Health

Cutline: Elected officials and representatives take tour of Summit by Morrison

Sumit TourSummit by Morrison officials gave elected officials and representatives a tour of the under-construction senior living facility on Friday, Aug.18. Standing in front of Summit by Morrison, from left are: Summit by Morrison Director of Development Mell Brooks, Morrison Board of Trustees Member Bob Fink, Sartwell Place Assisted Living Administrator Jean Niece, Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster’s North Country Representative Brian Bresnahan, Morrison Board of Trustees Member Elaine Dana, NH State Rep. Troy Merner, Congresswoman McLane Kuster’s intern, Jared Cape, NH State Senator Jeff Woodburn, and Morrison Home Executive Director Chad Dingman. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

08.18.17 Mell reads Shaheen letter with groupDuring a tour of Summit by Morrison on Aug. 18, Summit by Morrison Director of Development Mell Brooks reads a letter of congratulations from U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Flanking Brooks from right to left are state Rep. Troy Merner, U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster’s North Country Representative Brian Bresnahan, state Sen. Jeff Woodburn and Kuster intern Jared Cape. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

Kristy Letendre joins North Country Health Consortium as continuum of care facilitator for North Country Public Health Network

The North Country Health Consortium recently announced that Kristy Letendre is the continuum of care facilitator of the North Country Public Health Network, headed by the consortium.
“I am so thrilled to have Kristy join our team, especially at such a critical juncture with the epidemic of substance misuse, locally as well as nationally, and the need to address gaps and barriers to services, and issues around capacity in our region," said Nancy Frank, chief executive officer of North Country Health Consortium.
Letendre joins North Country Health Consortium as a seasoned substance use disorder professional, with a 14-year career at Tri-County Community Action Program. Since starting at Tri-County CAP in 2004, Letendre worked in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Services, becoming the division’s director in 2014.
As the director of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Services until 2016, Letendre headed high- and low-residential programs, and the outpatient department for the Friendship House in Bethlehem, including its satellite locations throughout the North Country. From 2016 to 2017 at Tri-County CAP, Letendre was the director of clinical services, maintaining senior leadership of alcohol and other drugs programs, before assuming the continuum of care role at the North Country Health Consortium.
As the Continuum of Care facilitator, Letendre is tasked with bridging the vital components of care and services for substance use disorders with Regional Public Health Network partners throughout Coos and northern Grafton counties. In the role, and with her vast field experience, Letendre is primed to facilitate opportunities for collaboration amongst regional substance-use disorder experts and service providers across the continuum, including: health promotion, prevention, early identification and intervention, treatment, and recovery supports.
“Kristy’s talents will undoubtedly complement the mission of North Country Health Consortium, and the work we do to further integration of primary health care and behavioral health in order to enhance the current substance use disorder infrastructure supporting our communities,” said Frank.
The North Country Health Consortium is a non-profit public health organization based in Littleton that collaborates with health and human services providers serving northern New Hampshire. For more information about North Country Health Consortium and the North Country’s Continuum of Care Development plan, go to NCHCNH.org or contact Kristy Letendre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and (603) 259-3700 Ext. 258.
Kristy Letendre picThe North Country Health Consortium recently announced Kristy Letendre as continuum of care facilitator of the North Country Public Health Network. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Gorham High School holds annual blood drive on Sept. 26

GORHAM — Gorham High School is partnering with the American Red Cross to hold its annual blood drive on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

Elizabeth Anderson and Isabelle Balch, juniors at Gorham High School, are working together to organize the blood drive as part of their capstone project. Both students are enrolled also at Berlin High School in the health science technology programs. They are planning to pursue careers in the health-care field.

According to the American Red Cross, the organization plays a critical role in the nation’s health-care system. It is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing approximately 40 percent of the blood supply and distributing it to about 2,000 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The Red Cross also plays a leading role in protecting the safety of donors and patients and increasing the availability of blood.

Organizers of the event believe that donating blood is a way to pay it forward and make an impact on people in this community and across the nation. Every pint that is donated can help save up to three people, and will affect the lives of many others.

If you would like to donate or volunteer for the event contact, Christine Lemoine, capstone adviser, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

General guidelines for blood donation: 

• Be in good general health and feeling well.
• Be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent).
• Weigh at least 110 pounds.
• Have not donated blood in the last 56 days.
• The whole process takes around an hour; the actual donation just 8-10 minutes.
• Drink plenty of water so you are hydrated.
• Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
• Have a healthy meal before you donate.
• If you are taking any medication, bring a list of those with you.

High school donors must provide identification and proof of age to ensure they meet the minimum age requirements for donation. Donors must provide one form of primary identification.

According to organizers of the blood drive, the Gorham High School is very excited to host this blood drive, and they hope that citizens can spare a small amount of time to give back to the community and donate to those in need especially with all the tragedy that the United States is facing at this time.

To sign up to donate, log into the red cross site at redcrossblood.org. Enter your zip code and then go into the Gorham High School blood drive to signup. Or if you prefer, email Lemoine, adviser, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and she will assist you.

Annual Home Health and Hospice Gala 2017 at the Omni Mount Washington Resort

LITTLETON — North Country Home Health and Hospice Agency announced that the annual Home Health and Hospice Gala 2017 will again be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni Mount Washington Resort on Saturday, Nov. 18.

North Country Home Health and Hospice Agency of Littleton and Northwoods Home Health and Hospice of Lancaster became one operating agency this spring in order to meet their shared goal to bring the best quality home health and hospice care to residents of Coos and Grafton Counties.

North Country Home Health and Hospice Agency now operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary of North Country Healthcare. The proceeds from our Home Health and Hospice Gala will support its home care, hospice and long-term care programs, along with ancillary services provided by the agency. Raising these funds to help cover the uncovered costs of the visiting nurses who travel our vast territory seven days per week, 365 days a year, is vital so that they may continue to provide quality home health and hospice are to the patients throughout two of the northern-most counties in New Hampshire.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. A formal plated dinner will follow with choices of: grilled flank steak with chimichurri, pan seared chicken breast with pesto, or baked haddock with lemon cream sauce. The vegetarian dish will be seared tofu with vegetables and tomato coulis.

Throughout the evening there will be silent auctions with rolling closing times to ensure guests the opportunity for getting in that last winning bid. There will also be a live auction with guest auctioneer, Mike Kopp of North Country Ford and Schurman Motor Company. Auction items will be made up of art and photography by local artists, handmade quilts and journeys to great destinations, admissions to various amusements and more.

The band Brandy will be returning with their high-energy style that gets guests out of their seats and on to the dance floor. They have been recognized throughout New England as a premier band whose performances include a wide variety of instrumentation. Due to their great vocals, much of the band’s popularity (almost 200 performances per year) has been determined by their ability to sound like the original artists. Brandy has been a mainstay in the New England music scene and has performed for numerous celebrities, charities and dignitaries.

Tickets for this gala event will again be sold online via www.nchhha.org. Guest registration includes the option to securely pre-register your credit card for auction purchases and a faster check-in/check-out process. If you do not have access to a computer/internet, you may call Marissa Rexford directly (contact information below) or stop in to the North Country Home Health & Hospice Office located at 536 Cottage Street in Littleton to purchase your tickets. Ticket sales are open now, and will be available through Friday, Nov. 3 and cost $60 per person. People are encouraged to purchase their tickets soon as this event always sells out!

The Omni Mount Washington Hotel is offering a special room rate of $279+ this year for those who attend the gala event. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel at (603) 278-8400; be sure to mention that you are attending the Home Health & Hospice Gala.

For any questions regarding sponsorships, auction item donations or ticket purchases, please contact Marissa Rexford, Marketing & Development, directly at (603) 444-5317 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Cutline: National Community Health Centers Week

National Health Center WeekNorth Country Sen. Jeff Woodburn, right, presented Ken Gordon of the Coos County Family Health Services with a state resolution in recognition of national community health centers week. Coos County Family Health Services provides a broad range of health and social services including primary care, pediatrics, women's health, podiatry, behavioral health, oral health and programs that address the needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. (COURTESY PHOTO)