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Nurse-Family Partnership supports mother, child, and family


Caledonian Record, Oct. 19, 2017


ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - Northern Counties Health Care (NCHC) recently hosted a celebration for young mothers and their families who participated in the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program. The NFP is a 30-month program to support the health and wellness needs of the mother, child, and family during the first years of the child's life.

The mothers served are connected with a registered nurse early in their pregnancy and receive 30 months of ongoing care that continues through their child's second birthday. With consistent and long-term support, new mothers form a trusted relationship with their personal nurse who helps her to accomplish goals. The goals of the program are to improve pregnancy outcomes; improve child health and development; and improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family.  



Kids support health care for homeless



A "penny drive" by third and fourth graders in Hampton raised $1,200 in spare change from friends and family to support Families First Health & Support Center's mobile health unit. The huge van is outfitted to provide medical and dental services, counseling and social work, to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and public housing to care for lower income residents and people who are homeless. Last year, Families First provided health care to more than 1,300 people in the seaoast area.


Unique end-of-life program 


Nearly 400 runners, walkers, and motorcycle riders from all over the region gathered in Randolph on August 18th and 19th and raised $105,000 for the 12th annual Last Mile Ride. The popular two-day fundraiser has raised $646,000 over the years to support unique end-of-life services provided by Gifford Health Care. The funds raised help people with advanced illness celebrate the time they have left with friends and loved ones, supporting patients in the hospital’s Garden Room suites and also those who choose to remain in their home. 


“We’ve flown loved ones home to have last goodbyes with moms; put gas in people’s cars to get here for last moments together, or for a patient to seek treatment at other facilities; and we have hosted five weddings in our Garden Room,” Gifford’s Development Director Ashley Lincoln told the crowd. “Sometimes it’s as simple as a voucher for a pizza or a massage. We depend on you, and knowing that I’ll see you here year after year on the third week in August is key to our success.”  



New services in rural NH county  


Local citizens gathered at The Sumner House Restaurant recently to learn about the new Charlestown Health Center.
This 8,200-square-foot building on Ceda Road will be home to Charlestown Family Medicine, one of the nine community health center locations operated by Springfield Medical Care Systems, which has outgrown its current location at 125 Main Street, Charlestown, NH.
The new space will increase health care services by adding an occupational health specialty, walk-in care and on-site x-ray services. There will also be expanded access to obstetrics and gynecology as well as behavioral health services.