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Named in Top 25% of Agencies Nationwide Circle Home (formerly the VNA of Greater Lowell) was named a HomeCare Elite agency this fall by the National Research Corporation/OCS HomeCare, a provider of home health analytics, and DecisionHealth, an independent publisher and consultant for the industry. The HomeCare Elite award is based on rankings from publicly available performance measures, including … more

Each year, approximately 3,500 infants die from sleep-related accidents that cause suffocation, strangulation or undetermined causes. No hospital in the state is doing more to lower that number than Lowell General Hospital. The team on the Mother and Infant Unit (MIU) is the first in the state to be recognized as a Bronze Certified Safe Sleep Hospital. The Cribs for Kids® National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program recognizes … more

The Cancer Center Receives Major Accreditation

Posted: Feb 8, 2016 1:18 AM EST

The Cancer Center got another major national endorsement of its quality earlier this month when Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) granted a three-year accreditation. To earn this voluntary accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered care. Being … more

March 5th: Get Heart Smart Health Fair

Posted: Feb 5, 2016 11:29 AM EST

Did you know that cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are our nation’s number one killer? Join us for our annual Get Heart Smart Health Fair Saturday, March 5 11:00am – 2:00pm Pheasant Lane Mall Nashua, NH There will be a variety of education tables with information on heart disease, stroke, cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, nutrition, exercise and smoking cessation. There will be a FREE blood pressure screening, blood … more

Use Your Head — Wear a Helmet

Posted: Feb 5, 2016 5:40 AM EST

When preparing for a day on the slopes, packing a helmet has become just as vital as the skis and snowboards. According to the National Ski Areas Association, more than 70 percent of all skiers and snowboarders are now wearing helmets, including 9 out of 10 kids age 9 and under. But while helmets go a long way to reducing the risk of head injury, they aren’t foolproof. Helmets must fit snugly and be strapped properly, and even then the … more

Heart CT Calcium Scoring Helps Detect Heart Disease

Posted: Feb 1, 2016 6:56 AM EST

The first sign of coronary artery disease is calcification — calcium deposits in plaque on the inside walls of your arteries. Using a special imaging technique called high-speed CT, plaque and calcification are measured, yielding what’s called a cardiac calcium score. The higher the score, the greater the risk of having a cardiac event like a heart attack. But calcium scoring can also help prevent a heart attack. When … more

What are the Risk Factors for Heart Disease?

Posted: Feb 1, 2016 1:00 AM EST

The American Heart Association has identified several risk factors. Some of them can be modified, treated or controlled, and some can't. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of developing cardiovascular disease. What are the major risk factors that can't be changed? Increasing age Male sex (gender) Heredity (including Race) What are the major risk factors you can modify, treat or control by changing your lifestyle or taking … more

February is National Heart Month

Posted: Feb 1, 2016 12:19 AM EST

A good time to take an active role in your health that can last all year long Learn about your cardiovascular health — warning signs for heart attack and stroke as well as cardiac care  — from the experts at our Heart and Vascular Center . Read Diagnosing and Treating Heart Problems Have heart hope — Read story of heart attack survival: Testimonial: Jack Fullen Learn how a pet can help keep you heart … more

Medicare accountable care organization initiatives to improve how the health system cares for patients Circle Health Alliance was selected as one of nearly 150 renewing Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), providing Medicare beneficiaries with access to high-quality, coordinated care across the United States, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced yesterday. That brings the total to … more

In Cambodia, healthcare technology that might seem standard in the United States is often a luxury that many hospitals, particularly those treating the poor, can’t afford. Later this month, Dr. Rothsovann Yong, Lowell General Hospital Emergency Department physician, who was born in Cambodia, will join a small team of clinicians to deliver an ultrasound machine purchased by the hospital and train staff there how to use it. The ultrasound … more

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