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Quality of Life 22/08/25

Excellence in hospice care

The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Manchester and Southern New Hampshire has been recognized as a “Superior Performer” by Strategic Healthcare Programs. According to a press release, the annual award is given to hospice providers that have established a reputation of high-quality service and is determined by the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Hospice survey satisfaction score for more than 1,000 hospice providers. VNA of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire’s score ranked in the top 20 percent for 2021.

QOL Score: +1

Comment: Patients and caregivers shared comments such as ‘The Manchester VNA was outstanding in all regards in the care of my father,’ and ‘The nurses and staff of the VNA of Manchester were wonderful. They helped my mother pass on with dignity,’ the release noted.

Jamestown Canyon Virus in 2022

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the state’s first batch of mosquitoes to test positive for Jamestown Canyon Virus in 2022. According to a press release, the mosquitoes were collected in Atkinson on Aug. 2 and in Hampstead on Aug. 4. Jamestown Canyon Virus is one of three arboviruses transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes identified in the state. There have been 19 cases of infection in New Hampshire since the first case was reported in the state in 2013.

QOL score: -2

Comment: Most people infected with Jamestown Canyon Virus do not develop symptoms or develop mild symptoms, according to the release, though a small percentage of people infected experience severe symptoms which can lead to central nervous system diseases, such as meningitis or encephalitis. There are currently no vaccines to prevent the virus, and treatment consists of supportive care.

Extreme drought

While most of New Hampshire is in a state of moderate drought or abnormally dry conditions, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that conditions escalated to “extreme drought” in areas of the Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Monadnock regions, totaling 1.5 percent of the state. The last time an extreme drought was reported in New Hampshire was in 2020. Roughly 230,000 residents are currently living under some kind of community-mandated water restrictions, according to WMUR.

QOL Score: -3

Comment: The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services urges residents to conserve water, eliminating water use for watering lawns and washing cars and only watering outdoor plants in the early morning or in the evening to prevent additional water waste due to evaporation.

Groceries to Grads

Hannaford Supermarkets is launching a new tuition reimbursement program, Groceries to Grads, to provide Hannaford associates attending an accredited college or university up to $5,250 in tuition funds annually, with an additional 10 percent tuition discount offered for Hannaford associates and immediate family members taking online courses through Southern New Hampshire University. The funding can be applied to undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, according to a press release.

QOL Score: +1

Comment:Southern New Hampshire University is one of six colleges and universities in New England and New York — the only one in New Hampshire — partnering with Hannaford to offer exclusive tuition discounts as part of the program. “Through our new partnership with Hannaford, we are excited to provide affordable, flexible educational opportunities to help these staff members grow professionally and reach their career goals wherever they may be in their learning journey,” Jeremy Owens, associate vice president of university partnerships at Southern New Hampshire University, said in a press release.

QOL score: 87

Net change: -3

QOL this week: 84

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