Memorial Hospital volunteers’ Suncatcher Gift Shop raises funds for hospital needs

NORTH CONWAY — Rehabilitation Services clinical supervisor Michelle Mattei noticed some walkers her therapists use were in need of some attention. Like many pieces of medical equipment, the walkers get a lot of use, wear out or go missing. So Mattei turned to a resource that often comes to the rescue — the hospital’s 80-plus volunteers who help raise funds and run its Suncatcher Gift Shop.

Many people in the community who frequent the shop may not realize that the shop is 100 percent volunteer-run and 100 percent of the shop’s net proceeds are donated back to Memorial to be used entirely for local support such as the walkers.

Volunteer Coordinator Peter Waugh said, “The volunteers were very happy to assist the rehabilitation services department with recent purchase of 10 new walkers for their department. This will enable them to provide a better level of care and service to their patients.”

The money used to purchase the walkers are a direct result of the sales at the Suncatcher Gift Shop. All of the proceeds from the shop are used to support patient care, programs and scholarships at Memorial Hospital. Net proceeds from the shop have been used in support of a variety of hospital needs, ranging from wheelchairs, wireless phone charging stations, upgrades to the oncology and infusion practice, The "Let's Go!" childhood health and wellness program, New Life Prenatal Clinic, baby monitors and the "Super Sibling: Preparing Children for a New Baby" in the hospital’s Family Birthing Center.

Waugh continued, “Stop by and see all of the wonderful items that are waiting for you to purchase. Shop hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Please be sure to include the Suncatcher Gift Shop in your list of places to shop for your family and friends. By doing so, your dollars stay locally and will be helping the dedicated volunteers support the community and the hospital.”

The shop is located in the main lobby at the hospital.

The gift shop is one of many areas within the hospital where community members can volunteer. Memorial Hospital has a dedicated team of volunteers who donate thousands of hours and have raised thousands of dollars to support the health care needs of the Mount Washington Valley. As an indispensable part of the hospital team, they are dedicated to support the hospital and the health care services it provides by volunteering their time and talents.

For more information on the gift shop and how you can become a volunteer at Memorial Hospital contact Peter Waugh, volunteer and communications coordinator at (603) 356-5461 ext. 2291 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Memorial Hospital is located at 3073 White Mountain Highway, North, Conway.

Suncatcher 2With the money that was raised, 10 new walkers are ready to use in the Rehabilitation Services Department at Memorial Hospital thanks to a gift from the volunteers. Michelle Mattei, rehabilitation services department manager, back row left with her staff Cindy McGrath, Patty Keane and Erica Lovely, received the walkers from Peter Waugh, volunteer and communications coordinator (front, left) and volunteers Carol Westervelt and Maryann Hartigan. (COURTESY PHOTO)


Dr. Creppy joins Coos County Family Health as newest physician

BERLIN — Coos County Family Health Services announced the addition of Michael Creppy, MD, to its medical staff.

Dr. Creppy is accepting new patients, and will practice at the organization’s 133 Pleasant St. location in Berlin. He will also help provide coverage for the expanded weekend clinics hours that will begin on Oct. 7, at the CCFHS Page Hill Clinic at Androscoggin Valley Hospital.

Creppy was born in West Ghana. He moved with his family to Toronto, Canada, as a teen and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario. He graduated with an MD degree from the Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, West Indies, and recently completed a three-year medical residency program at the Wellstar Medical Center in Atlanta, Ga. He is a board-certified Family Medicine physician.

“We’re tremendously excited to welcome Dr. Creppy to our team,” said Patty Couture, Coos County Family Health Services chief operating officer. “Dr. Creppy brings new energy and knowledge to our organization. Local residents will appreciate his gentle humor, compassion and kindness,” added Dr. Bill Gessner, CCFHS medical director.

In addition, Dr. Creppy will join Dr. Thomas Temme in providing care for the residents of Coos County Nursing Home and the St. Vincent de Paul Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Appointments with Dr. Creppy can be made by calling Coos County Family Health at (603) 752-2040.

Dr. Michael Creppy 8 17 Coos County Family Health Services announced the addition of Michael Creppy, MD, to its medical staff. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Cutline: Hospital donates to the 5210 Coos County program

patryjameslevesquenaomifrccheckpresentationphoto071817 Androscoggin Valley Hospital has partnered with The Family Resource Center and ECE Visions to launch 5210 Coos County in local child care facilities. The 5210 Coos County program is modeled after the Let’s Go! program rolled out by the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. James Patry, AVH senior director, patient experience and marketing, presents a check in support of the program to Naomi Levesque, assistance program director of The Family Resource Center. For more information about the program, call Levesque at (603) 466-5190 ext. 316.

Cutline: Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week


BERLIN — Androscoggin Valley Hospital is joining people around the world in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated annually to promote breastfeeding awareness generally and the importance of breastfeeding to all mothers.

This year, WBW is celebrated from Aug. 1-7. The World Breastfeeding Week 2017 theme is "Sustaining Breastfeeding Together," with the objectives to inform, anchor, engage and galvanize.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in more than 125 countries with events worldwide. WBW 2017 is celebrated with the motto of creating a strong environment for women to breastfeed successfully. This is the 25th year it is being held, initiated by WHO, UNICEF, and other organizations.

Wendy Beals, RN, IBCLC, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant will be holding a free lactation support group for breastfeeding and soon-to-be breastfeeding mothers from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 11, in Androscoggin Valley Hospital's Mount Adams Room. For information call (603) 326-5882. No reservation is required.



breastfeedingphoto072717Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week at Androscoggin Valley Hospital are (from left) Debbie Alonzo, RN, hospital women's services clinical coordinator; Beth Host with baby Coen Rano; Erin Kelley; Ashley L'Heureux with baby Keagan Hanks; and Wendy Beals, RN, IBCLC. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Grants available to cover medical expenses for children

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is actively seeking grant applications from New Hampshire families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan.

Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child with a $10,000 lifetime maximum per child, to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Families do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation has already awarded over 13,000 grants valued at more than $35 million to children and their families across the United States, and aims to award its 20,000th grant by Jan. 1, 2020.

In New Hampshire, UHCCF has awarded a total of 27 grants worth more than $90,000. The foundation is hoping to spread the word about its medical grant program so more families will apply and receive grants this year.

To learn more — and to apply — parents or legal guardians should visit