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Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice gets to the heart of what is in a name?

There are so many acronyms in our daily conversations that sometimes we can misunderstand what they mean.   As a society we also make a lot of generalities.   An acronym that is so often misunderstood and generalized are the letters VNA.  Sometimes they are misconstrued for a group that is related to the VA which refers to Veteran’s Affairs and the services that Veterans are able to access as a benefit from their years of service.  Often there is also a generalization in the community that all VNA’s or visiting nurse associations are part of the same larger group.  This is not the case.  Our agency, the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a non-profit, 501c3 agency that has been servicing members of the community since 1918 which means it is our 100th year Birthday!   Our nurses and therapists live in your community.  They could be your neighbors and they may even be your friends.  Our visiting nurses are a rare breed of caring individuals with a unique set of skills that provide nursing care, rehabilitation, pediatric care, and hospice care in homes across Central New Hampshire so that you or your family members can be at home after a health crisis or hospitalization and everyone can rest easier knowing they are supported.   We look forward to being that VNA for you!

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Guess Who Was Born in 1918?

Physical Therapy, Home, Laconia, Meredith, Glford

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.

The event is sponsored by:

Hospice, Homecare, Physical Therapy, Laconia, Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough Therapy, VNA, Hospice, Healthcare, Laconia, Wolfeboro, Wakfield

Centennial Celebration and 2016 Annual Meeting

Insider September 16.inddJoin Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice 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.

The event is sponsored by:

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Attains Highest “We Honor Veterans” status.

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a “We Honor Veterans” partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs.  Just recently Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has been recognized for attaining the highest “We Honor Veterans” partner status.

Over the past three years, the We Honor Veterans team at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has worked diligently to promote a Veteran-centric culture in our community. By educating ourselves on how to best serve Veterans in our community, we have been able to educate others on the multi-faceted care of the Veteran population. Building strong working relationships with key VA resources to better provide access to benefits provided by the VA administration was a vital piece of this project. Outreach started in small groups within our organization and expanded to community groups and facilities. Spreading the knowledge of how to best serve our Veterans has been an eye opening experience as well as an honor.Meredith, Gilford, Laconia, Center Harbor, Moultonboro, Belmont

We are extremely proud of the Veteran certificate presentations that our Veteran Volunteers and other hospice team members present to acknowledge our Veteran patients who have given selflessly to our military in order to protect our country and its citizens. A certificate, pin and hand knitted red, white and blue throws and a much deserved salute are key components of these heartwarming presentations.

Things You Should Know About Lyme Disease and Other Tick-borne Diseases

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).

Lakes Region, Visint Nurses, VNA, Central New Hampshire Hospice, Pediatrics

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.

References
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/825419
http://nhpr.org/post/things-you-should-know-about-ticks-infographic

Margaret Franckhauser appointed to Governor Hassan’s new Commission on Health Care Workforce

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, Margaret Franckhauser, Lakes Region Award Winning VNA

Margaret Franckhauser, CEO Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

In order to address the health care workforce shortage facing New Hampshire and ensure that New Hampshire can meet the health care needs of Granite Staters, Governor Maggie Hassan has issued an Executive Order creating the Governor’s Commission on Health Care Workforce. Margaret Franckhauser, CEO of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, has been appointed to serve on the commission.

The Governor’s commission will bring together experts from nursing, child and elderly care, developmental and long-term services, the broader health care community and education to make recommendations for addressing New Hampshire’s short- and long-term health care workforce needs.

“New Hampshire is facing a healthcare workforce shortage in fields ranging from direct care workers to pediatric nurses to psychologists, which is increasingly threatening our ability to meet the health care needs of our citizens and making it harder to provide home- and community-based care to New Hampshire residents,” Governor Hassan said. “Addressing this shortage will allow more Granite Staters – from those who experience disabilities to those living with chronic illness to New Hampshire’s seniors – to stay at home and live independently, increasing choices for our citizens and improving affordability of care.”

The commission will examine short- and long-term needs for health care and direct care workers in New Hampshire. Recommendations to address those needs will include improvements to recruitment methods; education and training practices; rate and payment structure; state rules, regulations and laws; and New Hampshire’s loan repayment program.

Dr. Susan Huard, President of Manchester Community College, will chair the commission, whose final report will be due to the Governor by December 15, 2016.

“Nursing and other health care careers are good jobs that are critical to the health and well-being of our people and our economy,” Dr. Huard said. “The community college system continues working to offer affordable access to a strong career pathway in these critical fields, including a nursing program partnership with the university system, and I look forward to building on those efforts through this commission’s important work.”

Other members of the commission are:

  • Kathy Bizzaro-Thunberg, Executive Vice President of the New Hampshire Hospital Association
  • Lisa DiMartino, parent of a child receiving long-term care services and support
  • Jon Eriquezzo, Executive Director of Residential Services at Crotched Mountain
  • Todd Fahey, State Director of AARP New Hampshire
  • Dr. Mike Ferrara, Dean of the University of New Hampshire College of Health and Human Services
  • Margaret Franckhauser, Chief Executive Officer of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice
  • Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry, President of the Endowment for Health
  • Brenda Howard, Medication Nursing Assistant/Licensed Nursing Assistant at Maplewood Nursing Home of Cheshire County
  • Dr. Judith Joy, Interim Nurse Executive Director of the New Hampshire Nurses’ Association
  • Joelle Martin, Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions Board Member
  • Stephanie Pagliuca, Director of Bi-State Recruitment Center
  • Dennis Powers, Chief Executive Officer of Community Crossroads
  • Dr. Susan Reeves, Dean of the Colby-Sawyer College School of Health Professions and Gladys A. Burrows Distinguished Professor of Nursing
  • Deb Scheetz, Health Care Policy specialist at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

White Dragon Martial Arts 27th Annual “Kick for Cancer” Benefits Local Hospice Programs

On the morning of April 9th, if you happened to pass the Gilmanton School, you probably noticed there was something going on.  It was the 27th Annual Kick for Cancer Charity Martial Arts Tournament, New Hampshire’s longest running charity martial arts tournament.  With over 500 attendees and participants, the Gilmanton School gymnasium was packed with standing room only.  The tournament started at 10:00am and ended shortly before 5:00pm with 6 rings operating almost all the time.  A long day, but one with a cause in mind.

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Participants Sparring at the Kick For Cancer Tournament

In 1990 Grandmaster Dr. Georganne Verigan started the annual Kick for Cancer Martial Arts Tournament. The purpose is to teach students how to give back to their community and to help them to realize that at sometime in our lives we all will know someone who will need the services provided by hospice. Each year proceeds of this tournament go to support local hospice programs like the one at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.

Over the last 27 years, Kick for Cancer has raised an impressive amount exceeding $170,000,” States Vinnie Baiocchetti, Tournament Director and owner of White Dragon Martial Arts of New Hampshire, “this year the tournament brought in over $14,000 for local hospice programs.”

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Shr Gung Vinnie Baiocchetti presents a donation to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice with his Kung Fu class.

“It is such a great event.” Says Brian Winslow, Director of Development for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, “I have attended the last nine tournaments and they always impress me, not just because of the number of attendees but the energy at the event is through the roof.”

On behalf of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, we would like to thank everyone involved with the tournament, the volunteers, the organizers and the participants.  We are already looking forward to next years event!!