Health

Weeks Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center shares tips on how to live a heart healthy life for American Heart Month

LANCASTER — Heart health is one of the most important factors that can affect wound healing. Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the United States, and these wounds cost more than $50 billion annually. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to a diminished quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb.

“Coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease and other issues with the heart and vessels can hinder blood flow, oxygen and nutrition to a wound,” explains D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, chief medical officer for Healogics. “February is American Heart Month and an opportunity for patients to understand how their heart can affect their wound healing.”

The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Weeks Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, offers the following tips to live a heart healthy life.

• Live an active lifestyle with 30 minutes of exercise on most days.

• Don’t smoke or use tobacco of any kind as it is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease.

• Eat a diet that is heart-healthy. This includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and other low-fat sources of protein.

• Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. All of these chronic conditions can lead to heart disease.

• Ensure you get quality sleep by making it a priority in your life. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

• Manage your stress in a healthy way with positive self-talk, using stress stoppers, doing things you enjoy, and relaxing on a regular basis.

• See your healthcare provider for regular screenings. This includes blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes screenings.

For more information about how your heart health can affect wound healing, contact the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Weeks Medical Center, 173 Middle Street, Lancaster, or call (603) 788-5625.

Babysitting Course to be held at Androscoggin Valley Hospital

BERLIN — An AVH Babysitting Course will be held on Friday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the AVH Mt. Success Meeting Room. Course registration fee is $20 or $25 with optional pizza lunch. Students must be 11 years of age or older to participate in the course.

Topics covered in the course include: the qualities of a great babysitter; following the parent’s/guardian’s guidelines; ages and stages of children - infancy through school age; age appropriate play and supervision; caring for a child needing holding, diapering, dressing and feeding; safe home environment and child safety; and how to handle common injuries and emergencies. Upon successful completion, students will receive an AVH Certificate of Program Completion.

Prompt registration is encouraged as spots fill quickly. To register or for more information, call Donna Godin, Public Relations and Marketing assistant, at (603) 326-5607 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit AVH on the web at www.avhnh.org and on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest. AVH: Leading the Way to a Healthier Future.

Dental center names new School Smiles coordinator

TAMWORTH — Tamworth Dental Center and School Smiles has announced the appointment of Denise Bailey as the new School Smiles dental coordinator.
The Tamworth Dental Clinics and School Smiles is a Tri-County Community Action Program, which provides dental care to over 2,500 people, from Carroll County, Coos County, Grafton County and Belknap County. The School Smiles program seeks to improve the oral health of children, as well as their dental experience by providing convenient and reliable school-based dental services to students while at school within a safe and pleasant environment.
Bailey's interests in dentistry started at the age of 16, as a dental assistant student at a vocational high school. After high school, she continued her education and became a dental hygienist in 1997 after graduating ed from Middlesex Community College, Dental Hygiene Program, in 1997. She has practiced in many different areas of dental hygiene in several states, and many different areas of dentistry, including public health and hospital-based positions. She works part-time clinical as a dental hygienist at Massachusetts General Hospital-Division of Dentistry in Boston.
Bailey also holds a bachelor of science in applied studies in health care administration in 2011 from Granite State College. In 2012, and she completed her credentials as a licensed educator through the Massachusetts Department of Education. Bailey has worked as an educator, CPR instructor and dental assisting program developer and is currently completing her master's in education degree at Westfield University.
”Dental hygiene, particularly public health, is my passion,” Bailey says. that ”Visiting schools in the Southern Carroll County and vicinity, providing education, screening, and preventative dental care has been rewarding and fun. I love meeting children and teaching them about their smile. Children’s teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is important to a child’s self-esteem. With proper care, a balanced diet and regular dental visits, their teeth can remain healthy and strong.”
The focus of School Smiles is the educational component in the classroom with a friendly assessment of students' teeth. “I’m very excited to be able to bring this information right to the students in the school where they are already comfortable and ready to learn,” said Bailey. “We know it is very critical to be a friendly face while educating children about self-care and the battle against sugary treats on our teeth.”
"We are happy to have Denise join our Tamworth Dental Clinic team. Her education, passion and enthusiasm for working with children serves the clinic as well as a representative going into the schools," said Kristy Letendre, Tri-County CAP director of clinical services. "For some clients, the Dental Clinic and School Smiles is the only option for people with Medicaid and Medicare in a geographical radius.
"The oral health preventative and remedial services have a positive impact on the quality of life, and even the employability of our patients," Letendre continued. "We welcome all new child and adult patients, on average 100 new patients a month. Whether self-paying, fully insured or covered by New Hampshire or Maine Medicaid, the Tamworth Dental Clinic accepts most major adult and family dental insurance plans, Care Credit time payment plans, and we offer a reduced rate to low-income individuals without insurance. We work with programs for veterans, Ryan White referrals, New Hampshire Employment program, seniors and two local Department of Corrections inmate programs.
“Dental health is an important focus program of Tri-Community Action Agency, to assist low- to moderate-income families with a range of oral health services,” said Robert Boschen Jr., CEO for Tri-County CAP. “The School Smiles program is important outreach to children and their parents to include dental care as part of their overall health and wellness. According to experts, dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease. The burden of this issue falls disproportionately on low-income children. A GAO report showed children in poverty have about five times more untreated dental decay.”
Tri-County CAP is a non-profit, multi-program agency with many projects and service locations. For more information, visit tccap.org, or call the central office in Berlin at (603) 752-7001 or the Tamworth Dental Clinic at (603) 323-7645.
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Lessard recognized for contribution to the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

RSVP VolunteerTheresa Lessard, who is 87 years young, has been with Coos County RSVP for 15 years and has volunteered at multiple sites over 7,000 hours. Pictured from the left, Robert Boschen Jr. TCCAP CEO, Nancy Malone, RSVP program director, Theresa Lessard, RSVP volunteer, Joshua Poisson, TCCAP Accounts Payable manager, and Randall S. Pilotte, TCCAP Finance director/interim CFO. Anyone age 55 and over, who is interested in volunteer opportunities in Coos County, may call Amanda Cassidy, RSVP Program Coordinator or Nancy Malone, RSVP program director at (603) 752-4103.

 

Red Cross in urgent need of blood donations

The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.

Michael Harper knows how critical it is to have a readily available blood supply. “I used over 300 units of blood when I was younger after an auto accident. Blood donations helped save my life,” he said. “Now, I would like to donate as much or more than I have received.”

A blood drive will be held in Colebrook on Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital located at 181 Corliss Lane.

Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). All those who come to donate by Feb. 26 are eligible to receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email for making blood and platelet donation a priority this winter.