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.

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.