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  • 12/13/2022 1:22 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    DOVER, N.H. – Nurse Practitioner Dr. Aaron Kahn and Physician Assistant Kim Kasten are joining Dover Family Practice this month, offering primary care services to the community.

    Dr. Kahn has nearly 15 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner, most recently at Rochester Hill Family Practice and at Core Physicians in Stratham. He also worked at White Mountain Medical Center in Sanbornville during his 11-year career in the Frisbie Hospital organization. Dr. Kahn also spent many years serving patients in New York state, including in North Massapequa, Port Jefferson, Corfu, and Buffalo.

    He has received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Chemistry from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Kahn also received his Master of Science as a Family Health Nurse Practitioner from SUNY-Buffalo and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of New Hampshire.

    Kasten has 10 years of experience in health care, most recently as a physician assistant for six years at Southern Maine Health Care/Maine Health in Sanford. She also worked as a PA at Lincoln Medical Partners in Waldoboro, ME and as an Emergency Medical Technician in Los Angeles, CA.

    She received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA.

    Both Dr. Aaron Kahn and Kim Kasten will be exclusively practicing at Dover Family Practice and are accepting new patients. Those interested in establishing primary care should call (603) 742-3174.


  • 12/12/2022 1:14 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Rochester, NH- Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, recently recognized Cheryl Bonar, RN, with the 2022 Nightingale Award. Cornerstone VNA created this award for their nurses in 2015, which is presented to a person who exemplifies Florence Nightingale’s work through best practice, mentorship, education and change. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) is known for her work in fundamentally changing the role of nursing and introduced the concept of nursing standards.

    According to Jen Gullison, RN, MSN, Vice President of Operations at Cornerstone VNA, “Cheryl helps Cornerstone VNA keep its operations flowing seamlessly, 24/7, including providing direct patient care to those with an active COVID-19 diagnosis.” Gullison continues, “She works with very young kids who require home infusion therapy to older adults who need teaching to be able to self-manage their disease or condition.”

    Julie Reynolds RN, MS, President/CEO adds, “As a team member at Cornerstone VNA for over 28 years, Cheryl has been a role model to many nurses because of how skilled she is in her nursing practice. She performs co-visits with other nurses to train them in skills such as intravenous therapy, complicated wound care, and other complex procedures.” In response to the honor of this award, Cheryl shared, “The patients keep me going in this career, I love meeting new people and caring for them.”

    In addition to the Nightingale Award, Cheryl Bonar also received the 2022 New Hampshire Healthcare Hero award for the Seacoast Region. Since late 2020, NH Healthcare Heroes has honored dozens of those working in healthcare who repeatedly go above and beyond the call of duty. This special award was presented to Cheryl by NH Healthcare Hero Committee Member, John Desmond of Cookson Communications. During a special pinning ceremony at the Cornerstone VNA office, Desmond shared, “We continue to recognize these Heroes for their powerful stories and the inspiration they provide to others considering a career in healthcare.”

    Cornerstone VNA currently serves Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty, and Community Care. For over 109 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit or call 800-691-1133.

    Nightingale Award from l to r: Jennifer Gullison, RN, MSN, VP of Operations, Cheryl Bonar, RN, Michael Carleton, RN, Home Care Team Manager, Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO

    NH Healthcare Hero Award from l to r: John Desmond, Cookson Communications, Cheryl Bonar, RN, Michael Carleton, RN

  • 12/08/2022 1:13 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    DOVER, N.H. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital was awarded seven 2023 Women’s Choice Awards Thursday, including a national rank of 32 of 1,012 medium-sized hospitals in patient satisfaction.

    Wentworth-Douglass was honored with the “100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience,” and garnered additional awards for bariatrics, cancer care, mammogram imaging, minimally invasive surgery, obstetrics, and stroke care.

    The hospitals’ Breast Health Center in Portsmouth, and Women’s Life Imaging in Somersworth, were both honored for their mammography centers as well.

    Among the findings of the group, 83% of patients reported they would “definitely recommend” Wentworth-Douglass. The hospital was also ranked within the top 6% in all the categories in which it was honored, including in the top 1% in mammogram imaging and the top 2% in cancer care, of 4,729 facilities.

    The Women’s Choice Awards is the only national list focused on female patients. The awards’ methodology utilizes the most recent publicly available information from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as accreditation information.  In some cases, the awards utilize surveys of tens of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of Business.

  • 12/06/2022 1:07 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    DOVER, N.H. – For the second-consecutive year, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has been named among U.S. News & World Reports’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. The hospital was recognized as ‘High Performing’ in Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy), the highest award a hospital can earn.

    The annual evaluation is designed to assist expectant parents and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive maternity care. Wentworth-Douglass earned a ‘High Performing’ designation in recognition of maternity care as measured by factors such as newborn complication rates.

    “Wentworth-Douglass has consistently been the Seacoast’s leader in maternity care, and this is an outstanding recognition once again for our Women & Children’s Center,” said Jeff Hughes, President & CEO of Wentworth-Douglass. “It’s the incredible commitment of our staff, and the continued support of our community, that makes this sustained success possible.”

    Wentworth-Douglass set a birthing record in 2021, with 1,491 deliveries. The hospital delivered more babies than Exeter Hospital, Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, and York Hospital combined.

    “From the moment a baby is born and through all stages of their life, we are here to support the entire family,” said Nicole Pendenza, Assistant Vice President of Women and Children's Services. “We have a strong commitment to compassionate, comprehensive care, so it’s very rewarding to see our staff and the Women and Children’s service line honored with this designation.”

    This is the second time U.S. News has published a list of Best Hospitals for Maternity. Of the hospitals who submitted maternity data this year, U.S. News says that less than half earned the top ‘High Performing’ rating.

    “When expectant parents are considering their options for welcoming a baby to the world, the Best Hospitals for Maternity Care are designed to help them identify hospitals that excel in delivering babies for uncomplicated pregnancies,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News. “A hospital that hasearned a High Performing designation may be a good option for parents, in consultation withtheir medical provider, to consider.”

    The U.S. News Best Hospitals for Maternity Care methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality, such as C-section rates in lower-risk pregnancies, newborn complication rates, exclusive breast milk feeding rates, early elective delivery rates and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) rates, among other measures.

    More information on the rating is available online at:

  • 12/05/2022 1:10 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Rochester, N.H. – Wentworth-Douglass Hospital will now be offering OBGYN services from Dr. Michelle Ciarlo at the satellite office Primary Care of Rochester, a Mass General Brigham Healthcare Center located at The Ridge Marketplace.

    Wentworth-Douglass opened their first Rochester location in September, following recent closures of other primary care practices in the area.

    “We opened our Rochester location, because we know there’s a need for health care services in that area,” said Melisa Bartlett, assistant vice president of Wentworth Health Partners. “Expanding our offerings into OBGYN is part of our commitment to improving access to care for not only expectant moms, but the entire Seacoast community.”

    Dr. Ciarlo is experienced in high-risk obstetrics, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, infertility, and menopause. She joined Wentworth-Douglass in 2020 and previously provided care for the Rochester community for eight years at Frisbie Memorial Hospital. Dr. Ciarlo received her Bachelor of Science in Biology/Biological Sciences from Stonehill College in Easton, MA. She received her Doctor of Medicine from Ross University School of Medicine in Barbados and completed her residency at the Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

    OBGYN services will be available beginning December 13 and patients can establish care by calling 603-610-8079.

  • 12/05/2022 11:41 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Somersworth, NH— The Falls Chamber of Commerce announced Jennifer Hickey, a first grade teacher at Idlehurst Elementary School, has been named the Chamber’s 2022 Educator of the Year at their Winter Gala Annual Awards Dinner. The Winter Gala took place on Thursday, December 1st.  

    Elizabeth Cocco, Principal of Idlehurst Elementary School, said, “Mrs. Hickey has been shaping the lives of first graders at Idlehurst Elementary School, in Somersworth School District, for the last 20 years. I can say with confidence, Jennifer is the true representation of our school, community, and faculty. The loyalty and passion she has shown towards our school and community exemplifies what an Educator of the Year looks like.” 

    More Award Winners 

    The Chamber honored Robin Comstock, Somersworth Economic Development Manager, as citizen of the year stating, Her last day with the City Hall  is nearing and the Falls Chamber would like to thank her for her support over the years. Her creative thoughts on how to get things accomplished and ability to connect the dots between different types of folks working towards the same goals is truly remarkable.”  

    In addition to the Educator and Citizen of the Year Awards, the Chamber awarded two additional awards for the Business and Non- Profit of the Year. 

    The Chamber announced Great Falls Construction as the winner of this year’s Business of the Year Award.  

    “Their work on the Edge Development in Berwick has been truly incredible,” said Emerson Doiron, Executive Director of the Falls Chamber, during her speech at the event. “The Great Falls Construction mission is ‘constructing and developing with a purpose’ and that mission is being honored in the most impressive way with the Edge.”  

    Julie Curran, Great Falls Construction Business Development Manager, stated “Once fully constructed the Edge site will have 12 buildings, 265 apartments, and approximately 39 commercial units, making it one of the newest and largest contiguous Village center sites in the Falls region.”  

    The Chamber announced Cornerstone VNA as the The Non-Profit of the Year award winner.  

    Executive Director Doiron stated, “Chances are this nonprofit has touched you personally or has made a difference in the lives of those around you including your family, your friends, and your neighbors. And since this organization will be turning 110 in 2023, there’s a very good chance that they have cared for your loved ones across several generations. Today, they provide specialized care through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care – Private Duty, and Community Care.”  

    The 2022 Winter Gala Business Awards Dinner was underwritten by Service Credit Union and sponsored by Profile Bank, Palmer Gas and Oil, Tri-City Christian Academy, Breezeline, Edward Jones, Tri-City Masonry, Keller Williams Realty Riley Bacon, Somersworth Storage, and Tri-City Subaru, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram.  


    From Left to Right: Jon and Cindy Smith owners of Great Falls Construction, Julie Reynolds CEO of Cornerstone VNA, Jennifer Hickey First Grade Teacher at Idlehurst Elementary School, and Robin Comstock Economic Development Manager City of Somersworth.  

    To get involved with the Falls Chamber of Commerce visit us online at or email 


  • 11/30/2022 2:00 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    MVSB (Meredith Village Savings Bank) is excited to announce the addition of Deborah Miller to the MVSB residential lending team as Mortgage Loan Officer NMLS #2425328. In this role, she will support new and existing clients in the Seacoast communities of New Hampshire with their mortgage lending needs.

    “We are really excited to welcome Deborah to the team and have her help serve the needs of the Seacoast Region,” said Charlie Dowd, MVSB Vice President, Residential Mortgage Sales at NMLS #737415. “We know the community and our customers will benefit from her 30 years of experience in mortgage lending and dedicated involvement locally.”

    “MVSB is a community bank that cares about the communities they serve, and I am proud to continue my career in mortgage lending here,” said Deborah. “Customer service is my top priority and I am excited to share all the great home financing solutions MVSB has to offer. Everyone on the mortgage lending team has been so welcoming and I am excited to hit the ground running.”

    Deborah’s career in home lending includes experience in nearly all aspects of the home financing process – from processing and underwriting to origination. This experience has provided her a wealth of knowledge to support her clients each step of the way.

    In the community, Miller has previously served on the Exeter DARE Board and helps fundraise for breast cancer awareness. She has lived in the Seacoast Region for more than 25 years and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

    Go to for more information.

    Unlike a stock bank, MVSB is a mutual savings bank that operates for the benefit of its depositors, borrowers and surrounding communities. As a result, MVSB has remained steadfast in fostering the economic health and well-being of the community since it was founded in 1869. For over 150 years, Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB), has been serving the people, businesses, nonprofits and municipalities of New Hampshire. MVSB and its employees are guided by the values of accountability, mutuality, excellence, respect, integrity, teamwork and stewardship. To learn more, visit any of the local branch offices located in Alton, Ashland, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Melvin Village, Meredith, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth or Wolfeboro, call 800.922.6872 or visit

    Caption: Deborah Miller, Mortgage Loan Officer, NMLS #2425328

  • 11/28/2022 3:27 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    MVSB (Meredith Village Savings Bank) is collecting donations of new mittens, hats, gloves and scarves for their annual Mitten Tree drive, now through New Year’s Eve. All items will be distributed to local school and nonprofits. MVSB will also match each item donation with $2 to local childcare programs.

    Mitten Tree donations can be dropped off at any MVSB branch location. A complete list of offices and hours are available at

    “The annual Mitten Tree drive has been a beloved tradition at MVSB since 1979,” said Stacy Trites, Senior Vice President, Senior Retail Banking Officer. “We are truly grateful to our local community members for stepping up each year to warm hands and hearts with their donations – and to the MVSB employees at each MVSB office who ensure the items end up where they are needed most in their communities.”

    The Bank’s matching donations will benefit the following local child and after school care programs:

    • ·        Community Church of Alton After School Program
    • ·        Ashland Parks & Recreation After School Program
    • ·        The Sandwich Child Care Center
    • ·        Gilford Youth Center
    • ·        The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region
    • ·        Kidsworks Learning Center
    • ·        Moultonborough Recreation Department Beyond the Bell After School Program
    • ·        Pemi Youth Center
    • ·        YMCA of the Seacoast
    • ·        Rochester Child Care Center
    • ·        Kingswood Youth Center

    Unlike a stock bank, MVSB is a mutual savings bank that operates for the benefit of its depositors, borrowers and surrounding communities. As a result, MVSB has remained steadfast in fostering the economic health and well-being of the community since it was founded in 1869. For over 150 years, Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB), has been serving the people, businesses, nonprofits and municipalities of New Hampshire. MVSB and its employees are guided by the values of accountability, mutuality, excellence, respect, integrity, teamwork and stewardship. To learn more, visit any of the local branch offices located in Alton, Ashland, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Melvin Village, Meredith, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Rochester or Wolfeboro, call 800.922.6872 or visit

    Caption: MVSB is collecting new mittens, hats, gloves and scarves through New Year’s Eve at any MVSB Branch location. Courtesy Photo

  • 11/16/2022 3:32 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    DOVER, N.H. – Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has been awarded an “A” grade for safety by the Leapfrog Group, an independent, national not-for-profit watchdog organization. The announcement was made on Wednesday.

    “Nothing is more important at Wentworth-Douglass than patient safety and this is a testament to our staff’s steadfast commitment to that,” said Jeff Hughes, President & CEO of Wentworth-Douglass. “I’m proud that our culture of safety is reflected not just in this award, but in everything we do.”

    The Leapfrog Group has a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.

    “Patient safety is at the center of everything we do, so I’m grateful that this award is reflective of our culture,” said Dr. Gregg Meyer, President of Mass General Brigham’s Community Division. “It’s a testament to the outstanding staff at Wentworth-Douglass and their consistent, unwavering commitment to patient safety – no matter the challenges.”

    Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring.

    “I applaud the hospital leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a sign that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance, so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement.”

    The full grade details for hospitals are available online at

  • 11/14/2022 6:32 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    DOVER, NH – The Boston Celtics honored Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Security Officer Andy Clark during their game against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

    On September 12th, Clark rushed to a vehicle, parked just outside the hospital’s Garrison Wing entrance, after a patient gave birth to a baby in her car. Clark assisted the child by unwrapping the umbilical cord that was around its neck.

    The encounter was covered by numerous media outlets:

    Clark and his family received VIP treatment from the team, and he was given a standing ovation by a sold out crowd at the TD Garden.


The Falls Chamber of Commerce is a professional association of businesses in  the falls area.  We are the catalyst that facilitates business growth , prosperity, partnership and success for our members. 



Emerson Doiron, Executive Director
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