Room to Heal With Goodwin — Sheri McSheehy

Picture1The Japanese have a saying: a person is whatever room they’re in. On the day of March 20th, 2017, Sheri McSheehy was in a Goodwin Community Health conference room full of policy makers and muffins.

A patient and former member of the Goodwin Board of Directors, Sheri had come to the morning’s Legislative Breakfast to share her story with the state representatives in attendance – a story that began almost two years ago with what she thought was a migraine.

“In October of 2015, I had a bad headache which turned out to be a brain bleed from a brain aneurysm,” remarked Sheri in front of a packed room of policy makers. “They sent me to Maine Medical for a few weeks, but when I got home it was a six month wait to see a neurologist. So I came to Goodwin and said ‘Ok, what do we do?’”

A 38 year native of Strafford County, Sheri and her husband Jack had been Goodwin patients for over two decades; coming in for everything from primary care to the birth of their youngest daughter. Both self-employed, Jack as a carpenter and Sheri the owner-operator of a local restaurant, Goodwin’s model of affordable patient care fit right into the family’s way of life. She’d go on to join the Board of Directors and play an active role in the building of the new Somersworth facility, all while she was going back to school and achieving her lifelong dream of becoming a massage therapist. But her 2015 aneurysm and the road to recovery had other plans for Sheri.

“I missed massage terribly and I was so angry from being without it — everything I worked for was lost,” she recalled. “But through counseling and my physical therapy, I saw that my life wasn’t over.”

Sheri spoke warmly of the Goodwin doctors, physical therapists, and counselors who have been by her side these past few years, but she credits much of her success to Goodwin’s Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) program: a weekly patient-led support group that puts an emphasis on setting achievable goals for those recovering from long-term illnesses or disabilities. Without costing its participants a single dime, WHAM provides patients with a compassionate hub of friends and neighbors, each of whom understand that potent role that a sense of community plays for striving to heal.

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While she views WHAM as the turning point in her struggle against the chronic headaches and fatigue that come after an aneurysm, Sheri will tell you that even a support group can come with its own share of obstacles.

“I remember the first night I was there for a meeting: we were in a large conference room and right next door was a meeting of the very Board of Directors that I sat on before my aneurysm. I stopped and thought to myself ‘I’m in the wrong room.’ But then I realized that anyone can have a setback like this: it doesn’t matter who you are or how much money you make. Yeah, I felt broken — but I know I’m gonna get fixed.”

We’re admittedly a little biased, but from our point of view any room Sheri is in is always the right room.

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Goodwin Doctors Honored at One Voice Addiction Summit

Goodwin celebrates our very own Dr. Kevin Zent and Dr. Joann Buonomano for receiving the Champion in Action award!

Presented to the duo for their long-held commitment to providing excellent integrated care to underserved residents of Stafford County, Doctors Zent and Buonomano exemplify Goodwin’s drive to overcome the barriers that stand in the way of a healthier life for all.

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From left to right: ONE Voice for Strafford County Public Health Director Melissa Silvey, Dr. Joann Buonomano, and Dr. Kevin Zent
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Special Enrollment Period for Insurance Coverage — What You Need to Know

Special Enrollment Period — Quick Takes

While the 2017 Open Enrollment Period for insurance purchased through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace may be over, you can still enroll in a new plan or change your current plan if you have a life event that qualifies you for the Special Enrollment Period.

How do you know if you’re eligible for the Special Enrollment Period?

This tool from the Healthcare.Gov website will help you determine your eligibility, but you may qualify if you’ve experienced any of these “qualifying life events”:

ACA Qualifying Life Events

 

If you qualify to receive coverage through the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (Medicaid,) you can enroll at any point in the year. To see if you qualify for Medicaid, click here to navigate to the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.

Have questions? Give us a call at (603) 516-2556 to speak to one of our Navigators and set up an appointment.

Friday’s Addiction Summit to Focus on NH Workforce

OPIOID  TASKFORCE OF STRAFFORD COUNTY SEVENTH  ANNUAL ADDICTION SUMMIT WILL FOCUS ON WORKFORCE

Gov.  Sununu & local businesses highlight prevention & recovery practices in the workplace 

 SOMERSWORTH, N.H. – On April 7th, 2017 at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, ONE Voice for Strafford County , will host “NH Addiction Summit Legislative and Business Breakfast: Investing in the Future” ONE Voice is the leading organization that convenes the Opioid Taskforce of Strafford County to reduce the consumption and consequence of opioid through prevention, treatment and recovery supports in Strafford County’s 13 communities.  This is the group’s seventh  annual Summit.

The day’s events will kick off with a 7:30 AM “Investing in the Future” Legislative and Business Breakfast to be attended by Gov. Chris Sununu, who will offer remarks on the important role that proactive substance misuse prevention strategies have to play in keeping New Hampshire’s workforce strong.

Following the Governor’s address, local business experts will present an overview of the intervention practices related to addiction in the workplace in the Seacoast and Strafford County.  “Business can impact exceptional Returns on Investment by creating substance free workplaces,” says Chris Placy, owner of Substance Free Workplace and Taskforce member.

After the breakfast, the NH Addiction Summit begins at 9:30.  This year’s theme is, “ Community Solutions: Everyone has a Role.”  The summit features a panel discussion led by Granite Staters in recovery through multiple pathways, breakout sessions on a host of addiction-related topics.  The keynote address is a lineup of experts within the region’s substance misuse field:

Dr. Meredith Norris, Medical Director for Grace Street Recovery of Portland, ME

  • Tym Rourke, Chairman of the Governor’s Commissionon Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery and Director of SUD Grantmaking at the NH Charitable Foundation
  • Devin Rowe, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free NH
  • Dr. Lucas Kolm, Emergency Medical Physician at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

“On a per capita basis, Strafford County consistently feels the sharpest blow from the state’s opioid crisis,” remarked ONE Voice for Strafford County Public Health Director Melissa Silvey. “It’s easy to get lost in the headlines out of Manchester or Nashua, but the annual Addiction Summit makes clear that this is a systemic problem that’s destroying lives through every corner of the Granite State – and solutions must begin within local communities.”

Local business owners as well as professionals in education, government, health care, and public safety are encouraged to attend this annual free event.  This year’s breakfast and summit are at capacity and registration is closed.ONE Voice for Strafford County supports youths, families, educators, and communities who are committed to the prevention of alcohol and drug use. For more, visit OneVoiceNH.org.

CONTACT: One Voice for Strafford County and Public Health Director Melissa Silvey, (603)866-0235 or info@onevoicenh.org

Health Care Legislative Breakfast at Goodwin

On Monday March 20th, 2017 more than 20 Strafford County elected official gathered at Goodwin for a breakfast forum to here first hand accounts of the state of Community Health from Goodwin doctors and patients.  Janet Laatsch, Goodwin CEO also presented on the growth of the organization, positive outcomes, and current and anticipated opportunities and challenges.

Read Foster’s Daily Democrat coverage of the event here

NEW: Anxiety Reduction Group to Start February 16th

Goodwin is launching a new group for patients that will focus on education, anxiety reduction, and coping skills to help manage and reduce daily stress and symptoms. If interested, please fill the Anxiety Group Application and bring it to the Goodwin front desk, email it to rsutton@GoodwinCH.org or fax it to 603-749-2748.

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The Group will meet on Thursdays from 5:00pm– 6:30pm.  It begins on February 16th and will run  for 8-12 weeks.

This group is for Goodwin patients who are 18 years of age or older; any gender is welcome. Insurance will be billed accordingly.  Insurance and self pay accepted. For more information please contact Rima Sutton at 603-749-2346 ext 542

 

Tri-City Subaru Share the Love Campaign Returns to Benefit Goodwin Community Health

Tri-City Subaru in Somersworth has again selected Goodwin Community Health as its local charity of choice for its annual, “Share the Love” campaign.  From November 17, 2016 to January 3, 2017, Tri-City Subaru customers buying or leasing a new Subaru will have the option of directing a $250 donation to Goodwin Community Health from Subaru of America.  Goodwin Community Health is a non-profit Community Health Center in Somersworth that helps the people of Strafford County access health and wellness services like primary, dental, behavioral and prenatal care, regardless of age, ethnicity or social-economic status.

 

During last year’s Share the Love Campaign, Tri-City Subaru raised $21,698 to help Strafford County families’ access quality health care services at Goodwin Community Health. “When Tri-City Subaru customers select Goodwin Community Health for their donation, it directly benefits local families and allows them to get much needed healthcare visits with dentists and doctors” said Jordan Plante, General Manager, Tri-City Subaru. “We are proud to participate in Subaru’s Share the Love Campaign, it has a big impact nationally and gives Tri-City an opportunity to do good in our local community by helping our friends and neighbors access healthcare services through Goodwin that may otherwise be unavailable.”

 

By the end of this year’s event, Subaru hopes to exceed a grand total of $90 million donated since the creation of Share the Love. Nationally, the program is entering its ninth year. Customers have the choice of the 5 national charities or a hometown charity selected by the local Subaru retailer. In the case of our local Subaru retailer, Tri-City Subaru, the hometown charity of choice is Goodwin Community Health.  This year, 660 hometown charities like Goodwin will be represented in the event.
About Goodwin Community Health

Goodwin Community Health is the only FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) in the Strafford County area to provide access to primary, dental, prenatal, and behavioral health care as well as community wellness and public health services. Goodwin Community Health empowers people to maximize health and well-being and strives to make its array of programs and health services integrated, convenient, high quality, affordable and easy to access.  Find them at 311 Route 108 in Somersworth or online at GoodwinCH.org or on Facebook at  facebook.com/GoodwinCommunityHealth.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants, and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit media.subaru.com.

Benefit Concert for Community Health November 18

Goodwin Community Health announces the return of ROCK with the DOCS on Friday, November 18th.  This concert and dance party fundraiser brings the seacoast’s dental and medical community together for a rockin’ good time. Proceeds will help local families in the Greater Strafford County area gain access to quality health care through Goodwin Community Health.

The event takes place at the Rivermill at Dover Landing from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and features band members from local, doctor-led rock bands, “No Heavy Lifting” and “Revolving Door”.  Delicious hors d’oeuvres, great silent auction items, a cash bar and complimentary valet parking, are all part of the event.

In previous years, ROCK with the DOCS has sold out all 300 seats and raised an average of $15,000 for Goodwin Community Health programs and services. Tickets are now on online at GoodwinCH.org. Tickets are $35 each in advance, $40 at the door, or can be purchased at a discounted rate of $300 for a table of ten.

“Local dental offices, private practice health care offices and area hospitals all come out for this event. Even the band members are local dentists and doctors,” says Goodwin Community Health Board Chair and event underwriter, David Staples, DDS from Garrison Family Dental. “It’s really a dance party.  We have a lot of fun and together we make a really big impact on the movement toward preventative health care in our community.”

This event is underwritten by Garrison Family Dental and sponsored by D.F. Richard, Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Seacoast Pediatric Dentistry, Jeff Richard/Benco Dental, D.F. Richard Energy, Dr. Neil S. Hiltunen, Henry Schein Dental, New Hampshire Healthy Families, Optima Bank & Trust, Well Sense Health Plan, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Northeast Delta Dental, D.M. Burns Security Inc., DPL Retirement Advisors LLC, Dr. H. J. Ludington and Team, Formax, Granite State Glass, Holy Rosary Credit Union, Lenk Orthodontics, Dr. Jason Lenk, RW Insurance, Scarponi Electric, LLC, Somersworth Storage, LLC, and Watterworth Orthodontics.

More information about Goodwin Community Health is available at www.GoodwinCH.org or www.facebook.com/GoodwinCommunityHealth.

Goodwin Community Health Expanding Dental Services

Goodwin Community Health announced it’s expanding the Goodwin Dental Center by adding and equipping a new dental operatory, adding additional dental staff and expanding evening hours.  The expansion is a result of a $700,000 grant award from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Goodwin is committed to creating access to preventive and routine dental care for the underserved populations of Strafford County.  “When we increase our capacity, we help patients prevent dental conditions requiring more costly emergency dental treatment,”  “says Goodwin Dental Center Director Whitney Goode, DMD.  “More preventive access to oral care helps us to achieve the goals of driving down costs to our health care system and reducing health disparities in the communities we serve.”

The funds allow the Goodwin Dental Center to expand its operating hours to include staying open for evening appointments every Thursday until 7 p.m.  It also allows the center to offer transportation to qualifying patients. The new operatory is under construction and will open later this fall. Recruitment is underway for additional dental staff.

The expansion is made possible by a June announcement that the Department of Health and Human Services awarded 156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients.

This funding enables health centers to expand integrated oral health care services and increase the number of patients served. With these awards from HRSA, health centers across the country will increase their oral health service capacity by hiring approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians to treat nearly 785,000 new patients.

About Goodwin Community Health

Goodwin Community Health is the only FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) in the Strafford County area to provide access to primary, dental, prenatal, and behavioral health care as well as community wellness and public health services. Goodwin Community Health empowers people to maximize health and well-being and strives to make its array of programs and health services integrated, convenient, high quality, affordable and easy to access.  Find them at 311 Route 108 in Somersworth, at GoodwinCH.org, or at facebook.com/GoodwinCommunityHealth.