Northwoods Hospice to hold their ninth annual Hospice Charity Gala at the Mountain View Grand Resort

LANCASTER — Tickets are now available for the ninth annual Northwoods Hospice Charity Gala, to be held in the Crystal Ballroom of the Mountain View Grand Resort on Saturday, Nov. 21. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Northwoods Hospice, a division of Northern N.H. Healthcare Collaborative, which currently provides hospice services throughout Coos County.

The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Dinner follows with choices of roasted Angus sirloin or grilled Atlantic salmon with chive beurre blanc; both entrees served with Boursin whipped potatoes, roasted asparagus and glazed carrots. The vegetarian dish will be baked eggplant with heirloom tomatoes, house-made mozzarella, basil and balsamic.

Throughout the evening there will be both silent and live auctions to support Northwoods Hospice; including trips to extravagant locations like Hawaii, the Napa Valley and Lake Tahoe, photography from local artists, professional sports memorabilia and more. Northwoods is pleased to have Mike Kopp of North Country Ford and Schurman Motor Company as their returning guest auctioneer.

Brandy, a high-energy band with recognition throughout New England as a premier band, will be providing the entertainment for the audience's listening and dancing pleasure. Performances include a wide variety of instrumentation and with great male and female vocals, much of the band’s popularity has been determined by their ability to sound like the original artist. Brandy has been a mainstay in the New England music scene and has performed for numerous celebrities, charities and dignitaries.

Northwoods Hospice provides medical, social, spiritual and emotional support for patients and their families, who are facing terminal illnesses.

“Our Northwoods Hospice team is committed to supporting terminally ill patients and their families; enabling them to have the best quality of life possible. The generous support of our sponsors and donors contributes to the success of this event. All proceeds from the evening stay right here in the communities that they serve which in turn, make it possible for us to fulfill our mission. We hope you’ll join us for this special evening out,” invites Karen Coy, RN Hospice Director of Northwoods Home Health and Hospice.

The Mountain View Grand is offering a special room rate again this year for those who attend the Hospice Gala. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel (855) 837-2100; be sure to mention that you are attending the Hospice Gala.

The event is being sponsored by: Beattie Enterprises, Inc., Platinum Level Sponsor; Bank of New Hampshire, Diamond Level Sponsor; Mascoma Savings Bank and Lancaster Rotary Club Charities, Inc. as Emerald Sponsors; Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster Eye Care, Nathan Drum, OD, Marshall Insurance Agency, Tall Timber Lodge, Happy Star Chinese Restaurant and North Country Special Education Consulting, LLC as Sapphire Sponsors.

Additional sponsors and auction items are still being sought out for the event. Tickets are available for purchase online via and through Hospice Charity Gala Committee Members: John Eddy, Pat Eddy, Rita Cloutier, Darren Discenzo, Dawn Fountain, Alex Karl-Hand, Cindy Winget and Marissa Rexford. They are also available at Northwoods Home Health & Hospice Office at 278 Main St., Lancaster, or by calling (603) 788-5020 (ask for Marissa Rexford). The cost of the tickets are $60 per person. People are encouraged to call soon for tickets as this event has sold out in the past.

Northwoods offices re-locate due to technology improvements

LANCASTER — In the ongoing quest to best serve their patients with high quality service and healthcare, Northwoods Home Health and Hospice announces that 100% of its staff will be utilizing secure electronic devices to best ensure real-time delivery and reception of data as well as any necessary changes in care plans, etc.This commitment to universal technology is being made to not only serve the community's patients, but also the entire Northwoods team.

As a result of this change, Northwoods Home Health and Hospice, which recently earned a Medicare 4-star quality rating, will be able to continue efforts to improve efficiency via streamlining. Such technology will no longer necessitate the need for three offices, one each in Colebrook, Berlin and Lancaster. Following implementation and training on the electronic devices, the Berlin and Colebrook offices will be closed and the employees of those two offices re-located to a central location in Lancaster. No decrease in staffing level is anticipated, nor is the quality of patient care. Rather, this ongoing effort of coming together to best utilize resources and the significant personnel talent is anticipated to yield better communication and coordination of patient care.
This change is anticipated to take effect by the end of September.
Any questions related to this change can be directed to Gail Tattan-Giampaolo, Executive Director, at 1-800-750-2366

Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Weeks Medical Center recognizes September as Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month

LANCASTER — Peripheral arterial disease is a condition that develops when the arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to the internal organs, arms and legs become completely or partially blocked as a result of atherosclerosis or buildup of plaque. PAD can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, amputation and possibly death. PAD affects eight to 12 million Americans, which is why September is recognized as PAD Awareness Month.

There are many possible side effects of atherosclerosis including angina and heart attacks if the coronary arteries are involved; strokes and transient ischemic attacks if the carotid and vertebral arteries are involved; and claudication, non-healing leg ulcers and critical limb ischemia if the lower extremity arteries are involved. Chronic toe and foot sores are common in people with PAD, as are cramping, numbness, weakness or heaviness in the leg muscles. Many patients with PAD do not experience symptoms.

"While some with PAD do not experience symptoms, people should be aware of certain factors that put them more at risk," said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, CHWS, chief medical officer for Healogics, Inc., the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services. "Smokers are four times at greater risk, African Americans are more than twice as likely to have PAD, and one in every three people over the age of 50 with diabetes is likely to have the disease."

The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Weeks Medical Center recommends the following action steps to help manage PAD:

- Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, correcting blood pressure and cholesterol numbers:

Smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are major risk factors for the development of PAD. Managing these conditions can help improve blood circulation.

- Develop healthy eating habits and an exercise plan:

Exercising can help increase the circulation and reduce pain in the lower extremities. Walking, hiking and bike riding are good exercise options. A personal trainer can help tailor a custom workout plan that best fits a person's needs.

- Medications:

Always consult with a physician about which medications may help PAD and if they are needed.

- Special procedures and surgeries:

In some severe cases of PAD, surgery may be needed to open arteries that have narrowed. Consult with a physician to see if surgery is a necessary treatment.

For more information about PAD and treating chronic wounds, contact the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Weeks Medical Center at 173 Middle St, Lancaster, or call (603) 788-5625


Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to give

COOS — During National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply is available during emergencies of all types.

A diverse blood supply is important to ensuring the needs of all patients are met. Red blood cells carry markers that determine one's blood type, and some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups. Because blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply to meet these diverse patient needs.

Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition such as sickle cell disease, a surgical procedure or a large-scale emergency, it's the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. The Red Cross encourages donors of all types to give blood, and those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative are especially needed.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Colebrook: Sept. 1: 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Congregational Church, 147 Main Street.

Lancaster: Sept. 10: 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Colonel Town Community Center, 16 High Street.



Center for Sleep Medicine employee earns certification

BERLIN — Roxanne Bonney, LPN, has earned the credential of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist.

Bonney works at the Center for Sleep Medicine at Androscoggin Valley Hospital.

According to the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, this achievement recognizes an international credential, which represents "the highest certification in the field for health care professionals who clinically assess patients with sleep disorders."
Requirements to earn the RPSGT designation include:
• Necessary clinical experience.
• Basic Life Support certification or its equivalent.
• Adherence to the BRPT Standards of Conduct.
• Passing the RPSGT credentialing exam.
As indicated on, credentialed technologists like Bonney "Have made a commitment to professionalism, competence and ethics by meeting the BRPT standards for certification."
Bonney was employed as an LPN in AVH's Surgical Services Department from November 1992 until June 2014, at which time she began serving as a Sleep Technologist in the Center for Sleep Medicine.
"We congratulate Roxanne on this noteworthy achievement," commented Dr. Joe DellaValla, Medical Director, Center for Sleep Medicine at AVH. "She is an integral part of our team which strives to provide the highest level of quality sleep care."
For more information or an appointment at the Center for Sleep Medicine at AVH, please call (603) 752-2300.