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LRGH providers cited for excellent diabetes care

LACONIA — The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has recognized 17 providers from LRGHealthcare for providing exceptional care to their patients with diabetes.

The NCQA's Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) was formed to provide clinicians with tools to support the delivery and recognition of high quality care. It's a voluntary program that's designed to recognize clinicians who use evidence based measures to provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes. A provider's participation in the program shows how much they value providing quality healthcare and following the latest clinical protocols to ensure their patients receive the best care at the right time. .

The DRP program has 11 measures on which they score the providers. Measures include, but are not limited to Hgb A1C control, blood pressure control, LDL control, eye exams, foot exams, smoking and tobacco use, and kidney disease. If a provider attains the necessary score, they are then recognized by the DRP program for their skill in providing the highest level of diabetes care.

Dr. Ted Capron comments, "I think the most important aspect of the DPRP recognition is that it shows practitioners have consistently attended to a broad range of measurements over a long time"

LRGHealthcare is proud to currently have 17 providers recognized by the NCQA's Diabetes Recognition Program. The following providers have been recognized for outstanding diabetes care: Dr. Barry Chapin, Dr. Melissa Hanrahan, Dr. Ted Capron, Dr. Carolyn Crosby, Colleen Nolan, APRN, Dr. Diane Kistler, Jodi Goodrich, APRN, Dr. Peter Doane, Denise Naiva, APRN, Dr. James Clifford, Dr. Paul Friend, Dr. Mary Dacuycuy, Rebecca Rose, PA-C, Dr. Adora Maharaj, Dr. Lawrence Rush, Dr. Susan Bayer, and  Richard Young, APRN.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:45

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VFW Post 1670 to host meat bingo

VFW POST 1670 TO HOST MEAT BINGO

LACONIA — Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1670 will host a meat bingo tomorrow on Friday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the post home on Court Street.

There will be a lot of prizes, including 50/50s and a winner take all.

Food will be provided for all who attend.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:31

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Northway Bank purchases tax credits from local affordable housing group

LACONIA — Northway Bank has recently purchased $2,500 in tax credits from the Laconia Area Community Land Trust.

Since its formation in 2005, Northway Bank has been a member of the Land Trust and a sponsor of the non-profit's home ownership programs.

New Hampshire’s Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) awarded LACLT $500,000 in tax credits to sell to businesses (statewide, more than $4.1 million was recently awarded through the CDFA Tax Credit Program). Proceeds from the sales are being used to upgrade 60 units of LACLT’s permanently affordable rental housing, many of which are showing significant wear and tear.

LACLT, which develops permanently affordable housing in the Greater Lakes Region, is working on a Portfolio Strengthening Initiative for its earliest properties. For years, these have provided safe, well-managed homes for hundreds of people while increasing property values and tax revenue. Because LACLT remains committed to preserving these permanently affordable community assets, the aging units need a capital infusion to position them for success for the next two decades.

The Tax Credit Program enables businesses to donate to LACLT in exchange for a state tax credit that can be applied against the New Hampshire business profits, business enterprise, or insurance premium taxes. The actual out-of-pocket expense is less than 11 percent after allowable state and federal deductions. Tax credits can be purchased to benefit LACLT now through June 30, 2015 and can be used on payment or during a five-year period following purchase.

For more information about purchasing tax credits from LACLT in support of their Portfolio Strengthening Initiative contact Linda Harvey at 603-524-0747, or visit www.laclt.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:22

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Laconia one of four NH communities receiving a grant to plan for immigrant integration

CONCORD — – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire's largest health foundation, announced grant awards of more than $350,000 for the quarter. Seventeen grants were made to support a variety of health-related projects.

"Four of the Endowment's recent grants will focus on a place-based initiative to create welcoming communities in New Hampshire," said Endowment for Health President Steve Rowe. "Additional grants will be used to help bolster the capacity of the state's advocacy organizations, create infrastructure to support children's behavioral health, and track data related to early childhood development," he added.

Some of the recently awarded grants illustrate the Endowment's strategy in these areas, including the following projects:

Immigrant Integration Initiative Community-Based Planning – A total of $44,000 was awarded to four New Hampshire communities, including Greater Laconia, Manchester, Concord and Greater Nashua. The grants will support a collaborative planning process that will help advance the integration and inclusion of immigrants and refugees in New Hampshire.

"Across the United States, a growing number of cities and towns are recognizing the economic and social benefits of fostering a welcoming culture for new and diverse populations," said EH Program Director Kelly Laflamme. "As New Hampshire's communities diversify and our native population ages, we have an unprecedented opportunity to capitalize on the infusion of youth, talent, energy, and innovation that immigrants bring to our state," she said.

The lead organizations receiving $11,000 planning grants in each community are as follows:

Greater Laconia – Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Inc.
Manchester – Organization for Refugee & Immigration Success (ORIS)
Concord – Second Start
Greater Nashua – United Way of Greater Nashua, Inc.

Each community will engage in a collaborative local process that includes the perspectives of local government, neighborhood leaders, providers, and the community at large.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:14

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