October 7, 2022


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Wentworth-Douglass names ‘Top Docs’, awards staff: Seacoast health news

65 Wentworth-Douglass Doctors named “Top Docs”

DOVER – Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is proud to announce that 65 of its doctors have been honored among New Hampshire’s “2022 Top Doctors” in the March/April edition of New Hampshire Magazine.

These doctors represent 24 specialties across Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and Wentworth Health Partners physician practices and cover a wide range of medical needs from pediatrics to surgical care.

“Wentworth-Douglass has the most bright, compassionate, and devoted doctors on the Seacoast and I’m incredibly proud so many of them continue to get recognized,” said President & CEO Jeff Hughes. “Quite frankly, our entire roster of physicians deserves this accolade for not only how they’ve handled all the challenges related to the pandemic, but also for their unwavering commitment to the highest quality of care for our patients every single day.”

We’ve been incredibly fortunate to continue to attract some of the brightest doctors in the profession,

New Hampshire Magazine’s annual “Top Doctors” list is comprised by healthcare research firm Castle Connolly. Physicians across the country are invited to participate in an annual survey and can nominate their peers in hundreds of specialty categories. After physicians are nominated, they are vetted through a rigorous screening process and selected for inclusion on the Top Doctors list at national and regional levels.

A full list can be found on the magazine’s website at www.nhmagazine.com/new-hampshires-top-doctors/.

York Hospital Recovery Center to receive $155,000 in Omnibus Funding to support opioid prevention, treatment an recovery efforts in Southern Maine

YORK, Maine – the York Hospital Recovery Center will receive a 2022 Congressionally Directed Spending award of $155,000 to expand substance use disorder prevention efforts, improve access to treatment, and strengthen recovery resources in southern Maine.

York Hospital President & CEO, Dr. Patrick A. Taylor, thanked Senators Susan Collins and Angus King for securing these funds to support important projects across the state that will invest in the future of the communities and the people the hospital serves. “York Hospital is honored to care for our community during this extraordinary time in health care, and we’re very grateful for these funds to help us expand prevention efforts and implement programs aligned with Maine’s Opioid Response Strategic Action Plan. The benefit that will come to this vulnerable patient population at the York Hospital Recovery Center cannot be overstated. We strive to continually improve care for all who seek treatment and recovery from substance use disorders and could not do this important work without the generous support of our community and our civic leaders.”

Dr. Christine Munroe, medical director of the Medication-Assisted Treatment program at the York Hospital Recovery Center, shared that the prolonged pandemic has exacerbated substance misuse and the opioid problem in Maine. “Social isolation, distancing from family and friends, and economic hardships have been debilitating for so many people. As a physician trained to help and to heal, it is devastating to see lethal drug use and overdoses due to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times more potent than heroin. It is a tragedy, and we want the public to know that we’re here to help. We have expert staff and valuable resources to support people on their journey to recovery. If you or a loved one need help, please call us at 207-351-2118.”

Authorized in 2021 on a bipartisan basis, CDS funding reflects priorities advocated for by the lawmakers closest to the projects and initiatives, and is included in annual federal appropriations legislation to provide a specific amount of discretionary funding to a state, locality, or nonprofit organization for projects with demonstrated civic and community value. The recent omnibus funding package passed the House and the Senate and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

York Hospital’s Recovery Center is the premier Seacoast Area program offering outpatient treatment for patients with substance use disorders and for those affected by others’ use. If you need help, call 207-351-2118. For more information about other York Hospital services, please contact the Community Relations Office at 207-351-2385 or [email protected]

Cornerstone VNA seeks volunteer balance coaches

Cornerstone VNA's previous Balance Coach Training.  Left to right are Katie Michaud, MS, OTR/L, Cornerstone VNA Rehab Coordinator and Certified Matter of Balance Master Trainer; Tina Trevino and Cathy Tsiros, Volunteer Balance Coaches; Becky Ford, OTR/L, Cornerstone VNA Occupational Therapists and Certified Matter of Balance Master Trainer.

Cornerstone VNA’s previous Balance Coach Training. Left to right are Katie Michaud, MS, OTR/L, Cornerstone VNA Rehab Coordinator and Certified Matter of Balance Master Trainer; Tina Trevino and Cathy Tsiros, Volunteer Balance Coaches; Becky Ford, OTR/L, Cornerstone VNA Occupational Therapists and Certified Matter of Balance Master Trainer.

ROCHESTER – Cornerstone VNA is looking for volunteers to join their thriving ‘A Matter of Balance’ program as a volunteer coach. This important program is designed to help people in the community manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity.

The next volunteer coaches training will take place on April 25 and April 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the new Community Room at the Cornerstone VNA office on 178 Farmington Road in Rochester. No previous experience is needed to become a volunteer coach. Once trained, volunteer balance coaches will be assigned in pairs to facilitate community programs that will take place over a four-week period for two sessions a week at two hours each session. Volunteers are asked to facilitate at least two ‘A Matter of Balance’ programs per year.

During these sessions, volunteer balance coaches help participants become more confident about managing falls, identify ways to reduce falls, and lead exercises to help increase strength and balance. According to Judy Goodnow, Cornerstone VNA Volunteer Balance Coach, “Participants really enjoyed the class and felt that it helped with their balance and stability.”

If you are interested in joining this notable volunteer team, please contact Katie Michaud, MS, OTR/L at [email protected] or 603-332-1133 x1186. You can also find additional details at www.cornerstonevna.org/volunteer/.

Wentworth-Douglass opens new Occupational Health Program

DOVER – Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has opened a new Occupational Health Program, providing a comprehensive suite of services requested by area employers, filling a void in the community.

A major provider closed in the region last year and leadership at Wentworth-Douglass says they decided to start their own program after fielding many requests from area employers.

“Historically, Wentworth-Douglass has responded to community need and for many years this need was being well-served by a long-time market provider. However, when local services were closed, we started receiving phone calls from the community, so we responded. I’ve worked with Wentworth-Douglass for 34 years, and that’s what we’ve always done – we prioritize community need,” said Nancy Correia, Director of Urgent Care Services.

The new program offers pre-employment physicals, drug testing, immunizations and much more at two convenient locations attached to the Express Care facilities at 65 Calef Highway in Lee and 701 Central Avenue in Dover. Work-related accidents and injuries will be coordinated through our urgent care and emergency service programs.

“Stepping up to meet community need is yet another reason why Wentworth-Douglass is the hospital of choice in this area” said Dr. Lukas Kolm who serves as Medical Director for this new program.

Occupational Health Nurse Navigator, Tiffany Parker works directly with employers to create customized programs to meet organizational needs. “Our goal is to work directly with area businesses to fulfill their service needs and make it as easy as possible for their employees to access Occupational Health services,” said Parker.

Interested employers can call 603-609-6730 or visit wdhospital.org/occupationalhealth to learn more.

Wentworth-Douglass staff awarded the organization’s highest honor

Wentworth Douglass 2021 President's Award recipients.

Wentworth Douglass 2021 President’s Award recipients.

DOVER – For the first time in the organization’s history, the Wentworth-Douglass President’s Award was awarded to the hospital’s entire staff Wednesday, in recognition of their commitment throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You each answered the call when critically ill patients flooded our Critical Care Unit. When their families could not be at their bedsides due to the virus, you were their advocates, their caregivers, their nutritionists, their rehabilitators, and so much more. All of this while you were working to keep yourselves and your own families safe,” said President and CEO Jeffrey Hughes, during a virtual ceremony announcing the 2021 recipients.

The President’s Award, which is the organization’s highest honor, has been awarded to an individual employee annually since 2000. The most recent winner was Stacey Savage in 2020, the hospital’s former Clinical Director of Emergency Nursing.

The nominees were nurse Elisha Belliveau, Arielle Camillo, Dr. Dmytro Havaleshko, Hilary Niesuchouski, Donna Smith, Dr. Henry Sonneborn, and Martha Wassell. Each received a cash reward and a commemorative bowl.

“You are all rockstars and I am so proud to be part of this amazing healthcare organization,” he said.

First patients undergo Wentworth-Douglass’ new CardioMEMS Procedure

CardioMEMS group

CardioMEMS group

DOVER – A sensor that monitors heart failure was successfully implanted in three patients at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Thursday, becoming the hospital’s first recipients of a device aimed at dramatically improving their quality of life and reducing their office visits and hospital stays.

The CardioMEMS sensor is implanted through a simple right heart catherization in a same-day procedure. The device, the size of a paperclip, allows the patients to monitor pressure changes that indicate heart failure 14 to 21 days before they begin feeling the effects of these changes. This allows clinicians to address pressure changes through simple adjustments to care, often without requiring an appointment with the patient.

Wayne Taylor is one of the first patients undergoing the procedure. He has been a patient at Wentworth-Douglass for more than five years.

“I’m so happy to be receiving the CardioMEMS device,” Taylor said. “I’m hoping it will help me stay healthy by letting the Heart Failure team know if I’m retaining fluids so they can make the best adjustments for my health. My cardiology team is fantastic. If it wasn’t for them, I feel I wouldn’t still be around.”

Dr. Greg Imbrie, of Wentworth Health Partners Cardiology, was the interventionalist who implanted the sensors.

“I’m excited because this will bring Wentworth-Douglass to the forefront of heart failure management on the seacoast,” Imbrie said. “Not only will patients benefit from the CardioMEMS device, but our hospital takes it a step further and provides patients with continued monitoring, education, and support to help them achieve the best possible outcomes.”

“I’m hoping for the improvement of quality of life for these patients. When you sit with them, they want to be spending time at home and they want to feel better. Sometimes we have to send them for more testing, this is going to allow them to stay at home, monitor their pressures, and we can guide them and make adjustments while they’re in an environment they’re comfortable with,” said Christine Oliveira, APRN, of the Heart Failure Clinic.

The Abbott’s CardioMEMS HF System was made possible at Wentworth-Douglass through the generosity of multiple donors raising $210,000, including David and Karen Della Penta and Vice Chairman of the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation Board of Directors, Richard Conley, and his wife Jan.

“My wife and I have focused on cardiology and heart failure because it’s one of the number one medical issues people are faced with and as we get older, we have many more friends encountering heart issues. We’re blessed to be in a position where we can take some of our savings and donate it to an organization like Wentworth-Douglass and have it applied directly to a situation that we’re familiar with and that we care about,” Conley said. “We want to make sure that we have the tools necessary to keep Wentworth-Douglass the best that it can possibly be.”

Those interesting in learning more about this program can visit the hospital’s website or contact the Heart Failure Team at the Center for Heart Health at 603-609-6417.

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Wentworth-Douglass names ‘Top Docs’, awards staff: Seacoast health news

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