Category Archives: Health in Mt. Washington Valley

Ribbon Cutting for Groups

Groups, a mission-driven medical practice that offers affordable treatment for opioid use disorder in rural communities, celebrated the opening of their ninth New Hampshire location with a ribbon cutting September 4.

Pictured from left; Heather Prebish, Clinical Director, Jennifer Leiser, Office Coordinator, Melissa Fernald, Counselor, Lori Boisvert, Office Coordinator and Trainer, and Evan Stuart, Regional Manager

“We provide effective and affordable treatment to recover from opiate use” said Heather Prebish, Clinical Director. “At Groups, you can get the therapy and medication you need to regain control of your life. Unlike programs where you meet alone with a physician, we bring everyone together. People at different stages of recovery learn from each other, build collective wisdom, and hold each other accountable. Our counselors help you make a deep personal transformation and find purpose in life”.

Groups is located at 1620 East Main Street, Center Conway. For information please call 1-800-683-8313 or visit joingroups.com.

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Certified Nurse Midwife Kathleen Mulkern Reaches 1,000 Birth Milestone at Memorial Hospital

The Town of Jackson recorded 816 residents in the 2010 census, but Certified Nurse Midwife Kathleen Mulkern can beat that and then some … she recently surpassed her 1,000th baby delivery at Memorial Hospital. Mulkern has delivered virtually an entire village over her 15 years of service!

Photo Caption: Kathleen Mulkern, ARPN, CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife, shown here with one of the 1,000 babies she has delivered at Memorial Hospital. Mom Tiara Hale is not pictured.
Photo by Megan Bailey

Mulkern has been caring for women and their babies for almost 30 years.  She shared, “I was born and raised in the Mount Washington Valley, and was fortunate to be given the opportunity in 2003 of returning with my family to live, raise my children and work as a nurse-midwife.”

She originally wanted to be a nurse practitioner, but changed her mind when a nurse midwife gave a presentation in college. “And that was it.”

When asked what keeps her going, Mulkern states that it’s the appreciation of people, and how you touch their lives. “There are certain births you always remember. It’s the relationship and the trust between you.”

In emergencies, that trust has made all the difference. Mulkern recounted one incident where the mother’s water broke and four loops of umbilical cord came out prematurely. “I called the surgeon but we needed to act immediately. I made eye contact with the mom and told her to push, and she trusted me. The baby was born safely.”

Much has changed with midwifery since she first started her practice. “There’s a lot around ‘skin to skin’ contact between moms and babies right after the birth. The culture has changed based on research – it results in better transition, better breathing and better bonding.”

Other changes to the practice include delayed cord clamping, which lets baby get extra stem cells and oxygen; and encouraging the breast crawl, where the baby is given the opportunity to find their mothers’ breast on their own and to decide when to take the first breastfeed, resulting in better breastfeeding initiation.

Breastfeeding support has become de facto for new moms and babies too. “Many midwifery concepts have become the norm now, they’ve gone mainstream compared to when I started. Midwives can change the culture of a hospital. Doctors have adapted a lot for those that are low-risk. Doctors here have embraced it. So we only offer interventions for those that need it or want them.”

Unwelcome changes have come as well, with mothers and babies being impacted by the opioid epidemic. “When I started delivering babies, (opioid abuse) was rare. It was hardly anyone. Now it’s about 10% of our population. With programs like our New Life prenatal substance abuse treatment program, women can turn their lives around,” Mulkern stated.

With the 1,000 baby milestone behind her, she plans on continuing to add to the population of Mount Washington Valley one person at a time. “The practice of midwifery fulfills my desire to connect with the women I see and to make a difference in the world, one woman and one birth at a time.  It is my goal to empower women to become healthier, mentally and physically, to better care for themselves, their families, and their communities.”

For more information about midwifery services at Memorial Hospital or to make an appointment with Kathleen Mulkern, call 603-356-9355. You can also learn more online at http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Business Name Change

The T. Murray Wellness Center, Inc. was founded by Dr. Trish Murray over 12 years ago and has been the place to go in Mt. Washington Valley to alleviate pain. Over the past 6 years, Dr. Murray has trained and become certified in another specialty, functional medicine which is root cause medicine, focusing on finding the underlying cause of chronic diseases or conditions. “This is a multi-systems approach to medicine”, said Dr. Murray. “We look at all systems to find the reason for the condition and help people learn what changes they can make to help improve their health.”

Pictured from left: Elaine Swett, Loretta Hawes, Pamela Beaupre, Jude Trotter, APRN, Patricia Murray, D.O, Rita Corbitt, Cherie Jewell.

Now known as Discover Health Functional Medicine Center the practice and clinic has grown to include a new provider and expanded clinic and services.

On Friday, June 22 they celebrated with a ribbon cutting and open house at their clinic at 24 Pleasant Street, Conway. Guests toured the facility, received information on services and learned how Discover Health Functional Medicine Center can help restore and optimize your health. For more information visit them online or call the office at 603-447-3112.

Spring fitness in Mt. Washington Valley

Need a good place to exercise now that ski season is winding down? Do you need great fitness classes? Then stop in and visit the staff at Cranmore Fitness. They offer an expansive gym with every machine you could want, and a wide variety of classes. If you want to get in shape, this is a great place to start!

Gibson Center Seniors Learn About and Experience A Recreation Path

On  Friday, October 27 the  MWV Trails Association Rec Path Committee and Community Outreach Committee hosted the Gibson Center for Senior Services on a tour of the Mountain Division Trail in Fryeburg.

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Sally McMurdo, Marianne Borowski, Doug and Candy Armstrong, Tim Scott, and Jill Reynolds, program director for the Gibson Center
discussed what rec paths are, who uses them, and why, with a special presentation and discussion of the current North Conway Rec path project and capital campaign progress.

Along the way on North South Road, Rec Path Committee members pointed out where the North Conway Path will go. At the Visitor’s Center in Fryeburg, 4 seniors and volunteers walked the trail for about 40 minutes, talking about the benefits of such a rec path and the challenges of building one.

For more information visit MWV Trails Association.

Check out what is happening this FALL at White Mountain Aquatic Center

Aqua MASH Ever wanted to try out one of our adult classes but not sure if it is the right one for you? Join us Saturday October 21st from 11-1pm for our Aqua MASH. We will “mash” together all of our adult classes in 10 minute segments. Try any or all for FREE! There is no cost to get in, no cost to participate, and no pressure to join. Come enjoy a fall treat and see what we have to offer!

Adult Classes Come have fun with us!

~Masters Swim – Tues & Thurs 5:30 – 6:30am

~Aqua Dance – Tues & Thurs 9:00 – 10:00am

~ Adult Movement – Fri 9:00 – 10:00am

Coming in November                                             

~Aqua Aerobics – Mon 9:00 – 10:00am

~Aqua Chi – Wed 9:00 – 10:00am

~Aqua Yoga – watch for days & times

Learn to Swim Classes – The Early Winter Session registrations are now open. This session will go from October 30th – December 15th.

Sign up online at White Mountain Aquatic Center

Memorial Hospital Marks August as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Memorial Hospital’s Family Birthing Center wants the public to know what it’s doing to support moms and babies in making breastfeeding as easy and accessible as possible.

Michelle Meader, RNC CLC took on the role as the lead facilitator of the weekly Breastfeeding Support Group last year.  Meader, a Registered Nurse and Certified Lactation Counselor, has been with the Family Birthing Center since 2014.

Ten years ago, the popular group was started by Heather Wasuta, a lactation counselor who worked in the Family Birthing Center. Since then, the group has evolved into an ongoing support network that includes seasonal get-togethers and many lifelong friendships.

Last year, Wasuta moved from the area and Meader has taken over what she says is “an especially rewarding” role. “I love my job and what I do,” Meader said when she took on the role.

“I think it’s really important to empower new moms so they feel confident that they can be successful at breastfeeding. We want them to know about their choices as well as the benefits of breastfeeding,” she said.

Before coming to Memorial, Meader was director of childbirth and lactation education at Littleton Hospital from 2011 to 2014. In her current role, she’s working with all of Memorial’s OB RNs who are Certified Lactation Counselors to continue the success of the program.

“Memorial is fortunate to have many nurses on staff with extensive breastfeeding training and certifications,” shared Memorial’s Family Birthing Center’s Leigh Copsey, RN, BSN, RNC-OB, CLC

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month is an opportunity to highlight the latest research about breastfeeding. Family Birthing Center manager Kris Dascoulias, RN, said the department is extremely proud of their 98% breastfeeding initiation rate.

“Breastfeeding is the first choice of nutrition for a baby. We start by introducing the subject during prenatal classes. There’s a special class dedicated to this one topic,” Dascoulias said. “Then, within 24 hours of mom’s hospital admission, we’ve developed an individual lactation care plan with her.”

Although general recommendations are for six months to a year of breastfeeding, Dascoulias says any amount of time offers significant benefits for the newborn. “There are important immune protective factors for the baby as well as increased bonding with mom.”

The support group is “a wonderful free community service,” Dascoulias said. “Even if you choose not to breastfeed, it’s open to all new moms.”

The Breastfeeding Support Group, which meets every Wednesday at 10 am at the Main Street Professional Building, two buildings south of the hospital. Babies and siblings are welcome, and the OB staff is always available by phone to answer questions.

For more information about birthing services at Memorial Hospital, call 356-4949 Ext. 2146 or visit the hospital’s website, MemorialHospitalNH.org or click here >

YOGA, REIKI AND HEALING ARTS

Downward Facing Dog Days of Summer may be coming to an end, but the flow of energy is still going strong.  Join Bliss Wellness and Healing Arts this August to keep your energy levels high!

Much is happening in the world, come and be lifted in Sacred Space in this heartfelt space where so many seek rest and relaxation from the outside world.

Each August Anjali Rose vacations with her tribe of yogis, dancers and meditation gurus at the wonderful Dance New England Summer Camp. She’ll be sharing her teachings, sound healing and Reiki with this community August 18 – August 27.

For information on August events >

Bliss Wellness and Healing Arts Center
Conveniently located at 45 Washington Street, 2nd Floor Conway
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Events are also listed on Facebook for more information

Memorial Hospital to Offer Therapeutic Fitness Workshops

Press Release

Media Contact: Kathy Bennett, Vice President – Community Relations & Development
603-356-5461 ext. 2198
kbennett@memorialhospitalnh.org

NORTH CONWAY, NH –   Memorial Hospital announced the launch of a new series of therapeutic fitness workshops designed by their sports medicine and physical therapy specialists. These classes are suitable for all ages and fitness levels and will be instructed by fitness professionals with advanced knowledge of anatomy and injury prevention. The goal? To provide an option for individuals who need more exercise specialization than a traditional gym but not necessarily the services of a physical therapist.

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Memorial is offering new therapeutic exercise classes designed by Matt Geary, DPT (center). He is shown here with fellow physical therapists Angela Serrani, DPT (left) and Stephanie Pavao, PT (right).

 

The classes will focus each month on a different body part with exercises that have been selectively filtered for effectiveness. Matt Geary, DPT, physical therapist at Memorial stated, “These classes are designed to be broader and more robust. This is different than what you can typically find as we have partnered with our sports medicine physician, physical therapists and community-based fitness professionals.”  Geary consulted with Memorial’s Dr. James Glazer in developing the class. Glazer is board certified in sports medicine and is the on-hill physician for the US Men’s Ski Team.The classes are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. They’ll be offered 3 consecutive Tuesdays from 6-7pm with a different topic covered for each series each month.

The cost is only $30 for 3 classes and take place on the 2nd floor of Memorial’s physical therapy building, just north of the main hospital building on Route 16.

The lineup of classes are as follows:

  • Upper Extremity – This workshop is specifically designed to focus on proper shoulder mechanics and reducing rotator cuff injuries, as well as, upper body posture and decreasing risk for elbow overuse injuries like tennis and golfer’s elbow.  The first series being offered, the Upper Extremity series begins June 20, 2017. The class will be taught by Kate Soule, personal trainer and licensed massage therapist and reiki practitioner.
  • Lower Extremity – Designed to focus on proper knee and hip mechanics and will include corrective exercises to address hip and knee dysfunction. Ideal for runners and bikers, this workshop will also address lower body flexibility and target key areas like IT band and calf.
  • Back and Core – Did you know that sit ups might be bad for you? This workshop will focus on proper posture and will include safe exercises to build a strong and healthy core.

    Register online at https://memorialpophealth.coursestorm.com/browse or call 603-356-5461 x2187.

 

About Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital is Mt. Washington Valley’s most complete healthcare facility, with a  25-bed Critical Access Hospital . It is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, physical therapy practice, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care center, oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services and the Miranda Center for Diabetes.

Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women’s health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.

2017 Healthcare Scholarships – There’s Still Time to Apply

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Applications are still being accepted through May 12, 2017,  for Memorial Hospital’s annual scholarship fund, including the Memorial Hospital Scholarship; the Memorial Hospital Volunteers Scholarship Program and the Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County (VNHCH) Kathleen Sheehan Memorial Award. The hospital’s scholarship awards are designed to support students in our community pursuing careers in health-related fields. The Memorial Hospital Foundation will once again offer a scholarship in honor of Miranda Leavitt for students with diabetes or who are studying healthcare, nutrition or exercise physiology.

The Scholarship program specifically seeks to assist those students within the hospital’s service area (towns served by SAU 9, SAU 13 and MSAD 72) who have already demonstrated the successful completion of part of a higher education degree. Adult learners returning to school, changing careers or seeking additional education are encouraged to apply. Students must be accepted into an accredited course of study in a health-related field on at least a half-time basis, and demonstrate successful completion of some earlier portion of their program of study. Each scholarship has its own criteria and interested students are encouraged to view the application online for specifics.

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Memorial Hospital Volunteers, shown here at their annual luncheon in 2016, fund some of the healthcare scholarships from Memorial Hospital.

The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Scholarship is funded through the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund (MLDF), part of the Memorial Hospital Foundation. In honor of the daughter of Brenda and Rich Leavitt after whom Memorial’s diabetes center is named, this scholarship supports the MLDF mission of providing education, outreach and resources for those in our community with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

The criteria for each scholarships to be awarded is as follows:

  • Memorial Hospital Scholarships (up to $4,500) – – The criteria for the Memorial Hospital Scholarship is a high school senior going into a health related field or college student in a health related field. The student must be from SAU 9, SAD 72 or SAU 13.  They can also be a son, daughter or grandson/daughter of an employee. The Memorial Hospital Scholarship also applies to employees who are attending college in a health related field.

  • Kathleen Sheehan Memorial Award (up to $1,000) – Must be currently enrolled in an accredited health related field of study program. Must reside in Carroll County, NH or Western Maine.

  • Memorial Hospital Volunteers Scholarship Program (up to $5,000) – Must be an employee or the relative of an employee of Memorial Hospital who is pursuing health related studies on a full time basis.

  • Memorial Hospital Volunteers Healthcare Studies Scholarship – (up to $1,000) – Must be a Kennett High School graduating senior pursuing healthcare studies.

  • Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Scholarship (up to $1,000) –  Awarded to a student residing in Carroll County, NH or Western Maine who either has type 1 or type 2 diabetes; or who is currently enrolled full time in college and is pursuing studies related to healthcare, nutrition, exercise physiology or health education.

Candidates must submit an application form online no later than May 12th. Only online applications will be considered. Awards are based on scholastic ability, applicable work experience, essay, and demonstrated financial needs.

The online application and more information are available online at Memorial Hospital’s website, www.memorialhospitalnh.org/scholarships.

To learn more about the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund and the Memorial Hospital Foundation, visit them online or call 603-356-5461 ext.2264.

About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care center, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women’s health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.

Media Contact: Kathy Bennett
Vice President of Community Relations & Development
603-356-5461 ext. 2198

kbennett@memorialhospitalnh.org

May 4th Eggs & Issues: Health Insurance Policy in NH

The May 4th edition of Eggs & Issues will feature speaker Tyler Brannen, Health Policy Analyst for the New Hampshire Insurance Department in the discussion of the evolving health insurance policy. Brannen will discuss the role of the New Hampshire Insurance Department of the health insurance policy, large changes in health insurance associated with the Affordable Care Act, and how policy options currently being considered may impact the people of New Hampshire.

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Interested guests can attend the discussion on Thursday, May 4th at the Technology Village, located at 53 Technology Lane in Conway. Networking opportunities start at 8:30am and the discussion starts at 9:00am and ends at 10:00am. Suggested donation for the event is $10.

Pre-registration is recommended and appreciated. To register for the event, visit https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ee2wm4t685cf14a7&oseq=&c=&ch= or call 603-447-6622. For more information, visit the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council’s website at https://mwvec.com/.

 

 

Food For Thought Film Festival at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center

FRYEBURG – Spice and Grain presents the final 2017 Food For Thought Film Festival screening, Seed: The Untold Story, at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 30th starting at 2:00 pm. The festival will include a farmers’ market from 2-4 pm, live music from Bobby Sheehan & Jeremy Holden of Junco from 3-4 pm, the film at 4 pm, and guest speaker Will Bonsall (author and director of the Scatterseed Project) following the film. Admission is $2-$10 suggested donation.

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, these subtle flecks of life are the source of all existence. Seed: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

“Food For Thought” is designed to encourage a discussion among neighbors and friends about the food we eat, and the importance of where it comes from. Local farmers, producers, and restaurateurs will be on hand to provide information, samples, and food.

The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center is located at 18 Bradley Street in Fryeburg, Maine. For more information contact the box office at 207-935-9232, or email boxoffice@fryeburgacademy.org. For a complete list of upcoming shows visit www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac.