Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will be entering it’s Centennial Year!!! Please join us for our Centennial Celebration and 2016 Annual Meeting on September 28th at The Inn at Mill Falls Church Landing, Meredith, NH. Cocktails and hors d’oeurves starting at 5:00pm, Welcoming remarks and A Year in Review at 5:45 then a presentation by Professor Molly Girard Dorsey of the University of New Hampshire, followed by a Buffet Dinner.
RSVP is required. Please inform Brian Winslow at 603-524-8444 or you may register online by clicking here before September 21st.
Professor Dorsey will help us look back on the last 100 years with her presentation titled, “Major Events in Medicine and their Relationship with Community Healthcare.” Molly Girard Dorsey is an associate professor of History and core faculty member in Justice Studies at the University of New Hampshire. She teaches classes on the history of medicine, legal history, and war & society. She has published a book on chemical warfare in World War I and is working on a project on the integration of civilian professionals, including nurses and doctors, into the modern American military.
New Hampshire (NH) continues to have one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation, and about 60% of deer ticks sampled in NH are infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease (2014, Medscape).
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR
Additional preventative measures can include:
Avoid tick-infested areas when possible and stay on the path when hiking to avoid brush.
Wear light-colored clothing that covers arms and legs so ticks can be more easily seen.
Tuck pants into socks before going into wooded or grassy areas.
Apply insect repellent (20-30% DEET) to exposed skin. Other repellent options may be found here: Outdoor workers in NH are at particular risk of tickborne diseases and they should be reminded about methods of prevention.
Do daily tick checks to look for ticks on the body, especially warm places like behind the knees, the groin, and the back and neck.
Pets returning inside may also bring ticks with them. Performing tick checks and using tick preventatives on pets will minimize this occurrence.
Shower soon after returning indoors to wash off any unattached ticks and check clothes for any ticks that might have been carried inside. Placing clothes in the dryer on high heat for an hour effectively kills ticks. A recent study suggests that if clothing is not wet, shorter drying times (minimum of 6 minutes) may effectively kill ticks.
Remove ticks promptly using tweezers. Tick removal within 36 hours of attachment can prevent disease.
Monitor for signs and symptoms of tickborne diseases for 30 days after a tick bite. Patients should contact their healthcare provider if symptoms develop.
Addressing a crowd of over 115 friends and supporters of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Tuesday evening at Church Landing in Meredith, Dr. Sanders Burstein, Medical Director-Dartmouth-Hitchcock spoke about his experiences starting difficult conversations and then “Honoring Care Decisions.”
During the program staff recognized individuals that have gone above and beyond the expected this past year in their service to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. The Millham Leadership Award was given to Shawn LaFrance, Executive Director of Foundation for Healthy Communities for his efforts with Advanced Directives and for helping to bring POLST or “Providers Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment to New Hampshire.” The Shirley Bentley Outstanding Clinician Award was given to Physical Therapist Jeff Carpenter for his continued excellent service to our clients, and the Leavitt/Knight Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Valerie May for her volunteer work in bringing music therapy to our clients.
L-R: New Trustees Kristen Gardiner and Bill Johnson are welcomed by Treasurer Jared Price
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice continues to be a leader in providing quality care to those in need throughout the Lakes Region. The Annual Meeting also featured the recognition of retiring Trustees Sylvia Countway, Pam Clemons-Keith, Lisa Garcia, John Giere and Headley White. New Trustees voted onto the Board included Bill Johnson, Kristen Gardiner and Chief Leonard Wetherbee. Officers elected included President: William Schwidder, Vice President: Susan John, Treasurer; Jared Price and Secretary: Fredda Osman.
Join Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice for its 2014 Annual Meeting
September 23, 2014, Church Landing, Meredith, NH. Registration, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres starting at 5pm. RSVP is required, please inform Brian Winslow at 603-524-8444 before September 19th.
This years program features guest speaker Dr. Sanders Berstein, Medical Director of Dartmouth Hitchcock Nashua. Dr. Berstein will present his thoughts and experiences regarding New Hampshire’s new Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment or POLST, and how important it is to “Start the Conversation”.
In this video Fred Marple gives the crowd a quiz to determine if they are “Real Yankees” at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice’s 2011 Annual Meeting. Take the quiz yourself to see if you are a “Real Yankee”… and whether you remember what you had for breakfast today or not don’t forget to “Save the Date” for our next Annual Meeting, September 23, 2014 at Church Landing in Meredith, NH featuring a keynote address by Dr. Sandy Burstein.