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February 2014
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New Gerrish Breast Care Center Commercial
Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital - Commercial
Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital - Commercial
Virtual Tour of the Birth Center
Birth Center and Neonatal Care Center Tour
Birth Center and Neonatal Care Center Tour

"Healthier" Irish Coffee for

St. Patrick's Day

Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like a hot cup of Irish coffee. Most Irish coffees are full of fat and extra sugar, so here's a slimmed-down version:


-1/4 cup Reddi Wip (only 15 calories per 2 tablespoons)


-1/2 cup Irish whiskey, divided


-1/4 cup sugar substitute like Splenda, divided


-4 cups strong coffee, divided




Pour about 4 teaspoons whiskey into each glass. Add 2 teaspoons sugar to each serving, and add 2/3 cup coffee, stirring until sugar dissolves. Top each serving with about 1 1/2 tablespoons whipped cream (do not stir).


Source: Cooking Light

Donate Blood at AJH

The Anna Jaques laboratory operates a blood donor program in order to supplement the American Red Cross supply and ensure an adequate level of blood for our patients.  All donated blood goes to Anna Jaques patients. 

Give blood today!
Contact the AJH Blood Donor Services at:
Phone:  978-463-1098 
Email:   [email protected]

Hours of Operation:

Monday:        5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday:     10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Department of Transportation Certification Now Available at AJH

Effective May 21, 2014, commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers will be required to use registered Medical Examiners to obtain medical certifications. These Medical Examiners must pass a National Certification exam qualifying them to perform Department of Transportation (DOT) certifications. The providers at Anna Jaques Occupational Health are certified and registered with the National Registry of Medical Examiners.  


If you have questions or need to make a DOT certification appointment, call Occupational Health at 978-834-8190.

Arthritis and Your Feet

By Dr. James J. DiResta and Dr. Angela Barnes

Dr. DiResta & Associates 

(978) 465-2122

If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, or joint inflammation, you know all too well the pain associated with the disease. There are several types of arthritis, but the most common form is osteoarthritis, or "wear-and-tear" arthritis. Also referred to as degenerative joint disease, this appears when a breakdown of cartilage causes the bones to rub against each other, causing pain, stiffness, and loss of movement in the joint. Symptoms associated with osteoarthritis are tenderness or pain, stiffness in the joint, swelling in the joint, and reduced ability to move, walk, or bear weight. Proper diagnosis, early treatment, and pain management are all key factors in preventing joint deformity and disability.


Here are a few foot care tips to consider for arthritis management:


- Wear shoes that fit properly and feel comfortable

- Wear shoes with more cushioning and rubber soles

- Perform exercises to help keep your feet pain-free, flexible, and strong:

  • Achilles Stretch-With your palms flat on a wall, lean against the wall and place one foot forward and one foot back. Lean forward, leaving your heels on the floor. Repeat 3 times, holding for 10 seconds on each side.

  • Toe Pull-Place a thick rubber band around the toes of each foot, and then spread your toes. Hold this position for five seconds and repeat 10 more times.

  • Toe Curl- Pick up marbles or any small objects with your toes.

Other treatment options may include steroid medications, pads or arch supports, inserts that support the ankle and foot, physical therapy, custom orthotics, and surgery.

For more information, tune in and listen to Dr. Angela Barnes on WNBP Radio (106.1 FM and 1450 AM) "Spotlight on Health" on March 5th at 8:15am.


Celebrate Lactation Consultants on March 5, 2014

(Photo: Judy Fayre, RN, Ellena Preston, RN, Hannah Pawlendzio, RN, and Tasha Gunnersson, RN, AJH's on-staff IBCLC's.)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, is International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Day - a global celebration that recognizes and celebrates the value of Lactation Consultants. The day also creates an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of breastfeeding. IBCLC's make an impact by:

  • Helping mothers develop breastfeeding skills and manage challenges
  • Training other health care workers using evidence based knowledge
  • Collaborating with other health care workers to meet the family's needs
  • Investigating and participating in research
  • Educating policy makers on the economic and health benefits of breastfeeding
  • Advocating for services to support breastfeeding 

Anna Jaques Hospital has four IBCLC nurses on-staff that work with inpatient breastfeeding moms and babies, educate nurses and physicians, conduct two weekly outpatient support groups, visit outpatient moms and babies and consult with other departments. 

Stay Safe While Shoveling

It has been a brutal winter in New England and shoveling has become the new weekly workout out for many. From heightened risk of heart attack for some, to the inevitable back pain that can follow, shoveling can be a strenuous but necessary activity.

To stay safe while shoveling this winter:
  • Stretch before you start
  • Dress appropriately
  • Use a smaller shovel
  • Lift smaller amounts at a time
  • Shovel early and often
  • Don't throw snow over your shoulder - the twisting motion may stress your back
  • Push the snow - when you have to lift, be sure to use the leg muscles rather than the back muscles
  • Take a break!
  • Pace yourself - do not shovel for more than 30 to 60 minutes, just like you would for regular exercise

Snowy Day Anna Jaques

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