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Speare Hospital celebrates wound care week

PLYMOUTH — Speare Memorial Hospital's Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center, a member of the Healogics network, is currently participating in the first Healogics National Wound Care Awareness Week from June 2 to June 6.

One of nearly 600 Healogics managed centers; The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare Memorial Hospital offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. Program directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education to help staff identify patients that may benefit from advanced wound care.

Chronic wounds affect millions of people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and the late effects of radiation therapy. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.

"In the three months since opening, the Wound Care Center has already had a positive impact on the Plymouth regional community," says Katie Wood Hedberg, APRN, program director and clinical coordinator for Speare's Wound Care Center. "We've seen a number of patients with excellent results, including those who have needed the hyperbaric chambers. Not having to travel is one of the biggest benefits our patients are noting about having the Wound Care Center her at Speare."

"There are many patients living with non-healing wounds who are unaware of treatments available in their local communities," said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Director for Healogics, Inc. Covington goes on to say, "Adjunctive therapies for appropriate patients can help heal wounds faster than traditional methods. We want to make advanced wound care available to all patients who would benefit but we must educate the communities we serve about the services we offer."

People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment in four weeks may benefit from a visit to The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare Memorial Hospital. To schedule an appointment, please call 603-481-8780.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 06:50

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Household hazardous waste collections to be held throughout the Lakes Region

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission understands this problem of hazardous wastes, those common household items which carry warnings about the dangers they pose and in 1986 pioneered a regional program to prevent injury and environmental pollution from household hazardous waste. Every year since then, the LRPC has coordinated annual household hazardous waste collections for communities throughout the region interested in participating in the shared collection program. This program employs a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved waste transporter which collects and safely disposes of household hazardous waste.
On Saturday July 26 and Saturday August 2, twenty-four communities will participate in one of the longest running and most successful household hazardous waste collection programs in New England. Four collection sites will be open each day from 8:30 a.m.. to noon (Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, and Meredith on July 26 and Bristol, Laconia, Moultonborough, and Ossipee on August 2). Residents and property owners in the 24 participating communities may bring up to ten gallons or 50 pounds of household hazardous products in for safe disposal.

The participating communities for the collection consist of: Alexandria, Andover, Belmont, Bridgewater, Bristol, Center Harbor, Effingham, Franklin, Freedom, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Hampton, Northfield, Ossipee, Sanbornton, Sandwich, Tamworth, and Tilton.

Information on collection sites and accepted materials can be found at http://www.lakesrpc.org/services_hhw.asp or by calling LRPC at 279-8171. Please note that latex paint is not considered a hazardous product.
It is never too early to start gathering waste for the collection; when opening up a summer camp, preparing to move to a new house, or just cleaning out the garage. This is a small but important step that everyone can do for their families and their community.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 06:46

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Central N.H. VNA & Hospice offering 7-week bereavement support groups

LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is offering 7-week Bereavement Support Groups in two locations beginning in July 2014.

One group will meet in Laconia on Mondays (early evening) and the other group will meet in Wolfeboro on Tuesdays at (early eveing). Each group consists of a series of 1½ hour meetings held each week for 7 weeks.

Support Groups give people the opportunity to discuss and learn ways of coping with their loss, to gain the support of others in safe and caring ways, and to learn about the grief process. Although grief is a unique experience through which each person finds his or her own way, there are common threads we all share when going through grief.

Pre-registration is required / The support group is offered free of charge. To register for the group or for more information, call or email James Miller, Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, to schedule an appointment. Phone: 603-524-8444 x 2390 / 603-569-2729 x 256, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 06:41

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Squam Lakes Association Holds First Adventure Ecology Outing on Squam

HOLDERNESS — Join the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) on Friday, June 13 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for the first Adventure Ecology trip of the summer. The SLA's Director of Conservation Rebecca Hanson, along with Conservation Intern Emily Gross, will lead participants on a morning paddle for a discussion of aquatic ecology and the impacts of invasive aquatic species.

"Aquatic plants play an important role in lake ecology," says Hanson. "We'll discuss various aquatic species during this upcoming excursion. We'll also keep an eye out for invasive species."

Participants will learn to identify various aquatic plants common to Squam, and will learn what a healthy lake ecosystem looks like. At the end of the adventure, participants will also be able to continue as Weed Watcher volunteers in Squam. Weed Watchers are part of the first line of defense against invasive species infestations. By observing the plant growth around the lake, they can detect new growths of invasive species. The Squam Lakes already have areas with the invasive variable milfoil, but no other invasive plants have been identified.

"The Weed Watcher program is critical to keeping other invasives from establishing themselves on Squam," Hanson explains. "Weed Watchers also help to identify new infestation of variable milfoil that are not yet on our radar."

Participation is free but limited to eight. A boat rental is included. Call or email to reserve a spot. (603-968-7336; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

The SLA will offer a number of other guided Adventure Ecology trips on Fridays throughout the summer. Visit the SLA website to learn more: squamlakes.org.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 06:39

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