We are pleased with the Supreme Court's decision.  The Court clearly affirmed that when a patient is experiencing a mental health crisis, and receives an Involuntary Emergency Admission designation, then that patient should be immediately transferred to the appropriate setting to receive the specialized care and due process that they need and deserve.

 

We will continue working with state leaders to ensure this ruling is carried out, and that we are meeting the needs of patients experiencing mental health crises, as well as their families.

 

Inspiring Hope through Healing

 

Every year, National Hospital Week provides us an opportunity to highlight our hospitals, health systems and health care workers and the innovative ways they are supporting the needs of their community members and demonstrating their mission of putting every patient’s health first.

 

This year, as our frontline healthcare workers continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented challenges it has presented, we are reminded even more so of their selfless bravery and tireless efforts of keeping their communities safe and healthy.

 

Every day, New Hampshire hospitals and health systems are Inspiring Hope through Healing by exemplifying the Blue and White H of health, healing and hope, and the promise it makes to its community, especially during these challenging times.

 

As we continue to make our way through this public health crisis, we remain inspired by the dedication of our hospitals as they tirelessly meet the challenges of their COVID-19 response and recovery.  From the physicians and nurses on the front lines, to the administrative, nutrition, facility and other staff supporting their institutions during this unprecedented time, it is our privilege to extend our deepest appreciation to New Hampshire’s hospitals and all of our healthcare heroes for their perseverance, courage and strength in the fight against COVID-19.

 

In honor of National Hospital Week 2021 (May 9-15), the American Hospital Association (AHA) collaborated with Musicians On Call, (MOC), a nonprofit organization that delivers the healing power of music, to release an original song and video inspired by the words of health care workers honoring their work and sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic. To all those working in America’s hospitals and health systems, thank you!

Listen to “Worth Fighting For" here or download on the below platforms.

Every year during National Nurses Week, May 6th – May 12th, we highlight our nurses in hospitals and health systems across the state for their compassion and dedication to their patients and communities.  This year, we take the opportunity to thank them for the selflessness and bravery with which they have continued to support New Hampshire residents through the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Nurses have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire’s hospitals for more than a year, supporting their institutions through their response and recovery while continuing to provide the same compassionate, safe care on which they pride themselves.  They are true heroes during these incredibly challenging times, fighting the pandemic every day with bravery and courage despite the danger to themselves to care for their patients in need.

On National Nurses Day and every day, we celebrate their ability to exemplify the Blue and White H of health, healing and hope, and the promise it makes on behalf of the institution it represents to its community.

As frontline superheroes, our nurses have demonstrated their unbelievable capacity to serve their patients, remaining confident and strong while empowering their colleagues through innovation, leadership and excellence.   And while the COVID-19 public health crisis has forever changed the lives of so many, nurses continue to be on the front lines, demonstrating their unwavering resolve, heroic sacrifice and absolute commitment to delivering the critical care patients need and deserve. Ahegao Hentai https://hentai-moon.com/categories/ahegao/ videos ahegao whatch online. 

To every nurse throughout our state and beyond, we remain forever inspired by your courage, selflessness and perseverance.   We are forever grateful, and we thank you for your dedication to keeping your community healthy, and for the dedication, compassion and empathy you provide to your patients every day.

 

 

 

No doubt Granite State residents are ready to put the COVID-19 pandemic in the rearview mirror.  This past year has been one of the most challenging of our lives, and we all want to return to a sense of normalcy and be able to get out and do the things we want to do—hug loved ones we haven’t seen in person for over a year; visit our family, friends and others; go shopping, out to eat at a restaurant or see a movie with friends; travel; and so much more. With the successful advent of COVID-19 vaccines, we’re getting closer by the day.  But we’re not there yet and we need to continue to follow all of the common-sense public health and safety protocols that we know are successful in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19:  wear a mask, maintain physical distance, wash our hands, stay home if we’re not feeling well, get a COVID-19 test if we’re experiencing any symptoms, and get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Now that all adults in New Hampshire 16 and older are eligible to register for and receive the vaccine, it’s incumbent upon all of us to make that very personal decision of whether we will get vaccinated.  While the vaccines approved for use in the United States were certainly developed in record time, federal authorities did not take short cuts in their review and approval processes and have been proven safe and effective.  The current pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is further proof that federal and state officials are taking all precautions to ensure the health and safety of everyone receiving this vaccine.  The public-private partnership that state officials have been leading continues to put shots in arms at a record pace. 

 

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Despite the large number of vaccinations being completed, we have seen a troubling increase in the number of new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations over the past few weeks. But there is hope that these trends can be changed. The chart above shows a dramatic correlation between those who have been vaccinated versus those who are becoming infected with COVID-19.  Between April 1 and April 7, the largest rate of new infections per 100,000 people occurred in age cohorts who either don’t yet qualify for the vaccine (those under 16) or those who have only recently become eligible.  Those who make up the smallest rate of new COVID-19 infections are those who have been eligible to receive the vaccine the longest, those over the age of 50. 

The vaccine is working to reduce COVID-19 infections and, most importantly, protecting our most vulnerable residents from getting severely ill, requiring hospitalization, and dying.  As in other public health crises to date, such as polio and smallpox, a safe and effective vaccine is what led us out of those difficult periods of time, and the COVID-19 pandemic will be no different.  Please, talk with your health care provider, review the data and then, absent any medical contraindications, choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  You can find out more information here and register to sign up for the vaccine in New Hampshire here.

Steve Ahnen is the president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association

 

The Centers for Disease Control guidelines highlight the efficacy of wearing masks in slowing the community transmission of COVID-19, in conjunction with other prevention measures that have been following, such as avoiding large crowds, staying 6 feet apart from anyone outside your household, practicing frequent handwashing and getting the COVID-19 vaccine.  These measures are proven to reduce the risk of community transmission.  Given that COVID-19 cases have risen in New Hampshire the last month, hospitals and health systems will continue to encourage their patients and communities to wear masks when outside their home.  It’s one of the most effective tools we have in the fight against COVID-19, and we all want to get back to doing the things we love.

We applaud the U.S. Senate for passing the Medicare Sequester Relief Act which addresses the critical funding it will provide to New Hampshire healthcare providers by addressing the public health and economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic.   This financial relief will allow for continued support of providers' COVID-19-related lost revenues, as well as additional expenses due to activities such as purchasing supplies and equipment, standing up emergency testing centers and other challenges.

Since the pandemic began more than a year ago, it created not only a public health crisis but an economic one for many, including for hospitals and health systems statewide.  Extending the moratorium on the Medicare Sequester cuts has been a significant priority for hospital and health systems who continue to suffer financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.    At a time when they need it most, this bipartisan Relief Act provides critical assistance to the health care heroes on the front lines who continue to fight this pandemic.

We are grateful for the support and leadership of Senator Shaheen, as one of the prime sponsors, as well as that of her colleagues in the Senate, in passing the Medicare Sequester Relief Act, as it will provide critical relief to ensure hospitals and front-line caregivers have what they need to continue caring for our patients and communities, today and into the future.

We applaud the U.S. House for passing the American Rescue Plan as amended by the U.S. Senate in support of the critical relief it will provide to New Hampshire residents by addressing the public health and economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This pandemic created not only a public health crisis but an economic one for many, as well for hospitals and health systems statewide, and as the most comprehensive federal COVID-19 relief legislation passed to date, it will help our frontline healthcare workers continue to serve their patients and communities.   We’re pleased this relief legislation makes additional investments in the fight against COVID-19 and that it secures funding for vaccine production and distribution to support states’ efforts to vaccinate residents as quickly as possible.

We appreciate the leadership of our Congressional delegation in its passage and look forward to President Biden signing this legislation and working with both our state and federal partners to serve our patients and communities, today and into the future.

 

It was one year ago today, March 2nd, that New Hampshire announced its first case of what was simply known as a novel coronavirus.  Since then, we’ve seen COVID-19 close businesses, threaten our healthcare system, push our schools to remote learning and force us to suffer the losses of loved ones.

The last 365 days have presented seemingly insurmountable challenges for our state, our businesses, our communities, and our healthcare system, but New Hampshire has already shown unprecedented perseverance and strength throughout this pandemic.  And while the COVID-19 public health crisis has tested our healthcare system like never before, New Hampshire hospitals have continued to be on the front lines, demonstrating their unwavering resolve, heroic sacrifice and absolute commitment to delivering the critical care patients need and deserve. 

Working together with hospitals across the state, as well as partners at the state and federal levels, we’ve made incredible progress in the fight against COVID-19 with testing, new treatments, and vaccinating New Hampshire residents, but we must remain vigilant.  It remains critical that Granite Staters continue to practice the safe behaviors like washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing that have helped us to see the dramatic reduction in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19. 

And, ongoing efforts to administer the vaccine are being bolstered with the recent authorization of a third vaccine, an increase in doses being sent to the state and additional sites where every Granite Stater who wants one can get a vaccine.  As in past public health crises like smallpox or polio, a safe and effective vaccine is what will lead us out of the pandemic.

New Hampshire hospitals and health systems took unprecedented actions to respond to the pandemic on behalf of their patients and communities.  As we continue to make our way through this public health crisis, we remain inspired by their dedication as they continue to rise to meet the challenges of their COVID-19 response and recovery.  From the physicians and nurses on the front lines, to the administrative, nutrition, facility and other staff supporting their institutions during this unprecedented time, it is our privilege to extend our deepest appreciation to New Hampshire’s healthcare heroes for their perseverance and strength in the fight against COVID-19.

 

By Steve Ahnen, President, New Hampshire Hospital Association

The holiday season is a time that we often look to slow down, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy the true spirit of the season—the gift of giving to others.  No one exemplifies that spirit more than the women and men of New Hampshire’s hospitals and health systems. 

No one deserves more the rest and a break over the holidays than them.  But as we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended all of our lives and isn’t showing signs of letting up in the weeks ahead.  And that means the health care heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic won’t get the chance to take a break this holiday season.  That’s what they signed up to do when they answered the calling to serve as caregivers.  But they need our help.

They have been there for us and will continue to be there for us, but we need to do all we can to help slow the spread of COVID-19 so that we don’t overwhelm the health care system.  They’ve told us for months:  wear a mask; wash your hands; maintain social distance; avoid gatherings with others outside of your home when you are unable to maintain social distance; and stay home when you’re not feeling well.  Those messages are more important now than ever before. 

As we look to the new year, we do so with renewed hope—hope in the form of safe and effective vaccines.  But inoculating everyone who needs and wants a vaccine will take some time.  That’s why we all have to remain vigilant and continue to follow public health guidelines that we know will help us limit the spread of COVID-19.  Please, don’t let your guard down, continue to do your part and help support the health care heroes on the front lines of this pandemic.  That would be the greatest gift of all.

 

We applaud the leadership in the US Senate and the US House of Representatives in passing the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which provides critical funding relief for the hospitals and health systems who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As New Hampshire today faces the highest levels of infection and hospitalization since the outset of this pandemic, taking its tragic toll on patients, families and healthcare providers, this legislation will help ensure that our health care system can continue the fight against COVID-19 while providing essential healthcare services to their patients and communities.

This COVID-19 legislation provides critical support to hospitals and health systems, including the elimination of cuts to the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) program for the next three years, providing additional support to hospitals who serve our most vulnerable populations; greater flexibility for hospitals relative to the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting guidelines; additional funding for the PRF; additional funding for COVID-19 vaccines and testing; and provides an important first step in protecting patients from surprise medical bills.

While all of these measures help support hospitals and health systems across the country in their efforts to continue providing needed care to their patients and communities during this public health crisis, additional funding relief will be necessary to ensure the financial viability and stability of the nation’s health care system as it continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We appreciate the leadership of New Hampshire’s Congressional leaders, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Maggie Hassan, Representative Ann McLane Kuster and Representative Chris Pappas, in pushing this legislation through and ensuring crucial support for our hospitals and healthcare systems.  We look forward to its passage by the Administration, and to working with our state and federal partners to carry out this important legislation to strengthen the efforts of health care heroes on the front lines responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Richard “Rick” Semo, a security guard at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester after an assault while he was working. 

Over the past several months, communities all across New Hampshire have been reaching out to express their gratitude to the health care heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We count Mr. Semo among those heroes for his efforts to support the safety of the patients and staff at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues.

Violence in our society has become far too prevalent. As evidenced by the tragic death of Mr. Semo, health care workers are not immune to this senseless violence. It must stop. We need to come together to protect our health care heroes and prevent these tragic events from occurring in the future.

We are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Speaker of the House, Dick Hinch. Throughout his years of service in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, he served as a leader for his colleagues and the people of New Hampshire with respect and compassion. He will be deeply missed by all, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Recently, our hospital initiated the development of series of online games to popularize the medical profession.

As we prepare to gather for the Thanksgiving holiday this week, albeit much differently than normal, I am reminded of all of the special people and wonderful things to be thankful for in spite of, and perhaps even because of, the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As new cases of COVID-19 continue to climb and hospitalizations are on the rise, I am so thankful for the incredibly dedicated caregivers providing care to all of our patients, including those with COVID-19.  Early in the pandemic, when many of us were working remotely or staying home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, these health care heroes rushed into the hospital to care for those who were ill.  And I’m thankful for all of the other heroes serving on the front lines…the therapists, environmental services, security, food services, support staff, and so many others who are helping to ensure our hospitals can provide the high quality health care services that their patients deserve. They are truly are an amazing group of selfless individuals who deserve our praise and gratitude. 

I’m thankful for the team at the New Hampshire Hospital Association, our Foundation for Healthy Communities and the Granite State Health Care Coalition, for all that they have done and continue to do to serve our members, partners and the citizens of the State of New Hampshire as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It’s truly an honor and a privilege to work alongside them in this important work.

And I am thankful for my family and their love and support during these challenging times.  It is my sincere hope that each and everyone one of us will be able to pause, even if only for a moment, to reflect on the many blessings we have in our lives and enjoy the comfort of our family, even if that means we don’t get to spend it with them on Thanksgiving as we usually would.  We’re all in this together and I’m confident that because of your efforts, we will get through it.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and socially-distant Thanksgiving holiday!

 

Steve Ahnen

President, New Hampshire Hospital Association

 

It’s here.

The surge of COVID-19 patients that we’ve all heard would be coming to New Hampshire when the weather turned cooler and people were forced back indoors where social distancing would be much more difficult has arrived.  With seemingly daily new record cases of COVID-19 and a staggering 100% increase in hospitalizations over the past several weeks, there should be no doubt that we are going to be in for a very long and difficult winter for many as we wait for a vaccine to be widely available in the late spring or summer of 2021.

Doctors, nurses and hospitals have been on the front lines of this pandemic and they will continue to be.  They’ve worked tirelessly over the past several months to prepare for the coming surge of COVID-19 patients and are much better prepared and equipped today to respond to the pandemic.

But they need your help.  They are tired, stressed and worried about the health of their patients.  If we are going to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire so that it doesn’t overwhelm our health care system, it will take every Granite State resident to play their part in protecting their own health, as well as protecting the health of the caregivers who are providing care to extremely vulnerable patients. 

These women and men are often described as heroes in their efforts to support patient care in the face of dangerous diseases like COVID-19 and we couldn’t agree more.  And while they appreciate the respect and admiration their patients hold for them, their plea to their patients and communities is very simple:  please do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  When you do that, you not only protect yourself and others around you, but you’re also helping to prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed and you help keep our schools and businesses open, and our economy thriving.

Public health officials are driven by the science behind their recommendations--science that has proven that these simple measures work in reducing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask;
  • Maintain physical distance;
  • Wash your hands frequently;
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze;
  • Stay home when you’re sick; and
  • Limit your holiday travel and gatherings to your immediate household.

The Governor’s most recent Executive Order requiring Granite State residents to wear a mask when they are unable to maintain social distance is very important and a signal of just how serious this situation is as we seek to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed. 

We are not powerless in the battle against COVID-19.  We can make a difference by following these simple, commonsense measures.  We can get through this together.  But we have to act now.  New Hampshire is counting on you to do your part.

 

Steve Ahnen                                   Jim Potter, CAE                           Pamela DiNapoli, PhD, RN, CNL

President                                        Executive Vice President              Executive Director

NH Hospital Association                   NH Medical Society                      NH Nurses Association

 

 

Download:  NHHA, NHMS, NHNA Issue Joint Statement Asking NH Residents to Remain Vigilant Leading into Holiday