Getting Through Ruff Times

May 24, 2022 | News, Uncategorized

A pack of therapy dogs from the White Mountain College for Pets (WMCP) visited Mid-State Health Center in Plymouth this past week, bringing some paw-sitivity along with them.  

WMCP is a local organization in Plymouth that offers lodging and education for furry friends. In addition, their Therapy Dog Program allows pet owners and the WMCP team to train dogs to become reliable support animals, specific to the owner’s needs. To wrap up their certification, the pups must make a visit to a health center… and what better place than Mid-State!

This month’s visit featured Piper (pictured), a Husky mix, as well as two standard poodles and a cocker spaniel. Unfortunately, the pets are not full-time employees at Mid-State, however, they do make a visit every so often upon completion of their training.

As mental health issues continue to rise in the United States due to the pandemic and other everyday life stressors, animals can help ease the effects of depression and other mental health concerns. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “dogs can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise, and improve all-around health”.

As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, Mid-State and the WMCP would like to remind everyone to take a moment for self-care and to check in on their own mental well-being, whether that is with furry friends or not.

Mid-State Health Center has announced that its newest primary care office in Lincoln, New Hampshire is now open. The clinic, located at 6 South Mountain Drive will provide top-notch, convenient, and affordable primary care options to the local area.

“We are overjoyed to open our new primary care site in Lincoln and expand our services in the area. This new clinic affords us the opportunity to provide Mid-State’s high-quality primary care services in an area that has, in the past, had limited healthcare services,” said Robert MacLeod, Chief Executive Officer at Mid-State Health Center.

Mid-State Lincoln is accepting patients of all ages and will offer primary care services such as physical examinations, immunizations, and diagnoses and treatment of illness and injuries. The clinic also offers care coordination with other healthcare providers, prescribing medication, and management of chronic conditions, providing a healthcare home model for its patients.

The new clinic is open Monday through Friday, and business hours can be found online at midstatehealth.org. To make an appointment, please call 603-536-4000.

In addition, Mid-State will be hosting a community open house on Thursday, March 2nd from 4 PM to 6 PM where residents and businesses from the local community can tour the new office, meet members of the Mid-State team, learn how to become a new patient, and hear more about the services Mid-State Health Center offers.  A ribbon cutting will take place at 4:15 PM, however, community members are invited to stop by at any point during the event. Light refreshments will be served.

For questions about the open house, Samantha Hooper, Director of Marketing and Communication can be contacted via email at shooper@midstatehealth.org.