Tick Testing Notice



To:       Member Communities of the Nashoba Associated Board of Health

From:   Jim Garreffi, Director of Public Health

Re:       Discount tick testing


There are labs in Massachusetts that provide testing on ticks as a service to the public for a fee. The purpose for these tick tests is to learn what diseases ticks may be infected with and to track their location to better understand the risk of tick borne illness in our communities.  The Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ) is an academic research lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that offers this testing locally. Since LMZ’s research focuses on infectious diseases, especially those transmitted via other animal species (ticks), they make a perfect community health collaborator. 

In conjunction with your Board of Health, the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health is partnering with the LMZ to provide a reduced fee for the testing of ticks. This discount is made possible by a generous grant from The Friends of Nashoba Nursing Service and Hospice and the LMZ. The partnership will provide a $25 reduction in the testing fee, lowering the cost for one of the test packages found at the LMZ’s website: www.tickreport.com. Last year, our Nashoba Health District communities submitted 136 ticks for testing, so the partnership decided to provide discounted testing for 150 ticks to be submitted by Nashoba’s citizens this season.

Tick testing should NEVER be considered a substitution for medical diagnosis; however, having these specific results may help you and your health care provider determine the best way to protect you from and/or treat tick borne illness. Only your health care provider can offer medical advice and/or prescribe treatment.

If you are interested in learning more about tick testing, please visit www.tickreport.com and follow the instructions for submission. The fee reduction will be applied at the time the payment is processed.

Any questions regarding the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health’s partnership with LMZ should be referred to Jim Garreffi, at 978-772-3335 ext. 305.

Deficiency Free Hospice Survey

Shirley, MA March 26, 2019 — James Garreffi, MS, Administrator is pleased to announce the agency is once again found to be in compliance with all of the federal Conditions of Participations that govern Hospice agencies, making this 12 plus years having a deficiency free survey.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) typically surveys agencies every 3 years.  The survey performed in early March at our Shirley office consisted of a review of all facets of the operation including documentation review, observation of care and provided services, interviews and joint visits with staff, patients and families.  This year’s survey also included a review of the agencies Emergency Preparedness documents.  Mr. Garreffi stated, “This is a great accomplishment and we are extremely proud of the entire staff for their hard work and dedication.”  The Agency has a history of excellence in the provision of care, however it is very rewarding when our quality of patient care and compassion are validated.  Special thanks to all of our wonderful Nurses, Medical Social Workers, Home Care Aides, Spiritual/Bereavement Counselors, Volunteers, Therapists and Support Staff.

Patients have a choice in Hospice agencies and we consider it a privilege to serve our local communities for over 85 years.  Please ask for Your local Home Health and Hospice agency by name, Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice.  For more information regarding our services offered to the communities call 1- 800-698-3307.


Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice (NNS&H) operates under the auspices of Nashoba Associated Boards of Health (NABH), a Regional Health Department established in 1931.

The NNS&H provides Home Health and Hospice services to the following towns in North Central Massachusetts: Acton, Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Clinton, Concord, Dunstable, Fitchburg, Groton, Harvard, Hudson, Lancaster, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Maynard, Pepperell, Shirley, Sterling, Stow, Townsend, Tyngsboro and Westford.

NNS&H’s mission is to provide high-quality services to communities in a cost-effective manner.

The NNS&H staff provides the following services: Nursing, Physical-Occupational-Speech Therapies, Medical Social Services, Nutrition Services, and Home Care Aides. The hospice program offers additional services including spiritual counseling, bereavement services and volunteers.

In providing the above services, the agency has long established cooperative networks within the communities. The agency works with many hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation facilities, town boards, schools (private and public), nursery schools, council on aging, home care corporations, industries, and other health care providers. The agency has a proud tradition and reputation for high quality services, creativity and cooperation.

For more information regarding the services provided call 1- 800-698-3307.

EPI Pen Disposal

Devens HHW Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center

Open to residents and pre-qualified businesses of member towns only:  Ashby - Ayer - Bolton - Clinton - Devens - Groton - Harvard - Lancaster Littleton Lunenburg Pepperell - Shirley Stow – Townsend 

Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center (DevensHHW) can accept expired epi-pens in their original packaging from individuals living or working in member communities.  Devens HHW cannot accept loose needles. The cost for disposal is noted on the price list on the www.DevensHHW.com website.   Contact Devens HHW prior to bringing large quantities of epi-pens for disposal to insure we have the material and capacity to handle them.

Open the first Wednesday and the following Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm, March to December, except for holidays & weather permitting at 9 Cook Street (Rear) Devens MA. Open to residents and pre-qualified small businesses only.  Proof of residency is required. 

Check the website for the specific dates the Center is open: www.DevensHHW.com

Directions: From Jackson Gate/Rt. 2: Right on Barnum Road, left on Saratoga Blvd, cross Independence Drive to enter DPW parking lot on left, turn right at intersection with Antietam Street and see entry on right. From Ayer Traffic Circle: Right on Barnum Road, right on Saratoga Blvd, cross Independence Drive to enter DPW parking lot on left, turn right at intersection with Antietam Street and see entry on right. From Ayer & Shirley Main St./Verbeck Gate: Left on Antietam Street, continue up hill.  See entry on right.

Address: 9 Cook Street (Rear) Devens, MA  01434 (978) 501-3943

Donate - Friends of Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice

Friends Non-Profit Group Formed

Shirley, MA - The Friends of Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice (Friends of NNS&H) is a non-profit volunteer group formed to provide assistance to Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice (NNS&H).  Over the years, health care reimbursements to home health and hospice providers have been deeply reduced.  NNS&H provides high quality home health services, such as nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy, social work and homecare aides to their homebound patients.  Spiritual, volunteer and bereavement services are also provided to their hospice patients and families. 

The purpose of the non-profit Friends of NNS&H is to provide financial assistance to supplement and promote the activities of the NNSH&H, provide direct charitable assistance to indigent persons in need of nursing and hospice services, and to assist in the development of programs for the extension and improvement of their services and resources. 

The Friends group is actively seeking individual and community support by asking you to become a “Friend” of the Friends of Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice.  If you would like to help out, remember that no donation is too small or too large and it is tax deductible.  You may mail your donation directly to Friends of Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice, 3 Patterson Road, Suite 3, Shirley, MA 01464.  Checks can be made out to Friends of NNS&H.  If you need further information about the Friends, please call 978-425-6675.


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Under the auspices of Nashoba Associated Boards of Health. A Community Partnership since 1931, serving Middlesex and Worcester Counties, MA.