Mid-State Says Goodbye to Kelley Watkins, APRN, and adds Karen Johnston, APRN to its Roster

Apr 13, 2021 | News, Uncategorized

Bristol, NH – Mid-State Health Center is saying farewell to a long-time clinician Kelley Watkins as she begins a new position with HealthFirst Family Care Center to provide Medication-Assisted Treatment in late May. “Kelley has made a direct impact on our community and patients. She is a valued member of our team and has proven over her six years here her passion for health care. Although we are losing a dedicated member of our team, I am excited about her new path, expanding MAT services in the Laconia community, and thank her for her service to Mid-State” says CEO Robert MacLeod.

With the bitter-sweet departure of Kelley, Mid-State is pleased to announce the addition of Karen Johnston, APRN. Karen has joined the Bristol practice and is now accepting new patients seeking Family Medical services. Having lived in the state of New Hampshire for over 30 years, Karen is returning to her roots after working in Alaska for the last three years as an Emergency and Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner.

Karen began her medical education in 1992, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Colby-Sawyer College. In 2006 Karen went on to complete her Masters of Science in Organizational Management from New England College, and in 2016 received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College. Karen is licensed in the State of New Hampshire as a Registered Nurse (RN) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).  She is recognized for excellence and Board Certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioner (AANP). 

Karen said, “I am excited to be working back in the community where I spent many years of my life, and I look forward to providing care to Mid-State Health Center patients.” 

To enroll as a patient, call Mid-State Bristol (603) 744-6200 or Mid-State Plymouth (603) 536-4000.