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

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

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

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


Lupus Foundation New England


Smartsource LLC

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


Helms & Company, Inc.


Brand & Sawicki DDS            Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative                 Venture Print Unlimited Inc

VENDORS (also donated raffle prizes)

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


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


Speare Memorial Hospital Now Accepting Applications for Community Health Grants

speare hospital community health grant


Speare Memorial Hospital is committed to ensuring that our community achieves optimal health.  This takes the efforts of many organizations working together toward a common vision.

The SMH Community Health Grant Program provides funding to organizations with activities and initiatives that address a community health need. Grants are awarded to groups that significantly improve the health of the citizens in our region.

Grant requests must be for a minimum of $2,000.  No applicant is assured of grant funding for any given year or from one year to the next.

Eligible organizations must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and serve a region that aligns closely with Speare’s service area. The funding period is October 1-September 30th.

Applications and supplemental information are due by June 15th.

For more information contact: Cheryl Callnan, Director of Development, Speare Memorial Hospital at 603-238-2211 or ccallnan@spearehospital.com

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 to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two. This simple, seven-step list has been developed to deliver on the hope we all have–to live a long, productive healthy life.


On February 3, 2017, many employees at Speare Memorial Hospital took part in National Wear Red Day®  to help raise awareness among local women that heart disease is their #1 health threat.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement focuses on women’s heart health awareness in February because far too many women are still unaware of the facts that heart disease is their number one killer, or that the symptoms of heart attack can be different in women vs. men, causing women to delay seeking treatment; or that ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke. This lack of awareness means that more women than men are dying from heart disease and stroke. Go Red For Women’s goal is to save women’s lives.

Speare Receives Teddy Bear Donation from PRHS Sophomore Class

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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 for one dollar each during school and special events. Students, teachers and staff wrote names on the bears and they were all displayed on a bulletin board to recognize everyone’s contributions.

The proceeds from the sale went to purchase stuffed bears the officers then donated to Speare Memorial Hospital to be given to young patients throughout the year. On Thursday, January 19, 2017, PRHS sophomore class officers, Jasmine Sanders (president), Arianna Mortenson, (vice president), Elsa Lauriat (secretary), Alex Boursican (treasurer) along with their class adviser, Ms. Denise McGlone, delivered the teddy bears to Speare.

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

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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 a variety of regions across the United States. Due to their predominantly rural locations, these organizations play a crucial role in the health and well-being of their respective communities,” reads a statement from Becker’s.

There are 1,332 certified Critical Access Hospitals in the country, and Speare
stands out in the top 4 percent.

Speare is unique from a majority of hospitals. To qualify as a Critical Access Hospital, we cannot
have more than 25 inpatient beds, patients can stay for an average of four days for acute care, and we must provide 24/7 emergency care.

“Speare met all of those requirements while going above and beyond to care for their patients,” Becker’s states.

To develop its top 50 list, the publication examines several reputable hospital ranking sources in
addition to conducting research about the awards Speare has earned from several respected

The efforts of our hardworking staff and medical providers have not gone unnoticed. We have
earned a bevy of awards and recognitions for excellence. We have been named a Top 100 Critical
Access Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics for five consecutive years and a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital by the National Rural Health Association.

Speare president and CEO, Michelle McEwen, has also been recognized by Becker’s for being
one of 50 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know in the country.

Those who work at Speare are dedicated to providing critical healthcare services to the people
of central New Hampshire. It is an honor to be recognized for doing it exceptionally well.

Now Accepting Applications for Community Health Grants

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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 helping our community manage their health with health education, prevention and wellness, screenings and primary care.  BUT achieving optimal health takes the efforts of many organizations all working together toward a common vision.  To best achieve our vision of optimal health for our community, Speare created the SMH Community Health Grant Program.

The SMH Community Health Grant Program was established to provide funding to organizations to help accomplish significant results in improving the health of the citizens in the region we serve. Speare’s service area includes the towns of Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Ellsworth, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Lincoln, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Warren, Waterville Valley, Wentworth and Woodstock.

Each year the SMH Board of Directors will approve a pool of funds available to support community health initiatives.  Grant requests will be solicited from eligible entities for program activities and initiatives that address a community health need as identified in the Central NH Health Partnership Community Needs Assessment.  Grant requests must be for a minimum of $2,000.  Grant awards will be dependent upon the size of the pool and the number of approved grant applications received.  No applicant is assured of grant funding for any given year or from one year to the next.

Click Here for Grant Information, Eligibility and Application


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 and appreciate the dedication of our physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers, food service workers, volunteers, administrators and so many more who work at Speare to make it great 365 days a year.

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

Thank You Speare Employees for Providing Health Care from the Heart 24|7|365

Speare Employees Give Blood to Help Save Lives

One pint of blood can help save 3 lives.American Red Cross

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 blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org.

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 cut-outs for $1 at PRHS during school and at special events. The proceeds went to purchase stuffed bears they then donated to Speare to be given to young patients throughout the year.

PRHS students donate teddy bears to brighten hospital stays
PRHS students donate teddy bears to brighten hospital stays

(from L-R) Avery Stone, Elsa Lauriat, Denise McGlone, Alexandra Boursican and Hailey Patridge

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 yourself and KABOOM – You’re hiding in the laundry room with two day old cookie dough in your hair, glitter and glue from a last minute teacher gift stuck to your only clean sweater, responding to texts trying to track down that must have present, all while trying to wrap presents and keep the tears at bay.

Here are some things you can do to help you be more relaxed and reduce stress this holiday season:

Red DecorationsEnjoy the Christmas Decorations

According to a study at the University of Rochester in New York, gazing at something red (like a poinsettia, Christmas-tree ornament or festive tablecloth) for about 1 minute sharpens brainpower and increases stamina levels. Researchers explain that focusing on the bright holiday hue increases the production of energizing brain waves. Plus, strong, pleasing aromas, like the fresh scent of a Christmas tree, activate the limbic system, that’s the switchboard in your brain that controls alertness, so you’ll feel clearheaded in no time

Let Go of Perfection

You want to re-create that gorgeous holiday party you saw on your favorite HGTV show. You’ve saved all the beautiful recipes and crafts to your Pinterest boards, but your poinsettia sugar cookies look like melted snowmen and you stitched the cute elf table runner to your sleeve. Don’t stress yourself out trying to make everything perfect. Martha Stewart may look like she does it all by herself, but she’s got a team of cooks, bakers, stitchers, designers and assistants that work their fingers to the nub to make the show come together. Since you probably don’t have a full-time production crew at your disposal, try to set more realistic expectations for yourself.

Enlist Others to Help

Christmas Pot Luck

Feeling overwhelmed by the idea of decorating the house and cooking the Holiday meal for the extended family and guests? It is the season of giving after all, so ask others to pitch in. Make Christmas meals pot luck or ask guests to bring a certain something to the table. Ask your crafty uncle to come over early to help decorate. Include the children in age-appropriate chores like vacuuming, sweeping floors and stuffing all those boxes of junk you haven’t sorted through yet into the closet.

Turn up the tunes

Feeling anxious? Listen to your favorite music. It doesn’t matter if it’s The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Extravaganza concert, or the latest from Adelle. Research from the University of Maryland shows that hearing music you love can relax blood vessels and increase blood flow. It not only calms you down but is good for your heart, too.

Make a List

Things To Do List

Santa’s not the only one who knows the power of a good list. First, write down your wish list of things you’d like to accomplish, then come back to reality and whittle it down to what you must do with a few extra “wish” items you can actually get to as time permits. Do your Christmas dreams include giving out gorgeously-decorated cookies baked from scratch wrapped in handmade boxes to friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, your child’s teachers, her pediatrician, your primary care doctor, the coffee barista and the mailman? That’s fa-la-la-la fantastic, but maybe not a realistic if say, along with everything else you have to do, you’d like to get a little shut eye so you can enjoy the holidays rather than stress out and sleep walk through them with bags the size of carry on luggage under your eyes.

Walk away your Worries in the Sun

According to Janette Gaumer, RD, LD, CHC, Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Coach at Speare Memorial Hospital, “Walking has a calming effect on the brain, reducing anxiety or stress and improving sleep. And being outside in the sunlight activates the production of feel-good brain chemical called serotonin.” So, take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle with a walk around the block.

Squeeze Here

Squeeze HereThe fleshy place between your index finger and thumb is called the hoku spot in traditional Chinese medicine. Applying firm pressure there for just 30 seconds can reduce stress and tension in your upper body.

If you start to feel overwhelmed by the holiday chaos, put down the cookie scoop, the cell phone, the wrapping paper or what-have-you, take a deep breath and give your hand a squeeze.

Think Positive

Don’t let the holidays drive you to the breaking point. Negative thinking can trigger your body’s stress response, just as a real threat does. It might be difficult to look on the bright side when the cat is pulling the tree down, you don’t have a present for Great Uncle Albert who just flew in from San Diego and the kids ate your stash of Godiva chocolate, but an optimistic outlook will help you cope with any challenge that come your way. Even doing a daily affirmation, like Stuart Smalley from Saturday Night Live, can help take the edge off, because “You’re good enough. You’re smart enough. And gosh darn it, people like you!”