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LRGHealthcare lab now gets quicker test results

LACONIA — New advances in laboratory testing are closing the time it takes between conducting a test and the doctor receiving the test results. The Infection Control Department, in collaboration with the Microbiology Lab at LRGHealthcare recently implemented a molecular testing platform manufactured by Cepheid for more advanced testing for infectious diseases. Molecular testing allows for a more rapid and highly specific diagnosis of infectious diseases caused by bacteria or viruses.

The lab started using the Cepheid system in late September where they now have the ability to quickly and more accurately test for the organisms that cause infections. The new technology is currently being used to diagnose Clostridium difficile (C. diff) and the presence of methicillin resistant Staph. aureus (MRSA) or susceptible Staph. aureus (SA) in patients, with the capacity to expand for other tests in the near future.

This testing will deliver infectious disease results faster with a turnaround time of just a few hours compared to two to three days with previous testing solutions. Molecular testing is also more sensitive, meaning more accurate results. The accuracy and quick turnaround time will result in improved patient outcomes and a reduction in the overall cost of care.

Shirley Medlin, MT (ASCP) and Laboratory Microbiology Supervisor states, "Time to result can be crucial. The answers that doctors and patients need are not always available in time to make a difference. The Cepheid GeneXpert System has the ability to provide rapid and accurate results enabling quicker clinical intervention leading to more positive patient outcomes."

With this new testing, patients will no longer have to be presumptively isolated because they 'might' have MRSA, or some other infectious disease. Rather, results will be so quick that if they do have the disease, the antibiotic can be delivered sooner meaning they'll get well faster, and possibly reduce how long they'll have to stay at the hospital. Additionally if the results prove they do not have the disease, no further treatment or isolation will be necessary and antibiotics won't be administered unnecessarily. All in all, this amounts to lower infection rates and more satisfied patients.

Dr. Abby Dacuycuy of the LRGHealthcare Infection Control Department concluded, "Because we can identify these organisms more quickly and accurately, it allows us to better manage a patient's treatment helping them recover faster with a shorter hospital stay. Ultimately, molecular testing in Microbiology is a great tool that's helping us to achieve our goal of enhancing patient care."

CAPTION — Shirley Medlin, Laboratory Microbiology Section Head and Ann Dutile, Microbiology Lab Assistant III, pose with the new molecular testing machine being used to test for infectious diseases at LRGHealthcare. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:59

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Kids for Kenny spaghetti dinner is Nov. 15 in Bristol

BRISTOL — A spaghetti supper is being planned for Saturday, Nov. 15, to benefit an 8-year-old Bristol boy diagnosed with a rare form of cancer earlier this year.

The Kids for Kenny Spaghetti Dinner will take place on Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Bristol United Church if Christ. The cost is a $10 per person for teenagers and adults, ant $5 for children age 12 and under. Many local organizations, friends, and family are working together to make this event a success.

Kenny has an extremely rare form of pleomorphic, high-grade sarcoma. He has already endured countless treatments and surgeries and there is much more ahead of him, including a very aggressive amputation surgery that is intended to save his life.

Kenny's classmates and sister have run several lemonade stands. Many local organizations and businesses, such as the Bristol House of Pizza, Village Pizza, Alexandria United Methodist Church, Bristol Elementary School, Bristol Shop N Save, Picked and Polished, the Tapply-Thompson Community Center, Bristol Community Services, local moms, teachers, friends and family have all pitched in and pulled together to help.

Those who cannot attend the spaghetti supper are encouraged to make a donation by phone by contacting the Tapply Thompson Community Center at 744-2713 or Deb Blouin at 393-9376.



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‘Yes, Virginia, The Musical’ to be staged in Meredith

MEREDITH — The Interlakes Summer Theatre, Professional Theatre in the Lakes Region, will present "Yes, Virginia, The Musical" at the Inter-Lakes Auditorium on Saturday, December 6 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m.

Debuting as an animated special in 2009, "Yes, Virginia" was inspired by the true story of 8 year old Virginia O'Hanlon, who in 1897, wrote a letter to the NY Sun newspaper asking if there is a Santa Claus. The Sun's editor Francis P. Church responded with a poignantly worded essay on the importance of believing, including the famous lines, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist..."

Church's response became one of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time and served as the inspiration for Macy's "Believe" campaign, which supports "Make-a-Wish". The Believe program encourages children of all ages to drop their stamped letter to Santa at the red Santa Mail Letterbox at their local Macy's. For every letter received, Macy's will donate $1 up to $1 Million to Make-A-Wish, helping to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. To support this campaign, the Interlakes Summer Theatre will provide a Mail Letterbox in the lobby and deliver all letters to Santa to Macy's.

"Macy's created this musical and has made it available to theater programs around the country. I was looking for a Christmas Show that would work for us logistically and financially, and allow us to drop our prices to make the show more accessible to all", says Producing Artistic Director, Nancy Barry. "One of my NY directors sent me the information and I knew this was the answer!"

Another reason, the Interlakes Summer Theatre chose this production for the holidays was because it would allow the successful merging of the Professional Company with our local young people. "One of my favorite productions this summer", says Barry, "was the musical "Big" which featured 4 of the actors from the professional company with a group of teens and tweens. The fun and spirit of the show was one thing, but the caliber of the performances was incredible. The professionals had so much to offer the kids and the kids had just as much to show the grown-ups!"

In this production, the story will be told by Miriam, The Librarian, played by Ellie Kahn. Francis P. Church will be played by Paul Gregg. Scraggly Santa will be played by Mikey LoBalsalmo. The child cast will be announced shortly.

Tickets are available now online and over the phone, with children's tickets at $10 and adult/senior tickets at $20. Seating will be reserved, and tickets will be sold in advance and at the door. Call 603-707-6035 or online at www.interlakestheatre.com.

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Concert on Saturday to benefit Children’s Auction

LACONIA — The Cafe Deja Vu Pub Mania Team presents the Shana Stack Band with DJ Tim on Saturday, November 8 at Blackstone's Lounge located at the Margate in Laconia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. followed by the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Café Déjà Vu, All My Life Jewelers, Studio 23, Dr.Buckle & Mr.Hyde and Patrick's Pub.

Prizes include $500 in cash donated by Hoey Machine Company, LLC – Peter & Laurie Hoey; 4 Red Sox Tickets at a $500 value donated by friend of Café Déjà vu; Garden Accent Fire Ring $450 value donated by Del R Gilbert and Son Block Co., Inc.; diamond 14K White Gold Finish Tennis Bracelet $419 value; donated by Cybertron Technology Solutions – Tracey & Jon Rich; Estate Planning for Two a $250 value donated by Lawson Persson and Weldon-Francke, PC, $200 Gift Certificate Drakes Island Resort donated by Bob & Shelli Lachance; Overnight Stay at The Exeter Inn a $179 value donated by Exeter Inn; Full Vehicle Reconditioning valued at $129.95 donated by Irwin Automotive Group; and Furnace Tune Up valued at $125 donated by MESCO. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. The drawing will be held April 26, 2014 at the VFW. Tickets can be purchased at Café Déjà vu, All My Life Jewelers, Studio 23, and Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.

For more information call 998-1418.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:37

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