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Healthcare the Way It Should Be

Our caring and compassionate staff is committed to providing the highest quality and efficient health care services to the communities of New Hampshire’s North Country. Our main hospital is located in Lancaster and we operate satellite physicians offices in the towns of Whitefield, Groveton, North Stratford, and Lancaster. 

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Tips for a Heart Healthy Life

1 635896702802564662February is heart momth. Did you know...that uncontrolled high blood pressure is the leading cause of heart attack and stroke. ...that high blood pressure ofen shows no signs or symptoms, making having your blood pressure checked regularly important. ...that more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure. 

To take care of your heart, Weeks recommends the following tips to live a heart healty life. 

  •         Live an active lifestyle with 30 minutes of exercise on most days.
  •         Don’t smoke or use tobacco of any kind as it is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease.
  •        Eat a diet that is heart-healthy. This includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and low-fat sources of protein.
  •        Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. All of these chronic conditions can lead to heart disease.
  •        Ensure you get quality sleep by making it a priority in your life. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
  •        Manage your stress in a healthy way with positive self-talk, using stress stoppers, doing things you enjoy, and relaxing on a regular basis.
  •     See your healthcare provider for regular screenings. This includes blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes screenings.

For information on how high blood pressure can affect wound healing, please click here. 

FreshStart Smoking Cessation Course

imagesKick the Habit! Learn how to become tobacco-free in a professionally managed and supportive group environment at the Weeks FreshStart Smoking Cessation Course. The course includes six comprehensive classes conducted by Margo Cliche, a certified tobacco prevention counselor, and Larry Gentley, CRTT, a respiratory specialist. Some of the topics to be discussed include: understanding why you smoke; the effects of smoking on you and those around you; nicotine replacement products; stress management and weight control techniques; and staying smoke free. Classes are held Monday evenings at 5 pm for 90 minutes, with a follow-up support meeting. The classes begin January 11 and run through February 15. For more information and to register, please contact Volunteer Services at 603-788-5023. 

Celebrating Two Long-Term Staff

021 copyAt two separate celebrations, and with their families by their sides, Weeks honored the commitment, hard work, and dedication of two long-term employees. Lois Canton and John MacKillop both retired at the end of December after 42 years of service to the hospital.  

Nick 109 copyCanton and MacKillop both started working at Weeks Medical Center in 1973 a few months apart from each other. Canton, who worked in patient billing, began working at Weeks when she was 16 years old. MacKillop, who handled construction and special projects, most recently oversaw the parking and front entrance renovations for the hospital.   

Thank you Lois and John for your years of dedicated service. Everyone at Weeks wishes you a happy retirement. 

Northwoods Home Health & Hospice Receives HomeCare Elite Award

unnamedWeeks Medical Center would like to congratulate Northwoods Home Health & Hospice for being named to the Top 500 of the HomeCare Elite. This award recognizes Northwoods as among the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

HomeCare Elite identifies the Top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the Top 100 and Top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified.

Weeks congratulate Northwoods Home Health & Hospice on being one of the top home care agencies in the country. For more information, click here.

Free Blood Pressure Clinic

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 3.22.34 PM The monthly free blood pressure clinic sponsored by Volunteer Services of Weeks Medical Center is now on a new day. The free blood pressure clinic will now be held on the second Friday of each month. The location and times for the clinic remain the same: Passumpsic Savings Bank at 117 Main Street, Lancaster, NH, from 11 am to 2 pm.    

“We are changing the date in order to serve more people in the community,” said Margo Cliche, director of Volunteer Services at Weeks. “More people visit the bank on Friday than on any other day. The Friday clinic will make blood pressure screening more accessible to more people—at no cost.”

The dates for upcoming blood pressure clinics include: February 12, March 11, and April 8. For more information about the free blood pressure clinic, contact Margo Cliche at 603-788-5221 or at margo.cliche@weeksmedical.org.

Join Our Team! 

Help-WantedAre you looking for a rewarding career in a community that really cares for its people? Weeks Medical Center has a variety of positions currently available, from admitting clerks, medical technicians, registered nurses, and many more. 

We are looking for candidates who still believe in providing personalized care in a community hospital, while taking advantage of the resources and stability of our strong and established medical group. Our service standards are lived out by every member of the Week’s Medical Center team and are the pillars by which we live by:

  • Make a positive first impression
  • Treat others as guests
  • Be an effective communicator
  • Practice service recovery skills
  • Be professional in image and appearance
  • Practice teamwork
  • Project a positive attitude
  • Strive for excellence in all endeavors

For more information on all our job openings, please click here.

Celebrating 40+ Years of Service

IMG 7110 copy 2Weeks Medical Center recently honored 10 employees for their more than 40 years of loyal service to the hospital. 

The event, hosted by Weeks chief executive officer Scott Howe, had a resounding theme: Weeks is family. Honorees include: Denise Brisson (41 years), Lois Canton (42 years), Renee Hutchinson (44 years), Carrie Ingerson (41 years), Diana Kenison (43 years), Fran LaDuke (43 years), John MacKillop (42 years), Linda Reichert (43 years), Mona Riendeau (50 years), and Pat Rogers (44 years).  

 “Weeks to me is like a second home,” said Carrie Ingerson, patients accounts manager.  "This is a good place.”

To read more about the honorees, click here

North Country Hospitals Approve Affiliation

DSC 0833 The boards and leadership of Androscoggin Valley Hospital, Littleton Regional Healthcare, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, and Weeks Medical Center announced the approval of a formal affiliation agreement to create a new healthcare organization to serve all communities in the North Country. Its name will be North Country Healthcare.

North Country Healthcare will become the parent organization of the new four-hospital health system. Under the arrangement, each of the hospitals will exchange some autonomy to enable joint development of a highly coordinated healthcare network that will improve quality, increase efficiencies, and lower the cost of healthcare delivery in the North Country.

 For more information, and to read the full press release about the affiliation, click here.

Employees Recognized for Service

Employee Recognition Night was held at Weeks Medical Center on Friday, May 15. More than 50 employees were recognized for their years of service to Weeks Medical Center and the community. Employees representing almost every department received commendation for their years of service for periods from five to 40 years.

10 year copyWeeks CEO Scott Howe welcomed everyone to the event after a social hour with refreshments. Medical Staff President Mederic LeBlanc, MD, and David Atkinson, president of the Weeks board of trustees, addressed everyone in attendance. Howe and various department managers presented the recognition awards to employees. 

Denise Brisson, surgical services manager and an operating room registered nurse, and Carrie Ingerson, manager of patient accounts, were congratulated for 40 years of service.

For more photos from Employee Recognition Night, click here.

Putting You in Control of Your Healthcare

Patient Portal & Healow App Improves Quality of Care

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Accessing your healthcare information has never been easier thanks to the Weeks patient portal and healow app. The portal and the app are designed to give you 24-hour access to all your healthcare information in a safe, easy-to-use online environment.

The portal and app put you in control of your healthcare. You can view information such as recent doctor visits, discharge summaries, immunizations, allergies, and lab results.

An exciting new aspect of the portal is the new healow app for smartphones and tablets. The free app allows you to access all your healthcare information from anywhere. You can also link multiple accounts if you manage the information of family members. The app lets you manage your medications, communicate with your doctor, and view lab results. It can also remind you about appointments, help you renew prescriptions, and let’s you record health information.

To sign up for the patient portal, click here. Then download the free healow app from the App Store or Google Play.