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Thursday
Jan222015

US Rep GUINTA ANNOUNCES FIRST TOWNHALL OF THE YEAR 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. Congressman Frank Guinta will be hosting his first townhall of the year to hear from Granite Staters about their legislative priorities and concerns for the 114th Congress. 

During this time, Guinta will also unveil and discuss his new initiative – Operation To AX Persistent Abuse of Your Earned Revenue, or Operation TAXPAYER - to save billions in taxpayer dollars by identifying and ending frivolous and duplicative government programs and projects. 

The townhall will take place Saturday, January 24, 2015.

WHAT:  Congressman Guinta hosts first townhall.

WHO:  Constituents of the First Congressional District of New Hampshire and members of the press are invited to attend.

WHERE: Community Room, Hampton Police Department, 100 Brown Avenue, Hampton, New Hampshire.

WHEN:  1:00 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Please RSVP to Danielle Adams at danielle.adams@Mail.house.gov if you are able to attend.

Thursday
Sep182014

Garcia For Congress (CD2) - ICYMI: Letter: Kuster drops ball on constituent services 

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In case you missed it, the Eagle Tribune today published this letter to the editor which criticizes Ann Kuster for never holding a town hall meeting or public forum. According to the article:

“Although she has been running for Congress since 2010 and has held the seat since 2012, she has never hosted a single public forum or town hall meeting.”

The article went to say “if Annie Kuster doesn't have time to meet with me in the span of four years, she certainly doesn't deserve to represent me in Washington.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Tuesday
Aug052014

NH DHHS - Annual Hospital and Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Healthcare-Associated Infections Reports Released

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

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) on Friday, August 1,

released the 2013 Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) Hospital Report

and the 2013 Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) Ambulatory Surgery

Center (ASC) Report based on data from the 33 hospitals and 27 ASCs

licensed in the state. The reports, mandated by law, report data on the

occurrence of specific HAIs. For hospitals, central line–associated

bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and

surgical site infections following certain heart, colon, abdominal

hysterectomy, and knee surgical procedures are reported. For ASCs, surgical

site infections following certain breast, hernia, and open reduction of

fracture surgical procedures are reported.



The reports also provide data on hospitals’ and ASCs’ compliance with

measures that help protect patients from healthcare-acquired infections.

These data include adherence to infection prevention practices during

central line insertions in hospitals, the appropriate use of antimicrobials

during surgical procedures in hospitals and ASCs, and influenza vaccination

rates among hospital and ASC healthcare personnel.



“The numbers for hospitals continue to show improvement and for the second

year ambulatory surgical centers are doing well compared with national

averages,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “We

know we have great hospitals and medical services in New Hampshire with

many dedicated medical personnel. But there is nothing like hard data to

find out how we are doing as a State and to make improvements to better

protect the health of New Hampshire’s citizens.”



Hospitals:



Overall, statewide infection rates in hospitals are showing improvement

compared with national data. A total of 183 HAIs were reported by hospitals

in 2013, compared with 198 in 2012, 110 in 2011, 114 in 2010, and 134 in

2009. The increased number of infections reported in 2012–2013 was due to

the expansion of hospital reporting requirements in 2012. The overall

observed number of HAIs in New Hampshire hospitals was 30% lower than

predicted based on national data; there were also 66% fewer central

line-associated bloodstream infections and 32% fewer surgical site

infections than predicted. There were 4% more catheter-associated urinary

tract infections than predicted, but this difference is not statistically

significant and the number of infections observed is considered similar to

national data.



Statewide hospital adherence to four infection prevention practices during

central line insertions was 98.4%, a significant improvement from 2012.

Antimicrobial prophylaxis was given accurately over 98% of the time, more

often than the national average. The overall healthcare personnel influenza

vaccination rate in hospitals was 92.9%, which has been significantly

improving since 2008 and exceeds the Healthy People 2020 goal of 90%.



Ambulatory Surgery Centers:



Overall, statewide infection rates in ASCs are similar in comparison to

national data. A total of six surgical site infections were reported by

ASCs for 2013, compared with four in 2012. The overall observed number of

surgical site infections in New Hampshire ASCs was 25% fewer than predicted

based on national data; however, this difference is not significant and

considered similar to national data. Statewide ASC adherence to intravenous

antibiotic prophylaxis timing guidelines to prevent surgical site infection

was 98.3% (similar to 2012) and the overall staff influenza vaccination

rate was 88.7% (a significant increase from last year, during which the

rate was 83.5%).



The collection of the data is intended to be a tool for hospitals and

ambulatory surgery centers to track their progress and identify areas that

require special attention, for DHHS to see where improvements can be made,

and to help inform consumers. To view the reports, visit

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/hai/publications.htm.

Wednesday
Jul022014

NH DHHS - Food Safety Tips for the Summer Season

Concord, NH – During this busy summer season of trips to the beach,

vacations, and cookouts, the Department of Health and Human

Services’ (DHHS) Food Protection Section wants to remind everyone to follow

some important food safety practices to avoid foodborne illnesses, such as

Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli, and Campylobacter.



There are an estimated 48 million cases of foodborne disease, 128,000

hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths each year in the United States.



“Food is an important part of vacation and holiday gatherings but it needs

to be handled safely, especially during the warmer weather,” said Dr. José

Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “The basic rule is keep hot

foods hot and cold foods cold. It may be common sense, but it should never

be overlooked. Just like hand washing, the more we practice it the more

routine it becomes and the safer we all will be.”



A DHHS video on summer grilling food safety is available on YouTube at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWDyMOUTrfM. There are some simple

precautions everyone should always take to reduce the possibility of

becoming sick when preparing food, which include:

Separate: Use a separate cutting board for cooked foods and raw foods

(especially meat) and always wash them after use. Avoid cross

contamination. Wash any utensil after preparing one food item before

going on to the next item.

Clean: Always wash hands before touching any food. Wash hands and

surfaces often during food preparation and afterward.

Cook: Pork, lamb, veal, and whole cuts of beef should be cooked to 145

°F as measured by a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of

the meat, followed by a three-minute rest time before carving or

consuming. Hamburgers and other ground beef should reach 160 °F. All

poultry should reach a minimum temperature of 165 °F. Fish should be

cooked to 145 °F. Fully cooked meats like hot dogs should be grilled

to 165 °F or until steaming hot.

Chill: Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours. One hour if it

is a hot day over

90ºF. The refrigerator should be maintained at 40ºF or lower and the

freezer should be at 0ºF or lower. Keep hot foods hot, 140ºF or

hotter, and cold foods cold, 40ºF or below. Never defrost food at

room temperature. Thaw food in the refrigerator, in a cold-water

bath, or in the microwave. When using a microwave, meat must be

cooked immediately after. Marinate foods in the refrigerator.

Report: Report suspected foodborne illnesses to the NH Department of

Health and Human Services by calling 603-271-4496. Often calls from

concerned citizens are how outbreaks are first detected. If a public

health official calls you to talk about an outbreak, your cooperation

is important, even if you are not ill.



For more information visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture at

www.usda.gov  or

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/teach-others/fsis-educational-campaigns/grill-it-safe/grill-it-safe

, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov , the

DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov , or www.befoodsafe.org .

Tuesday
Jun172014

NH DHHS Updates Flooding Damage at Southern District Office

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

(DHHS) is announcing some operations are resuming today at its Southern

District Office. Some staff from the Division of Client Services and the

New Hampshire Employment Program will be back at the Nashua facility.

Staff will be there to receive paper applications from clients, as well as

schedule and conduct in person interviews. These are the only staff that

are returning to the building as of this time as there are still

significant repairs that must be completed in order to reopen the facility.

DHHS regrets any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciates your

understanding and cooperation.



While the rest of the office remains closed, clients can seek DHHS services

as follows:



The Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services: 603-271-7014 or 1-800-949-0470



The Division of Children, Youth and Families: 1-800-852-7493 Ext 5



The Division of Child Support Services: 603-271-4427 or 1-800-852-3345 ext

4427

or via the web at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcss/contact.htm


Clients can also apply for services online at www.nheasy.nh.gov