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St. Francis Rehab and Nursing Center is recognized for Quality

LACONIA — St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center 406 Court Street, Laconia NH 03246 is recognized by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) as having achieved all four Quality Initiative Goals.

The Quality Initiative Recognition Program set in place by the AHCA focuses on the following four Quality Initiative goals:

• Safely reducing hospital readmissions within 30 days during a skilled nursing stay by 15%
• Safely reducing the off-label use of antipsychotics [medications] by 15%
• Increasing staff stability by reducing nursing staff turnover by 15%
• Increasing customer satisfaction by having 90% of residents and families willing to recommend their center to others

Dr. David Gifford, MD, MPH and Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at AHCA reports "These centers are leading the charge on our journey to promote better outcomes in long term and post-acute care,"

St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is 1 of only 2 facilities to receive this recognition in the state of New Hampshire, and collectively, 1 of 67 when looking at all facilities nationwide.

Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of ACHA joined in celebrating individual centers like St. Francis for their "tremendous success" in this the initial year of The Quality Initiative Program. He underlined specifically what this achievement and recognition means stating...

"In a short time, these skilled centers have devoted themselves to these goals and exemplified what the Quality Initiative is ultimately about – improving the lives of the individuals we serve".

St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is owned and operated by Catholic Charities of New Hampshire and located in the Lakes Region overlooking Lake Winnesquam. Its staff form an Interdisciplinary Team of physicians, nurses, therapists, healthcare specialists, activities professionals and social work that focus on the individualized needs of the person served. St. Francis specializes in services ranging from rehabilitative care following a hospitalization, traditional long-term-care, dementia and Alzheimer's support and Hospice and palliative care.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:16

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Several Affordable Care Act enrollment fairs planned

LACONIA — Donna Toomey, Certified Navigator at HealthFirst Family Care Center, has announced the upcoming schedule of Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Fairs. At these Fairs, a group of local Certified Marketplace Assisters from the Service Link Resource Center and HealthFirst Family Care Center, will assist people with enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

In order to complete the enrollment process, people are asked to bring their Social Security number (or document number for immigrants), their employer and income information for each household member who needs insurance coverage, and either a copy of their W-2 or tax statements or a sample pay stub. They should also bring the health insurance policy number(s) for any members of their household. It is also important to bring a completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-based plan for all members of their household that are eligible for such a plan, even if they're not enrolled.

Fair dates are as follows:

-- Friday, February 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, in Tilton.

-- Monday, March 10, 3-7 p.m. at the Inn at Mills Falls (Cummings Room), in Meredith.

-- Friday, March 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Hampton Inn, in Tilton.

-- Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Lakes Region Hospital, in Laconia.

-- Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Health First Family Care Center, in Laconia.

-- Monday, March 24, 3-7 p.m. at the Inn at Mill Falls (Cummings Room), in Meredith.

-- Friday, March 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hampton Inn, in Tilton.

-- Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lakes Region Hospital, in Laconia, and Franklin Hospital, in Franklin.

-- Sunday, March 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lakes Region Hospital, in Laconia, and Franklin Hospital in Franklin.

Anyone needing more information may call the Service Link Resource Center at 528-6945, Health First Family Care Center at 934-1464 extension 119, or LRGHealthcare at 524-3211 extension 3500.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:07

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Leadership Academy – February's Human Services and Non-Profits Day

PLYMOUTH — Leadership Academy, February's Human Services and Non-Profits Day, was held recently at  the Enterprise Center. It began with a panel discussion about the challenges facing local Human Services non-profit organization providers.

Cathy Bentwood of Plymouth's Pemi-Bridge House and a representative of Voices Against Violence (VAV) described and discussed their respective programs. The Pemi-Bridge House provides housing opportunities for homeless persons and families in our region. A current challenge is the acquisition of additional property to provide more support and housing in the Plymouth/Ashland/Holderness area for homeless military veterans. Voices Against Violence provides shelter to domestic violence victims that are in eminent danger. Victims also receive personal services in the form of support, encouragement, and empowerment. For VAV, funding the program is complex with numerous grants they receive from the towns within its service area. Other funding comes from fund raisers, such as the "Winter Ball".
The afternoon began with a panel discussion about the challenges facing Family Services and Care NPOs that focus on local youth. Jessica Dutille of Plymouth's Pemi Youth Center and Joy Nolan of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) described and discussed their respective programs. The Pemi Youth Center is a place for all students to enjoy after school. As with most non-profit organizations, funding has been the challenge, but thanks to fund raisers and their partnership with Plymouth State University and other organizations, the Youth Center's future is secure. According to Ms. Nolan, a major challenge for CASA is to find volunteers that are willing to support affected youth through the 22-month legal process.
The day ended with a panel discussion about other local community services. Moe Lafrieniere of First Star Tonight and Leslie Dion of Bristol's Tapply Thompson Community Center described and discussed their respective programs. FST's mission is to provide support to families with critically or terminally ill children. Since its creation the program has helped over 500 children; currently the program is helping over 20 families. The majority of the program's funding comes from the yearly fundraiser dinner it holds at Fosters Steakhouse in Plymouth.

The Tapply Thompson Community Center is responsible for the Center's operations and maintenance. Ms. Dion explained that the organization also operates and maintains recreation and parks programs for eight towns in the Newfound area. She oversees the yearly "Santa's Village" program at the Center that brings the Holiday spirit to hundreds of local youth. In summer, she oversees the "Westward Bound" program which sends twelve local youth to National Parks in the Western United States. Funding for these programs comes from the eight towns along with fund raisers such as the NH Marathon.

Next month's Leadership Academy day focuses on Criminal Justice.
The purpose of the Leadership Academy Program is to cultivate civic awareness and engagement among existing and emerging leaders within the region. Program participants are exposed to the many challenges and opportunities facing the region, and are encouraged to engage in those where they can exercise their passion and expertise toward improving the community.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:58

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Come to Prescott Farm on Saturdays during the month of March and enjoy Maple Sugar Madness

 LACONIA — For over 13 years Prescott Farm has been offering their Maple Sugar Madness programs to school groups and the public during the month of March.On Saturdays, March 1-29 the public is invited to come and take part in this 1.5 hour program. Available program times include; 10-11:30 a.m., 12 noon-1:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. All that attend will get to experience an old-fashioned New England tradition – making maple syrup.

From tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, guests will have hands-on participation in every step of the syrup making process. The center's environmental educators will help build tree ID skills and teach guests about the parts of a tree and their functions, use measuring tools to find an appropriate tree to tap, use historical and modern tree tapping tools, teach the history of maple sugaring including Native American legends, and reveal the math and chemical/physical science in the boiling process.

The program also involves a 20 minute walk to our Sugar House. Guests should wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Snowshoes will be provided as needed.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools.

The 160 acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a "green" building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation (during the month of March), heritage gardens, and forested pond. Prescott Farm is open year round, seven days a week from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. It is free to come and go for a hike or explore the "green" building!

Reservations are required for Maple Madness. Cost is $5/adult; $4/child age 4-12 for members of Prescott Farm and $8/adult; $7/child age 4-12 for non-members. Ages 3 and under are free. Reserve a spot by calling 603-366-5695 or sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Also, visit www.prescottfarm.org to learn more about Maple Sugar Madness.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 11:31

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