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Speare panel helps transfrom waiting area from 'drab to fab'

PLYMOUTH — Two years ago, members of Speare Memorial Hospital's 10-member Family Advisory Committee were touring the hospital with their coordinator Kathy Wieliczko, director of social services, and stopped in the Solarium, a resting/waiting area for patients and families located in the northwest corner of the hospital on the second floor.

"One of the Family Advisors commented, 'Oh, so that's where all the old furniture goes'," says Wieliczko. "Another commented she thought the Solarium was a staff lounge, and as they all got chatting, they came to the realization that the patient and family waiting areas on the in-patient (second) floor needed to offer a more comfortable, warm and inviting atmosphere."

The new and improved Solarium and waiting area just outside the Birthing Suite, were unveiled on July 2. While new lighting and artwork are still on order, the transformation from old and drab to warm and welcoming is on full display with redone floors, newly painted walls, new carpeting and furniture.

"Fabulous," is the word Nurse Director of Medical/Surgical Beth Simpson used to describe the new and improved resting/waiting areas. "They are so much homier feeling and much more enticing to patients and families to actually want to rest and relax in the space. I was very impressed with the whole process and very thankful to the Family Advisors."

The process of having Family Advisors identifying a problem and then working on a solution together with hospital staff is what gives Wieliczko the greatest satisfaction. It exemplifies the heart of the patient and family-centered care philosophy Speare is committed to.

She notes, "They recognized that some patients and families were resting in the main lobby atrium of the hospital where there was a couch and they could stretch out. Not only did that trigger the realization we only had chairs in our waiting/resting area, but there was no place private for patients to go except for their rooms.

"The patient and family perspective is important in the planning, delivery and evaluation of healthcare," explains Wieliczko. "The experience of care, as perceived by the patient and family, is a key factor in healthcare quality and safety. We need patients and family members to feel welcome and more importantly, comfortable so they are able to communicate and work with providers."

It was the patient- and family-centered care approach that attracted donors to support the update to Speare's waiting/resting areas. Funding for the project included a grant from the Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation, and a gift from Speare's own Student & Volunteer Services' Outreach & Scholarship Committee to purchase new televisions for each area.

Speare's Family Advisory Committee is made up of community volunteers who are interested in participating in, and promoting, patient and family centered care at Speare. Those who would like to learn more about the Family Advisory Committee or other volunteer opportunities at Speare, can call Chris Fenn at (603) 238-6460 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Public forum on Aug. 6 to look back on effort to eradicate Winnipesuakee’s milfoil

MEREDITH — Efforts over the past 50 years to eradicate milfoil from Lake Winnipesaukee will be explored during a public forum scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Meredith Community Center.

Lake Winnipesaukee, the state's largest lake, has the dubious distinction of being the lake in New Hampshire where milfoil was first discovered in 1965. Fifty years later, the plant can be found in most areas of the lake. Communities have invested tremendous time and money in the battle to control this invasive plant.

The public forum titled "State of Milfoil in Winnipesaukee – 50 Years Later!" will explore the what is being done to rid the lake of the invasive plant, lessons learned, the economic impact of invasive plants, and what new threats we should be on the watch for.

Milfoil Committees from around the lake will present information on their ongoing efforts to control the spread of milfoil as well as watching out for new invasive threats. John Halstead, UNH Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, will speak on the economic impacts due to invasive species. Amy Smagula, NHDES Exotic Species Program Coordinator, and John Magee, NH Fish & Game, will discuss current invasive aquatic plants and animals in our rivers, lakes and ponds, and new threats to be on the watch for.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. A $5 donation will gladly be accepted at the door to help cover costs associated with the program.

Those who want to register for the program, can visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-milfoil-in-lake-winnipesaukee-tickets-17658869153?aff=es2

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Golden View to host two health presentations

MEREDITH — Golden View Health Care Center invites the public to attend two free back-to-back presentations on Thursday, July 30, at 6 p.m.

Dr. Jeremy Hogan from Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists will talk about hip and joint health. Dr. Hogan will share his expertise about hip and joint health, the needs of patients experiencing major degenerative and trauma-related joint conditions, including arthritis and osteoarthritis of the knee and hip, as well as the complexities involved in joint surgery. Attendees will also learn about the MAKOplasty technology.

Following Dr. Hogan's presentation, Golden View's licensed therapists will demonstrate several therapeutic poses and talk about the nervous system, the source of pain and rehab yoga's ability to reduce stress and anxiety while strengthening muscles in the hips and knees.

The presentations will be held at The Retreat, Golden View's short-stay rehabilitation center. Refreshments will be provided.

Those who want to attend are asked to reserve a seat in advance by calling calling 279-8111 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , as seating is limited.


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Society notes positive developments in Bristol

BRISTOL — The Bristol Historical Society is drawing attention to a number of positive things happening in the downtown area.

One improvement is the enhanced appearance of Bristol Square, thanks to the hard work of the Downtown Decorating Committee and the Town Highway Department.

Not far from the square is the Bristol Historical Society Museum located in the Old Firehouse. The Museum is open on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 and Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30. The museum features a variety of displays as well as an extensive collection of photos available to order prints of.

The Old Firehouse has recently been added to the NH State Registry of Historic Places. Last summer the roof was repainted and this year the building is scheduled for painting.

Upcoming is the second Making It In Bristol event which will be held Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Square. This event was created to give everyone that does business in Bristol and opportunity to showcase their product or service. Registration is required for displays and may be made by calling 744-2751.

Once again Freudenberg will hold an open house that day.

Businesses around the square are being encouraged to participate with special promotions.

Through the hard work of Shirley Yorks and Hilda Bruno the Historic Flower Garden across from the TD Bank is coming to fruition. Volunteers have spent many hours designing and planting on this corner of the square. Parkhurst donated mulch, compost and flowers and George Morrison donated the bark for the pathway, and the Town Highway Department provided assistance as well, while the Bristol House of Pizza gave money for the purchase a bench and arbor.

One other event happening later this summer will be a program by Dave Roberts who will show historic photos of Bristol on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Old Town Hall.


Last Updated on Friday, 17 July 2015 08:15

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