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NH DHHS - Four Critical Access Hospitals in New Hampshire Honored for Quality

Concord, NH – The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) recently

announced its annual ranking of critical access hospitals in the country

and four in New Hampshire were honored; Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro,

Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, and The Memorial Hospital in North

Conway were named Top Critical Access Hospitals and Cottage Hospital in

Woodsville was recognized for Best Practice in Quality. The top 20 critical

access hospitals are named annually as well as 20 in each separate category

of quality, patient satisfaction and financial stability.

“The Department of Health and Human Services is very pleased to recognize

the good work of these hospitals in serving their communities,” said Dr.

José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “Our public health

partners work tirelessly every day to serve the needs of the people of New

Hampshire so it is great to see some of their efforts recognized.

Congratulations to Huggins, Speare, Memorial and Cottage for a job well


The rankings are determined through data analysis by iVantage Health

Analytics and the determining factors for the top 20 critical access

hospitals were based on ten indices of strength including competitive

strength, competitive intensity, market size and growth, population risk,

cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and financial

stability. The data gathered is also distributed to the hospitals NHRA

serves to help them better their practices.

All the hospitals will be formally recognized during NRHA’s Critical Access

Hospital Conference in October. To read more information, visit or the NH Department of Health and Human Services at


StayWorkPlay - Nomination Deadline Approaching for NH’s Rising Stars Awards

Submit your nominations in one of six categories before the July 25 deadline



Manchester, N.H. -- New Hampshire’s Rising Stars Awards, honoring New Hampshire’s young professionals, community organizations and businesses for five years, is calling for nominations for the 2014 awards before the July 25 deadline.


Nominations are welcome in six categories for individuals, leadership programs and businesses across New Hampshire, including:


·             College Student of the year

·             Young Professional of the Year

·             Civic Leader of the year

·             Coolest Companies for Young Professionals

·             Leadership Development Program

·             Young Entrepreneur of the year (New!)


Winners will be honored at a celebratory event on October 6. Reserve your ticket here.


The Rising Stars Awards are an initiative of Stay Work Play, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, to celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young professionals, entrepreneurs, and college students, initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.


 “I am thrilled that this year marks the fifth year that Stay Work Play will honor individuals, businesses, and leadership programs with the Rising Stars Awards recognizing their dedication to creating a positive environment across the state for young people to live, work and find success in New Hampshire,” said Kate Luczko, Executive Director of Stay Work Play.


“However, we still need your help in finding this year’s honorees and we hope you will consider nominating a deserving individual, business or leadership program for an award before the July 25th deadline.”


This year’s newest award, the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, will be presented in partnership with the Alpha Loft and the New Hampshire High Tech Council.


More information about The Rising Stars Awards and nomination forms for the awards can be found at: .

PHOTO: (RisingStars_Portraits_Oct 2013)


The 2013 Rising Stars Awards “ Young Professional of the Year” finalists standing with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, Governor Maggie Hassan and Stay Work Play Executive Director, Kate Luczko.

Pictured left to right: Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas; Tonya Rochette, Partner & VP HR Solutions, Human Resource Partners LLC; Steve Smith, Owner, Main Street Radio LLC; Ashley Conley, Epidemiologist, City of Nashua Division of Public Health & Community Services; Ryan Barton, Founder & CEO, Mainstay Technologies; Kate Luczko, Executive Director, Stay Work Play NH; Governor Maggie Hassan.

Photo credit: Matthew Lomanno Photography

About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko,  or (603) 860-2245.


About New Hampshire Public Radio: Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Their mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from thirteen different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 184,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, locally produced shows such as The Exchange and Word of Mouth, and national and world news from NPR and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as Car Talk, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.



Scott Brown Gives Awards To Business Owners

 By Ed Pierce, Citizen of Laconia
May 31, 2014

U.S. Senate Republican candidate Scott Brown and his wife, Gail Huff, stopped in at the resort on their way to an evening cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee to meet Hope and Cynthia and present them with "Women for Brown Hero Awards" to recognize their persistence in keeping their business strong in a challenging environment.

The "Women for Brown Hero Awards" are intended to single out women who are making contributions to the economy of New Hampshire, helping the community thrive and to build strong families in challenging times.


He praised Cynthia for her devotion to charitable causes such as the Land and Lake Poker Run and other charity motorcycle rides to support Easter Seals.

"Naswa Resorts opened in 1935 and the Makris Family has done an extraordinary job growing the business and contributing to New Hampshire's tourism industry," Brown said.


"It is unfair that Washington regulations are forcing Cynthia to make tough choices, and it is time for new leadership to reduce the size of government and to encourage entrepreneurial success for New Hampshire," Brown said.


Brown said he is keenly aware of what the Makris Family faces in trying to keep their business viable.


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LACONIA - Scott Brown awarded Naswa Resorts owner Cynthia Markis and her mother, Hope, with Women for Brown "Hero" Awards to commend their efforts maintaining a family business for almost 80 years. In a tough economy, Cynthia cited obstacles from Obamacare and high energy costs that make it difficult to grow the business and create new jobs. 
“Nawsa Resorts opened in 1935, and the Markis family has done an extraordinary job growing the business and contributing to New Hampshire's tourism industry," said Brown. "I am proud to present Cynthia and Hope with 'Hero' Awards to celebrate their entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to strong communities. It is unfair that Washington regulations are forcing Cynthia to make tough choices, and it is time for new leadership to reduce the size of government and encourage entrepreneurial success for New Hampshire."

Due to the uncertainty of Obamacare and rising energy costs, Cynthia remains concerned that Washington regulations will keep operating costs high and make it difficult to hire workers. The upcoming employer mandate will require businesses with 100 or more employees to offer health insurance or pay a $2,000.00 a per employee penalty starting January 1, 2015.

"If Naswa Resorts does not get some relief from the high costs of energy and health care, it will be difficult for my family to maintain our business,” said Cynthia Markis.  “We are proud to have our guests return to New Hampshire year after year to enjoy our beautiful state and boost the local economy.  To help us keep growing and hiring, it is time to elect leaders like Scott Brown who will go to Washington and work to reduce the size of government.”

In addition to working with Naswa Resorts, Cynthia received the "Hero" award for her involvement in organizing charity motorcycle rides and poker games in support of Easter Seals. The Women for Brown "Hero" Award is meant to identify individuals who are contributing to the New Hampshire economy, helping our communities and preserving New Hampshire's great way of life.   


NH DHHS - New Hampshire Seniors Recognized for Volunteer Service

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

Commissioner (DHHS) Nicholas Toumpas and Governor Maggie Hassan joined with

the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and EngAGING NH to recognize this

year’s recipients of the Vaughan Awards. The Joseph D. Vaughan Awards are

presented annually to a couple or individual from each county who are 60 or

older and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and volunteer service on

behalf of senior citizens across New Hampshire.

"One of my favorite things about New Hampshire is the 'all-hands-on-deck'

spirit of our people," Governor Hassan said. "We roll up our sleeves, pitch

in and work together to improve our communities. The Vaughan Award winners

exemplify that spirit, and on behalf of all Granite Staters, I thank the

recipients for their unyielding dedication to helping their neighbors and

for service to their community."

The Joseph D. Vaughan Award was initiated in 1962 to memorialize the

Honorable Joseph D. Vaughan, a New Hampshire legislator. Vaughan was an

early advocate for older residents of the state and was instrumental in

creating a State agency dedicated to the well being of senior citizens.

“New Hampshire’s senior volunteers are a vital part of our communities,”

said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “They bring a lifetime of

experience to the organizations they serve. All our lives are enriched by

their service. We thank and recognize our Vaughan Award winners and all

our senior volunteers for the countless hours they give to helping improve

the lives of others.”

This year’s Vaughan Award recipients are:

Belknap County: Emily LaPlante of Tilton

Carroll County: William Volk of North Conway

Cheshire County: Tuck and Bobbie Gilbert of Jaffrey

Coos County: Patricia Riley of Gorham

Grafton County: Maud Thompson of Littleton

Hillsborough County: Jim Orr of Peterborough

Merrimack County: Doris Morrow of Newbury

Rockingham County: Elaine Houde of Salem

Strafford County: Richard Cooper of Dover

Sullivan County: Elaine Bevilacqua of Goshen.