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LRGHealthcare Still Assisting Public with Health Insurance Options

LACONIA — Have you recently experienced a life changing event? A life changing event is defined as a birth, marriage, divorce, loss of insurance, or change in insurance. Health insurance enrollment is still available.

LRGHealthcare is here to help people find their health insurance coverage options. Don't get caught without insurance coverage. Feel free to contact LRGHealthcare at 524-3211, ext. 6501 anytime if you feel you qualify.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:16

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VNA & Hospice marking national observance honoring visiting nurses


LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice celebrated National Visiting Nurses Association Week and National Nurses Week, which begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

The purpose of National Nurses Week is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the American people. The purpose of national Visiting Nurses Association Week is recognizing the importance of visiting nurse agencies and home healthcare providers who deliver high-quality, affordable care to elderly and disabled patients in the home and community setting.

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice visit staff make almost 50,000 home visits a year to thousands of clients. In honor of their dedication, commitment, and tireless effort we are proud to recognize our visit staff for the quality work they provide seven days a week, 365 days a year.

"Our visit staff is made up of more than just nurses, we employ therapists, social workers, nursing assistants and homemakers too..." states Brian Winslow, Director of Fund Development for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, "they are a team and they all help treat patients where it matters most...in the home."

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:04

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Holy Trinity students advance in National History Day competition

LACONIA — Selected students from Holy Trinity School seventh and eighth grade classes each won first place awards in the states National History Day competition, qualifying them to move on to the national competition next month in Washington, D.C.

Holy Trinity Junior High students Addie Dinsmoor, James Marceau, Dominique Bolduc, Allison Jope and Sam Cooney performed a play entitled "Yoder v. Wisconsin: Denied Rights and Failed Responsibilities" which they wrote, choreographed and designed the set to re-enact that landmark Constitutional case involving conflicts between education and the Amish's rights to freedom of religion, securing the 1st place for best theatrical group presentation.

Seventh graders Cheyenne Wright, Christina Beane and Brigid Hosmer created a documentary entitled "To Pledge or Not to Pledge, That is the Question" about another landmark U.S. Supreme Court case centered on freedom of religion conflicts with a school's mandatory flag salute, also securing first place for best documentary.

The two groups will now compete at nationals hosted by the University of Maryland June 15–19, and are fundraising to cover the cost to attend nationals. Anyone interested in contributing to support their success is urged to email Karen Sullivan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send checks payable to "HTS" to 50 Church Street, Laconia, NH Attn. NHD.

The students will host a bake sale at St. Andre Bessette Parish churches after all masses the weekend of May 10-11, as well as a car wash/hot dog sale at AutoServ in Tilton on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CAPTION — (back row): Sam Cooney, Christina Beane, Addie Dinsmoor, James Marceau (front row) Allison Jope, Brigid Hosmer, Dominique Bolduc, Cheyenne Wright, with HTS Teacher Karen Sullivan who received NH's "History Teacher of the Year" at the 2013 National Competition. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:58

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LRGH stresses importance of recognizing of stroke


LACONIA — May is National Stroke Awareness Month. LRGHealthcare wants to make our community aware that by thinking F.A.S.T. you can help save lives and improve recovery. These simple letters can help you recognize the signs of stroke and get help right away.

F- Face- Look for an uneven smile

A- Arm- Check if one arm is weak

S- Speech- Listen for slurred speech

T- Time- Call 911 right away

"Time is crucial in the treatment of stroke, as on average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke and roughly every four minutes someone dies from a stroke," said Sally Minkow, Director of Education Services at LRGHealthcare. "The earlier a stroke is recognized and the patient receives medical attention, the greater chance of recovery."

Strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, destroying millions of valuable nerve cells within minutes.

Other stroke symptoms include the sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking, and dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, and sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Stroke is a leading cause of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. According to the American Stroke Association, approximately 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke each year. The resulting damage from a stroke can lead to significant disability including paralysis, speech problems and emotional difficulties. Treatment may be available if you get to the emergency room immediately upon recognition of stroke symptoms. Leading a healthy lifestyle, including lowering risk factors like high blood pressure and weight, can also help reduce your stroke risk.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 10:05

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