Anyone interested in joining the MRC/CERT teams can contact Angel Ekstrom at (603) 238-3602 or click this application link.
Once the application is complete, either email an electronic copy to [email protected] or mail it to:
Mid-State Health Center
Attn: MRC/CERT Director
101 Boulder Point Drive, Suite 1
Plymouth, NH 03264
After reviewing the form for completeness the Welcome Committee will make phone contact with the applicant to discuss the next steps in the process. A Criminal Records Check will be conducted on each applicant. A review process with the Citizen Corps Council will be convened if the applicant has a criminal background record. It is the policy of the CERT/MRC unit not to accept any applicant with a felony conviction.
Pemi-Baker Community Health offers opportunities for volunteers to support our non-profit homecare and hospice programs. Volunteers go through training to offer support, respite and companionship to chronically ill and terminally ill patients in the greater Plymouth area. Training programs are in the spring of each year, but we accept requests throughout the year. Please contact the Hospice & Palliative Care Manager, Mary Francis Drake at [email protected] for more information.
Plymouth Area Transitions Team
The Plymouth Area Transitions Team is working to support good transitions from Speare Memorial Hospital to community health care providers. Along with Speare Memorial Hospital, the team includes Midstate, Pemi-Baker Community Health, Speare Primary, area EMS services, Newfound Area Nursing Association, and Plymouth Area POLST Collaborative. The focus of this team is to monitor chronically ill and terminally ill patients across the continuum of health care in order to promote better patient outcomes, reduce rehospitalizations, and provide education and support for advance directives. The team shares information and referrals with primary care providers in an effort to keep all health care providers abreast of patient changes, and to provide consistency of support.
Some of the efforts of this team include promoting the use of ‘stop-light’ protocols for chronically ill patients. ‘Stop-Light’ protocols are written information for patients with chronic diseases like COPD and CHF to help them utilize skills and support in times of decline or illness exacerbation. We are seeking to have patients receive the same instructions across the continuum which will provide reinforcement for the protocols, thereby impacting patient outcomes.
The advance directives/POLST/Palliative Care initiatives provide hospital, home or community education and consultations around the importance of advance directives, especially for chronically and terminally ill patients. Palliative Care consults can be requested by Speare Memorial Hospital or other providers to visit with patients individually for symptom management recommendations, and to guide them in the use of the appropriate advance directive (DPOA/POLST/DNR).
For more information about this community initiative, please contact Michelle Kane at [email protected] or Mary Francis Drake at [email protected].