Due to the recent increase in Covid-19 in our area, and for the safety of our patients, we are making the following changes effective Tuesday, October 19th.
While how we provide your care may look a little different in the coming weeks, our offices are open and our staff is available to care for you and your family. Here are the changes we are making:
For the remainder of this month (October), most office appointments will occur remotely by either phone or video. We will contact patients with scheduled appointments to confirm how your visit will take place. Non-urgent visits may be rescheduled until Covid-19 lessens.
Appointments involving children will be handled on a case by case basis. Please don't hesitate to call with your questions. We'll work with you to find the best option for you and your child.
Covid-19 vaccine and testing clinics will continue as currently scheduled.
All of our clinics will remain open during this period, including our weekend clinics at AVH/Page Hill.
Should you need help, call us at 752-2040 (Pleasant St.), 466-2741 (Gorham), or 752-2900 (Page Hill).
Our dental clinic will also remain open to care for those with dental emergencies (752-2424).
Our Response program offices will also remain open. Staff are available by phone in Berlin (752-5679), Colebrook (237-5384), or Lancaster (788-8195).
Pediatrics: Despite the high level of Covid-19 in our community, we remain dedicated to the health of your child. Recognizing the importance of well-child visits & immunizations we will continue to see most children & youth in person. We will also continue to provide acute care to sick children in our outdoor "trailer" exam rooms daily. Please call us to check on the status of your child's visit.
We hope to return to normal operations by the end of October, and will keep everyone informed should additional changes occur. In the meantime, don't hesitate to call with your questions.
Chief Executive Officer
In an effort to provide the best possible care to our patients, as well as protect patients and staff from unnecessary exposure, we are asking that everyone call the clinic first. This clinic will be staffed by a trained medical provider and a clinical team to help assist you with any questions and concerns you may have.
If you are experiencing symptoms or have questions about exposure to the virus, we ask that you first call your local provider’s office at 603-752-2040 for Pleasant St. or 603-752-2900 for Page Hill or 603-466-2741 for Gorham and speak with our triage nurse. The nurse will be available Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm to answer questions and assist you with scheduling an appointment, if necessary.
Dr. Bonnie de Vries
It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Bonnie de Vries has joined the staff of Coos County Family Health Services. Dr. de Vries will see patients at our Pleasant Street office, and serve in an administrative role as the Chief Medical Officer of the organization.
Dr. de Vries is a board-certified family physician. She earned her medical degree from Albany Medical College, and completed her residency at Maine Medical Center. In addition, she holds a Master of Science degree in nutrition from Columbia University.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. de Vries, please contact the Pleasant St. Clinic at 752-2040
Congratulations to Dr. Brian Beals, an NHCT Board member, for being named Pediatrician of the Year by the NH Pediatric Society!
Dr. Beals has lived in the Berlin-Gorham area for the past 25 years, currently practicing at Coos County Family Health Services and as the pediatric medical director at nearby Androscoggin Valley Hospital. Despite the physical distance between pediatric subspecialty services, Brian has developed several niche areas to enhance his practice in a region that historically has been underserved.
Dr. Beals is a provider, teacher, and advocate for both children and other professionals in his field. He remains a valued resource in his community and goes above and beyond to provide exceptional care in the North Country region. Congratulations, Dr. Beals! We are so honored to celebrate you and your achievements!
Each year the New Hampshire Pediatrician of the Year award is presented by the New Hampshire Pediatric Society to an outstanding doctor who contributes to the improvement of child health care in New Hampshire and the United States.
Telehealth Program at CCFHS
Currently providing telehealth visits for adult endocrinology and nephrology as well as the following pediatric specialties through Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth: gastrointestinal, endocrinology, urology, neurology, pulmonology, nephrology and child development
“Photo by Cheryl Senter, courtesy of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.”
Coös Family Dental, on Berlin's Main Street, is open to anyone in the community who needs
care. The clinic is ﬁlling a need that is particularly acute in the North Country, where more than two in ten adults have not seen a dentist in the past ﬁve years, and very few dental practices are accepting new Medicaid patients. BY LOIS R. SHEA, SENIOR WRITER AND CONTENT MANAGER | MARCH 12, 2019
Kevin Larochelle, APRN
It is our pleasure to announce that Kevin Larochelle, APRN has joined Coos County Family Health. Kevin is a long-time Berlin resident. He attended the White Mountain Community College where he obtained his Associates Degree in Nursing in May, 2005, and Rivier University in Nashua, NH where he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Nursing.
Kevin has previously worked as an LNA and RN at nursing homes and hospitals in the North Country, and was previously employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the primary care practices of the Weeks Medical Center in Groveton and North Stratford. Kevin will serve in our Gorham office.
HEATHER BEAUDRY ACHIEVES DIABETES SPECIALIST STATUS
Berlin, NH – Coos County Family Health Services is pleased to announce that Heather L. Beaudry, RN, has achieved the status of Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES).
Clinicians who achieve this recognition must meet rigorous eligibility criteria. Achieving this status verifies that the clinician possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, and can provide specialty care for people with diabetes. The designation was previously known as Certified Diabetes Educator or CDE.
Beaudry is a lifelong resident of Coos County. She obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing from the White Mountains Community College in 2015. She has been employed at Coos County Family Health Services since September 2015, and has worked in various departments during her tenure with the organization.
In October 2018, she was offered the opportunity to become a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. During the two year period of training and education to become a CDCES, she also worked to establish the Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program at Coos County Family Health Services.
“Our mission is to help people living with Diabetes gain control of their illness, and live full and active lives,” said Ms. Beaudry. “Diabetes is a chronic illness that poses many challenges. We can help people with the skills and knowledge they need to improve their health.”
The program will be offered at the organization’s Pleasant Street Clinic on Monday through Thursday from 8am-5pm. The service is covered by most insurances, and can be provided on a discounted basis for those in need. Diabetes education is a covered Medicare benefit when delivered through an accredited program.
For more information about the program, or to schedule a time to meet with Ms. Beaudry, contact any of the Family Health Clinics or call 752-2040.