Your Hospital: February 2024

News and Notes from Monadnock Community Hospital

February 2024

Welcome New Providers!

Welcome back Lauren Stacey has made a welcome return to Jaffrey Family Medicine

photos from the Birthing Suite

The Birthing Suite: Your life. Your baby. Your way.

Imagine giving birth in a beautiful and welcoming place. Where the lights are soft, the blankets are warm, and the windows look out on trees and sky. A place where families are welcomed and cared for and have their baby by their side for their entire stay.
The Birthing Suite at MCH offers the very best in personalized and professional maternity care in a setting designed to provide the ultimate in comfort for moms and their babies.

pregnant person


Long before you arrive for your birthing experience, we’re by your side with childbirth education classes that focus on childbirth preparation, breastfeeding education, and comfort strategies for labor and birth.


Labor and Birth

We work with expecting parents to create the unique birthing experience you want, with a full range of comfort techniques and options. Want nitrous oxide or an epidural? You got it. Looking for ways to manage labor naturally? We can do that too! We provide heat therapy, birthing balls and stools, squatting bar, a soaking tub, and rain room. And if complications arise, rest assured we are fully trained, with close connections to intensive care clinicians in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.


Heading Home

After you’ve welcomed your new baby, we’re still here to support new families, from your follow-up nurse call, to our Breastfeeding Support Group and Breastfeeding Consultation by appointment, we will continue to be here for you and your family.

Learn more at

Parent support group and understanding birth class
To learn more or sign up for one of our programs, call 603-924-4699 x4170 or visit

Monadnock Orthopaedic Associates Blog

Harnessing the power of nutrition for inflammation control
Nourishing Wellness: Harnessing the Power of Nutrition for Inflammation Control
Tips for athletes how how to prevent sports injuries
Tips for Athletes: How to Prevent Sports Injuries – A Guide From Orthopedic Experts

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Monadnock Orthopaedic Associates blog, where expertise meets community and your orthopedic health takes center stage. For over twenty years, our team has been dedicated to providing excellent orthopedic care in the Monadnock region. With board-certified specialists who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, we are committed to staying at the forefront of orthopedic advancements. As members of the Monadnock community ourselves, we understand your unique needs and aspirations. We invite you to explore our blog, where you can learn more about our practice, gain insights into orthopedic wellness, and connect with us. Thank you to our existing patients for entrusting us with your care, and to those considering us for the first time, we look forward to serving you on your journey to living well.

Harnessing the Power of Nutrition for Inflammation Control
How to Prevent Sports Injuries
Treatments for Pinched Nerves in Your Spine
10 Tips for Preventing Orthopedic Injuries
Maintaining Orthopedic Health in Your Golden Years
The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Explained

Visit the MOA blog


Heart health month

Heart Health Month

Heart Health Month is an annual initiative that is dedicated to fostering awareness about cardiovascular health. Heart Health Month becomes a catalyst for positive lifestyle changes and reinforces our collective dedication to a healthier, happier community.
Don’t miss any of our Heart Health Wellness Wednesday posts in February – subscribe on our social platforms.

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Liz Peters

Provider Spotlight: Liz Peters

Meet Liz Peters, the dedicated cardiac rehab coordinator at MCH since 2013. As a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist, Liz’s journey at MCH began in 2005, navigating through various departments all centered around chronic disease management, fitness, and wellness. It wasn’t until later that she discovered her passion in cardiac rehabilitation, playing a pivotal role in maintaining the program’s reputation as one of the finest in the state. With unwavering patience and compassion, Liz serves as a guiding light for her patients during their recovery journey. She educates them on essential lifestyle changes, emphasizing the significance of quality nutrition, diet, self-monitoring, and tailored exercise routines. Beyond the hospital walls, Liz is a devoted coach and cheerleader for her boys, Cameron and Aksel, actively participating in their sport of the season. Liz Peters embodies the spirit of care through her commitment to enhancing the well-being of the community at MCH.
Liz shares cardiac education for the community with Wellness Wednesday posts
Cardiac risk factor education is not limited to enrolled participants; it is also accessible on the Monadnock Community Hospital page Wellness Wednesday posts and Cardiac Rehabilitation educational videos

Heart Basics Cardiac Rehab Services Video from Monadnock Community Hospital on Vimeo.


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1917 - Robert M. Parmelee donated his newly built summer home which would become a community hospital

Securing a Legacy of Compassionate Care: Explore Planned Giving with The Parmelee Society

Your will or estate plan is a testament to your values and aspirations. For many, the inclusion of charitable giving in these plans is a powerful way to contribute to a better world for future generations.
Planned Gifts come in various sizes, ranging from $1,000 to $1,000,000 or more, providing individuals with diverse options for making a lasting impact. These options include making a bequest, utilizing retirement plan assets, exploring charitable gift annuities, donating real estate, or even using stocks and mutual funds for charitable contributions.

The Parmelee Society: Honoring Your Commitment to Community Health

The Parmelee Society is a distinguished group that recognizes and honors individuals who have chosen to include Monadnock Community Hospital (MCH) in their will or estate plan. Embracing a legacy that spans a hundred years, this society embodies a commitment to supporting community healthcare, mirroring the spirit of philanthropy displayed by Mr. Robert Parmelee in 1919.
Mr. Parmelee’s legacy began when he generously donated his summer home to the town of Peterborough, establishing the inaugural “Peterboro Hospital” in memory of his late wife, Alice. Today, the Parmelee Society carries forward this tradition of altruism.

A Tradition of Appreciation and Recognition: Benefits of Including MCH in your Will or Estate Planning

As a valued member of The Parmelee Society, you will experience a host of benefits, including a special invitation to our annual Parmelee Society reception. This exclusive event provides an opportunity to connect with our hospital leaders and Trustees, fostering a sense of community among like-minded individuals dedicated to advancing healthcare in the Monadnock Region.
In addition to the reception, Parmelee Society members are duly recognized in our Annual Report and prominently displayed on our giving wall in the main lobby. This public acknowledgment serves as a testament to your commitment and inspires others to follow in your philanthropic footsteps.

Get Involved: Contact Us Today

For those interested in joining The Parmelee Society and securing a legacy of compassionate care, we invite you to contact Laura Gingras, VP of Philanthropy and Community Relations, at or 603-924-4666. You may also reach out to LeeAnn Moore, Philanthropy Director, at or 603-924-1700.
Take the first step towards making a lasting impact on community health – explore planned giving options with The Parmelee Society.

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The River Center programs

Top – Mini Explorers in Oak Park, Adventure Tabletop Gaming for Middle Schoolers
Left – Mini Explorers with Susie
Bottom – Families Forests and Farms in Troy, Volunteers

The River Center: Strengthening Our Community, One Family at a Time

Being a community hospital means building strong bonds with our community partners. We are happy to recognize the incredible contributions the River Center has made to the place we call home. As we step into the new year, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the incredible work being done by The River Center and how it continues to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families across the Eastern Monadnock Region.

Their Mission and Your Needs:

Since its inception in the 1990s, The River Center has evolved to become a designated Family Resource Center of Quality (FRC-Q). The River Center believes everyone deserves to thrive. That’s why they provide parent education, family support, and community connections in a welcoming environment. They understand the challenges and changing needs of our community, and their programs and services are designed to address them head-on.

Building Strong Families:

Everyone from Newborns to Grandparents and Households of One
Connection is a major concern for families today and The River Center is addressing that need in many ways. They help individuals grow, learn, and connect.
They offer a wide range of programs to support families at every stage. From family support, early home support, and parent and caregiver assistance, to youth programs, kinship support, financial coaching, tax preparation, and the valuable FACT book – the center is a wellspring of resources tailored to our community’s needs. Last year The River Center helped 300 families maximize their tax return.

Success Stories: Making a Difference, One Family at a Time

The impact of The River Center is best highlighted through stories like Melissa French’s, who has accessed their resources for over a decade “The River Center has been there for me every step of the way,” she says. “They’ve helped me with everything from fuel assistance to taxes. They truly make a difference in people’s lives.” From the Baby and Me group to financial coaching, Melissa attests to the profound impact the center has had on her life. Her words resonate: “When someone has a problem, I tell them to call The River Center; they can help.”

Upcoming Events:

Here are just a few highlights of programs at The River Center:

Free Tax Assistance

If your household income is approximately $64,000 or less, you may qualify for free tax preparation and e-filing services through the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Certified volunteers are trained to maximize tax credits, including earned income and child tax credits, and ensure that you receive the largest refund possible. The VITA volunteers are certified by the IRS and undergo a quality review process to ensure accuracy. They are also trained as money coaches to help you make sense of your finances. The program runs from the end of January to mid-April each year. Call 603-924-6800 ext. 30 today to check if you qualify or set up an appointment. Don’t pay for tax preparation services when you can have it done for free and keep more money in your pocket.
In 2023 20% more tax returns were filed than 2022.

Junior Creatives

A MAXT Maker Space collaboration for curious middle schoolers to express creativity and strengthen social skills. Go online to the calendar and look up the program to register.
Kinship Potluck
Non-parent caregivers meet once a month for support and connection. Call (603) 924-6800 to register.
In 2023 the Kinship Navigation program doubled.

Mini Explorers

Introducing young children to the wonders of the outdoors. This very popular program allows families with young children to learn more about places right in the area, introduces the concept of play, and allows parents to let their kids get messy in a safe environment. Go online to the calendar and look up the program to register.
In 2023 75 people registered for one program.

Parenting Book Club

Discuss “Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids” in February. Go online to the calendar and look up the program to register.

Make a Difference Today: Strengthening Our Community Together

Visit their website, donate, volunteer, or simply share this information with your friends. The #1 referral for their programs is word of mouth.
Remember, when you don’t know where else to go, call The River Center. They’re here for you.

Together, let’s keep The River Center flowing strong, one family, one connection, at a time.

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River Center Annual Report highlights

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