Health

Team Captain's meeting being held for Relay for Life North Country

WHITEFIELD —The first team captain’s meeting for the Relay For Life of North Country will be held on Tuesday, March 21. The meeting will be held at the Bank of N.H. in Whitefield at 6 p.m. The meeting is in preparation for the signature event of The American Cancer Society. This year’s Relay For Life event is scheduled to be held at the Lancaster Fairgrounds. The Relay will have opening ceremonies Saturday, June 24, at 6 p.m. and end with the closing ceremonies on Sunday morning June 25, at 6 a.m. This year’s theme is “A Day At The Beach”.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is an overnight celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbeque, play games and take turns walking around a track relay-style to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer. At nightfall, participants will light hundreds of luminaria around the track in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors, as well as friends and family members lost to the disease.

This year’s event is the first joint Relay, combining the Berlin-Gorham teams with the North Country teams. All are welcome to participate at the Relay, but more teams are always welcome.

For more information contact Liz Riley from the American Cancer Society at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or co-chairs of the event, Tracy Lockwood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (603) 527-6716 or John Ayers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (603) 631-5610. For Relay information visit http//www.relayforlife.org/northcountrynh. For more information about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race Raises A Record-Setting Donation For Local Health Services

PINKHAM NOTCH — 2016 marked the 56th running of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race on the legendary Mt. Washington Auto Road, which has been sponsored annually by Northeast Delta Dental since 2001. The strong partnership between Northeast Delta Dental and the Mt. Washington Auto Road, bolstered by the Auto Road's ongoing commitment to local communities, has resulted in annual donations totaling over $80,000 to Coos County Family Health Services (CCFHS). The 2016 Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race set records on and off the mountain, with a record-breaking donation to CCFHS of $20,965.
CCFHS was organized in 1974, and has grown to become one of the largest rural federally qualified health centers in northern New England. CCFHS is now a 26-practitioner, multi-specialty primary care group. For the past 15 years, the organization has sponsored school-based dental clinics for area children. In 2016, CCFHS purchased the dental practice of Dr. Roland Montminy in Berlin to open their new dental clinic known as Coos County Family Dental. The clinic is open to everyone in the community regardless of age, and will offer services on a sliding fee scale basis for those with modest incomes.
Northeast Delta Dental and the Mt. Washington Auto Road proudly support CCFHS's mission to provide medical and dental care to local communities, and particularly to its patients without insurance or with limited means to pay for care. The annual donations from the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race are used to support the oral health services offered by CCFHS, including both the school-based dental clinics offered to area children, as well as the new dental clinic in downtown Berlin.
Ken Gordon, CCFHS's chief executive officer, commented on the joint effort: "We're amazed and humbled by the support we've received from Northeast Delta Dental and the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Their fundraising efforts have helped hundreds of local kids obtain good dental care, and have played a key role in making our new dental clinic possible."
The renewed partnership between the companies will mean that the 2017 Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race is on track to raise much-needed funds for CCFHS, continuing to help provide dental care to families throughout Coos County.
The family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company was formed in 1859, and completed the road to the summit of Mount Washington in 1861. The Mt. Washington Carriage Road, now called the Mt. Washington Auto Road, has the long-held distinction of being America's oldest man-made attraction. In 1936, the first Mount Washington Road Race was held, and since 1966 the race had been run annually. The 2017 Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race will take place on June 17, 2017.
Northeast Delta Dental administers dental benefits for more than 832,000 people in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, offering dental insurance programs for companies of all sizes, and individuals and families with no access to employer-sponsored dental benefits. The Northeast Delta Dental Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations that offer programs and services to improve oral health and access to dental care. Learn more at www.nedelta.com.
Road Race Donation CCFH Pictured, left to right: Ken Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, CCFHS; Howie Wemyss, General Manager, Mt. Washington Auto Road; Dawnee Broas, Sr. Sales Executive, Northeast Delta Dental; Joan Merrill, President, CCFHS Board of Directors.

Foot Care Clinic offered at AVH Professional Center every Friday

BERLIN — North Country Home Health and Hospice, a member of North Country Healthcare, is offering a Foot Care Clinic at the lower level of the AVH Professional Center every Friday in March from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For an appointment, call 800-750-2366.

Northern Human Services recognizes staff for over 265 years of combined services

The Berlin/Gorham region of Northern Human Services held a staff recognition event at the White Mountain Chalet with 80 staff in attendance. Louise Johnson, newly selected director of Developmental Services for Berlin and Colebrook stated, “Our staff that are being recognized this year are very dedicated, compassionate and loyal. They have committed their work life to our consumers and Northern Human Services.” Charlie Cotton, area director for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services credited the longevity and commitment of local staff as the reason why a recent state-wide survey conducted in New Hampshire showed individuals served by NHS have the highest satisfaction with services and the best treatment outcomes of any Community Mental Health Center in the State of N.H.

Northern Human Services has provided an array of mental health, substance abuse, and developmental services to the citizens of Berlin, Gorham and the neighboring communities for over 50 years, employing 120 staff and many contractors in the Berlin and Gorham area. The Mission of NHS is “To assist people affected by mental illness, developmental disabilities and related disorders in living meaningful lives”. Several attendees were quoted as crediting local residents and communities for their support in addressing this mission.

Staff Recognition 2017Front row from the left, Lisa Fournier, Office Manager with 15.19 years, Louise Boutin, Functional Support Specialist with 20.96 years, Susan C. Frenette, Community Integration Specialist with 15.84 years, and Cynthia A. Lapointe, Housing Coordinator with 25.33 years. Back row, Amy Meunier, director Assertive Community Treatment with 10.01 years, Charlie Cotton, area director with 30.19 years, Jill Blunden, Program Coordinator Student for Day Services with 30.74 years, Chester O. Annis, Licensed MH & SA Counselor with 40.28 years, Theresa McCauley, Account Manager with 30.14 years, and Meghan Theberge, Children’s’ Case Manager with 10.36 years. Missing from photo, Robin Blanchette, Adult Case Manager with 10.63 years and Christine Rhoderick, Medical Records with 25.77 years. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Join the Red Cross movement this March by giving blood

All eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood and help save lives in March, Red Cross Month. With the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, donors can schedule and manage donation appointments, access their donor card, track the impact of their donations and earn rewards. Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass before coming to their appointments.

“I've always thought it was the right thing to do, to donate when it was convenient for me,” said Lance Ford. “But after my triplets were born premature and needed transfusions in the neonatal intensive care unit, I decided that it was more important to seek out opportunities to donate, rather than just waiting until it was convenient to me. The Red Cross apps and notifications make it very easy to find a location near you, and they are so courteous, respectful and efficient. There is really no excuse not to donate. It's such a small thing that makes such a big difference!”

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every U.S. president since 1943 in celebration of the Red Cross volunteers who help those in need by giving their time, money or blood. Join their ranks by making an appointment to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Berlin
March 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Androscoggin Valley Hospital, 59 Page Hill Road.
March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Berlin High School, 550 Willard St.

Bretton Woods
March 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Omni Mt Washington Hotel, 310 Mt Washington Hotel Rd.

Colebrook
March 21, froom noon to 5 p.m., Congregational Church, 147 Main Street.