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Mid-State Health Center’s 2018 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, 5:30 PM

Foster’s Hall
The Common Man Inn & Spa
211 Main Street, Plymouth, NH

PLEASE RSVP by November 20th: 603-536-4000 Ext 1010

ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM – 6:00 PM

Honoring our Health Center 2018 Heroes
Join us as we honor Ann Blair for her unwavering dedication as an officer of Mid-State’s Board of Directors and Sharon Beaty for her years of visionary leadership as Mid-State’s Chief Executive Officer.

Get Ready to Smile about improving Oral Health!
This year’s Annual Meeting will highlight Mid-State’s ongoing efforts to improve access to oral health in the community.

 

 

Plymouth, NH – Mid-State Health Center (“Mid-State”) is proud to announce the opening of a state of the art infusion center at its Plymouth location 101 Boulder Point Dr. The new infusion center will be open to everyone in the community by October 1, 2018. The infusion center will provide a range of non-oncology infusion services and injections in a convenient primary care office setting.

For Mid-State CEO Sharon Beaty it was an easy decision to open the infusion center. “We saw that utilization of infusion therapy is increasing, but there was not enough access in our region. In most settings, patients were paying too much out-of-pocket to receive their infusion therapy services. We found that we could provide infusion services at a fraction of the cost.”

Mid-State’s mission is to offer high-quality medical services to all, regardless of their ability to pay. “Mid-State already offers a large array of services including family medicine, behavioral health, substance use disorder treatment, and dental services. Adding infusion therapy will provide local access to a needed service and further our mission. Our infusion center will be the only primary care based infusion center in the county and will be instrumental in providing affordable infusion services in Grafton County and the North Country,” says Beaty.

Mid-State will partner with OI Infusion Services, a New Hampshire-based infusion center management company, to help offer these services to patients.  Beaty said, “Managing an infusion center is extremely complicated and different from Mid-State’s day-to-day workflow. For that reason, we partnered with the OI Infusion team to handle everything infusion-related.”

OI Infusion CEO Woody Baum said, “our mission is to help providers offer high-quality low-cost infusion therapy and help lower the cost of infusion therapy for patients. Mid-State shares our vision of what healthcare should look like, so partnering with them was a no-brainer. We are very excited to help Mid-State offer this necessary service to the Grafton County community”.

The new infusion center is scheduled to begin receiving patients in October conveniently located in Plymouth. It will feature comfortable massage chairs, personal televisions, tablets, and snacks.   For more information, call Mid-State’s Infusion Team at 603-238-3500.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Claire Reed announces the retirement of Dr. Kelley White, Mid-State’s longtime pediatrician and one of the Plymouth region’s most committed community advocates.  “After many years caring for the health and wellness of the children and families in our community, Dr. White, will be retiring from practice on September 19, 2018,” said Dr. Reed.

Dr. White said, “My ten years at Mid-State have flown by and I have been blessed to see children and families grow.” Dr. White will be leaving her beloved New Hampshire to move to Philadelphia to play an active role in her new granddaughter’s life. Dr. White shared, “it has been my pleasure and privilege caring for so many wonderful families.”

For those patients and organizations that have worked closely with Dr. White, Mid-State’s care team will make every effort to continue its relationship with you. Rest assured that Mid-State has the most knowledgeable and caring family medicine providers in the region who are committed to meeting the primary care needs of every family in the community, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.

For Dr. White’s current patients, she highly recommends that you select one of Mid-State’s Family Medicine clinicians for your family’s medical needs.  To help with your selection, please visit the Meet Our Team page to review a profile of each clinician that includes a biography as well as their areas of interest.  Once you have made your selection, contact our Patient Services Team and they will update your information and schedule an initial visit to meet in-person with the newly selected clinician.  If you have Dr. White listed as your child’s Primary Care Provider (PCP) with your insurance carrier, please be sure and notify them when you have selected your new Mid-State provider.

If you or your child has an appointment currently scheduled beyond September 19, one of the Mid-State staff will be calling to assist you in selecting a new clinician and to re-schedule your appointment.  If you prefer, you may call us at your convenience.

Please feel free to contact our Director of Patient Services, Amanda Bennett at Ext: 1004 should you have specific questions or need assistance in selecting a new Mid-State clinician for your family.

 

…. at the Kids’ Marathon on September 29th!

Mid-State Health Center and the Bristol Rotary Club in partnership with the New Hampshire Marathon and are the proud sponsors of the Kids’ Marathon. The Kids’ Marathon is a FREE event offered to children as part of the New Hampshire Marathon on Saturday, September 29th to foster healthy eating and active living habits among children.

Here is how the Kids’ Marathon works:   All children in grades K – 8 are eligible to participate in the Kids’ Marathon on race day. The goal is for each registered youth participant to complete 25.2 miles of running/walking/activity PRIOR to the Kids’ Marathon, and then to participate in the Kid’s Marathon race in Bristol, NH to complete the final mile of their “marathon”.

The free event is offered to encourage children and their families and friends to become more active.  Children registered prior to race day will log their first 25.2 miles in the weeks prior to the race. They will turn in the completed log on race day where they will complete their “final mile”.  Children are encouraged to run/walk with mom, dad, brothers, sisters, or friends to log their 25.2 miles in preparation for the race.  Parents are highly encouraged to participate by logging miles with their children.

Running can be done anywhere . . . in a neighborhood, at the beach, at the ball field, or a local track. Students need to be sure they are running in a safe place.  Parents need to know where their children are when running/walking.  Everyone needs to stay safe.  The buddy system keeps kids safe and offers encouragement to all. Wear a good pair of sneakers and try to keep one pair just for running. Encourage kids to talk while they run. This will help them maintain an appropriate pace. It is important for kids to eat right, stay hydrated, and get plenty of sleep as part of an overall exercise program as well.

The Tapply-Thompson Community Center is offering a FREE Kids Running Club for any kids grades K-8 interested in learning about the basics of cross-country running.  It is also a great way to log miles for the Kids Marathon.  The Running Club meets throughout the summer at Kelley Park. If you would like more information about the Running Club contact the TTCC at 603-744-2713.

Race Day is Saturday, September 29, 2017, along with the NH Marathon.  The Kid’s Race begins just after at 9:00 am. Check-in will begin at 8:00 am – at Kelley Park in Bristol.  The Race Start is at the Old Mill Parking Area by the Multi-Use Path in Bristol, NH across from Old Mill Properties (kids will be bussed to the start).  There will be a celebration immediately following at Kelley Park to recognize this INCREDIBLE achievement for all children who complete the Mid-State Kids’ Marathon.

A special marathon medal will be given to each child who brings their COMPLETED training log on Race Day! The pre-registration deadline to receive a Free T-Shirt & medal for a completed log is September 14.  To register for the Free Kids’ Marathon and print the mileage log visit nhmarathon.com or stop by the Tapply-Thompson Community Center for a registration packet.  If you would like more information, please contact the NH Marathon: race@nhmarathon.com or call 744-2713.

“I can still remember it—lying on the bottom of the pool, looking up at the surface of the water, and not being able to get there,” says Tim (actual name withheld for privacy), as he tells the story of his near-drowning, as a 6-year-old day-camper one New Hampshire summer nearly ten years ago.

“I slipped from the shallow end to the deep end. It happened really fast. My buddy noticed I wasn’t with him at the Buddy Check. They did Buddy Checks during swim time every two minutes. I don’t know how long I was underwater.”His mother, Debbie (actual name withheld for privacy) shares “It’s the phone call no parent ever wants to get. The one where the person on the other end of the phone tells you that your child was pulled from the bottom of the pool unconscious; that a by-stander administered CPR; that your child is on the way to the hospital in an ambulance.”

“My husband and I spent the night at the hospital,” she continues, “holding our son’s hand while he vomited huge amounts of water, watching and waiting to see if his condition would stabilize. It was touch-and-go all night as to whether or not he would survive.”

She takes a deep breath. “For us, things turned out alright. He recovered and is fine. But not every family is so lucky. We want everyone to know that accidental drowning can be prevented and that seconds count if a potential drowning incident does happen.”

Tim and Debbie’s story is frightening and, unfortunately, it is not uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States and for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.

As we kick off the summer season, there are some basic prevention strategies to avoid having a negative experience in the pool or lake:

For more information and other tips on water safety, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Water Safety page at www.cdc.gov and search for “unintentional drowning”.

Contributor:

Dr. Alan Rosen, Family Medicine
Mid-State Health Center

Poison Prevention Week is March 18 – 24, 2018 and it is a great time to raise awareness about the dangers of poisons found in and around our homes.  According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, more than 2 million poisonings are reported each year across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults.

A poison is any substance that is harmful to your body when ingested (eaten), inhaled, injected, or absorbed through the skin.  Any substance, including medications, can be poisonous if too much is taken.  Here are some poisoning prevention tips for you, your family, and friends.

Drugs and Medicines:  Follow directions on the label when you give or take medicines. Read all warning labels.  Some medicines cannot be taken safely when you take other medicines or drink alcohol.

Turn on a light when you give or take medicines at night, so that you know you have the correct amount of the right medicine.   Keep medicines in their original bottles or containers.  Never share or sell your prescription drugs.  Keep all prescription medicines (especially opioid pain medications, such as those containing methadone, hydrocodone, or oxycodone), over-the-counter medicines (including pain or fever relievers and cough and cold medicines), vitamins and herbals in a safe place that can only be reached by people who take or give them. Monitor the use of medicines prescribed for children and teenagers, such as medicines for attention deficit disorder (ADD). Dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs following the federal guidelines for how to do this or find a local Drug Drop Box. Visit the State of New Hampshire Environmental Services for detailed information about proper disposal and list of drop box locations at www.nh.gov/medsafety

Household Chemicals:  Always read the label before using a product that may be poisonous. Keep chemical products in their original bottles or containers. Do not use food containers such as cups, bottles, or jars to store chemical products such as cleaning solutions or beauty products.  They may leak or be mistaken for something they are not. Never mix household products together; they can cause chemical reactions that can be harmful. For example, mixing bleach and ammonia can result in toxic gases.  Wear protective clothing (gloves, long sleeves, long pants, socks, shoes) if you are working with strong chemicals or sprays. Turn on the fan and open windows when using chemical products such as household cleaners.

Preventing carbon monoxide exposure tips: Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.  Install a battery-operated CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. If the detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911.  Be sure to seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseous. Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, or garage or near a window.  Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.  Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t vented.  Don’t heat your house with a gas oven.

Keeping children safe from poisoning is something we all should consider, especially households with young children.  Here are a few tips on keeping children safe from poisoning.  Be smart about storage – store all medicines and household products up and away and out of sight in a childproof cabinet where a child cannot reach them.  Be aware when you are taking or giving medicines or are using household products.  Do not put your next dose on the counter or table where children can reach them—it only takes seconds for a child to get them.  We are all so busy, if you have to do something else while taking medicine, such as answer the phone, take any young children with you.  Be sure and secure the child safety cap completely every time you use a medicine.  After using them, do not leave medicines or household products out.  As soon as you are done with them, put them away and out of sight in a childproof cabinet where a child cannot reach them.   Be aware of any legal or illegal drugs that guests may bring into your home. Ask guests to store drugs where children cannot find them.  Children can easily get into pillboxes, purses, backpacks, or coat pockets.  Keep your pets in mind as well!

Sometimes even with all the best prevention, poisoning happens.  Please be prepared!  Put the poison control number, 1-800-222-1222, on or near every home telephone and save it on your cell phone. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This article was adapted from the CDC’s “Injury Prevention & Control: Home and Recreational Safety: Tips to Prevent Poisonings”, “Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – Prevention Guidelines” and “Policy Impact: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses” web pages which can be in their entirety on the CDC’s website  or visiting poisonprevention.org  for more information.

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No one wants to face diabetes along, join us to connect with people who truly understand, motivate, and encourage you.

Mid-State offers a free diabetic support group open to the public.

Mid-State’s Diabetic Support Group features:

The support group is free.  Adults age 18 and older are encouraged to attend along with caregivers who support someone with diabetes.

For information or to join, contact Sara Meier, 603-536-4000 Ext: 2052 

Where:
Mid-State’s Plymouth Office
101 Boulder Point Drive
Plymouth, NH  03264

When:
2nd Wednesday of Every Month
2:30 – 4:00 PM
Beginning November 8, 2017

 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant #D04RH28386, $553,648 (2% is financed with nongovernmental sources) through 4/30/2018. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Plymouth, NH – In response to the community’s need for treatment and recovery options, Mid-State Health Center is now offering Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services in its Plymouth office in addition to its Bristol location.

The MAT program at Mid-State is an outpatient recovery option offering opioid substance use disorder treatment in an integrated model. A specialized team that includes certified physicians, behavioral health counselors, and clinical support staff offers participants a caring and safe environment, a personalized treatment plan to recovery through consistent, ongoing counseling, and medication assisted treatment.  Every participant becomes a patient of the health center with full access to the comprehensive services it offers to support their recovery including primary care, dental, and social services.

Mid-State has been offering its MAT program in its Bristol office since 2015 and will continue to offer these services at that location as well.

For more information about the MAT program and opioid addiction treatment at Mid-State Health Center, call the Recovery Team at 603-536-4000, Ext: 8000 during regular business hours.

Mid-State is accepting new patients of all ages and encourages anyone interested in learning more about Mid-State’s clinical team and its services, to explore our website or call 603-536-4000

Dr. Kelly Perry, Mid-State’s Dental Director and Family Dentist receives the 2017 New Hampshire Dental Society’s Community Service Award.

Dr. JP Ahern, then-President of the NHDS, recognized Dr. Perry as someone who not only works with the underserved, but makes it a point to teach others about the value of evidence-based, public health dentistry.  In addition to providing care to those who otherwise might never see a dentist and despite limited financial resources, Mid-State’s Dental program is also a training site for dental students led by Dr. Perry.  The training Dr. Perry provides go beyond the clinic by taking dental students out into the community and ensures that these future dentists get the best-possible exposure to dentistry in the Lakes Region.

Congratulations to Dr. Perry for being recognized for her amazing contributions to the community in the field of Dentistry and thank you to the New Hampshire Dental Society for all it does for the profession of dentistry in New Hampshire.