Drums Alive returns to St. Kieran Community Center for third session

BERLIN — Certified instructor Denise Doucette is accepting registrations for session three of Drums Alive. Doucette will provide drum sticks, exercise balls, music and guided instruction.

There are openings for the Wednesday evening session from April 12 through May 17. Space is limited to 20 participants.

According to a press release submitted by Doucette, the goal of the program is to improve lives through a unique sensory-motor drumming program involving drum sticks, an exercise ball and music. She writes that Drums Alive is designed to improve the quality of life for a wide variety of audiences; including mentally and physically challenged children; gifted and talented children; fit and healthy children and adults; children and adults with aggression issues; senior citizens; and patients with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other life-altering conditions.

For more information, to purchase a membership or loyalty card or to make a donation to the annual or capital improvement funds, contact the arts center at (603) 752-1028 or find it online at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts is located at 155 Emery St. in Berlin.

John Ford named among top doctors in New Hampshire

LANCASTER — Dr. John Ford of Weeks Medical Center has been named as one of the top doctors in the state of New Hampshire.

Ford was recognized as one of the best family medicine doctors in the annual survey published by New Hampshire magazine.

Annually, the magazine works with national medical research firm Castle Connolly Medical to determine the best doctors in the state. Castle Connolly surveys physicians, hospital staff and health-care executives to determine the doctors considered outstanding in their medical specialties.

Doctors cannot nominate themselves for recognition.

In 2017, the magazine recognized 273 doctors statewide. Ford was among 15 physicians recognized in the family medicine category.

"We are fortunate to have the Dr. John Ford as part of the Weeks community," said Mike Lee, president of Weeks Medical Center. "His skill and experience in primary care/family medicine is extensive and he is well respected by staff and patients alike. This recognition as one of New Hampshire’s top doctors is well deserved and represents his dedication to providing quality health care. I congratulate Dr. Ford on behalf of all of us here at Weeks."

Ford is a primary care/family medicine provider at the Weeks Medical Center Physicians Office in Whitefield. He received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and served his residency at Washington Hospital in Washington, Pa. He joined Weeks Medical Center in 1999. In addition to his family medicine duties, Dr. Ford attends to his patients who have been admitted to the hospital, assists in the Weeks Emergency Department, and also provides prenatal care and baby delivery at Littleton Regional Healthcare.

"John is an all-around hard working nice person and a great doctor," says Rona Glines, director of physician services at Weeks Medical Center. "He takes good care of his patients. He works well with staff. Our patients love him. You would go far to find anyone who had a bad word to say about John Ford. I’m so pleased that he has received this recognition as a New Hampshire top doctor."

This year’s top doctors were selected by a physician-led research team that carefully reviewed the credentials of every physician being considered. The review included scrutiny of medical education, training, board certifications, hospital appointments, administrative posts, professional achievements, malpractice, and disciplinary history.

For more information, contact Irene Nadeau at Weeks Medical Center at (603) 788-5050.

Children get up close look at hospital facility with Teddy Bear Clinic at Weeks Medical Center

LANCASTER — Weeks Medical Center, with the help of the Lancaster Ambulance and Groveton Ambulance, will be hosting the annual Teddy Bear Clinic on Monday, May 8, and Tuesday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster.

According to a release submitted by Weeks Medical Center, for young children, a trip to an emergency room or physician’s office can seem intimidating. The Teddy Bear Clinic is an opportunity to calm children’s fears and anxiety in the case of an emergency. It is also designed to familiarize children with the hospital. "Injured" teddy bears are "admitted" to the hospital where they’ll receive treatment from medical staff. Children will learn how to help in an emergency, tour the radiology and emergency departments, and get an up-close look at the inside of an ambulance.

Individuals, preschool and kindergarten groups are welcome. Kids are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required. Registration deadline is Monday, May 2.

Contact Weeks Medical Center Volunteer Services at (603) 788-5023, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

Cutline: Casual for a Cause donation made by hospital employees to Holiday Center in Berlin

Casual for a Cause Holiday Center 1 1The Androscoggin Valley Hospital held a Casual for a Cause Day to benefit the Holiday Center in Berlin. Casual for a Cause Days provide an opportunity for hospital employees to make a donation to a charity and wear casual clothing for the day. Accepting a check from Donna Godin, member of the AVH Casual for a Cause Committee (right), is Tammy St. Amant, interim director of Holiday Center. For more information about the Holiday Center, call (603) 752-1413. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Berlin Middle School students learn Hands-Only CPR with the American Heart Association

BERLIN — The American Heart Association and Catholic Medical Center presented Berlin Middle School with a CPR in Schools Kit.

More than 40 students gathered in the auditorium to learn the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR using the contents of the kit. Dr. Daniel Van Buren, a cardiologist with Androscoggin Valley Hospital at CMC’s New England Heart and Vascular Institute, shared with students how they can be a critical link in the chain of survival by learning this technique and taking quick action.

According to a release submitted by the American Heart Association, the CPR in Schools Training Kit empowers students to learn the core skills of CPR in under 30 minutes, and it teaches AED skills and choking relief.

The easy-to-use kit is designed specifically for the needs of schools. It’s portable, allowing for convenient movement from classroom to classroom and easy storage. It’s also reusable. The CPR in Schools Training Kit was developed by the heart association and incorporates the latest science.

Any educator or student can facilitate the 30-minute session as students practice on a Mini Anne Plus manikin while watching and learning CPR skills on the DVD. This method is a research-proven way for students to learn and retain the lifesaving skills of CPR. Students can learn hands-only CPR or CPR with breaths. Students can take home a manikin and DVD from the kit to train family and friends too.

Here are some reasons why New Hampshire’s young people should learn hands-only CPR:

• Learning this skill creates a generation of lifesavers.

• Most out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home and youth are often called upon to help.

• According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die.

• CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

• Survival rates drop as much as 10 percent for every minute that goes by without bystander CPR. In New Hampshire’s rural communities, CPR is even more critical to a victim’s chances of survival.

• Only 41 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in public get the immediate help.

• If called on to give CPR in an emergency, it will most likely be to save the life of a loved one: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.

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