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Settlers Crossing Gift Helps Protect Memorial Testing Staff from the Winter Elements

February 03, 2021

Contact: Megan Penny
603-356-5461 x2264

Settlers Crossing check presentation
Left to right are: Kris Dascoulias, Chief Nursing Officer; Joe Lentini, EMT; Laura Lemieux, Director of Marketing & Events at Settlers Green and Settlers Crossing; Sharlene Wiley, RN; Nick Dukehart, Emergency Management & Clinical Education Coordinator; and Will Owen, Manager of Clinical Education and Emergency Management.
NORTH CONWAY, N.H. – Thanks to Settlers Crossing, the cold temperatures and snow are not getting in the way of COVID-19 testing at Memorial Hospital.

Settlers Crossing has provided funding for the purchase of a large tent structure which has been set up adjacent to the Hospital’s Emergency Department entrance to shelter staff and patients from the elements during testing. The structure was installed last month, in time for the height of winter storms.

“We wanted to show our gratitude for all the efforts Memorial Hospital made in 2020 to keep our community healthy and safe,” says Laura Lemieux, director of marketing and events at Settlers Crossing. “We could not pass on the opportunity to support the frontline workers and we hope this serves them well as the fight against COVID-19 continues into 2021."

The shelter provides additional protection from the elements and, most importantly, some heat for Memorial clinicians collecting COVID-19 samples from patients who remain in their vehicle during the procedure.

"We like to think of Settlers Crossing as the neighborhood shopping center and we're happy to lend a hand and be a good neighbor to our local hospital," Lemieux added.

Memorial officials say they have been modifying testing procedures throughout the pandemic as more becomes known about the virus and as testing improves. Memorial President Art Mathisen says the hospital was considering several options to keep testing outside the hospital during the winter. “Our goal has always been to keep the virus outside the hospital as much as possible. In the spring and summer our clinicians had to deal occasionally with wind and rain and one or two extra hot days. But we knew this was New England and we needed better preparations for the winter. This structure provides some comfort to our staff and is an extra measure to keep our staff and patents in the hospital safe from the virus.”

The testing center is located adjacent to the hospital’s emergency department entrance. Testing hours are 8:00 am until 6:00 pm daily and can be scheduled by calling 603-356-0673. Patients drive up and remain in their vehicle. Memorial collects on average between 100-120 samples each day for COVID-19 testing. The samples are sent to the lab with results available to the patient usually within 48 hours.



About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, imaging services, cardiopulmonary care, family birthing center, oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services. Practices include primary care and family medicine, diabetes care, behavioral health, women's health, podiatry, orthopedics and physical therapy. Memorial Hospital is also home to The Merriman House nursing home, which provides senior care services in a comfortable, home-like setting. For more information,  or call 603-356-5461.

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