Health

Open house Wednesday at Wound Healing Center

LANCASTER — The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Weeks Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds.
The fourth annual Wound Care Awareness Week is being held June 5-9. The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Weeks Medical Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. Weeks and wound centers across the nation will dedicate the entire week to educating physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions.
In honor of Wound Care Awareness Week, the Wound Healing Center will hold an open house on Wednesday, June 7, from 5 to 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
The open house will also celebrate the center’s receipt of the Center of Distinction Award and the Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence Award. The Center of Excellence Award is given to wound care centers that have met the highest level of quality standards for a minimum of two consecutive years. The open house will also showcase a number of treatments available at the Wound Healing Center.
According to a press release submitted by Weeks, It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the U.S., and the number is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.
“We see patients living with non-healing wounds for a prolonged amount of time due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care options,” said Dr. Scott Covington, chief medical director for Healogics. “We work to educate community physicians about which of their patients can benefit from advanced wound care, and then provide coordinated care to heal that patient’s wounds.”
People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. Go to www.woundcareawarenessweek.com to learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week and to hear from patients about how wound healing changed their life. To schedule an appointment call (603) 788-5625, or visit www.weeksmedical.org.

Student complete babysitting course at hospital

BERLIN — Fifteen area students, ages 11 and up, successfully completed the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Babysitting Course held Friday, April 25, at the hospital. During the course students learned about the different aspects of babysitting, including child safety, child care and how to handle common injuries. 

Course instructors Claudette Morneau, RN, BSN, and Karen Bertin-Roy, RN, taught the students the qualities of a great babysitter: asking about and following the parent’s/guardian’s guidelines; safe home environment and child safety; ages and stages of children — infancy through school age; age appropriate play and supervision; caring for a child needing holding, diapering, dressing and feeding; and how to handle common injuries and emergencies. Teresa O’Hearn provided administrative assistance to the instructors during the day. Each student received an AVH certificate of program completion.

Androscoggin Valley Hospital holds this course annually during February and April school vacations. The course fee is $20 or $25 with a pizza lunch. If you would like to add your child to a waiting list for the next course, call Donna Godin, AVH public relations and marketing assistant, at (603) 326-5607 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Babysitting Course April 2017 2Students in the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Babysitting Course, pictured in the front row,from left: Ashley Baldridge, Gracie Bilodeau, Ava Bartoli, Redyn Munce, and Leilah Horne. Second row, Erin McCormick, Cienna Langlais, Alicia Breault, Madison Girouard, Emily Miller, Sophia Hanson, and Teresa O’Hearn. Third row, Course Instructor Karen Bertin-Roy, RN, Abigail Stewart, Olivia Martin, Andrew Chilafoe and Allina Chilafoe, with Claudette Morneau, RN, BSN, course instructor. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Urologist explores the 'Blue Zones' in presentation today

BERLIN — Dr. Jerry R. Rittenhouse, urologist at Androscoggin Valley Hospital Surgical Associates, Mystic Valley Urology, will present "The Blue Zones Way to Men’s Health: A Urologist’s Perspective" on Tuesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. in the AVH Mt. Success Meeting Room.
Dr. Rittenhouse will discuss the Blue Zones, areas of longevity around the world, as it relates to various urological problems. A question-and-answer period will follow Dr. Rittenhouse’s presentation.
Interested participants may register for this free educational opportunity online at www.avhnh.org/article/event/685, or by calling James Patry, senior director, patient experience and marketing, at (603) 326-5606.

Hospital purchases new scanner for imaging department

BERLIN — After 10 years of service from the computed tomography scanner, the Androscoggin Valley Hospital has purchased an upgraded scanner which, according to the hospital, will provide significant and tangible patient benefits.

The Prime 160 is able to produce 10 times the number of slices per revolution using a fraction of the radiation used by the previous model. It does so by using an advanced computer modeling of every image to help remove the "noise" that is introduced when so little radiation is used.

The patient safety benefits of the Prime 160 include:

• Greatly reduced exposure to radiation.
• Reduced scan times that now result in reduced amounts of IV contrast delivered to the patient.
• Highly detailed images that can seamlessly be reconstructed in different ways for the radiologists to get the best possible views of the body.

Additional benefits include:

• A table capacity increase to 660 pounds to help meet the needs of bariatric patients.
• Ultra-fast reconstruction computers which can reconstruct up to 60 frames per second.
• Software to help remove image problems caused by artificial joints, dental fillings and other metallic objects.
• A larger opening so patients feel less confined, though the overall cabinet is smaller.
• Better 3D image tools.
• A better workflow design for hospital imaging services staff.
• An built-in instruction screen for patients to watch and know when to hold their breath and when the scan will begin.

For more information contact Wayne Couture, AVH imaging and cardiopulmonary services director, at (603) 326-5725.

ctscannerphoto0417The Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin has purchased an upgraded CT scanner with the goal of improving services to patients. (COURTESY PHOTO)

David Amin hired as new chief health officer at Indian Stream Health Center

COLEBROOK — As part of an ongoing effort to provide effective and coordinated health care for the communities it serves, Indian Stream Health Center has named David J. Amin, MD, MBA as its chief health officer.

“We’re excited to have Dr. Amin aboard to oversee and direct our patient-centered efforts,” said Jonathan Brown, CEO, Indian Stream Health Center. “This is a newly created position and we strongly feel this effort will raise the health and wellness bar for those we serve.”

Amin joins Indian Stream Health Center from the Greenville Health System in Greenville, S.C., part of the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine. At Greenville Health System, Amin served as vice chair of medical staff affairs and physicians, Department of Emergency Medicine. In this role, he managed and led quality control, peer review and operational process improvements across a seven-hospital system. Prior to that, Amin was the medical director for St. Francis Hospital, part of the Bon Secours Health System in Greenville, S.C. Other leadership posts have included: medical director of community-based initiatives at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Hawthorne, Calif., and medical director for the Department of Pediatric Medicine at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserve, Amin holds a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, Calif. He completed the residency program in emergency medicine and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif. He is board-certified in pediatric emergency medicine and emergency medicine. Amin also holds bachelor science in electrical engineering from the U.S. Airforce Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and an master of business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

For over 30 years, Indian Stream Health Center has been providing a broad range of care and services to patients in New Hampshire’s North Country and parts of Maine, Vermont and Canada. As a federally qualified health center for the past 10 years, Indian Stream utilizes the medical home concept of care to take care of the “whole” patient with primary care and behavioral health services provided under one roof.

“In addition to the core health care services, our care managers work to connect our patients to community and social services as well as health and wellness education. In short, we put the patient and their family in the center of everything we do,” added Brown. “We also are pleased to collaborate with like-minded organization across the area to improve the health status of those who live and work in this region.”

“The care model at Indian Stream Health Center, along with the skills and expertise of the staff, made this a wonderful destination for me,” noted Amin. “Our goal is to continually look for ways to improve the health and well-being of our patients as well as the community at large using an evidenced-based approach. The work will go beyond office visits and extend to a focus on chronic diseases, which take a tremendous toll upon this region, as well as reaching out to local employers to help support a healthy and productive work force.”

To learn more visit www.indianstream.org.

Dr. Amin photoDavid J. Amin, MD, MBA, is the new chief health officer at Indian Stream Health Center.  (COURTESY PHOTO)