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Speare Hospital’s cardiac rehab program receives national certification

PLYMOUTH — Speare Memorial Hospital is proud to announce the certification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Speare's Cardiac Rehab was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms,) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

Cardiac Rehab Exercise Physiologists Craig Johnson and Rachel Kindl explained the nearly year-long application process, "We developed a new patient care plan which identifies risk factors in four categories: exercise, nutrition, social and educational. For example, in the exercise category, each patient completes a pre- and post-program walking assessment. AACVPR requires this data to be submitted to show the percent change of our patients' exercise tolerance."

AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

"National certification of our Cardiac Rehab program, along with Craig and Rachel's individual certifications, is a significant achievement and is a reflection of their engagement with patients and commitment to improved patient outcomes," says Linda Nestor, director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Speare. "Being certified by the AACVPR benefits our patients through the knowledge that the best care is right in their own backyard. Additionally, it gives the cardiologists from the New England Heart Institute directing our patients' cardiac care confidence in the care they are prescribing."

For more information about Speare's Cardiac Rehabilitation program call 238-6440 or visit online at www.spearehospital.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:19

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Irwin Automotive Supports Gilford Rotary Club with Christmas Tree Sales

LACONIA — The Gilford Rotary Club is selling Christmas trees again this year to support their organization's community programs.

Irwin Automotive Group supports the group by providing the club with the use of its building, (the former PSNH building just before Wal-Mart). Tree sales started on December 6 and run through December 15.

Chris Irwin says  "We really enjoy supporting the Gilford Rotary Club, as Christmas trees are part of family tradition, it's all about picking the best one, decorating it, and seeing it when you wake up on Christmas morning."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:56

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GYC and GPRD Hosting 'Santa Land' this Friday and Saturday

GILFORD — The Gilford Youth Center and the Gilford Parks and Recreation are hosting Santa Land this Friday, 5-7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Admission is free. There will be several stations, including games, face painting, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and more. Kids can meet and have their picture taken with Santa. Pictures will be emailed to families. Visitors can purchase dinner on Friday night (hamburgers and hot dogs). There will also be a cookie walk, where people fill a bag with homemade cookies for an affordable price.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:31

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121213 'Smalls Show' comes to the Busiel Mill Gallery Just in Time for Christmas

LACONIA — The Busiel Mill known as One Mill Plaza in downtown Laconia is hosting the annual Lakes Region Art Association's "Smalls Show".

This show features 70 paintings, 8" x 10" and under by 18 artists. This show gives an excellent chance for someone to own a piece of original art at an affordable price. Many paintings are of the lakes area. The paintings would make great holiday gifts too.

The show is open during the month of December Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is in the Busiel Community Room and Gallery on the river level (downstairs).
Lakes Region Art Association members are exhibiting in this special show. Many of the paintings will be for sale while being on exhibit and will be available by the 21 so you can have it for the holidays.
An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, December 13 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:26

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