Health News Digest


Blood drives in Greater Nashua

New Hampshire has reached a critical need for blood for local hospitals. Please consider donating as soon as possible to one of the following blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit

– 1-6 p.m. June 13: White Birch Banquet Hall, 222 Central St., Hudson.

– 2-7 p.m. June 13: Manchester Christian Church, 56 Old Bedford Road, Bedford.

– 1:30-6:30 p.m. June 14: VFW Post 4368, 1 VFW Way, Milford.

– 2-7 p.m. June 14: St. Elizabeth Seton Church Parish Center, 190 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford.

– 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 16: St. Kathryn Parish, 4 Dracut Road, Hudson.

– 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 18: St. Joseph Hospital, 172 Kinsley St., Nashua.

– 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 19 St. John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack.

– 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 19: Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St., Nashua.

– 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 21: Paper Moon Dance Center, 515 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack.

– 2-7 p.m. June 21: Nashua Elks Lodge, 12 Murphy Drive, Unit B-1, Nashua.

– 1-6 p.m. June 22: St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 777 W. Hollis St., Nashua.

– 1:30-6:30 p.m. June 28: Greenbriar Healthcare, 55 Harris Road, Nashua.

Hospice center volunteer course

MERRIMACK – Home Health & Hospice Care is looking for people to volunteer their time to provide visits to hospice patients in the greater Nashua and surrounding areas. Volunteer support helps patients and their families feel less alone during a difficult time. A volunteer can make a friendly visit, assist with light housework or shopping and errands, or provide respite so that family members can take a break. Volunteers may also become involved in a specialty program, such as veterans supporting veterans at end of life, sitting vigil with people at very end of life, or complimentary therapy programs: pet visitation, music and Reiki.

To become active, volunteers are asked to complete a hospice training course, which is typically offered as a series in the spring and fall. Home Health & Hospice Care will be offering a special Summer intensive training course to accommodate teachers, college students and others who wish to volunteer and for whom the regular courses are not a good fit.

The intensive 35-hour hospice training program will be held over a two-week period in June. Class meets eight afternoons: June 18-21 and June 25-28 from 12:30-5 p.m. Sessions will be held at 7 Executive Park Drive in Merrimack. Potential participants are encouraged to register immediately so that they may complete the application and interview process prior to the start of training.

The training sessions are informative and cover a variety of topics, including hospice philosophy, listening skills, family dynamics, emotional and spiritual issues, pain and symptom management, complementary therapies and grief and bereavement care. For individuals who intend to volunteer, the course is free. Individuals who take the hospice training for personal or professional development may attend for a $150 fee.

More information may be found online at, or contact Tanya Prather at 557-2806 or

Legacy Award nominees sought

The HNH Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2018 Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award. The award recognizes a New Hampshire not-for-profit organization (or an individual who works with one) for demonstrating exemplary and aspirational commitment or innovation in improving the health of New Hampshire’s children and families. In recognition of their work, the recipient receives a check in the amount of $2,500.

For more information and a nomination form go to Nominations are due by June 22. The honoree will be notified in September.