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Portsmouth Regional Hospital's Parent Company HCA Gives $1 Million in Aid for Ebola Response to CDC Foundation The $1 million cash donation by HCA to the CDC Foundation to help support international Ebola epidemic response efforts involving the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their work with partners on the ground in West Africa was announced today. "Ebola continues to spread rapidly in West Africa, and CDC and others have made it clear that the window of opportunity to contain the virus is closing quickly," said R. Milton Johnson, President and CEO of HCA. The CDC is working with donors like HCA to provide much needed supplies and equipment. Items include personal protective equipment, infection control tools, ready to eat meals, generators, motorcycles, hiring of locally employed staff, exit screening tools and supplies at airports such as thermal scanners to detect fever.
Weather Related Changes Outpatient lab draw stations at the following locations will be closing at 4 today: Jackson Gray Medical Building on Borthwick Avenue; Pease Lab at 26 Manchester Way;and the Millennium Lab at 155 Borthwick Avenue. The Griffin Road lab draw station has closed for the day. ALL will be closed on Friday, January 3rd except for the Millennium Lab at 155 Borthwick which will be closing at 1:30 on Friday. Patients may still have their labs drawn at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Gregory "Junior" Ortega The family of Gregory "Junior" Ortega wishes to say "thank you" for all of the calls and notes of concern for their loved one. Gregory remains in the intensive care unit of Portsmouth Regional Hospital making positive progress, and responding to slight commands. He is in critical condition. At the family's request, no further information will be released at this time.
IT IS FINALLY SUMMER! Before you pack the picnic basket and load the car, don't forget these helpful tips to keep your summer perfect. Staying hydrated is important while spending time in the heat. Making sure to pack cold water bottles and fruit will keep your body balanced while having fun in the sun. From May to September, foodborne sickness is most prevalent. Avoid eating your cold food hot, and your hot food cold. Keeping food at the correct temp avoids thwarting any picnic plans due to food poisoning. Don't forget the sunscreen. It is imperative to protect your skin from potential damage. Getting a burn is no laughing matter. Cake and ice cream are always tasty favorites in the summer, but these sweets can attract wasps and other insects. Bring spray to repel insects in an effort to stay bug-bite-free! Make time to relax and ENJOY the SUMMER!
Scam Alert It has come to our attention that some women have received phone calls asking for personal information. The callers indicate they are working to secure financial awards for individuals who had surgeries or procedures involving mesh. Callers state they are from various organizations or state departments. They are very aggressive in trying to obtain personal and confidential information. These calls are not legitimate and are a scam. Should you receive any kind of call that seems suspicious or aimed at obtaining personal information, hang up immediately. Catherine Lord, from the consumer protection arm of the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office has taken on this case. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 271-5717.
Women's History Month This month, as we celebrate the contributions women have made and are making to society as part of Women's History Month, it is a great time to recognize the important role women play in the healthcare field. Today women fill three out of every four jobs in healthcare, and they can aspire to any health occupation they want. Unfortunately, this hasn't always been the case. Congratulations to all women who work in and outside the home; those who juggle work and family demands every day, and do it willingly and with little recognition. Thank you to women who are the key decision makers for themselves, their partners, kids and parents. Your dedication and hard work make our world a better place to live and you should be celebrated today and every day. Happy Women's History Month!
Community Wellness Lecture Cancelled The Women & Heart Disease presentation planned for 7:00 p.m., at Portsmouth Regional Hospital will not be held because of today's winter storm. This important presentation will be rescheduled later in the year.
Information Session Cancelled The New Hampshire Weight Loss Center's FREE monthly information session, scheduled for tonight, will not be held because of today's winter storm. The next session is planned for March 13th at the hospital.
OVERDOSES---Growing At An Alarming Rate! Portsmouth Police and Fire Departments have been responding to medical emergencies involving the use of heroin. One of the three overdose victims brought to the hospital in a 24 hour time span died. According to Portsmouth officials heroin use is epidemic and they are also warning of a possilby highly potent or tainted batch of the drug. It is not just heroin use that is spiking! You can leave an anonymous tip at seacoastcrimestoppers.org. You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637) with the letters "TIPSCS" and leave your tip that way. Our priority is keeping our community members safe and alive.
EXTREME COLD---Weather Precautions! With extreme cold temperatures gripping our area Portsmouth Regional Hospital officials are urging the public to use caution. Exposure to the cold can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk. Anyone can be affected. Dress for cold weather and wear a hat. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Remember mittens are warmer than gloves. Wear proper footwear for better traction on slippery surfaces to prevent falls. Recognize symptoms of too much exposure to exteme cold. Confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and shivering, are signs of hypothermia. Gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy skin are symptoms of frostbite. Do NOT bring heating devices into the home that are intended for outdoor use. When people use space heaters, fireplaces, and grills to stay warm, the risk of household fires increases, as well as the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep yourself and your family safe. Don't forget the pets.
THANK YOU TO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE PROVIDERS! This is EMS Week. This year the theme is "EMS: Dedicated. For Life." EMS providers are dedicated to saving lives and limiting suffering, and they often accomplish these goals while working under incredibly challenging circumstances. Portsmouth Regional Hospital thanks and celebrates all EMS professionals for the exceptional service they provide for countless patients. The emergency medical services system consists of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and other healthcare professionals who commit to thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their skills. They work in partnership with other EMS professionals such as emergency medical technicians, ambulance personnel, firefighters, law enforcement, life flight services and others. During this EMS Week we recognize the value and the accomplishments of emergency medical services team members. Thanks to all of you for providing a vital community service.
IT'S NATIONAL HOSPITAL WEEK! A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are the heart of a healthy and optimistic community. National Hospital Week is a celebration of special people. It is a time to recognize the important role each individual plays in extending a sense of trust to patients and the communities served. This year's National Hospital Week theme, "Compassion, Innovation, Dedication: The Commitment Continues." Thank you to all the dedicated professionals!
Portsmouth Regional Hospital Achieves Designation as a Level II Trauma Center from the State of NH! Congrats to the entire Portsmouth Regional Hospital family for being the only Level II trauma center on the Seacoast and one of only three in NH to earn this important distinction. A trauma center is not the same as an emergency room. Emergency rooms treat ill and injured people, while trauma centers handle the most severely injured patients. To be classified as a trauma center a hospital must meet rigorous standards. It must have sophisticated emergency and operating room facilities and specialized staff ready to provide care at any moment. Weather and traffic considerations make local access to trauma care critical to saving more lives. As a Level II trauma center, Portsmouth Regional Hospital is better equipped than ever to serve the Seacoast region! We are Portsmouth Proud!
Mended Hearts Educational Program Cancelled Tonight's lecture by Dr. William Pease on the "Relationship Between Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease" will not be held as planned. The support group will go on as scheduled.
Come Join Us! We are looking for dynamic individuals to join our talented nursing team! RN's who accept staff positions will be eligible for generous sign on bonuses! Portsmouth Regional Hospital is located on the beautiful New Hampshire Seacoast. Now with Level II Trauma Center designation we are looking for experienced RN's for our ICU and OR. Find out more by calling our HR Specialist at 603-433-4828. Come join us...tertiary level care in a community hospital setting. Portsmouth Regional Hospital...WE are Portsmouth Proud!
Portsmouth Regional Hospital Offers Sign On Bonus Nurses who accept full time or part time staff positions will be eligible for sign on bonus packages. Current employees who recommend successful candidates, to join the hospital team, will also be eligible for a generous employee referral package. Get the details by calling our HR Specialist at 1-603-433-4889.
The Bariatric Post-Op Support Group scheduled for tonight, Monday, February 9th, is cancelled due to severe weather conditions.
Generous Sign On Bonus for Portsmouth Regional Hospital RN Personnel! Nurses who accept full time or part time staff positions will be eligible for sign on bonus packages. Find out more by calling our HR Specialist at 1-603-433-4889.
Community Wellness Series Lecture Cancelled Tonight's program on Pelvic Pain has been cancelled due to bad weather conditions. The session had been planned for 7:00 p.m., in the hospital's classrooms. The lecture will be rescheduled in the new year.
The New Hampshire Weight Loss Center---Information Session Planned For Rochester Weight-loss surgery at Portsmouth Regional Hospital is where combating obesity is all about regaining health. Obesity significantly increases ones risk of life threatening problems as diverse as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, sleep apnea, and quality-of-life disorders like osteoarthritis and acid reflux. The New Hampshire Weight Loss Center at Portsmouth Regional Hospital is a designated Center of Excellence by the American College of Surgeons & the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. A new FREE information session will be held in Rochester, NH, on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Rochester Recreation Center, Community Room. The Center is located at 150 Wakefield Street, in Rochester, NH. To register, call 888-421-1080 or visit PortsmouthHospital.com/weightloss Walk-ins are welcome. For additional information, contact the bariatric nurse coordinator at 603-433-5174.
Vaccination: Threat or Menace? The increase in life expectancy in the 20th century is largely due to immunizaton; however infectious diseases remain a major cause of illness, disability and death. Tonight at 7:00 p.m.,Infectious Disease Specialist, David Itkin, MD will be talking about: ***Why immunize? ***Vaccine myths ***Childhood vaccines ***Adult vaccines ***Special vaccines ***Flu and MORE The event is being held at the hospital in the classrooms and is FREE and open to the public.
Enterovirus-D68 Important Info Enteroviruses are very common, and fall is the season when these viruses typically cause respiratory illness. Enterovirus-D68 infections are less common than infections with other enteroviruses. Seven cases have been identified in New Hampshire so far, but now there are cases in most U.S. states. Infants, children and teenagers are more likely than adults to get infected. Symptoms can include a runny nose, sore throat, cough, wheezing, rash and fever. There are no vaccines available but you can protect yourself by: ***Washing hands often with soap and water. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are NOT effective against enteroviruses, which is why hand washing is so important! ***Stay home when sick. ***Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow. ***Avoid kissing and hugging people who are sick. ***Do not share cups and eating utensils with others. ***Use standard disinfection procedures for surfaces, such as phones, toys and doorknobs.
National Preparedness Month is Here! Would you be ready if there were an emergency? If disaster strikes, you might not have access to food, water or electricity for some time. By taking time NOW to prepare emergency water supplies, food supplies and a disaster supplies kit, you can provide for your entire family. Make plans with your family and friends in case you're not together during an emergency. Discuss how you'll contact each other, where you'll meet, and what you'll do in different situations. Ask about planning at your workplace and your child's school or daycare center. Being prepared means staying informed! September marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The goal is to educate the public on how to be ready for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties, biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies and terrorist attacks. Emergency Preparedness and you (http:emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness).
JULY 12---COMMUNITY ACCESS TO RECOVERY DAY In partnership with the Portsmouth Police Department we are proud to present the first Community Access to Recovery Day. It will be held at the hospital 10-2, on July 12, 2014, and is an open invitation to those in the Seacoast community affected by drug addiction. Those who are actively battling addiction and need resources. Friends and family members who wish to learn more to support their loved ones. Members of community groups will be present to provide participants with the knowledge and resources necessary to move toward recovery. On site will be an "Amnesty Box" where attendees are encouraged to bring any illicit or prescription drugs or paraphernalia to be turned in anonymously, with no questions asked. Items such as drugs, needles, spoons, smoking pipes, bongs, etc., may be turned in and will be disposed of by local law enforcement. Statistically narcotic use continues to rise and we need to do what we can to attack this drug epidemic! This effort, is just one prong of our community approach, to reduce drug use and provide those affected with the resources necessary to take the next step in achieving freedom from substance abuse.
MEN'S HEALTH MONTH June is Men's Health Month and with Father's Day approaching it is a great time to highlight steps men need to take to become healthier for themselves and their loved ones. Historically, men have been known for lack of attention to their own health. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services prove it: 1 in 5 men has heart disease; 1 in 3 adult men has high blood pressure; 3 in 4 men are overweight. Sadly, men are less healthy and have a shorter lifespan than women. Recommended first steps, this Men's Health Month include learning the warning signs of health problems. Understanding risk factors for heart disease, cancer, stress, depression, prostate problems and other maladies. Meeting with the doctor, asking questions about tests and screenings, no matter how embarrassing or private the problem might be. According to the Men's Health Network, a national nonprofit group that promotes healthy living for men..."More than half of all premature deaths among men are preventable." Please share this with the important men in your life!
Distracted Driving Kills! It only takes a second, but distracted driving can kill. New Hampshire's new hands free law is in effect. Portsmouth Regional Hospital wants to remind YOU not to use your cell phone, iPad or GPS while driving. Please don't become a statistic. But, if you should need us, we are here (24/7) 365 days a year. Our Level II Trauma Center is better equipped than ever and we are devoted to providing the best treatment during a critical time. Obey the hands free law and enjoy the summer!
Patient Update and Happy Friday! Ron Gagnon remains in good condition and this afternoon was discharged from Portsmouth Regional Hospital surrounded by loved ones. Ron and his family are thankful for all the support (he and they) have received. Wishing him a speedy recovery!
Patient Update Ron Gagnon remains in our care here at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. This afternoon he was moved out of the Intensive Care Unit and his condition was upgraded from fair to good. Ron and his family, sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support they have received during his recovery process. Patient updates will continue as appropriate.
Patient & Family---Thank You! On Sunday, a plane crash occurred in North Hampton. The pilot, Ronald Gagnon was admitted and remains here at Portsmouth Regional Hospital in fair condition in the Intensive Care Unit. Ron and his family appreciate the outpouring of support they have received. However, they do request that their privacy be respected to allow all energy to be focused on his recovery process. No media interviews of Ron or his family members will be granted at this time. Condition updates will be released as appropriate.
The last time the first day of Hanukkah has fallen on the same day as Christmas was back in 1978, almost 40 years ago! As a sign to show further alliance in the community Rabbi David Ross Senter of Temple Israel brought a menorah to Portsmouth Regional Hospital to place next to its Christmas tree. Senter's wife, Elissa Kaplan Senter, is a chaplain at PRH. Learn more from Rabbi David Ross Senter on what we can all take from these two holidays coinciding this year. http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20161223/chance-for-unity-hanukkah-christmas-eve-converge Pictured: Rabbi David Ross Senter of Temple Israel and Krystal Atkinson, Chief Nursing Officer at Portsmouth Regional Hospital
Maybe you’ve just sat down for a holiday dinner or have begun exchanging gifts – and you’re not feeling quite right. Don’t worry about ruining the moment – it will only become worse if you’re having a heart attack. Heart attack symptoms like chest pain, discomfort or shortness of breath require immediate medical attention. Don’t ignore the symptoms! http://tinyurl.com/hevzsvs
Give the gift of life this holiday season! Portsmouth Regional Hospital is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Friday, December 23 from Noon to 5 p.m. in the hospital classrooms. Go to redcross.org to register for your time to give this invaluable gift!
Thrilled to be Santa's helpers this year!
Living with back pain can make every day a struggle. At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, we can help. Call 603-433-4841 or visit www.PortsmouthHospital.com/spine to learn more. Call your Back Pain Superhero to get RELIEF today!
The holidays are a time of festivities with family and friends, making merry and, for some, increased risk of a heart attack. We want you and your loved ones to know about potential heart attack triggers during the winter season and what you can do to keep your ticker going strong! http://tinyurl.com/hevzsvs
A festive holiday adoption party for 31 families from Families First and Hope at Haven Hill was held at Portsmouth Regional Hospital this afternoon. This is the season of giving.
If your heart skips a beat this holiday season, it could be from something other than the person standing under the mistletoe. Portsmouth Regional Hospital wants to help you avoid a “Christmas coronary.” Learn how to give a goodbye kiss to some important holiday stressors.
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Nationwide, hundreds of people die accidentally each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. Here are ways to help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home and keep your family safe.
If your heart skips a beat this holiday season, it could be from something other than the person standing under the mistletoe. We want to help you avoid a “Christmas coronary.” Click below to read how you can give a goodbye kiss to some important holiday stressors.
Have you been putting off hip, knee or shoulder replacement surgery? Too busy? New opportunities exist to get a shoulder, hip or knee replaced with only a few hours in the hospital and a shorter recovery time at home. Join Orthopedic Surgeon Thomas King. MD, on December 19 to learn more.
With so many people affected by the common cold and the flu, it may seem impossible to avoid catching one or both. Arm yourself with information about each and get your flu shot! Learn more: http://portsmouthhospital.com/campaigns/coldvsflu
We are hosting a Holiday Craft Fair this Friday, December 9th - 9 am to 3 pm. Featuring arts & crafts, specialty foods, knitted items, badge holders, children's items, skin care products and much more from our talented employees!
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Announcing our Employee of the Month: Mary Ellen Valhos, Operations Coordinator, PRH Infusion Center Mary Ellen has made a BIG impact on our patients, their families and her fellow co-workers. No job is too big or small for Mary Ellen. Each day she goes above and beyond to ensure that things continue to run smoothly. She is great with patients and her compassion and dedication to them is obvious with each and every interaction. She is a remarkable supervisor for our Project Search Interns, shifting her communication, guidance and leadership approach to be most effective for them. Mary Ellen’s continuous dedication is appreciated and we are happy to be celebrating her as our Employee of the Month!
Wonderfully festive Portsmouth Holiday Parade kicked off the holiday season! Great event. Great community.
Join the Portsmouth Regional Hospital staff for the Portsmouth Holiday Parade tonight! See you there!!
Don’t let arthritis keep you down. New opportunities exist to get a shoulder, hip or knee replaced with only a few hours in the hospital and a shorter recovery time at home. Dr. King will be giving a talk on Monday, December 19 at 7 pm. Learn about the latest in technology for joint replacement. See if you could be a candidate for same-day joint replacement and rapid recovery surgery.
Grateful to have helped to sponsor the Portsmouth Rotary Club's Thanksgiving feast! Thank you Rotarians for all all that you do to serve the Seacoast community.
Here are some tips everyone with prediabetes should know about turning prediabetes into “no diabetes.”
No one wants to have an emergency, especially during the holidays. However, life is unpredictable. And though you can never know what is around the next corner, you can always be prepared for an emergency. Knowing where to go to get fast care can save your life or the life of a loved one. http://portsmouthhospital.com/campaigns/easy-as-pie