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Noses, Made In Britain: UK Touts Lab-grown Organs
LONDON (AP) -- In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in a bold attempt to make body parts in the laboratory.
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Smoothies For Wellness At CCV
During recent Wellness Week activity at Community College of Vermont, St. Johnsbury, Academic Coordinator Owen Bradley demonstrates making smoothies with Katerina Leach, Crystal Switser and Amanda Letourneau.
Thursday, April 10, 2014

NVRH Offers Spring & Summer Opportunities Through the Wellness Calendar
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital has released the Spring and Summer Wellness
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Health Watch: Asthma Control -Team Approach Needed
It may not require a village, but sometimes it takes a well coordinated team to control a child's asthma.
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Class For Family Caregivers Offered In St Johnsbury And Whitefield
Are you feeling stretched as you care for a family member? Would you like to learn how to take better care of yourself without feeling guilty? If your answer is yes, Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class series designed for you.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NCH Offers Free Workshop For Healthier Living
North Country Hospital is hosting a Healthier Living Workshop, held weekly, starting on May 7 and ending June 11. This workshop is for anyone who has a chronic health condition, for example, heart disease, high blood pressure, breathing problems, fibromyalgia, or arthritis. The workshop is also appropriate for family members and caregivers of someone living with a chronic health condition. The goal of the program is to help these individuals and their family members manage symptoms so that they have better control of their condition and can lead a more fulfilling life.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Alzheimer's Caregivers Program Coming To St Johnsbury
Living with Alzheimer's for Late- Stage Caregivers, an Alzheimer's Association Program, will be offered at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St Johnsbury in Conference Room 126 from 6 -- 9 p.m. on April 17. The program is hosted by the Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont and facilitated by Alzheimer's Association Educator and Agency on Aging Family Caregiver Support Program Specialist, Pamela Smith.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

North Country Hospital Receives Worksite Wellness Award
North Country Hospital Receives Worksite Wellness Award Members of North Country Hospital's Worksite Wellness Team were presented with a Gold Worksite Wellness Award from the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports in conjunction with the VT Department of Health at a ceremony on March 27 in Burlington.
Friday, April 4, 2014

North Country Home Health & Hospice Offers Better Choices, Better Health
No one wants to have a chronic, long-term health condition, but as the years go by most of us will experience one, two or more health problems that will challenge our ability to take good care of ourselves.
Friday, April 4, 2014

Health Nurses
The health and well-being of children attending schools in the Caledonia North Supervisory Union is facilitated by a special group of nurses with over 99 collective years of nursing experience. During Professional Development days in March, the school nurses of CNSU collaborated for two days to identify issues related to the health and welfare of school-aged children and how to address them. Pictured are, from left, back row: Abby Young, RN, BSN, School Nurse Liaison at the VT Dept of Health graduated from Norwich University in 2011; Sophia Hall, RN, BSN, school nurse at Miller's Run School, a 1980 graduate from the University of Vermont's School of Nursing; front row: Jean Maleski, RN, BSN, school nurse at Newark and Sutton Schools for 17 years; she graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1976; Barandee Peterson, RN, BSN, school nurse at Lyndon Town School; her academic preparation includes an ADN, Castleton State College in 2003; and BSN, Franklin Peirce College, 2012. Not pictured, Louise Vinton, RN, BSN, school nurse at Burke Town School for 8 years, a 1997 graduate of Norwich University. The role of the school nurse is defined by the N ational Association of School Nurses as: "a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning."
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Local Clinics Support Million Hearts Campaign
The Corner Medical and Kingdom Internal Medicine Practices of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital held a patient education session on March 24 as part of the ASTHO Million Hearts Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 by focusing on blood pressure control. This is the first of a three-part series to provide patients with the tools and support to lower their blood pressure and improve their overall health. Lunch was provided, as well as at-home monitors, instruction and guidelines for tracking. The practices will provide telephone support and appointments as necessary for the next month. The next session on April 21 will encourage patients to set realistic self-management goals and tips on reaching those goals. You can control your blood pressure; we will provide you with the tools and support. For more information, contact Corner Medical at 748-9501 or Kingdom Internal Medicine at 748-7500.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NVRH Celebrates Doctor's Day With Donation
Paul Bengtson, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital CEO, and Dr. Mark Price, president of NVRH's Medical Staff, present Sam Klepper, assistant manager of H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday), with a check for $1,000 in honor of the hospital's physicians for National Doctors Day on March 30. According to Sam, the money is earmarked for H.O.P.E.'s knapsack program, a program designed to feed children in the NEK. Each year, NVRH gives a donation to a local non-profit organization in honor of its physicians. Doctors day was started in 1933 to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its citizens. It became a national event in 1990.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Health Watch: Detecting Thyroid Problems – Never Easy
Suppose you told your doctor you are always tired, often irritable and are worried about thinning hair and skin and your inability to lose weight despite frequent attempts at dieting. These are classic symptoms of hypothyroidism, a common disorder that is easily treated. They are also signs of other illnesses and non-illnesses too numerous to mention. So you're having trouble losing weight?
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NVRH Corporators Hear About Health Care Reform
Laural Ruggles, Vice President of Marketing and Community Health Improvement, and Sam Kempton, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Trustee, gave presentations to the hospital Corporators at the March quarterly meetings.
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Health Watch - Pinched Nerve Means Big Trouble
For the past few weeks, my neighbor has experienced problems in his left leg. Sometimes the pain is so great that he finds it hard to walk; other times, he feels only numbness or pins-and-needles tingling; he has a nerve entrapment problem, his doctor said.
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Navigators Working On Enrollment Push
North Country Hospital Patient Navigators continue to assist patients with enrollment and answer questions for those needing health care coverage through Vermont Health Connect. Denise Currier, Vikki Lantagne, Sandy Pond and Denise (Dee) Bergeron are waiting for your call at 802-334-7331. "We are not going anywhere - we will continue to be of service for your health care insurance coverage needs." Patients without insurance have until March 31 to sign up for May 1 coverage.
Saturday, March 22, 2014

Future Health Workers Raise Skin Cancer Awareness
HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) is an organization to educate, advance, and inspire prospective health care workers in middle and high school. For the New Hampshire State Conference, the group has chosen to do a community awareness project informing the public on skin cancer awareness.
Saturday, March 22, 2014

Guidelines will help end-of-life oversight
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- When the hospice nurse called police in the assisted-suicide case of Barbara Mancini, David Casarett knew he had work to do.
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Study To Test 'Chocolate' Pills For Heart Health
It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Beating The Winter Blues
Medical Surgical Nurses at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital sport their annual neon day colors. This year's theme was "animals," so the floor was decorated with shiny, colorful animals and splashes of color all around. "It brings smiles to the patients and their families' faces, and ours as well. Laughter and smiles help everyone," said Elaine Luther, RN and Clinical Coordinator. From left are Donna Gilman, Elaine Luther, Rachel Malachuk, Brenda Smith, Stephanie Porter and Mary Young-Coathup.
Thursday, March 20, 2014


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