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.


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 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.


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: .

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.


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 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.


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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


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


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’s Annual Senior Resource Fair

elder stock photoSearching for and navigating the maze of abundant services and organizations available in central New Hampshire can prove to be a challenge. Speare’s annual Senior Resource Fair will showcase the large variety of resources available to seniors and their caregivers in central New Hampshire that many people are not aware of.

Please join us on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Speare Memorial at Boulder Point.

PrintAt this unique fair, we welcome, inform, and engage seniors, their family, friends, and caregivers. Thank you to our lead sponsor Comfort Keepers for helping make this event possible.

The event is free and no reservation is needed to attend.

  • 9:30 “Living Well With Chronic Illness” by Mary Francis Drake, Pemi Baker Community Health 
  • 10:30 “Transitioning a Parent/Loved One into Your Home” by Martha Swats, Comfort Keepers
  • 11:30 “How to Communicate with a Loved One with Dementia” by Dr. Quintero, Speare Primary Care
  • 12:30 “Helpful Tips for First Time Caregivers” by Cindy Eichling, Home Instead Senior Care

RehabtFit will also be offering a  Balance Class at 10:00.


  • Basic Vision Screening offered by White Mountain Eye Care
  • Bone Density Screenings offered by Speare Radiology
  • Hearing Screenings offered by Sound Advice Hearing Centers
  • Fall Risk Assessments offered by Comfort Keepers
  • Blood Pressure Screenings offered Mid-State Health Center
  • Vein Screenings offered by Catholic Medical Center Vein & Vascular Specialists
  • Vaccine Evaluation offered by Rite Aid

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  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Catholic Medical Center Vein & Vascular Specialists
  • Comfort Keepers
  • Golden View Health Care Center
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Mid-State Health Center
  • Speare’s Nutrition team
  • Pemi Baker Community Health
  • Plymouth Senior Center
  • Plymouth Law Center
  • Pulmonary Rehab
  • Radiology
  • RehabFit
  • Rite Aid
  • Interlakes Theatre
  • RSVP Bone Builders
  • Sleep Lab
  • Sound Advice Hearing Centers
  • Speare Primary Care
  • Speare Volunteer Opportunities
  • Transport Central
  • White Mountain Eye Care



Dr. Lauren Blue joins Plymouth OB/GYN

Dr. Blue smallerObstetrician 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 to women in the community,” says Dr. Blue. “When I started last fall I quickly saw that Plymouth OB/GYN and Speare Memorial Hospital have something special to offer the region. Being a part of a practice where you can provide personalized, quality care to your patients and their families is important to me.”

Dr. Blue earned her medical degree from Trinity School of Medicine after earning her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in the honors program at the University of Alabama. She completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at both Northeast Ohio Medical University and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She received awards for the research she conducted at both schools.

She has a special interest in comprehensive obstetrics — including high-risk pregnancies — birth control counseling, and the management of menopausal symptoms.

Get to know the Team who will assist you throughout your pregnancy and into your child’s life

The partnership you have with your obstetricians and pediatricians is one of the most important and rewarding experiences you will have when starting your new family. The medical teams at Plymouth OB/GYN and Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine have decades of experience that you can trust.

“We personalize the care we provide for each unique expectant mother,” says Dr. Joseph Ebner of Plymouth OB/GYN. “And one of us is at Speare when she gives birth. By that time we feel like family.”

Not only will you have one of the physicians from Plymouth OB/GYN with you when you give birth, one of the pediatricians from Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine will be with you. And your child can continue on with that pediatrician group in the years to follow.

“I think parents are looking for continuity of providers,” says Dr. Ebner. “People like knowing their medical providers and they find it helpful when those clinicians already work together.”

That relationship is made even stronger at Speare because all Speare physician practices share the same electronic health record system for patients. This means you don’t need to repetitiously update changes when going from one physician group to another—they already have your updated medical information.

In addition to Dr. Blue, other clinicians at Plymouth OB/GYN include:

(L-R Dr. Banister, Dr. Ebner, Britt McDonald, PA-C

Plymouth OB/GYN physicians are certified in obstetrics and gynecology, the medical specialty providing health care to women with particular emphasis on the organs of the reproductive system. Plymouth OB/GYN at Speare Memorial Hospital understands your unique needs as a woman. Our care extends from adolescence and the reproductive years through the perimenopausal and postmenopausal years.

Call for an appointment: 603-536-1104.

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

Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare Memorial Center of Excellence Award Hospital
(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 measures in patient care and has received the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D. Center of Excellence Award from Healogics. Centers are only eligible for the Center of Excellence Award when they have proven clinical excellence by meeting the standards of high-quality care for back to back years. Quality measures including patient satisfaction, healing rate, and healing time are considered as a part of the criteria for receiving this accolade.

Speare’s wound team is comprised of a group of dedicated individuals who are passionate about patient care and helping to improve quality of life by tackling those often challenging and difficult underlying conditions that compromise healing. They follow a path of proven clinical excellence and take pride in working with the patient to seek out ways to address those underlying conditions.
“This is a team that puts the patient first, each and every time, because of their passion for the work that they do.  Each team member is a true patient advocate and I am so proud to be a part of this team”, states Rebecca Sayre, Clinical Program Director for The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare hospital.
For more information about Speare’s Wound Care Center visit Wound Care & Hyperbaric Chamber or call (603) 481-8780.

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

Jen Morris yoga photo

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 survivors, it is a class that is safe, comforting, and a way to embrace your new normal,” states Jen.

Jen understands what it means to create a “new” normal. In 2013, she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  “Before my diagnosis, I was an avid exercise enthusiast,” she says. “I ran. I taught boot camp classes. I skied.  I have always been active.”  But after receiving her diagnosis, Jen’s focus was on treating cancer and exercise became more difficult because of the side effects from her treatment.

It was in the middle of her treatment plan that Jen was invited to a yoga class by a friend.  Jen had taught yoga in the past but wasn’t sure she had enough energy to make it through the class. “I was so self-conscious,” she remembers.  “I had no hair, and, of course, my hat fell off in the middle of my first downward dog pose.”  When the class ended, Jen realized that she had received a good workout, felt relaxed and was much more centered.

Jen, now cancer-free, wants to share the positive health benefits of yoga with others who are experiencing cancer. On March 5th, Jen offered her first yoga class. There is no fee – participants are asked to make a donation, which will be given to Speare Memorial Hospital’s Oncology clinic.

“Part of my treatment included an injection of the drug Neulasta, which needed to happen within 24 hours of each chemotherapy infusion,” says Jen. “It was awesome that I could get the injection at Speare’s Oncology clinic. I came in, received my shot, and I was back home in no time.”

Jen also shares her gratitude for the support of her family and of the community. “Now it’s my turn to help others going through cancer,” Jen says.

For more information, contact Jen Morris, Wild Heart Yoga, or Speare Memorial Hospital’s Oncology program at 603-238-6470.

Classes are Monday’s from 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Yoga Studio 8, 612 Tenney Mountain Highway, Plymouth New Hampshire.




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 year, which has helped the hospital purchase new technology and support many other endeavors.

After carrying out her brother’s wishes all these years, Mary recently became a patient — and that made a great impression on her.

Mary knew she had a hip problem for a few years. But she dealt with it, telling people she would have it looked at when she felt she should. That day came when she was renovating her lake house and tripped, falling hard. It hurt, but she had dinner to make. It still hurt when she lay down that night, but she was sure the pain would pass. When it still hurt the next day, she called her niece, Meredith, who is a nurse at Speare. Meredith wasted no time and brought Mary to the hospital where they discovered she had fractured her pelvis.

A fractured pelvis requires sitting and resting. By the time Mary healed, six weeks later, she was eager to regain her active lifestyle. She decided it was time she should get her hip fixed. She went to Plymouth Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and arranged for the surgery at Speare.

“I didn’t have a bit of fear when I walked into Speare for my surgery that morning,” says Mary.

Before the surgery, she asked Dr. Gennaro if he could make her legs the same length. After favoring one for so many years, one leg was over an inch shorter than the other.

“He said that he would try his best,” says Mary. “After the surgery, he said it took a bit longer, but he did it.

“Everything went so smoothly and I haven’t had a bit of pain,” says Mary. “Everybody was wonderful.”

She says her experience as a patient changed her.

“I want to yell from the rooftops about how incredibly wonderful my experience at Speare has been,” says Mary, as she returns from an afternoon cruise on Squam Lake in her pontoon boat.