---- — Londonderry Lions host blood drives
LONDONDERRY — The American Red Cross and Londonderry Lions Club are teaming up to host two blood drives at the Londonderry Lions Hall, 256 Mammoth Road on Feb. 11 and 25 from 1 to 6 p.m.
In addition to the knowledge that your blood could help others, donors will also receive a buy on, get one free all-day adult ski pass good at participating ski resorts.
Throughout January, severe weather caused the cancellation of blood drives across the country and here in New England. As a result, the Red Cross is in urgent need of donors with type O, and especially type O negative blood. Type O negative blood is called the universal blood type because it can be transfused to any patient who needs blood regardless of their own blood type.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment today. Walk-ins are always welcome. A blood donor card or valid ID is necessary to donate.
Diaper drive is underway
Susan Ochoa (812-1100 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and Danielle Hart (494-5722 or email@example.com) are spearheading a disposable diaper drive all month.
Donations will be distributed through The Upper Room.
Diapers are expensive, Ochoa said, and not covered by SNAP or WIC.
Drop off donations at the Century 21 office at 84 W. Broadway or Oasis Salon by Bea at 18 E. Broadway. More collection sites are coming. All sizes of diapers are needed.
Check out Greater Derry Diaper Drive on Facebook.
Parkland earns five-star coronary rating
DERRY — Parkland Medical Center recently announced it has been rated five stars and recognized for clinical excellence in coronary interventional procedures, according to Healthgrades, an independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. Parkland is the only hospital in New Hampshire to receive recognition from Healthgrades in this specialty in 2014.
A five-star rating indicates that Parkland Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when performing interventional procedures, such as cardiac catheterization and angioplasty to unblock clogged arteries.
Parkland Medical Center has been recognized with the 2014 Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Award in Coronary Intervention.
“We have an outstanding team that consistently delivers exceptional care,” said Chris Accashian, Parkland’s CEO. “This achievement reflects the high standards and commitment to excellence that our staff delivers to patients every day. We are proud to be honored as one of the best; this achievement demonstrates that those who live in the Greater Derry area can get nationally recognized high-quality care close to home.”
For more information, visit parklandmedicalcenter.com.
Derry Medical offers classes
DERRY — Derry Medical Center’s Nutrition and Wellness Programs are adding a full complement of classes including exercise, yoga, Pilates, and personal training with certified personal trainers. In addition, the gym contains favorite workout equipment like treadmill, elliptical, TRX and free weights.
There are several components to good health including, good nutrition, maintaining a healthy weight and physical activity. The gym and exercise studios are an important complement to the various nutrition and weight management programs provided through the wellness center. They teach patients how to eat better and also teach them appropriate exercise techniques in a non-intimidating setting.
Space is limited in all classes, so reserve a spot early. Register by calling 537-3033 or visit DerryMedicalCenter.com. Classes started Monday.
The new facility is located in building 14B right behind the wellness building at 14 Tsienneto Road Medical Park in Derry.
Center offers free balance assessments
DERRY — Falls are often the leading cause of injury-related hospital visits in Rockingham County. Each year, one in three adults over the age of 65 reports a fall that could lead to serious injuries.
Rehab in Motion therapy services offers free balance assessments every Wednesday throughout the month of February from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its clinic at 41 Birch St.
“About 33 percent of falls are caused by balance and dizziness issues. Another 31 percent are thought to be caused by accident or environment issues,” said Mei Wu, physical therapist and clinical director. “About 60 percent of falls can be prevented. Risk of falling can be lowered with balance screens, classes and environmental changes.”
Wu said the free assessments will be provided in the hopes that the community will learn more about fall prevention, mostly older residents in the area.
Anyone wishing to receive a free balance test is asked to call ahead to reserve a 20-minute appointment. Call Rehab in Motion’s Birch Street clinic at 965- 5200.