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

Donna - a diabetic's wound care storyA diabetic for decades, things got grim for Donna three years ago when a diabetic ulcer appeared on her right toe. The pain was so intense she couldn’t put pressure on her foot. She tried over-the-counter treatments, but the wound would not heal.

“Amputation was mentioned several times,” says Donna, “so it was a relief when Dr. Koren (a surgeon at Plymouth General Surgery) suggested the hyperbaric chamber at Speare’s Wound Center.”

Speare’s state-of-the-art Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) therapy helps heal wounds that have not healed in 30 or more days. Patients rest in a chamber, breathing pure oxygen that increases blood flow to the body’s tissues.

“It’s been a great experience,” says Donna. “The chamber was very comfortable and the staff was so nice, I enjoyed them all. “

When Donna completed her therapy, the staff surprised her with a little ceremony, presenting her with a certificate and flowers.

“I haven’t had a signed certificate like this since 1947 when I graduated from high school,” said Donna. “That was special because Robert Frost was our keynote speaker. But this is certainly worth celebrating.”

The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare Memorial Hospital is a nationally recognized Center of Distinction. Patients with wounds that don’t heal after 30 days often need the services we provide and nearly 96% of wounds are healed at our center with a 98% patient satisfaction rate. For more information visit our Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine  or call for an appointment: 603-481-8780.

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

thank you to all who made the speare memorial golf tournament a success

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The Speare Memorial Hospital Dental Health Program works in collaboration with School Administrative Unit 48, the Ashland, Lin-Wood and Warren School Districts, Plymouth Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Plymouth OB/GYN, and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program. Services include free dental screenings and fluoride varnish applications. Dental cleanings and sealants are offered to school-age children on a sliding fee scale and to at-risk pregnant women and the homeless. However, no one is denied service because of inability to pay. Children who are in pain from decay and infection are referred for restorative care. Case management and financial counseling/assistance are also provided.

Local Dental Health Program Benefits from Golf Tournament Fundraiser

A nearly perfect day for golf was enjoyed by all at Owl’s Nest Resort and Golf Club in support of Speare Memorial Hospital’s community Dental Health Program.

“Each year, more than 1,500 local children and at-risk pregnant women have access to oral health care and education through the Dental Health Program,” says Michelle McEwen, Hospital President & CEO. “The golf tournament is our signature fundraising event, and more than $27,000 was raised this year through the generosity of our tournament sponsors, golfers and donors.”  

Speare Memorial Hospital School Dental Health Program
Hygienist Ruth Doane, and Dr. Kirschner, joined by children from our community, are helping to bring a lifetime of smiles to central New Hampshire.

The Dental Health Program was established in 1998 in response to growing concerns of the local school nurses about the unmet dental health needs of area school children. Today, the Program provides free dental screenings, services and education to children enrolled at School Administrative Unit 48, and the Ashland, Lin-Wood and Warren School Districts.

“We provide dental screenings and fluoride varnish applications free of charge, and cleanings and sealants are offered on a sliding fee scale,” says Ruth Doane, the program’s Dental Hygienist. She goes on to say, “No one is ever denied services because of their inability to pay. That’s just one reason why this program is so valuable.”

Dental services are also offered to infants and to at-risk pregnant women through monthly clinics at Plymouth Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Plymouth OB/GYN, and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program.

More than 20 area dental practices, including Golf Classic Sponsor Plymouth General Dentistry, currently partner with the Dental Health Program to provide care to those referred from the program with dental concerns. Support is also provided through the Dental Health Program to families who need financial help, referrals to Medicaid, and assistance with overcoming other dental care barriers.

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.

WINE SPONSOR

Lupus Foundation New England

FAVOR SPONSOR­

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.

BUFFET SPONSOR

Helms & Company, Inc.

TABLE SPONSORS

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

RAFFLE PRIZES

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

 

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

 

polst training 2017POLST-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 failures of past standard AD efforts that have focused only on form completion.

POLST was implemented statewide in New Hampshire in 2013 and we are offering training to health providers who want to be certified as POLST facilitators for colleagues and staff in their organization and community.

The course focuses on communication skills— initiating POLST conversations, assisting in making informed end-of-life decisions, and learning techniques to create POLST plans. The successful implementation of a POLST program must be complemented by professionals who have developed the necessary communication skills to initiate advance care planning discussions that help individuals establish medical and non-medical goals of care.

For more information about POLST go to: http://healthynh.com/index.php/provider-orders-for-life-sustaining-treatment-polst.html

To Register: Email mkane@spearehospital.com with your name, agency, and contact information by June 9th to ensure space is available

This Event is Free of charge and funded by a grant from Community Health Services Network, LLC

http://healthynh.com/index.php/provider-orders-for-life-sustaining-treatment-polst.html

 INSTRUCTORS

  • Brian Kugel is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in community and institutional health care, mental health, and geriatric settings.
  • Phil Lawson is a board certified hospice medical director and palliative care consultant with over 20 years experience in providing end of life care in New Hampshire.

To Register: Email mkane@spearehospital.com with your name, agency, and contact information by June 9th to ensure space is available

This Event is Free of charge and funded by a grant from Community Health Services Network, LLC

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
(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, was honored with the NHTI-Concord’s Community College Radiology Program’s “Outstanding Radiology Department” Award.  It recognized Director Linda Nestor, Student Clinical Supervisor Juanita Wade and the staff for their dedication and commitment to clinical excellence in helping the students become competent Radiographers.

“This department continues to provide an outstanding atmosphere for clinical learning to our students.  They work closely with the students to provide mentoring and instruction in all aspects of the radiology profession.  Students and faculty have commended the staff for their “team approach” and strong work ethic.  They are always willing to accommodate the needs of the student.”

– Sandra W. Beliveau, B.S., R.T.R., Professor/Clinical Coordinator, NHTI-Concord’s Community College, Department of Diagnostic Medical Imaging.

 

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

Speare's Shamrock Shuffle 5K 2017 starting line

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 encouraging people to get up, get out and get moving.

A very special thanks to the Féileacán Irish Dance Academy for kicking off the event in style and to all our volunteers including the CERT/MRC team, many local area students and several Speare employees and their family members for their hard work and energy helping to bring it all together.

This event was made possible with support from our Pot ‘O Gold sponsor Medical Reimbursement Specialist of Bristol, NH.

Photos from the event

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STARTING LINE

FINISH LINE

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.

Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine a department of Speare Memorial Hospital
(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

“Speare has been working with Dartmouth-Hitchcock for several months to ensure the greater Plymouth community continues to have access to high-quality, comprehensive care for our newborns, children, and adolescents,” says Michelle McEwen, President & CEO of Speare.

The discussions were spurred by recent retirements and changes in the medical providers at the practice, which potentially impacted D-H’s ability to continue to provide inpatient newborn care at Speare.

“Speare has a highly regarded obstetrics program that would have been put in jeopardy without the support of local pediatricians,” says McEwen. “We are committed to serving the many young families who want to deliver their babies at Speare and have local care thereafter. We have already assembled a great team of pediatric providers to continue serving our communities’ children, from infancy to adulthood.”

The transition to Speare offers a number of opportunities, such as enhanced communications, care coordination, and collaboration.  One of the early benefits will be the transition to the same electronic health record as Speare, providing the medical practitioners at Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine with the entire clinical view of their patients.  D-H will continue to provide specialty pediatric services offered by Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) as needed.

 “Our community has been well served by the Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine practice for the past 35 years under Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s leadership,” says McEwen. “The leadership at Speare is committed to continuing their legacy of delivering high quality and accessible patient-centered care.”

Medical providers at Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine will include Drs. Eric Shamansky, Nancy Crocker, David Cunis, Kermit Brunelle and Wilma Hyde, APRN, Gabrielle Gray, APRN. Dr. Oliver Salmon and Ashley Francis, APRN will join the practice in the upcoming months.

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.

TAKE ACTION WITH LIFE'S SIMPLE 7

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

teddy bear donation 2017 PRHS Freshman Class officers
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.