Food safety tips for the holiday season

As everyone enter the busy holiday season, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Food Protection Section is promoting important food safety practices by encouraging residents to follow some simple tips to avoid food-borne illnesses, such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Campylobacter.

Northwoods Home Health and Hospice named to the Top 500 of the 2015 HomeCare Elite

Northwoods Home Health and Hospice announced that it has been named to the Top 500 of the 2015 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. This is the fourth time, within a five year period, that Northwoods Home Health has been nationally recognized as a HomeCare Elite agency. It is also the only agency in New Hampshire’s Coos County to achieve this recognition.

Now in its tenth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,718 agencies considered, 2,431 are elite.

“The 2015 HomeCare Elite winners deserve credit for demonstrating high-quality care in their communities. As quality care initiatives become top-of-mind for health-care providers, we recognize this as a remarkable achievement and are pleased to make this our 10th year of acknowledgement for top performing home health organizations,” said Christine Lang, vice president of product development for OCS HomeCare. “We congratulate Northwoods Home Health and Hospice on being one of the top 500 home care agencies in the country.”

Northwoods Home Health and Hospice’s Executive Director Gail Tattan-Giampaolo credits the staff for delivering a high level of quality care with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. "This honor is a reflection of our dedicated, skilled and compassionate staff who remain committed to doing the very best they can do each day. Throughout the last several years, we have risen to the challenge of consolidating agencies, merging staff, integrating processes and implementing new technology — and through it all — our entire staff have continued to keep quality patient care at the forefront — a true testimony to their commitment to the people of Coos County.”

“Happy 10th anniversary to the winners of the HomeCare Elite. As CMS ramps up its nationwide initiatives to reward home care agencies for the quality of care they provide, this is yet another way to acknowledge those agencies that have demonstrated their commitment to improving patient care at lower costs. The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and financial management leads to success,” said Marci Heydt, senior content manager, DecisionHealth.

The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health and hospice metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent publication in the home care profession, Home Health Line. The entire list of 2015 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the OCS HomeCare website at

Foot Care Clinic at AVH in December

BERLIN — Northwoods Home Health and Hospice, a member of the Northern N.H. Health Care Collaborative, is offering a Foot Care Clinic at the lower level of the AVH Professional Center every Friday in December except Christmas day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For an appointment, call 800-750-2366.

Nominations for “NH School Nurse of the Year”

Each year the N.H. School Nurses Association gives school districts throughout the state the opportunity to nominate their school nurse for “N.H. School Nurse of the Year.”

This award recognizes an outstanding school nurse for her contributions to the school and community. To be eligible for this award your school nurse must meet the following criteria:

• Is a registered professional nurse.
• Has been practicing school nursing for a minimum of three years.
• Is a member of the N.H. School Nurse Association this year and the prior year without lapse of membership.
• Shows evidence of excellence in school nursing practice.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 1. For information on the nomination process contact Cathy Forrest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Nomination forms can be accessed online at the NHSNA web page,

WMCC offering a "Train the Trainer" course for future LNA Instructors

LITTLETON — White Mountains Community College has partnered with the North Country Health Education Consortium to provide Licensed Nursing Assistant and Medication Nurse Assistant courses over the next three years to help meet the demand for competent LNAs and MNAs in Grafton, Coos and Carroll Counties. As part of that initiative, the college is offering a "Train the Trainer" course" to prepare registered nurses to teach the LNA and MNA course curriculum. This is a opportunity for nurses to expand their career horizons and use their experience and expertise to teach aspiring LNAs and MNAs.

The two–day “Train the Trainer" course is scheduled to take place on Feb. 12 and Feb. 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the WMCC Littleton Academic Center, 646 Union Street. The cost of the two-day training program is $300. Nurses will receive 15 contact hours upon completion of the course.

For further information or to register for the course, contact Tamara Roberge, project manager, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone (603) 342-3062.