Coös County Nursing Hospital (W. Stewartstown)

Dear Coӧs County Nursing Hospital Residents, Families, and Staff:

Summer has arrived! We are all trying to stay cool. Several air conditioners have already been installed and Sno-Cones are being handed out on the floors!

We continue to be closed to visitors into the foreseeable future. We also continue to limit outside appointments to emergency and essential visits only. We have switched most routine or follow-up appointments to telehealth visits on the computer. After some initial hiccups, this seems to be going well.

The NH Division of Public Health Services released their Employee Travel Guidance on May 20, 2020.

COVID-19 Employee Travel, Screening, and Exclusion Guidance

May 20, 2020

This document serves to guide employers and supervisors regarding travel for staff in all workplace settings including businesses, education, and healthcare facilities.

Travel Guidance

  • Do not permit non-essential international and out-of-state domestic business travel (e.g., conferences, meetings) and discourage personal international travel. A Level 3 Global Pandemic Travel Health Notice is still in place by the CDC, which recommends against any non-essential travel to all global destinations.
  • Discourage any travel on cruise ships. The CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice recommending against any travel on cruise ships.
  • Discourage personal domestic travel outside of NH, ME, and VT. Domestic travel by public conveyances (e.g., bus, train, plane) should be avoided. The CDC has issued information about travel within the United States.
  • Any persons traveling internationally (including Canada), on public conveyances outside of NH, VT, or ME, or on a cruise, should quarantine for 14 days after return, which is consistent with CDC guidance. Occupational Medicine and businesses should screen staff for such travel before returning to work. Other domestic travel risk can be assessed by Occupational Medicine on a case-by-case basis.

Coos County has a Temporary Travel Policy based on this guidance.  This will be difficult for many as we enter prime vacation season, but keeping our residents safe must be our priority.

We continue to have adequate levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We have been able to find a supply of protective gowns and have submitted the request.

On to some good news. We tested 79 residents on Saturday morning. We received the results today and all were negative!!! We have set up testing for the staff as well. The mobile unit is scheduled to come to the nursing home next Wednesday. To date, we have not done any additional staff testing, only the original three employees who were negative. We have not had to use our COVID isolation unit.

I will be putting this information on our website: https://www.cooscountynh.us/nursing-homes/co%C3%B6s-county-nursing-hospital-w-stewartstown as well as on our Facebook page. Please “Like” us on our Facebook page! www.Facebook.com/CCNHWS

Please reach out with any questions and concerns. Please wash your hands frequently, wear a mask when out in public, and maintain your social distancing. A very big THANK YOU for your support and understanding from your CCNH family!

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Mills, BSN, RN-BC, NHA

Mission Statement

“We are a group of family oriented individuals who work together to provide our residents and their families individual attention, quality care and love, for a “home-away-from-home” feeling!”

Primary Care Responsibilites

Nursing, Activity, Housekeeping, Laundry, and Dietary personnel are all scheduled using the Primary Care system. Primary Care provides consistency of care for residents. Staff have permanent assignments and are replaced by alternates when they are not on duty. Staff are assigned to care for the same residents each day, and are able to provide individualized care to the residents as they become familiar with each resident’s needs and strengths. 

Primary Caregivers participate in the care planning process and attend care plan meetings whenever possible to share their knowledge and expertise regarding the care of their residents. The Primary Care Team fosters accountability, team work, and a high quality of resident care.

Staff & Primary Caregivers

NameTitle
Laura Mills, BSN, RN-BC, NHANursing Home Administrator
Dr. John FothergillMedical Director
Kirsten Lyons, RNDirector of Nursing Services
Patrick KennettDirector of Dietary
Nancy HughesDirector of Social Services
Lisa Young, CESE, CLLMDirector of Environmental Services
Dennis BouvierPlant Manager
Judy Grimes, RNDirector of Quality
Sage Rodrigue, BSN, RNDirector of Staff Development
Julie BoltonHealth Information Manager
Alyssa ScottDirector of Activities
Patricia HavalottiResident Accounts Administrator
Priscilla LambertReceptionist/Business Office