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Hudson - Litchfield News | May 4, 2012 - 5 Continuing to Meet Community Need in Hudson


Providers and staff outside Southern New Hampshire Health System’s Hudson facility at 300 Derry Road.


submitted by Southern New Hampshire Health System Five years ago on April 30, Southern New Hampshire Health System opened the doors of Primary Care of Hudson and Southern New Hampshire Rehabilitation Center at Hudson to patients and the community. In a show of appreciation and thanks, patients visiting the office on Monday were greeted with festive balloons and mementos.


When Primary Care of Hudson opened in 2007, it began with


two family practice physicians, laboratory and x-ray services, and physical and occupational therapy through Southern New Hampshire Rehabilitation Center. Today, the Hudson center has grown to five family practice providers and one behavioral health provider, added an occupational therapist specializing in hand therapy, and in November of last year, opened Immediate Care of Southern New Hampshire for walk-in, non-emergency medical care on site. “It’s hard to believe it’s already been five years,” said Donna Madarese, manager of Primary Care of Hudson, who has been with the practice since it opened. “The growth of the practice and its services demonstrates our continued commitment to meeting the needs of the Hudson community.”


Madarese noted some of the accomplishments of the primary care


practice include home visits with families of newborns, a practice that Dr. Eleanor Bueno began two years and continues to be popular with parents today. Dr. Melissa Duxbury and Dr. Robert Zinnes were nominated by their patients for the third year in a row as Top Doc Readers Poll winners by New Hampshire Magazine. Dr. Zinnes was also recently awarded Family Physician of the Year by the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians. Clinical Manager Nancy Hughes, MPT, said Southern New Hampshire Rehabilitation Center at Hudson continues to maintain a steady flow of patients needing physical and occupational therapy services. She also noted the rehabilitation center maintains 100 percent patient satisfaction scores with 100 percent of patients


surveyed reporting they would return or refer others to the center for care. “We’re thankful for the community’s support and hope this is the first of many milestones,” added Hughes. The facility is subdivided into two wings, one serving family


practice and one serving physical/occupational therapy and the recently added Immediate Care site, with shared business functions at the center. Patients have separate waiting areas and experience convenient circulation and traffic flow enhanced by the spatial layout and color scheme. The Health System center is located at 300 Derry Road in Hudson. For more information, visit www. primarycarehudson.org.


About Southern New Hampshire Health System Dedicated to improve, maintain, and preserve the overall health


of individuals living in greater Nashua, Southern New Hampshire Health System, made up of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and Foundation Medical Partners, provides information, education, and access to exceptional health and medical care services. As an integrated health system, we are committed to providing patients with well-coordinated care at convenient locations where they live and work. Through an established and developing relationship with the Massachusetts General Hospital, patients of The Health System have access to collaborative programs in children’s services, cancer care, trauma, and the management of stroke patients. In addition, partnerships and affiliations with Dartmouth Medical School, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lahey Clinic, and Joslin Diabetes Center, allow The Health System to provide its patients with seamless access to these centers of excellence, and deliver a full complement of adult and maternal child health care.


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Alvirne’s Meghan O’Keefe a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship Winner


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Among the National Merit® $2,500 Scholarship winners which were announced recently by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) was Alvirne High School’s Meghan E. O’Keefe (probable career field: Biochemistry). The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. These Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.


NMSC finances most of these single-payment National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Corporations and company foundations that sponsor awards through NMSC also help underwrite these scholarships with grants they provide in lieu of paying administrative fees. All finalists competed for these awards. To select scholarship winners, a committee of educators appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high


school official. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. 2012 National Merit Scholarship Competition This year’s competition for National Merit


Scholarships began in October 2010 when approximately 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary sat/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state representational basis. Only these 16,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition. From the semifinalist group, 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the 2012 program, about 8,300 finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of over $35 million in college scholarships. NMSC, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was founded in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of scholarships offered each year are underwritten by approximately 440 independent corporate and college sponsors that share NMSC’s goals of honoring scholastically talented youth and encouraging academic excellence at all levels of education.


Knights of Columbus Elect Officers


submitted by Jordan Ulery The New Hampshire State Council of the Knights of Columbus elected a slate of officers at their 113th Annual Meeting held in Nashua this weekend. The Order in the Granite State represents more than 7,000 Catholic families. Internationally the order has been called by various Popes, “the strong right arm of The Church.”


Elected to direct the State Council for the new


fraternal year was Joel Plante of Farmington. Plante is a safety expert and a long time member of the order. Assisting Plante are Richard McDermott of Nashua as State Secretary; Wayne Griffin of Windham as State Treasurer; Jordan Ulery of Hudson as State Advocate and Glenn Camley of Boscawen as State Warden. In addition to electing new officers, the members of the State Council and their families attended Mass presided over by Bishop of Manchester, Peter Anthony Libasci. Bishop Libasci praised the Knights for the good works done across the state including a program of “Coats for Kids,” supporting food pantries with labor and donations and supporting the Special Olympics. The Bishop also asked the Knights to stand with The Church in this time of attack and travail against the free practice of religion in the United States.


As part of the Awards Ceremony on Saturday night, the New Hampshire State Council disbursed nearly $23,000 to various charities across the state including a check for $7,000 to Special Olympics. Present to receive that check was a special Olympia and board member who addressed the dinner nearly 500 with a stirring speech. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic family


fraternal civic organization dedicated to the precepts of the Catholic Church. It has more than 1,800,000 members worldwide from Poland to The


Philippines. For more information about the Knights visit nhknights.org.


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