A Special Partnership with NH Food Bank plus a Month-Long Donation Drive

Bristol, NH – On Wednesday, August 21st beginning at 4:30 PM and staying open until all produce is gone, volunteers from the New Hampshire Food Bank (a program of Catholic Charities NH) and Mid-State Health Center will distribute fresh fruits and vegetables in the parking lot of Mid-State’s Bristol office at 100 Robie Road, just off Route 104.  This event is free and open to the public – anyone in need can participate with no ID or proof of residence required. 

As the staff at Mid-State gear-up to celebrate National Health Center Week (August 4-10), they took to heart this year’s theme of Rooted in Communities: The Social Determinants of Health.  Health disparities negatively affect people who experience social or economic obstacles to health; and, part of Mid-State’s vision is to ensure patients get the help they need, when they need it.

Mid-State Board Member and Bristol Town Administrator Nicholas Coates said, “It’s important to think upstream.  Good nutrition leads to good health, and that’s what we want for the patients who visit Mid-State, their families, and all the citizens of our region.”  Grants and Programming Director Wendy Williams added, “We listened when our staff said that food insecurity is an issue they feel passionately about.  Mid-State is proud to host this event, because we believe access to nutritious foods is important to the communities we serve.” 

Additionally, for the full month of August, both offices of Mid-State will accept donations of non-perishable foods, toiletries, and back-to-school supplies from their employees, patients, and community members.  In September (Hunger Action Month), these donations will be delivered to Community Centers and Got Lunch programs in Ashland, Bristol, Danbury and Plymouth.  Questions about the Fresh Food Pantry or month-long donation drive may be directed to Susan Connolly at (603) 536-4000 x1010 or sconnolly@midstatehealth.org.

About the New Hampshire Food Bank: 

The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, has been working to relieve hunger in the Granite State since 1984.  The New Hampshire Food Bank receives no federal or state funding for food distribution.  In 2018, as the state’s only Food Bank, the New Hampshire Food Bank efficiently procured and distributed more than 14.1 million pounds of food to people in need through more than 425 non-profit registered agencies.  Agencies include food pantries, neighborhood centers, low-income housing sites, senior nutrition centers, family crisis centers, hospices, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after school programs, and day care centers.  For more information about the New Hampshire Food Bank, please visit www.nhfoodbank.org.  Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Rebecca Lacasse Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Rebecca Lacasse Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Bristol-based APRN Rebecca Lacasse

Mid-State Health Center is pleased to announce that Rebecca Lacasse, APRN, has joined the Bristol practice and is now accepting new patients seeking primary healthcare services, a Primary Care Provider (PCP), and/or a clinician who specializes in meeting the needs of older adults/seniors. Having grown up in the Newfound area, Rebecca is returning to her roots and is excited to have the opportunity to care for the families in the community she calls home.

Rebecca began her medical education in 2008, and by 2013 accomplished honors and an Associate of Science Nursing (ASN) degree from Lakes Region Community College.  The following year, Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) degree from Southern New Hampshire University.  By 2018, Rebecca had achieved a Master of Science Nursing (MSN) degree with a concentration in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner from Walden University College of Health Sciences. 

“What impresses me most about ARPN Lacasse is her commitment to continuous-learning.  Rebecca is a self-made professional who dedicated herself to nursing and quickly rose through the ranks to become the clinician she is today – a best-in-class healthcare provider.  I’m proud to have her on our team in Bristol,” said Chief Executive Officer Bob MacLeod.

Rebecca’s career started as a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) at the NH Veterans’ Home and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC).  From there, she became Staff/Charge Nurse at Franklin Regional Hospital.  In 2014, Rebecca returned to DHMC’s Neurology Special Care Unit as a Charge Nurse, then Clinical Nurse Supervisor. 

Rebecca 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 Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Rebecca said, “I am excited and happy to be working in the community where I grew up, and I look forward to providing Mid-State Health Center patients with holistic-based care.” 

To learn more about Mid-State Health Center or to enroll as a patient, visit midstatehealth.org, call Mid-State Bristol (603) 744-6200 or Mid-State Plymouth (603) 536-4000.