Surgical services manager retires after 42 years




Surgical Services Manager Denise Brisson recently retired from Weeks Medical Center after 42 years. She was treated to a memory-filled retirement party attended by staff from all areas of the hospital.

Hospital staff members thanked Brisson for her dedicated service to Weeks and the community and said they will miss her exceptional work and ever-present smile.

"My position at Weeks has been very rewarding with great professional advancement. It's been pretty amazing that someone believed in me enough to put me in a position of great responsibility. Forty years have flown by and I am very proud to be part of the Weeks family," Brisson said.

Retirement Party Pictured from the left: Mark Morgan, Denise Brisson, Angie Simpson, Carol Moore, Chris Dobson, Kristine Colborn, Sandy Gray, Barbara Peaslee-Smith, Diane Brown, Denise Thibeault, Linda Reichert, Neva Hawes, Gail Singer and Lindsey Bailey. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Denise Brisson Nurse 103Weeks Lancaster 92 1 Denise Brisson. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Cutline: Knights of Columbus donation to Coos County Nursing Home

Nursing Home DonationJohn Mckelvey, from the Knights of Columbus, presents a donation check to Diane Booth, activity director of the Coos County Nursing Home, for the residents’ fund. The Knights also held and sponsored a bingo social for residents in April. (COURTESY PHOTO)

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 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

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, or by calling James Patry, senior director, patient experience and marketing, at (603) 326-5606.