 10. One of nearly 800 Healogics-managed Centers; the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center ...

Now Accepting Applications for Community Health Grants

  Speare Memorial Hospital is committed to providing excellent healthcare for our community everyday; with an overall objective of ensuring that our community achieves optimal health.  As such, Speare has been our community’s health resource for many generations, not only providing care when individuals are injured or ill, but also ...

Health Care from the Heart All Day, Every Day

This year National Hospital Week runs from May 8 - 14 to celebrate the men and women who support the health of their communities through dedication and compassionate care. We at Speare Memorial Hospital are invested in caring and providing health care from the heart all day, every day. We recognize ...

Celebrating the Nurses at Speare Memorial Hospital

Speare Memorial Hospital joins the nation this National Nurses Week to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of our nurses. The theme for the 2016 National Nurses week is Culture of Safety: It Starts With YOU. Nursing is a very technical field, from new treatments and medical technologies to new protocols and procedures, ...
Cathy Nolan Vincevic a patient of Plymouth OB/GYN

Something to Talk About

“No one wants to talk about it,” exclaims Cathy Vinčevič “No women that I know talk about it. I didn’t talk about it. I didn’t even tell my husband. I tried to hide it.” But, she is talking about it now, and “it” is Stress Urinary Incontinence. Cathy says, “You ...
Deanna Brodie, LPN, one of Speare Memorial Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center

The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center at Speare has something to celebrate

Deanna Brodie, LPN, one of Speare Memorial Hospital's Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center's hyperbaric technicians, earned the Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) certification from the National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology on April 8, 2016. Brodie, who is also the wound care center's Safety Director, began working for Speare’s Wound Care & Hyperbaric ...
kathy brown new hampshire snow bird and patient at speare general surgery

A year-long journey

Scary . . . frustrating . . . great. These words best sum up Kathleen “Kathy” Brown’s past year beginning on July 1, 2014. It was her birthday, but instead of celebrating, Kathy found herself in the Emergency Department at Speare Memorial Hospital with severe abdominal pain, noting, “For me ...
American Red Cross blood drive at speare memorial hospital

Speare Employees Give Blood to Help Save Lives

One pint of blood can help save 3 lives. On April 19, 2105 several Speare Memorial Hospital employees took part in the hospital's annual employee blood drive with the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's ...
a multigenerational event - 6th annual Speare Memorial Hospital Wine, Women & Wisdom in Plymouth NH

Sold out crowd makes Speare Memorial Hospital’s 6th Annual Women’s Health Event a Smashing Success

The torrential downpour on Thursday, April 7, 2016 didn't dampen the spirit of the sold-out crowd attending Speare Memorial Hospital's 6th annual Wine, Women & Wisdom event in Plymouth, NH. This event is the hospital's annual ladies night where learning and socializing are keys to rejuvenating, re-energizing and rejoicing in the similarities and differences that unite ...

Thanks and Sláinte – Good Health – to all!

Thanks to all the runners‬ and walkers who came out on March 19, 2016 to participate in the 3rd annual Speare Shamrock Shuffle 5K in Plymouth, NH. Close to 250 men, women, children and dogs turned downtown Plymouth, NH green at this year's fun run / health walk, geared toward encouraging people to ...
pulmonary rehab is offered at Speare Memorial Hospital

March 13 – 19 is Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to describe progressive lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, emphysema, and some forms of bronchiectasis. Since 2010 Speare Memorial Hospital's Pulmonary Rehab program has been helping people with COPD, through a program of exercise, education and support, learn to ...

Speare Goes Blue to Help Raise Awareness About Colon Cancer

Employees spur education and action by participating in national awareness movement Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the USA. Colon cancer affects men and women equally. A routine colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50 could help save thousands of lives. One in 20 ...

Speare employees wear red to help raise awareness

Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable.                                       On February 5, 2016, to help raise awareness among local women that heart disease is their #1 health threat, ...

Speare’s Birthing Suite celebrates American Heart Month with special handmade red hats for newborns

Hats knitted and crocheted by volunteers for the American Heart Association as part of the Little Hats, Big HeartsTM program Brittany Sylvester and her newborn son Reed wearing one of the little red hats being given out to all babies in the Speare Birthing Suite during American Heart Month. Volunteers for ...

PRHS students donate teddy bears to brighten hospital stays

To welcome in the new year, the freshmen class officers from Plymouth Regional High School, Avery Stone, Elsa Lauriat, Denise McGlone, Alexandra Boursican and Hailey Patridge delivered teddy bears to Speare Memorial Hospital, with their adviser, Ms. Denise McGlone. As a community service project, the class officers sold bear shaped ...

Speare Welcomes First Baby of 2016

Now introducing Shamus McLane, the first baby born in 2016 at Speare Memorial Hospital. He joins his parents Rachael and Micah and his big brother Mobius. Dad Micah said "I tried to convince Rachael we should have Shamus in Costa Rica as we just got back from there 2 weeks ago, ...

Holiday Stress Busters

Holiday parties, family get-togethers, and other holiday activities are all fun and games until the added demands on your time, energy, and attention create the perfect storm of stress and anxiety. Add to that the disruptions in regular schedules, travel, preparing meals, managing and take care of house-guests, and having less time for ...

White Mountain Eye Care Welcomes Ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Musco

White Mountain Eye & Optical is pleased to welcome Ophthalmologist Dr. Paul S. Musco to the practice. With more than two decades of experience in treating and diagnosing ailments of the eye, Dr. Musco brings subspecialty training in corneal diseases (the front part of the eyes) and surgery. He will ...

Speare is the Place to Have Your Babies

Four years ago when Becky and John Zumbach moved to Ashland to be more centrally located between work and the mountains where they first met, the task of finding new doctors was simply part of their relocation process. A friend recommended Dr. Banister, at Plymouth OB/GYN, and having also heard ...

Catholic Medical Center and New England Heart & Vascular Institute Expands Services at Speare

Vascular Services Added Speare Memorial Hospital has worked with Catholic Medical Center (CMC) in Manchester for decades to provide cardiology services to the Plymouth region. Now we are expanding our collaboration to include vascular services. We are eager to welcome CMC’s vascular specialists to our local community to care for patients in Plymouth. William ...

Things To Do To Prevent the Flu

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) n the Northern hemisphere, winter is the time for flu, but the exact timing and duration of flu seasons vary. While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the ...

Looking to be fit and healthy? The RehabFIT! Team can help

The RehabFIT! Member of the Month is John Piantedosi “I decided to join RehabFit to strengthen my upper body.  During the Spring, Summer and Fall months I bike quite a bit for aerobic exercise and some leg strength.  Kevin and Zach are most helpful in continuing with my programs.  If ...

Today’s a Great Day to Quit

You don't have to wait until the New Year to make a resolution to kick the habit. Today is the Great American Smokeout and a great day to give up smoking for good. According to the website for the American Cancer Society, the idea for the Great American Smokeout grew from a 1970 event in Randolph, ...
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD

COPD: It’s Not Too Late

November 18, 2015 is The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease’s (GOLD)annual World COPD Day. It represents a partnership between health care groups and respiratory educators to raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.The theme for 2015 is “It’s not too late,” which GOLD believes emphasizes the meaningful actions ...
healthy snack options

Heart Heathy Celebrations

From tailgating and the holidays to anniversaries and birthdays, food is central to almost every celebration.  The Holiday Season is fast approaching, bringing opportunities to spread good cheer and celebrate, eat and drink with friends and family. Even the most disciplined dieters and healthy eaters struggle with temptation during the holidays. ...
Zumbach family plymouth ob/gyn

Double the Love

Four years ago when Rebecca “Becky” and John Zumbach—both teachers in Gilford—moved to Ashland to be more centrally located between work and the mountains where they first met, the task of finding new doctors was simply part of their relocation process. A friend recommended Dr. Banister, at Plymouth OB/GYN, to ...
Ashland Brownie Girl Scouts Troop 20595

Ashland Brownie Girl Scout Troop Donates Gift to First Baby Girl

Sarah Guyotte and Becka Morrill (left), leaders of Ashland Brownie Girl Scout Troop 20595, brought troop members Eva, Jocelyn, Emma, McKenzi, Bailey, Gracie, Kashia, Lillian, Ana, and Jianna to Speare Memorial Hospital on October 30 to donate a ‪‎baby bag full of gifts to be given to the first baby girl ...

The Pharmacist is a Key Health Care Professional

Ed Webber (Volunteer), Crystal Cascadden, RPh, Jesse Beaudry, PharmD, RPh, Brittany Gibbs, PhT, Meg DeNobile, PharmD, RPH, Tim Murray, PharmD, RPH, And Deep Davis, CPhT October 18 - 24 was National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week. We'd like to thank our Pharmacy team for their efforts on behalf of patients and the ...

Cardiac Rehab Makes Each Day a Positive, Wonderful Experience

The first day Harry George came to Cardiac Rehab for his initial assessment, he was in a wheel chair. Nearly a year after open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve due to a bacterial infection, Harry was dancing down the halls of Speare. “Now I have two birthdays,” Harry ...

Healthcare Quality and Infection Prevention celebration raises money for 3-D Mammography

On October 22 Speare Memorial Hospital celebrated Healthcare Quality and Infection Prevention Week.This was a time to celebrate all the hard work and focus everyone at Speare provides to these efforts. Infection prevention is everyone’s job. Each of us has an important role to play in keeping our patients safe from infection—and hand ...

Medical Assistants Recognition Week

Last week was Medical Assistants Recognition week and we'd like to thank all our Medical Assistants for their versatility, dedication and excellent work they do every day as members of our health care delivery team, performing administrative and clinical procedures. Medical assistants are the central figures in promoting and maintaining cooperative ...
cardiac rehab at speare memorial hospital in plymouth nh

Building Better Hearts

Craig Johnson and Rachel (Kindl) Currier, Exercise Physiologists at Speare's Cardiac Rehabilitation program Building Better Hearts was the established goal of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, or Cardiac Rehab, when it was introduced as a new service at Speare Memorial Hospital on October 24, 2005. Opened as part of the hospital’s ...
wound care at speare hospital in plymouth new hampshire

Cardiac Rehab: an Advantage Close to Home

MaryAnn’s story starts in March 2010 when she had a heart attack, was brought to Speare’s Emergency Department, and air lifted to Catholic Medical Center (CMC). After her hospitalization, she was referred to Speare’s Cardiac Rehab Program. Being a retired nurse who had an active lifestyle, MaryAnn appreciated the monitored ...
MaryAnn Adams

Cardiac Rehab: an Advantage Close to Home

MaryAnn’s story starts in March 2010 when she had a heart attack, was brought to Speare’s Emergency Department, and air lifted to Catholic Medical Center (CMC). After her hospitalization, she was referred to Speare’s Cardiac Rehab Program. Being a retired nurse who had an active lifestyle, MaryAnn appreciated the monitored ...

Cardiac Rehab combines exercise and education to transform patient’s lives

The Cardiac Rehab program at Speare Memorial Hospital has been transforming patient's lives for the past 10 years. Charlie Sniffen from Holderness, NH had a bypass and valve replacement before being referred to the Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Charlie admits he was doing all the wrong things. His primary care doctor, Dr. Young, kept ...
a Farewell and Welcome Party for Dr. David Cunis and Dr. Heather Williams. Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine

Plymouth Pediatrics Farewell and Welcome Party

As summer transitions to autumn, Plymouth Pediatrics is also experiencing a change of seasons. On September 3rd Plymouth Pediatrics held a Farewell and Welcome Party for Dr. David Cunis and Dr. Heather Williams. Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine is a regional clinic of the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). Its clinicians are affiliated with ...

Speare’s Cardiac Rehab – Changing Lives for 10 Years

Building Better Hearts was the established goal of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, or Cardiac Rehab, when it was introduced as a new service at Speare Memorial Hospital on October 24, 2005. Opened as part of the hospital’s then recent renovation and expansion, the Cardiac Rehab program was developed in response to ...
16th Annual Keeping You, Me & Memories Alive (KYMMA) Day to Fight Cancer

16th Annual KYMMA Day to Fight Cancer

On Saturday, September 26, 2015 the 16th Annual Keeping You, Me & Memories Alive (KYMMA) Day to Fight Cancer was held at the Plymouth State University PE Center. Proceeds from the event provide aid to individuals and their families, living in the Central New Hampshire area, who are affected by cancer. Once again, Speare Memorial Hospital ...

National Comic Book Day Celebrated at Speare

Speare Memorial Hospital has a vibrant and active group of volunteers helping out in various capacities. Each month the team comes up with different ways to brighten patient's visits with us. Today, September 25th, was National Comic Book Day and they purchased a variety of different comic books featuring superheroes including ...
Asquam Community Health Collaborative EHR electronic health record and Cerner

Speare and LRGHealthcare Form Collaborative to Implement New EHR From Cerner

Responding to federal government requirements for information technology integration and infrastructure to support clinical care, LRGHealthcare (comprised of Lakes Region General Hospital and Franklin Regional Hospital) and Speare Memorial Hospital have partnered to form Asquam Community Health Collaborative, a limited liability corporation. The Asquam collaborative has selected Cerner, a global ...
Plymouth nh town wide yard sale

Speare to take part in Plymouth Town Wide Yard Sale

The 19th Annual Plymouth, NH Town Wide Yard Sale is taking place this Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Speare Memorial Hospital is taking part again this year and will have a wide assortment of items including small furniture and TVs, as well as a bake ...

Speare’s Michelle McEwen Named Among 50 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know

Becker's Hospital Review has announced the publication of its list of 50 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know, including Speare Memorial Hospital’s President and CEO Michelle McEwen, FACHE The administrators, presidents, CEOs and other executives on this list lead the hospitals on Becker’s 50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know list ...

Speare’s Oncology Clinic Welcomes Dr. Benitez

The Oncology Clinic at Speare Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Cibar Benitez, M.D. Dr. Benitez is a physician with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC), of which Speare’s Oncology Clinic is a regional affiliate, offering patients access to sophisticated cancer care close to home. Trained as an internal ...

Speare Named One of the Nation’s 50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know

Speare Memorial Hospital has been named among 50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know in the United States. The list, compiled for the first time by Becker's Hospital Review features critical access hospitals that have demonstrated excellence in caring for their communities, rising above to meet the needs of their patients. “This ...

Speare Primary Care Welcomes Dr. Michael Watto

Speare Primary Care is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Watto to the practice. Dr. Watto will be accepting new patients age 13 years and older beginning September 8. Appointments can be made by calling Speare Primary Care at (603) 536-1881. The office is located on the second floor of Speare ...

Speare Memorial Hospital hosts College Fair

On July 29, 2015, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Speare Memorial Hospital hosted a college fair for its employees.  Attendees learned how additional education equals more choices and that means more success. Representatives from each school had information available on undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing, healthcare management, business, public ...

Healthy eyes are always in style

Being in the sun should always mean taking precautions against damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation. But, despite the health risks and repeated warnings, only 40 percent of consumers* say protecting their eyes from sun damage is the primary reason they wear sunglasses. When shopping for sunglasses it’s important to remember that although ...

Speare’s Family Advisors Help Transform Waiting/Resting Areas from “Drab to Fab”

It all started two years ago. Members of Speare Memorial Hospital’s 10-member Family Advisory Committee were touring the hospital with their coordinator Kathy Wieliczko, director of social services, and stopped in the Solarium; a resting/waiting area for patients and families located in the northwest corner of the hospital on the ...

Dr. Catino Returns to Practice at Speare Primary Care

After a six month sabbatical overseas, Dr. Donald Catino is returning to practice at Speare Primary Care, and will begin seeing patients again on August 3. Dr. Catino is accepting new patients 18 years of age and older, and appointments can be made by calling (603) 536-1881. Speare Primary Care ...

Sunshine and Smiles Abound at Annual Golf Classic

A brilliant blue sky and bright sun provided a spectacular backdrop for Speare Memorial Hospital’s 17th Annual Golf Classic that took place on June 11, supporting the Dental Health Program.  Nearly 200 golfers teed up for the event held at Owl’s Nest  Resort  & Golf Club in Campton, helping to ...

A New “Lens” on Life

Dr. Richards looks back at his career as retirement comes into focus  By Michele Hutchins, Director of Community Relations Dr. John Richards was only two working days into his retirement when we sat down to talk about his 37 year career as an ophthalmologist—35 of which were spent serving the ...

Q&A with RehabFIT member Ron Reynolds

By Ron Reynolds, RehabFIT Member  Why did you choose Choice Physical Therapy/RehabFIT? Unlike most fitness centers, RehabFIT has a medical component to their program.  In February of 2014, I was diagnosed with cancer and after chemotherapy I needed to gain my strength and fitness back.  Rehab FIT was just the ...
Wound Care awareness week

Wound Care Awareness Week

June 1 through Jun 5, 2015 is Wound Care Awareness Week. Currently 6.7 million patients are suffering with non-healing advanced wounds and that number is expected to rise at a rate of 2 percent annually over the next decade. Increased rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, the late effects ...

Speare Recognized for Excellence in Medical Marketing

Speare’s Director of Community Relations Michele Hutchins and Millennium Integrated Marketing’s Digital Marketing Director Kyle Mallinger celebrate their two Lamplighter Awards presented by the New England Society of Healthcare Communicators. Speare won in conjunction with Millennium in two agency-produced categories. Speare Memorial Hospital has received regional and national recognition for ...

Speare Memorial Hospital is Tops Among Critical Access Hospitals Ranked Nationally

Speare Memorial Hospital has once again been named among the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation. This designation comes from the National Rural Health Association based on Speare’s ranking on the Top 100 list from iVantage Health Analytics. The ranking is based on 62 publicly reported performance metrics ...

Join the conversation on Speare’s social media channels

In our fast-paced, technology driven society, it’s important to stay connected on many levels. In addition to relaying news and information via tradition media sources like newspapers, radio and television, it is absolutely necessary to use today’s most popular websites to engage, interact and share information. These days, many of ...

Movie and panel discussion on memory loss and Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Dana Merrithew of Speare Primary Care will take part in a panel discussion to address questions, regarding memory loss, Alzheimer’s Disease, related dementias and caregiving challenges. The discussion panel will follow a showing of the Academy Award winning movie "Still Alice" starring Julianne Moore, being shown at the Minot-Sleeper Library ...

See why hospital employees choose Speare as #MyHospital

National Hospital Week celebrates hospitals and the men and women who support the health of their communities through dedication and compassionate care. It also recognizes the miracles they help to make happen on a day to day basis, both large and small. Take this year's National Hospital Week as an ...
HealthStrong 2015 Top Hospital

Speare Memorial Hospital Named 2015 HEALTHSTRONG Hospital

Speare Memorial Hospital is proud to announce it has been named as one of the nation’s HEALTHSTRONG Hospitals by iVantage Health Analytics. The study and announcement of the 2015 HEALTHSTRONG Hospitals, including Speare Memorial Hospital, highlights top performing hospitals as determined through the Hospital Strength INDEX™.  The annual INDEX study is ...

Focus on Fall Prevention

By Michelle McEwen, FACHE, President & CEO It’s not an unfamiliar story . . . an elderly family member or friend has fallen and sustained a life-changing injury.  In fact one in three adults over the age of 65 falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  ...

Changing of the Guard at White Mountain Eye Care

After more than 30 years of service to the greater Plymouth area, Dr. John Richards, ophthalmologist at White Mountain Eye Care & Optical, has announced his plan to retire from practice at the end of May.  Additionally, his colleague, Ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Russo has made the decision to relocate closer ...
Eleanor Wright, RN Intensive Care and Sarah Muzzey, LNA Med Surg

National Nurses Week Celebrates Ethical Practice – Quality Care

  National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This week celebrates the vital role nurses play in delivering safe, quality patient care. The theme for this year's event, chosen by the American Nurses Association, is 'Ethical Practice. Quality Care' and recognizes the importance of ...
Dr. Joseph Ebner

Mammograms:  When to Screen is the Question

by Dr. Joseph Ebner, Plymouth OB/GYN It seems that every couple years a new study is published that calls into question the timing of breast cancer screening with mammograms.  This is because medicine is a science, and as a science, our knowledge continues to grow, often adding to current knowledge, ...
online giving

Giving Matters

By: Julie DeGalan, Director of Development Do you spend time surfing the Internet or checking Facebook using your PC or tablet? Do you use your mobile phone to stay in contact with family and friends? It seems that everywhere we turn, we rely on these types of devices to make ...
Boulder Point Staff

Back Home at Boulder Point

Despite its “higher” elevation located off Tenney Mountain Highway in Plymouth, Speare Memorial at Boulder Point - home of Choice Physical Therapy, RehabFIT medical fitness program, and Speare Memorial Hospital’s affiliated practices - found itself underwater the morning of January 12, 2015.   A water pipe that fed the building’s humidification system located on the roof had ...
esophageal cancer

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, and the statistics surrounding esophageal cancer are truly alarming, making awareness and education very important. Today, take a few minutes to learn the facts about esophageal cancer and become familiar with the symptoms and risk factors. The information might just save your life, or ...
Speare Memorial Hospital's 2015 Volunteer Luncheon

Speare celebrates its volunteers

The best gift you could ever give someone is your time, because you're giving them something that you'll never get back. Every April since 1974 National Volunteer Week has been celebrated to recognize volunteers and foster a culture of service. This program, established by Points of Light in 1974, is about inspiring, recognizing ...
National HC Decison Day Graphic

Call to Action:  National Healthcare Decisions Day

By Kathy Wieliczko, Director of Patient Care Services Speare Memorial Hospital, along with Pemi-Baker Community Health and Mid-State Health Center, are leading an effort locally to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making. We will be providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, ...
Portrait of happy boy riding bicycle in the park with his parents following close behind

Speare Issues RFP for Community Health Grants

Speare Memorial Hospital has issued its annual request for proposals from qualifying organizations to its Community Health Grant Program. Organizations eligible to apply must be: Tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Aligned closely with Speare’s primary service area including the towns of Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, ...
laughing and clapping

A little laughter goes a long way

April is National Stress Awareness Month and National Humor Month. The saying "Laughter is the best medicine" has been around for years. It's not an "old wive's tale", it really does have a number of positive effects. According to researchers at Mayo Clinic "A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it ...
wound care and hyperbaric medicine at speare memorial hospital - places to go and things to do

Places to Go and Things to Do

His story begins 10 years ago, when Bob was scheduled to have a routine colonoscopy at another hospital.  Both Bob and his doctors were aware that he had a naval hernia, but it wasn’t believed to be very large and it wasn’t bothering him.  The hernia became more of a ...
Mobi

Globetrotting since birth – from Plymouth to Pambula

Globe-trotters Micah and Rachael McLane could have been anywhere in the world when it came time to welcome their son, Mobius or “Mobi”. He’s from Plymouth, she’s from Pambula, Australia.  They met surfing 12 years ago while students at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. Since then, ...
After realizing several Hannaford Supermarkets employees in Plymouth, ‪#‎NH‬ had family members suffering from cancer, Shelby Goodwin decided she wanted to help.

Hannaford’s pay-to-dress-down program donates to Speare’s Oncology Program

After realizing several Hannaford Supermarkets employees in Plymouth, NH‬ had family members suffering from cancer, Shelby Goodwin decided she wanted to help. She worked with management to set up a pay-to-dress-down program for the month of February. Many employees participated, resulting in a gift of almost $500 to Speare Memorial Hospital's Oncology Program. Here is ...
pure maple syrup bottles

The health benefits of pure maple syrup

March is Maple Sugaring Month in New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association will be hosting the 20th Annual Maple Weekend on March 28 – 29, 2015. Sugar makers statewide will be opening their doors to the public and inviting them to  share in the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring. Click here ...
Area knitters once again came together to lend their talents by knitting and donating 110 baby caps to the Birthing Suite at Speare Memorial Hospital to be given to newborns before their discharge home. The effort was led by the New Hampton Community Church in partnership with Rumney Baptist Church, Plymouth Regional Senior Center, Newfound Knitters and the Pasquaney Garden Club. Labor and Delivery Nurse Laurel Galvin, RN, received the caps from Marcia Anderson, Elaine Foster, Betty Dunkling, Margerite Dengel and Wanita Calley.

Area knitters lend talents to create baby caps for Speare’s Birthing Suite

Area knitters once again came together to lend their talents by knitting and donating 110 baby caps to the Birthing Suite at Speare Memorial Hospital to be given to newborns before their discharge home. The effort was led by the New Hampton Community Church in partnership with Rumney Baptist Church, ...

Dr. Dana Merrithew Joins Speare Primary Care

Dr. Dana Merrithew has returned to his primary care roots, joining the patient care team at Speare Primary Care.  Well known in the community, Dr. Merrithew has most recently been a familiar face as one of the hospitalists at Speare Memorial Hospital—a hospital-based physician responsible for coordinating a patient’s care ...
The starting line for Spear's 2nd Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K Health Walk/Run

Thanks to everyone who came out for Speare’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K Health Walk/Run

Thanks to all the runners‬ and walkers who came out on March 14, 2015 to participate in the 2nd annual Speare Shamrock Shuffle 5K in Plymouth, NH. Speare’s Shamrock Shuffle was developed in response to an identified community‬ health need to live a more active lifestyle. The event‬ encouraged participants of all ages and ...
corned-beef-and-cabbage

The health benefits of the traditional Saint Patrick’s Day boiled dinner

On March 17th millions of people around the world celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. It's a day full of traditions. Some are centuries old directly related to celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland and others are more recent where everyone is Irish for a day, green beer is the drink of the ...
NH Hospital Association logo

New Hampshire Hospital Association Releases Report on the NH Health Protection Plan

Data Shows Program is Working as Planned Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA) released a report today showing the positive impact that the New Hampshire Health Protection Plan (NHHPP), the bipartisan approach to extending private health insurance coverage to more low-income, uninsured residents in New Hampshire that ...
Speare's Art of Healing painting party "Spring's Promise"

Showing love and support through the Art of Healing

We all know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, a family member, a friend, a coworker, or maybe yourself. For many, it is being embraced by love, support and encouraging words that help them through their journey. It is in the spirit of this shared experience we invite you to ...
Peggy Brown Speare’s Cardiac Rehab Gets to the Heart of the Matter

Speare’s Cardiac Rehab Gets to the Heart of the Matter

Sewing, it's who Margaret “Peggy” Brown of Rumney is.  It is what she does . . . her therapy . . .her passion.  Daily she can be found in her sewing nook creating her signature pieces— colorful, reversible fleece vests, jackets and snowsuits for children.  At the same time she ...
Jack Sheffield

Breathing Better with Speare’s  Pulmonary Rehab Program

Hiking, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, landscaping, boating, cutting/splitting/stacking firewood or walking his dog, Piper.  This is John “Jack” Sheffield’s New Hampshire lifestyle and one he and his wife, Sally, fully embrace.  It is why they moved to Campton 12 years ago, so they could live it every day. About four years ...
Wear Red Day Speare selfie2

Wear Red Day helps raise awareness to end the #1 killer of women

Friday, February 6, 2015 marked the 12-year anniversary of The American Heart Association's "National Wear Red Day". This massive national public awareness day is held the first Friday in February to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women. Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it's 80% preventable. ...
School Nurses

School Nurses: Bringing a Little TLC to the ABCs

By Michele Hutchins, MBA,  Director of Community Relations Some days the best medicine may simply be a hug, but on other days, it’s helping parents understand the right questions to ask to get their child the right care, at the time. From band aids and temperature taking, to setting the ...
protect against the flu

Flu Awareness – Please Be Considerate

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) during the first week of January 2015, the levels of influenza in the United States remained elevated.  You may have noticed that even more people in your community are coming down with the flu this year compared to last year.  In fact, ...
fight the flu

Fighting the Flu

Prevention is Key to Staying Healthy During Flu Season GET VACCINATED Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, sick days from work and school, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. Click here for more information on the flu vaccine from the CDC. WASH YOUR HANDS The flu ...
Speare at Boulder Point - repairing water damage from a burst water pipe

White Mountain Eye Care Opens, but the Rest of Boulder Point Remains Closed

White Mountain Eye Care & Optical reopened today, January 16, however the rest of Speare Memorial Hospital’s medical office building, Speare Memorial at Boulder Point, remains closed due to water damage from a frozen pipe that burst on Sunday. Clean-up and repairs are estimated to take three weeks. Practices Temporarily ...

Area Knitters Donate Caps to Oncology Clinic

Area knitters and crocheters spent the past three months making 90 plus caps that were donated to Speare Memorial Hospital’s Oncology Clinic, a regional affiliate of Dartmouth Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Marcia Anderson (center), Marge Mitchell (l) and Elizabeth Dunkling (r) presented the colorful assortment of caps to the Oncology staff ...
Speare Primary Care providers

Speare Primary Care Accepting New Patients

Timely access to the care you need, when you need it. Located on the second floor of the Speare Memorial at Boulder Point medical office building, just off Tenney Mountain Highway in Plymouth, the Speare Primary Care Team offers expanded care options to patients of all ages.  Your Speare Primary ...

More Dates Added: Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance

Appointments available: Mondays, January 5, 12, 19, 26 and February 2, 9 from 1 -3 p.m. Thursdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 12 from 4 - 8 p.m. Call (603) 238-6471 to schedule your appointment

Family Advisors: Shaping the Care Experience

By Kathy Wieliczko, Director of Patient Care Management On this particular day, Sandra Lehner of Holderness is resting comfortably in a hospital bed playing the role of the patient. Standing around her are several nurses from Speare Memorial Hospital’s Medical Surgical Unit engaged in conversation about Sandra’s pretend condition. They ...

CEO Michelle McEwen Honored

The President and CEO of Speare Memorial Hospital was honored November 5 by the Plymouth State University student group, Marketing Association of Plymouth State (MAPS). Michelle McEwen ’81, was named to the MAPS Alumni Hall of Fame at the Delta Mu Delta annual awards dinner. McEwen, a resident of the ...

Art of Healing Exhibit

Paintings from our Art of Healing painting party hosted by the Oncology Clinic are now on display at Speare Memorial Hospital, Speare Memorial at Boulder Point and in various business in our central New Hampshire communities including: Dressers Unlimited Meredith Village Savings Bank, Main St., Plymouth Thomas Roberts True Colors ...

Ebola Health Advisory

Updated Thursday, October 30, 2014 Ebola continues to make headlines as our nation, and the world, continues in a state of watchful waiting relative to the spread of Ebola. This stems from the first patient in the United States to be diagnosed with the virus back in September. All of ...

Speare Primary Care Welcomes New Providers

PLYMOUTH, N.H.— Having expended access to primary care with the addition of Vanessa Hahn, APRN, back in January, Speare Primary Care is now pleased to welcome Dr. Donald Catino and Greg Englund, APRN, to the practice care team. Dr. Catino earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his doctorate ...

2014 Annual Report

Our 2014 Annual Report is now available. You can download a copy by clicking the cover image at right or request a copy by emailing our Community Relations Office at info@spearehospital.com.

Get Your Flu Shot

Public Flu Clinics  All insurances accepted including Medicare & Medicaid. Please bring your card Speare offers flu vaccines for persons 18 years and older Cost: $30.00 payable by cash or check: a receipt will be given Friday, October 3 • Ashland Booster Club •  11 am -1 pm Tuesday, October 7 • ...

Operating Staff Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Dr. Casey and the Surgical Services Staff took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  They also included Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joe Ebner and Andrew Kenyon, Shipping & Receiving.  Both Dr. Ebner and Andrew have a parent who was diagnosed with ALS.

Community Health & Wellness Fair

Saturday, September 27 from 8  - 11 a.m. Speare Memorial at Boulder Point, 103 Boulder Point Drive in Plymouth Free health screenings and information to help you achieve optimal health.  Presented in partnership with our regional health partners. Advance Directives, Speare's Department of Patient Care Management Blood Pressure Checks, Pemi-Baker ...

Sleep Lab Nationally Accredited

Three years after offering central New Hampshire residents hope for a better night’s sleep, the Sleep Lab at Speare Memorial Hospital has earned national accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The AASM’s mission is optimal health through better sleep, and is dedicated to setting standards of care ...

Happy Feet and Diabetes: A Discussion

The American Diabetes Association says that "feet should last a lifetime," but diabetes can make it harder to keep feet healthy. Come meet Katie Wood Hedberg, APRN, Program Director of Speare Hospital’s Wound Care Center. Listen in as she explains how to spot the early signs of a sore foot, ...

Jessica Case, PA-C, Joins Plymouth General Surgery

Plymouth General Surgery is pleased to welcome Certified Physician Assistant Jessica Case to the team. Jessica joins Dr. Joe Casey and Dr. Jim Koren in providing continuing care for patients post-operatively and in the Wound Care &Hyperbaric Medicine Center. As a physician assistant, Jessica is a licensed and certified health ...
Dr. Casey Plymouth General Surgery

Feeling the Burn of Chronic Reflux?

New treatment introduced for Barrett’s Esophagus as a result of chronic reflux From heartburn to more serious symptoms, such as choking or trouble swallowing, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or reflux, affects an estimated 15 million Americans. Of those, 13 percent are estimated to have Barrett’s esophagus. Barrett’s is the development ...

New Options for Health Insurance

The New Hampshire Health Protection Plan offers new options for insurance coverage for income qualified individuals and families.  Statewide information session are being over the next couple of weeks, with Laconia on June 16 and Littleton on June 25 being the closest for residents in central New Hampshire.  Please click ...

Volunteers Honored as “Shining Stars”

Speare Memorial Hospital’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon was a tribute to old Hollywood glamour showcasing its “shining stars”—our volunteers—complete with a Speare Walk of Fame, featuring a star for each of the Hospital’s 48 volunteers. Student and Volunteer Services Coordinator Chris Fenn, welcomed everyone with a trip down memory lane noting ...

Speare Memorial Hospital is Ranked Among the Best Hospitals in the Country

Speare Memorial Hospital kicked off its Hospital Week festivities by celebrating being named among the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals nationwide on iVantage Health Analytics 2014 Top 100 list.  Additionally, Speare is ranked as a HealthStrong™ Hospital for 2014, a designation given to 547 of the 4,299 acute care hospitals ...

Lab Introduces New Testing Options

Members of Speare's Laboratory Team pause to be recognized during Laboratory Professional's Week. Laboratory Professionals Week celebrates professional medical technologists for the results they get for patients on a daily basis to assist in the detection and treatment of disease.   For Speare Memorial Hospital’s laboratory professionals, this year’s annual recognition ...

Speare Primary Care Welcomes Vanessa Hahn, APRN

Vanessa Hahn, APRN, has always taken a holistic approach to healthcare. For many years she was a massage therapist and owned her own business. Through massage she worked collaboratively with a chiropractor and a naturopathic provider to address her patients’ needs. It is that same collaborative approach she hopes to ...

New Workplace Wellness Program Introduced

PLYMOUTH, N.H. —For Ramandeep “Deep” Davis, a pharmacy technician at Speare Memorial Hospital, it was seeing herself in vacation pictures that made her take action. Norma Shields, medical technologist in the Laboratory, saw her new position at Speare as a as an opportunity to make other life changes as well. ...

Community Health & Wellness Fair

Community Health & Wellness Fair Saturday, March 22 from 8 - 11 a.m. Meredith Community Center in Meredith, NH FREE health screenings and information to help you take a proactive role in promoting your ongoing health and wellness. Advance Directives Blood Pressure Screenings Bone Density Screenings Cardiopulmonary/Respiratory Therapy/Sleep Lab Cholesterol ...
Wound Care and hyperbaric medicine a department of speare memorial hospital

New Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center Opens

Katie Wood Hedberg, APRN, is the Program Director and Clinical Coordinator for the new Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center  at Speare Memorial Hospital.  Located just inside the Emergency Department entrance off Avery Street, the new Wound Care Center will be addressing a growing healthcare need in our communities. “Due ...

Thank You!

(L-R) Speare's CEO Michelle McEwen stands with Dr. Joan Kirschner in appreciation of Plymouth General Dentistry being the 2014 Classic Sponsor. They are joined by Speare's: Board Chair Clint Hutchins, Dental Hygentist Ruth Doane and Director of Development Julie DeGalan. Thank you to Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club in ...
Speare memorial hospital in plymouth nh, baby new year 2014

It’s a Boy! Baby New Year 2014

Seems Oscar Bryan wanted his own birth month instead of sharing December with one of his older brothers.  Due December 28, 2013, Oscar was born at 3:01 p.m. on Friday, January 3, making him the first baby born in 2014 at Speare Memorial Hospital. Delivered by Dr. Joseph Ebner and ...

Teddy Bear Project at Plymouth Regional High School

The Plymouth Regional High School Class of 2014 has been working on the teddy bear project for 4 years. This has been a community service project for them where they have sold bear cut outs at the school and at special events for $1.  The proceeds of the cut outs ...

Ugly Sweater Day

SMH staff members were in the ‪#‎holiday‬ spirit on Monday as they challenged themselves to wear their "ugly holiday sweaters".  As you can see, they met that challenge and then some!

Be a Hero!

Infection Prevention at Speare Memorial Hospital has unveiled a new awareness campaign featuring Dr. Casey and APRN Jean Richardson.  The posters characterize them as "Superman" getting a flu shot and "Wonder Woman" deflecting the spread of germs by covering her cough. Infection Prevention Coordinator Mary Ruppert says everyone can be a ...

Cardiac Rehab Nationally Certified

Speare Memorial Hospital is proud to announce the certification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Speare’s Cardiac Rehab was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed ...

Speare ER Supports CHaD

By Sharon Hillger, Clinical Leader in the Emergency Department On October 20 The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth held their annual fun draiser at which 3,141 people gathered to raise over $650,000 for the children and their families. The Speare Emergency Department works closely with DHMC through transferring our sickest pediatric population  and by participating ...

Volunteers Are Changing Lives for the Better

By Matt Humer, Student & Volunteer Services Coordinator Speare volunteers are making a difference in supporting the Hospital’s mission to provide excellent healthcare for our community every day. That was the message at the Volunteer Appreciation luncheon this past April, celebrating the contributions of Speare’s volunteers. Since July 2012, we’ve ...

Proceeds From 15th Annual Golf Classic Supports Dental Health Program

PLYMOUTH, N.H.--- Speare Memorial Hospital raised over $45,000 at its 15th Annual Golf Classic held at Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club, the proceeds from which benefit the Dental Health Program offering preventative dental services to infants through adults. Dental Hygentist Ruth Doane thanked the events’ sponsors, donors and players ...

Speare Wins National Quality Award

Speare Memorial Hospital's President and CEO Michelle McEwen accepts the National Rural Health Resource Center Recognition for Quality Award from Alisa Druzba, director of the NH State Office of Rural Health, and Greg Vasse, from the Foundation for Healthy Communities, who nominated Speare for the Award. All present to accept ...

Speare Again Named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

PLYMOUTH, N.H. --- Speare Memorial Hospital has once again been named one of the HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States. The HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, including Speare, scored best among critical access hospitals on the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™.  The 2013 ...

Baby New Year Brings More Than You Expect® to Speare

PLYMOUTH, N.H. --- While there are plenty of books about what to expect during pregnancy, labor and delivery, Lilly Shae Nicole Hanson didn’t go by the book. She was born eight days ahead of her due date on January 1 at 3:29 p.m., weighing in at 7 lbs., 5 oz., ...

Speare Beneficiary of PRHS Operation Teddy Bear

PLYMOUTH, N.H. --- Adorned in their holiday headgear and spreading plenty of cheer, the officers for the Class of 2014 at Plymouth Regional High School presented Speare Memorial Hospital with 80 teddy bears to give to children when they are hospitalized here at Speare, and in need of a little ...

Speare Giving Tree: Warm Hearts, Warm Hands

PLYMOUTH, N.H. --- Tis the season of giving, and Speare Memorial Hospital’s fourth annual Warm Hearts, Warm Hands tree is an example of our greater Speare community at work. Critical Care Nurse Director Deb Thompson got the idea for the tree four years ago as a theme for another tree ...

Speare Named Hospital of Choice

Speare Memorial Hospital has received a Hospital of Choice Award from the American Alliance of Health Care Providers (AAHCP). The award is given in recognition of quality performance and excellent customer service. The AAHCP evaluates hospitals based on their competence, public communication, reputation, citizenship and customer service demonstrated by staff. ...

Alison Ritz Named Outstanding Trustee of the Year

PLYMOUTH, N.H. --- Speare Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce Alison Ritz, a member of the Hospital’s Board of Directors since 2008 has been named Outstanding Trustee of the Year by the New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA). The award is given annually to a hospital trustee whose achievement serves as ...

Dietitian Coaches Patients on Wellness

Contact: Michele Hutchins (603) 238-6468 SMH Dietitian Coaches Patients on Wellness for Life PLYMOUTH, N.H. ---You can call her coach. Janette Gaumer, registered dietitian at Speare Memorial Hospital, has become a Certified Health Coach, promoting patient wellness by helping them establish and achieve individual, long-term health goals. “The job of ...

Dietitian Earns Certifed Diabetes Educator Credential

May 15, 2012 Contact: Michele Hutchins (603) 238-6468 SMH Dietitian Earns Certified Diabetes Educator Designation PLYMOUTH, N.H.--- Jean Baker, registered dietitian at Speare Memorial Hospital, has successfully completed the certification examination for diabetes educators earning the designation of a Certified Diabetes Educator® or CDE®. Achieving certification status demonstrates a distinct ...
good nutrition goes to school

Good Nutrition Goes to School

Top Left: Registered Dietitian Janette Gaumer discusses food taste and texture with kindergarteners at Thornton Elementary School. For Immediate Release May 7, 2012 Contact: Michele Hutchins (603) 238-6468 Good Nutrition Goes to School Speare Dietitians Part of Nationwide Program PLYMOUTH, N.H.--- Speare Memorial Hospital’s Dietitians Janette Gaumer and Jean Baker ...

Two More National Awards for Speare

SMH Wins Two More National Awards for Excellence in Medical Marketing PLYMOUTH, N.H.--- Speare Memorial Hospital has received a Gold and a Bronze award in the 2012 Aster Awards recognizing advertising/marketing excellence in healthcare for the 2011 calendar year. Speare’s Gold award was for its Guide to Providers and Services ...

Annual Report wins Merit Award

For Immediate Release April 23, 2012 Contact: Michele Hutchins (603) 238-6468 SMH’s 2011 Annual Report More the you expect Wins National Recognition PLYMOUTH, N.H.--- Speare Memorial Hospital has received a Merit Award for its 2011 Annual Report More than you expect. The announcement came from the 29th Annual Healthcare Advertising ...

Speare to Host National Art Exhibition

For Immediate Release February 21, 2012 Contact: Michele Hutchins (603) 238-6468 Some See Paint. Others See Hope. Speare Memorial Hospital to host national exhibition: Lilly Oncology on Canvas PLYMOUTH, N.H.--- For Chris Bolan it was a shock. It gave Donna Toohey a new perspective. Melissa Howard made a radical decision ...
2013 baby new year at speare memorial hospital in plymouth new hampshire

Welcome Baby New Year!

For Immediate Release January 4, 2012 Contact: Michele Hutchins (603) 238-6468 Speare Welcomes Baby New Year 2012 PLYMOUTH, N.H. --- With just 11 minutes to spare, Caleb Aaron Bixby made his debut as expected on January 2. The first baby to be born in the new year at Speare Memorial ...
Speare Dietitians (l-r) Janette Gaumer and Jean Baker.

Diabetes Education Program Recertified

Speare Dietitians (l-r) Janette Gaumer and Jean Baker. For Immediate Release November 14, 2011 Contact: Michele Hutchins (603) 238-6468 Diabetes Education Program Awarded Continued Certification PLYMOUTH, N.H. ---The Speare Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education Program has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as a certified, diabetes self-management ...

Need X-rays?

Please note that as of November 1 general radiology (x-ray) services will no longer be offered at our Boulder Point location. Instead patients should go to the Department of Radiology located just inside the main entrance of Speare Memorial Hospital and easily accessible from the Hospital Road parking lot. Speare ...

Properly Dispose of Unused Rx Drugs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 25, 2011 Contact: Michele Hutchins (603) 238-6468 SMH Encourages Community to Dispose of Unused Rx Drugs Plymouth Police Department official collection site on Saturday, October 29 PLYMOUTH, N.H. --- Drug related poisonings cause nearly 700,000 emergency department visits a year and are the second leading cause ...

Volunteers Honored as Key Ingredient

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2011 Contact: Michele Hutchins (603) 238-6468 SMH Honors Volunteers as Key Ingredient to Success PLYMOUTH, N.H. --- “The volunteers are a key ingredient to our success and I thank each and every one of you for making a big difference. You are committed, dedicated and ...

Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing By Emily Holland, Community Relations Intern The bright February sun flooded the optical shop at White Mountain Eye Care & Optical with warmth as Pamela Gould tried on her new glasses for the first time. “You not going to believe the quality,” Bill Reale, optician explained. After ...
Alan Freeman, MD, (l) and Beth Roberts (r) from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care present Speare Memorial Hospital’s President & CEO Michelle McEwen and Director of Quality & Safety Kofi Cash the certificate of recognition for Speare being named to the 2010 Hospital Honor Roll.

SMH Named to Hospital Honor Roll

Alan Freeman, MD, (l) and Beth Roberts (r) from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care present Speare Memorial Hospital’s President & CEO Michelle McEwen and Director of Quality & Safety Kofi Cash the certificate of recognition for Speare being named to the 2010 Hospital Honor Roll. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 14, 2011 ...
Translate »
Scroll to Top