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 prizes, and shop the vendor room filled with local women-owned businesses.

Jennifer Hennessy A Scents of Joy

Jennifer Hennessey, RN in Speare’s Birthing Suite, kicked off the speaker portion of the event with “A Scents of Joy” – about aromatherapy and the different scents we use at the hospital – Peppermint, Orange and Lavender – and their effects in improving patient wellness.

Jannette Gaumer Eat from the Ground, Lose a Pound

The second presentation was, “Eat From the Ground and Lose a Pound” by Speare Memorial Hospital nutritionist, Janette Gaumer, RD/LD who encouraged the audience “Don’t Deny yourself foods, listen to your body and have moderation and portion control.”

Rounding out the first half of our event was “Chair Yoga, No Kidding” with the team from RehabFit.

RehabFit Chair Yoga, No Kidding

Rebeccah Chase, MS, CSCS, RCEP, with assistance from
Leah Baron, MS and Christianna Houston lead the audience in yoga stretching exercises and poses that help improve flexibility, strength, reduce stress and improve mental clarity.

Following a brief intermission of more shopping and networking, comedian, Nancy Witter had the audience in stitches with her comedy stylings, mixing motivational bits with her sharp-witted comedy.

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Event Photos

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

105.7 The River

WISDOM SPONSOR

RehabFit

NH Front Page (Salmon Press)

LAUGHTER SPONSORS
Venture Print Unlimited – Minuteman Press of Plymouth

Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative

VENDORS/EXHIBITORS/RAFFLE PRIZE DONORS

Hope and Healing from the Heart – Celebrating National Hospital Week

National Hopsital Week 2019 at Speare Memorial Hospital (1)

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

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

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

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

Celebrating our Volunteers

Speare Memorial Hospital 2019 Volunteer Luncheon (1)

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

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

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

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

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

April is National Donate Life Month

Donate Life Group Photo

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

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

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

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

* Living donation is not included in a donor registration.

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

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

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

Volunteers
Speare Volunteers
CERT Team

CERT/MRC team

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

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

top sponsors

St. Paddy’s Day Sponsors

Medical Reimbursement Specialists and
Morrison Healthcare

Pot ‘O Gold sponsors:

Woodstock Inn Brewery and Megaprint

Leprechaun Bag sponsor:

RehabFit

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

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

Photo Booth Gallery – click the individual images to enlarge.

Starting Line – click the individual images to enlarge.

Finish Line – click the individual images to enlarge.

Join the 6th Annual Speare Shamrock Shuffle!

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

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

REGISTRATION

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

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

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

EARLY PICK-UP

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

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

RehabFit Member of the Month: Ken Chadderton

Ken Chadderton - RehabFit Member of the Month December 2018Ken 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 the fun, social group.

Why did you decide to join RehabFit?

I started coming to RehabFit in January of 2016 to help my ankles and keep my body in good condition. Becky made up a program to follow; I stuck to it and it helped. The exercise equipment is high end and fun. The staff is very professional, knowledgeable and will work with you.

What motivates you to keep exercising and coming to RehabFit?

I have always liked exercise, when I was younger I went to the YMCA and Boys Club, played football and was a wrestler in High School. I like coming to RehabFit and socializing while working out. It’s hard to exercise at home on your own.

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

Since joining RehabFit I find I have more endurance, strength, and I lost some weight. My balance has improved as well.

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

I go to RehabFit every day if I can and I also swim at PSU. Exercising twice a day is good. The morning swim loosens me up before I get to RehabFit. I watch what I eat and drink as well.

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

I would just keep doing what feels good for your body. When you come here the staff is willing to help anytime. Oh and the TVs will be on line as soon as RehabFit can get them.

The goal of our Medical Fitness Program is to encourage members to take responsibility for their physical well-being and to provide the knowledge, tools and supports necessary to reinforce healthy choices and behaviors. We offer a comprehensive array of exercise, fitness and wellness services to our members, provided by highly qualified, service-oriented staff.

For more information and/or schedule a tour call (603) 238-2225.

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

 

Leah Baron, MS and Rebeccah Chase, MS, CSCS, RCEP 2The 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 in almost every daily activity from sitting down and standing up to mowing the lawn. Men and women start to lose muscle mass and strength as early as age 30. It is important to maintain our ability to perform activities of daily living with strength training.

RESISTANCE TRAINING

Many people think of dumbbells and barbells when thinking of strength training. There are many other forms of resistance training including bodyweight exercise, suspension training, bands, and machines. No form or type of resistance training is superior to another; what matters is that you are working hard and providing enough of a stimulus to maintain or increase the strength of your muscles during the aging process.

Bodyweight and gravity are used as resistance during bodyweight exercises. Common examples of bodyweight exercises are a push-up, pull up, sit up, and jumping. All bodyweight exercises can be made more or less challenging with small adjustments. A push-up is less challenging when done at an incline with hands on a chair, table or wall. This places less body weight on your arms and chest and more towards the legs making the exercise easier for beginners.

SUSPENSION TRAINING

Suspension training is a mode of strength training that uses bodyweight and a form of straps. The most popular suspension training device is Total Body Resistance Exercise, TRX.  This fitness tool is made out of high-quality nylon straps with handles at the bottom which can hold up to 1,400 pounds. TRX has become very popular and can be seen in most fitness facilities, yet only a handful of people are willing to give it try.  It is designed for all fitness levels and abilities. By changing body position, resistance will increase or decrease making the exercise easier or more difficult. Every muscle group in the body can be trained using the TRX and almost every bodyweight and free weight exercise can be performed using the TRX including some exercises that can only be performed with a suspension trainer.

Bands and tubing are often used in resistance training when dumbbells are not available. The further the band or tube stretches, the more resistance there is provided. Bands and tubes come in a variety of colors, each color dictates a different resistance level. An advantage of using bands and tubes compared to other strength training modalities is only one or a few bands are needed to perform a multitude of exercises. Other advantages include low cost and easy storage.

STRENGTH TRAINING

strength training

Strength machines are even more common than dumbbells or barbells for strength training. Strength machines are usually found at fitness centers, though some multi-use strength machines like a Total Gym are available for home use. There is a strength machine for almost every muscle group in the body and some gyms provide all of these machines in one location. Strength machines are very popular because of their ease of use and safety. However, many strength training experts disapprove of strength machines. Strength machines isolate muscle groups while decreasing the need for supportive stabilization muscles.

Which modality of strength training is best? The answer is none of them! All strength modalities have advantages and disadvantages. To maintain or improve muscular strength throughout the day, it is important to always provide enough resistance to make a positive change in the muscle and to change your exercise routine about once a month, to keep the body responding. Many people like a variety of strength training types to keep their workout fun and exciting. For any exercise, it is crucial to use proper technique to avoid injury and get the most you can out of the exercise. It is advised to have a certified trainer to demonstrate and guide these exercises to ensure proper form and prevent unwanted injuries.

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

 

 

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

flu clipartNow 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 had in the past several years, across all age groups. This leaves many of us worried about what the upcoming flu season will bring. Though we cannot predict how this season will go, we can educate ourselves on what influenza is, how it spreads, and, most importantly, what we can do to prevent getting sick. Here is some basic information about flu to get you started.

What is it?

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It causes mild to severe illness and can lead to death. Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

Who gets it?

Anyone of any age, even the healthiest of us, can get the flu. There are, however, some people who are at higher risk of developing serious complications related to the flu such as people over the age of 65, have chronic medical conditions (i.e. asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), have weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and children under the age of 5. Some common influenza-related complications include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions.

cover your coughHow does it spread?

The most common way that influenza is spread is via tiny droplets released when people who have the flu cough, sneeze or talk. Some of these droplets are breathed in by those people nearby. Other droplets land on surfaces or objects nearby and are spread when someone touches that surface and then touches their own mouth, nose, or eyes. You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you even know you are sick. Some people with influenza may be able to infect others beginning as early as one day before they develop symptoms. Generally, people are most
contagious in the first 3-4 days after their symptoms develop, but they may remain contagious for up to a week (or even longer in young children and people with weakened immune systems).

How is it diagnosed?

It is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between influenza and a number of other illnesses based on symptoms alone. To help aid in the diagnosis, some providers will do a “flu swab” to try to confirm influenza. Others choose not to test for influenza and make their treatment decisions based on symptoms and clinical judgment.

How is it treated?

Most people who get the flu have mild illness and do not require medical care. For those in a high-risk group or who are very sick, may need antiviral medication. Antiviral medications fight against viruses (similar how antibiotics fight against bacteria). They are most effective when started within a couple days of getting sick, however, they can still be helpful if they are started later in the illness.

How do we prevent it?

One of the most important steps you can take is to get your annual influenza vaccine. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older who are able to should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community (ideally by the end of October). Though this cannot provide you with 100% protection from the flu, it can lower your chances of getting sick, reduce the severity of illness if you do get the flu, decrease the risk of having a flu-related hospitalization, and protect those around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness that are unable to get the vaccine. If you haven’t already gotten your flu vaccine yet this season, you should consider attending one of the flu clinics being put on by Speare’s Occupational Health team. (see below for dates, times and locations)

Other important ways you can prevent spreading influenza include:

Washing your hands. This is especially important after you cough or sneeze into a tissue, before you eat, and after time spent around someone who is sick. Clean and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated with germs.

Wear a mask if you are within 6 feet of someone who is coughing/sneezing or if you are not sick enough to be out of work, but feel like you might be coming down with something (remember, you can spread flu before you even know you are sick).

Stay home if you are sick (you should not return to work until at least 24 hours after your fever is gone and without taking fever-reducing medicine). This not only helps to prevent your germs from spreading to others but staying home and getting rest can also help you get well sooner than if you stressed your body by trying to work while you are sick.

By doing these simple actions we can greatly reduce the risk of spreading influenza to family, friends, co-workers and even ourselves.

Want to learn more? For more information about influenza and the flu vaccine contact the Speare’s Infection Prevention Coordinator (Erica Tuttle) or check out the CDC’s Influenza page.

Dates, Locations & Times

Vaccines are administered by a Registered Nurse and most insurances are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid.

You will be asked to present your insurance card prior to receiving the vaccine.
For those without insurance, $35.00 for Quadrivalent & $65.00 for Fluzone High Dose

October 10, 2018 (Wednesday): at Waterville Town Offices 130pm–3pm

 October 24, 2018 (Wednesday): at Holderness Town Hall 11am-1pm

 October 26, 2018 (Friday): at Speare: Main Lobby 8am – 5pm

 October 31, 2018 (Wednesday): at Plymouth Senior Center 11am-1pm

 November 5, 2018 (Monday): at Speare: Main Lobby 8am – 4pm

 November 30, 2018 (Friday): at Speare: Main Lobby 12pm – 6pm

INFORMATION & DIRECTIONS

Speare Memorial Hospital Main Lobby

Waterville Valley Town Hall

Holderness Town Hall

Plymouth Senior Center

For more information please call
Speare’s Occupational and Employee Health Department at (603) 238-2348.

Speare Schedules Annual Public Flu Shot Clinics

flu season aheadFall 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 Center.

Vaccines are administered by a Registered Nurse and most insurances are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. You will be asked to present your insurance card prior to receiving the vaccine.

For those without insurance, $35.00 for Quadrivalent & $65.00 for Fluzone High Dose

Dates, Locations & Times

October 5, 2018 (Friday): at Speare: Main Lobby 7am – 4pm

 October 10, 2018 (Wednesday): at Waterville Town Offices 130pm–3pm

 October 24, 2018 (Wednesday): at Holderness Town Hall 11am-1pm

 October 26, 2018 (Friday): at Speare: Main Lobby 8am – 5pm

 October 31, 2018 (Wednesday): at Plymouth Senior Center 11am-1pm

 November 5, 2018 (Monday): at Speare: Main Lobby 8am – 4pm

 November 30, 2018 (Friday): at Speare: Main Lobby 12pm – 6pm

INFORMATION & DIRECTIONS

Speare Memorial Hospital Main Lobby

Waterville Valley Town Hall

Holderness Town Hall

Plymouth Senior Center

For more information please call Speare’s Occupational and Employee Health Department at (603) 238-2348.