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Belknap County Nursing Home recognized for excellence

LACONIA — On January 14 the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) identified Belknap County Nursing Home one of the top performing skilled nursing facilities in the United States. Each year, ACHCA uses Minimum Data Set quality indicators, occupancy, and three years of survey data to identify excellence among nursing facilities. The Belknap County Nursing Home areas of excellence included:
- three consecutive years of superior performance on Health, Fire Safety, and Complaint Surveys conducted by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, including a zero deficiency survey in 2014.
- 98.75% facility occupancy
- avoidance of Special Focus Facility status
- high performance on Quality Measures associated with the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes quality goals
Having met these goals; the facility qualified for the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. This award recognizes facilities for achieving excellence well beyond the Nursing Home Compare Five Star rating system. Fewer than 300 of the 15,000 skilled nursing facilities in the U. S. (less than 2%) qualified for this distinction.
The Facility Leadership Award was introduced by one of ACHCA's most revered leaders, the late Eli Pick, in 2008. Eli worked with colleague John Sheridan of eHealth Data Solutions to develop an awards program that uses data driven criteria to objectively identify high-performing skilled nursing facilities and the leaders who make them excel. Today, Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award recipients are identified using publicly collected data by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which is pulled and evaluated by an independent third party. Leaders of the high-performing skilled nursing facilities will be celebrated and honored during ACHCA's 49th Annual Convocation and Exposition in San Antonio, TX on April 14.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 10:38

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N.H. Electric Co-op names new president/CEO


PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) Board Chair Earl Hansen is pleased to announce the hiring of Steven Camerino as NHEC's new President/CEO.

Camerino, a shareholder and director in the New Hampshire-based law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, will succeed Fred Anderson as President/CEO. Camerino will officially assume his duties on March 31.

Camerino has been with McLane for over thirty years, and for the last twenty-five has focused his practice on a broad range of energy and utility industry issues for major regional utilities and other clients. According to Hansen, he brings a thorough knowledge of the industry to the job, as well as a clear vision for the future of NHEC.

"The Board joins me in welcoming Steve to the Cooperative," Hansen said. "We have been continually impressed throughout the search process by the breadth of his knowledge and his ability to chart a path forward for NHEC as it enters a new era with significant new challenges. He is a worthy successor to Fred Anderson, who is retiring after a long and distinguished career."

Hired in 1981, Anderson was named President/CEO in 1992 while NHEC was emerging from bankruptcy. Taking over an organization saddled with negative equity and immense debt as a result of NHEC's ownership stake in the Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant, Anderson has guided NHEC back to profitability while leading the company through major initiatives like electric deregulation and the installation of a Smart Grid communications and metering infrastructure.

Camerino will inherit challenges of his own, including a regional electric industry that is changing rapidly as a result of the growth of distributed generation, renewable energy mandates, rising electric rates and a region that is increasingly reliant on natural gas to fuel electricity generation.

"This is a challenging and exciting time for electric utilities generally and those in New England in particular," said Camerino. "The issues facing NHEC today create an opportunity for us to ensure that we understand and meet the needs of the utility's members in a reliable and affordable manner. I'm looking forward to working with NHEC's excellent team and its members to do just that."

Camerino brings a wealth of experience to the position of NHEC President/CEO. Over his law career he has worked with numerous national and regional energy and utility companies and other clients on a broad range of complex issues. He has extensive experience in utility ratemaking, power purchase agreements, electric industry restructuring, virtual net metering, competitive supply issues, financings, and numerous operational and customer-facing issues.

"I have been extremely fortunate to work with the talented attorneys and staff of the McLane firm for the last thirty-one years. Their commitment to client service and community are second to none. NHEC's similar commitment to its members and the communities it serves were a key part of my desire to join the Cooperative."

Founded in 1939 and headquartered in Plymouth, NHEC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving 83,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 10:35

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Speare Memorial Hospital to host annual Art of Healing Painting Party on March 4

PLYMOUTH — On Wednesday, March 4 Speare Memorial Hospital will host its annual Art of Healing Painting Party at Kil'n Time Art Studio, at 89 Main St. in Plymouth. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per painter and pre-registration is required since space is limited.

The hospital has collaborated with the instructor at Kil'n Time to design a special painting that is easy for all attendees of any skill level to learn how to recreate on their own canvases. You will be given all the elements and supplies you need to paint your own art. The projects are aimed to give hope to those who have been diagnosed with cancer through the work of art, where people can come together as a community to remember, to share and to provide hope on canvas.

To reserve a spot call 238-9147.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 10:41

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Frozen Family Fun Day at Bristol Ice Rink planned for February 28

BRISTOL — The first Frozen Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bristol Ice Rink in Kelley Park.

Organizers are extending an invitation to come and join the fun at what they hope will be an annual event.

In addition to skating there will be refreshments, including hot chocolate, and other fun activities. Those attending can watch competitive skating performances by local girls from Plymouth State Ice Skating, make snow sculptures and snowmen in the field, or warm up by the fire. There will also be a puck shot contest, raffles, and a chance to greet a "special guest."

Donations welcome. All proceeds will go towards improvements, maintenance, and general upkeep of the ice rink. The Bristol Ice Rink is maintained by volunteers. Those who are interested in helping can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the TTCC at 744-2713. Like us on Facebook.com/bristoliceskatingrink.

The rink is open seven day a week from dawn to dusk for public skating with designated stick and puck hours for the hockey enthusiasts on the weekend. Saturdays, 8 to 9:30 a.m. and Sundays, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 10:39

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