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Local woman receives Doctorate in Nursing Practice

LACONIA — Nancy E. Dirubbo, APRN, FNP-C, FAANP has graduated from the Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, and has received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She was elected by her peers to present the student address at the Leadership Conference at convocation.

While a student at Northeastern, Dr. Dirubbo, a family nurse practitioner, led a group of undergraduate nursing students to the Dominican Republic to provide humanitarian care. She later returned to another area of the Dominican Republic and helped establish a women's health service. She spent two weeks at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, participating in the International School.
Her academic work focused on adult travel immunizations. She was a contributing author of a geriatric text book on the elder traveler, a guest editor for Clinician Reviews on the importance of travel health in primary care and was an invited speaker to the International Council of Advanced Practice Nursing's annual conference in Helsinki, Finland and the American Association of Nurse Practitioner's annual conference in Nashville. She received a grant from Merck and spoke on Barriers to Adolescent Immunization focusing on HPV vaccine in underserved areas in Idaho and Georgia.
Dr. Dirubbo started Laconia Women's Health Center in 1985. It is the oldest NP owned primary care clinic for women in the US today. She started Travel Health of NH in 2008. She will be focusing on travel medicine, consulting and teaching following the closure of Laconia Women's Health Center in 2015.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 10:31

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Free health insurance enrollment assistance in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — Speare Memorial Hospital is offering free, one-on-one health insurance enrollment assistance on 12 different days between Jan. 5 and Feb. 5.

The enrollment sessions, being held in cooperation with the Foundation for Healthy Communities, are scheduled for Mondays, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2 and 9 from 1-3 p.m. and Thursdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Feb. 5 and 12 from 4-8 p.m. The deadline to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace — or the "exchange" as it is commonly referred to — is Feb. 15.

Those wishing to schedule an appointment with one of the Health Insurance Navigators at Speare, can call (603) 238-6471.

The Health Insurance Marketplace offers health insurance to those who do not have coverage. The costs of plans are based on one's income, and cover preventative services, essential health needs and pre-existing conditions. New Hampshire Medicaid is also available at no cost to income qualified individuals and families.

Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators at Speare can help individuals and families select the plan that suits them, and assist them with the enrollment process. Those who do not have insurance coverage by the Feb. 15 deadline will be subject to penalties of 2 percent of their income — or $325 per adult ($162.50 per child), whichever is higher. For more information about the federally mandate Health Insurance Marketplace, please visit www.healthcare.gov.

"For many people in our community, this is the first time they have had access to health insurance," notes Speare's Financial Counselor Stacey Lembo. "It can be a bit overwhelming at first, so taking advantage of the one-one-one sessions with the Navigators is a great opportunity to understand what is offered, what you qualify for, and get enrolled before the deadline."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 09:59

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MetroCast adds nine Disney/ABC networks

BELMONT — Cable TV, internet and phone provider MetroCast Communications has added nine Disney/ABC-owned networks to its "TV Everywhere" on-line video offering, the company has announced.

MetroCast customers who subscribe to the services will now have free, unlimited online access to ABC, ABC Family, Disney, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News, and ESPNU.

The networks are viewable on desktop, laptop, as well as various iOS and Android™ mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, as well as other video streaming platforms.

The addition of the Disney/ABC networks brings the MetroCast "TV Everywhere" offering to more than 60 channels, including HBO GO and MAX GO, Showtime Anytime, A&E, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CMT, CNN, Comedy Central, Fox, Fox News, FX, Hallmark, History, Lifetime, MTV, National Geographic Channel, NBC, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, NFL Network, Nick, Nick Jr., SEC Network, Spike, Sprout, Syfy, TBS, Turner Classic Movies, TNT, USA, and more (for a complete list of available networks, see http://portal.metrocast.net/tv/3/browse/networks/).

"With TV Everywhere from MetroCast, customers have the convenience of viewing programs from popular video networks on their favorite devices, on their own schedules," said Andrew Walton, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for MetroCast. "It's a great value-added benefit because it is included free with their corresponding MetroCast video subscription."

To access the networks online, MetroCast customers subscribing to the services simply log onto http://portal.metrocast.net. Customers may also visit the network websites or download mobile apps for the networks where available.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 12:54

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‘Murder at the Mardi Gras’ in Franklin on January 10

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Opera House is pleased to present another great production by Franklin Footlight Theatre, "Murder at the Mardi Gras", a murder mystery presentation, Saturday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Tables for groups or individual seating are available and desserts and beverages will be offered. Audience participation is welcomed. Visit franklinoperahouse.org for ticket options and to purchase tickets on line or available at the box office starting at 6:30 p.m. the night of the performance.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 09:38

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