Hospital to hold Men’s Health Night


All men are invited to Men’s Health Night on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Androscoggin Valley Hospital's Mt. Success Room and First Floor Hallway to check on their health and get valuable health information from various health organizations.

Drs. Morice Dennery and Jerry Rittenhouse, urologists at AVH Surgical Associates, will present on "Enlarged Prostate (BPH)" and provide information on Greenlight Laser Therapy and Urolift, prostate cancer screening, low testosterone and erectile dysfunction. They will also be available for questions.

Organizations providing displays include the AVH Center for Sleep Medicine, Coos County Family Health Services, Integrity Health Coaching Center and North Woods Acupuncture.

An AVH nurse will be providing free flu shots.

Participants can walk through an inflatable colon, and complete a men’s health checklist and urological system score worksheet. Also available will be onsite scheduling for a urology appointment. Light refreshments will be served.

Interested participants may register for this free health opportunity at, calendar of events, or by calling James Patry, senior director, patient experience and marketing, at (603) 326-5606. In addition to the web, AVH is on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.


Medicare specialist to speak at forum in Lancaster

The top reason for bankruptcy in our country is becoming sick and not having health insurance. With open enrollment for Medicare in full swing and lots of ads on TV and arriving daily in mailboxes, many people have questions about how to enroll, what plan they should chose, or where to get help and get their questions answered.

It is easy to become overwhelmed and confused. The Lancaster Democratic Committee is pleased to host Paul Robitaille, program manager for ServiceLink in Coos County, to address these issues and answer questions. The forum will be held on Monday, Nov. 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 113 Main St., in Lancaster.

Robitaille will speak about all aspects of Medicare, including Medicare fraud and other issues related to Medicare and medical coverage after 65 and for those with disabilities. He will also address Medicare Part D (Medication insurance), Medicaid, and Affordable Care Act private insurance alternatives. This will be an informative, timely, and non-partisan presentation by Robitaille, who stands out as a North Country expert on health insurance alternatives. All are invited to attend.

Robitaille is a certified Medicare counselor with the N.H. state health insurance program. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Springfield College in Human Services and a certificate in gerontology studies from Boston University. He is a certified information and referral specialist for aging/disabilities and is certified in person-centered and options counseling. His ServiceLink staff of four counselors and two volunteers serves the entire county from their main office in Berlin and satellite offices in Lancaster, Colebrook and at Androscoggin Valley Hospital. 


Red Cross offers winter travel tips

CONCORD — Millions of people are expected to travel over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, and the American Red Cross is offering tips travelers can follow as they visit loved ones over the long weekend.

“More vehicles are expected on the highways, making travel risks greater,” said Lloyd Ziel, chief communications and marketing officer for the American Red Cross in New Hampshire and Vermont. “Bad weather and distracted drivers also add to the danger, so plan ahead and expect delays.”

Driving safety

1. Make sure your car is in good condition for a road trip. 2. Pack an emergency preparedness kit and supplies in the trunk. 3. Share travel plans with a family member or friend. 4. Check the weather along your route and plan for travel around any storms that may be coming. 5. Be well rested and alert. 6. Buckle up, slow down, and don’t drive while impaired. 7. Follow the rules of the road and use caution in work zones. 8. Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones. 9. Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If you’re too tired to drive, stop and get some rest. 10. If you have car trouble, pull of the road as far as possible.

Other safety tips

Winter weather emergency: Keep the car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing. Pull over and stay with your vehicle. Do not try to walk to safety. Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see. Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car. Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running to help rescuers see the vehicle. Keep one window slightly open – away from the blowing wind – to let in air.

Public transportation and preventing the spread of the flu virus: Everything you touch is likely touched by someone else — luggage, seats, etc. — which is how germs are spread. Handle your own belongings. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Carry hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes with you. You can use them to wash your hands or wipe down surfaces such as armrests. Bring your own pillows and blankets — they can act as a shield against the seat itself. Avoid touching your face or eyes. If you have to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or your sleeve.

Downloaded Red Cross Apps

People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to weather alerts for their area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the first aid app in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at

The Red Cross and community partners around the country are participating in a campaign called the “Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.” If you, or someone you know doesn’t have smoke alarms installed in your home, Red Cross is working with local teams to install them. If you are in need of someone to install smoke alarms, call the American Red Cross to arrange for a free smoke alarm installation or battery check at 1 (800) 464-6692.



Androscoggin Valley Hospital to Celebrate National Rural Health Day

BERLIN — Androscoggin Valley Hospital will join the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health and other state/national rural stakeholders in celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, Nov.16.

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase rural America; increase awareness of rural health-related issues; and promote the efforts of NOSORH, state offices of rural health and others in addressing those issues. Plans call for National Rural Health Day to become an annual celebration on the third Thursday of each November.

Approximately 62 million people — nearly one in five Americans — live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States.

“These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are wonderful places to live and work; they are places where neighbors know each other and work together,” said NOSORH Director Teryl Eisinger. “The hospitals and providers serving these rural communities not only provide quality patient care, but they also help keep good jobs in rural America.”

These communities also face unique health-care needs.

“Today more than ever, rural communities must tackle accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens,” Eisinger said.

“Meanwhile, rural hospitals are threatened with declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels that make it challenging to serve their residents.”

State Offices of Rural Health play a key role in addressing those needs. All 50 states maintain a state office of rural health, each of which shares a similar mission: to foster relationships, disseminate information and provide technical assistance that improves access to, and the quality of, health care for its rural citizens. In the past year alone, state offices of rural health collectively provided technical assistance to more than 28,000 rural communities.

In Berlin, for example, Androscoggin Valley Hospital supports rural citizens through programs such as free health education lectures, health fairs and even informational speakers for area youth.

Additional information about National Rural Health Day can be found at To learn more about NOSORH, go to; to learn more about Androscoggin Valley Hospital, go to


NH Department of Health and Human Services launches prediabetes campaign

CONCORD — A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 84 million American adults have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are high, but not high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes.

This November, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is supporting the efforts of the American Diabetes Association, the American Medical Association and the CDC, along with the Ad Council, to highlight the significance of prediabetes.

“We encourage people to talk with their health-care providers about their risk of diabetes and whether they need to be tested for abnormal blood sugar levels,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan. “If abnormal blood sugar levels are caught early when they are still in the prediabetes stage, type 2 diabetes and related medical complications can be delayed or even prevented through lifestyle changes involving weight loss, diet change and increased physical activity.”

Up to 30 percent of adults with prediabetes will progress to Type 2 diabetes within five years. In New Hampshire, only about 6 percent of adults are aware they have prediabetes, but the CDC estimates that 34 percent of adults have the condition.

People with prediabetes are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke. Type 2 diabetes presents a significant threat to the Granite State, because of high health-care costs and potential negative impact on quality of life.

New Hampshire’s prediabetes campaign encourages people to take a short online test at and to speak with their health care providers about their individual risks. The website connects visitors to the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program, proven to prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes in adults with prediabetes. Ads will be featured in local newspapers, movie theaters, shopping malls and city buses.