Littleton Regional Hospital
February 2012
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Welcome to the Febuary 2012 Littleton Regional Hospital's LRH Health E-News, an electronic newsletter to patients, their families and friends of Littleton Regional Hospital.  Our goal is to keep you informed of hospital happenings and to provide up-to-date information on new technology, programs and services offered at Littleton Regional Hospital.
Featured Articles

LRH Celebrates 105 Years of Service


More than 100 guests filled the cafeteria at Littleton Regional Hospital on January 24 to hear the hospital's annual report from officials of Littleton Regional Hospital.


It was the hospital's 105th Annual Meeting and good news abounded. Hospital CEO, Warren West announced the many changes that have taken place in the past 105 years to bring LRH to where it is today. Healthcare reform will mean more change for LRH and all hospitals across the US. West reported that, "preparing for this change is the most important thing we can do, and this is exactly what LRH has done by expanding services and increasing the number of physician specialties.   LRH has expanded primary care on campus and through its relationship with Ammonoosuc Community Health Services. Electronic medical records are now available to all physician offices in the community. LRH recently went live with a new health information system, an investment that will change the way clinicians care for patients, making patient care safer in many ways. LRH also enjoys high patient satisfaction scores and a strong financial climate."


More On LRH's 105th Annual Meeting 



Medical Staff News

John L. Peterson, MD, Oncologist

Joins Littleton Regional Hospital 

Dr. John L. Peterson, Oncologist Joins LRH

Littleton Regional Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. John L. Peterson, Oncologist to the Littleton Regional Hospital - Dartmouth Hitchcock - Norris Cotton Center at LRH.


Dr. Peterson has been practicing medicine for over twenty five years and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology. He received his bachelors and M.D. from the State University of Wisconsin, and completed his residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.  Dr. Peterson completed his Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill, and two visiting Fellowships - Oncology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Duke University, Joanne Kurtzberg Lab, Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant.


Warren West, CEO at LRH states, "Dr. Peterson is an excellent addition to our medical staff. This recruitment will continue to expand the depth and breadth of our clinical capabilities at LRH. "

Dr. Peterson will lead the Hematology/Oncology services at Littleton Regional Hospital - Dartmouth Hitchcock - Norris Cotton Center at LRH. For additional information about programs and services at LRH visit or to contact Littleton Regional Hospital - Dartmouth Hitchcock - Norris Cotton Center at LRH, please call (603) 444-9376.



National Doctor's Day

March 30, 2012 

If we look back, it is found that the observance of the National Doctor's Day started as early as in March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond in her pursuit to honor the immense contributions of physicians to the society. A resolution was adopted by the United States House of Representative on March 30, 1958 to commemorate the Doctor's Day. It was approved by congress and the senate in 1990, and thus the National Doctor's Day was established. In 1991, the first National Doctor's Day was observed.

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Patients at LRH Enjoy Alternative Therapies

Alternative Therapy at LRH
From left: Gail Minor-Babin, RN, Med; Grace Bigelow, RN; Charron Sundman, Director of Volunteer Services at LRH, and Holly Lakey, LRH volunteer who coordinates the alternative therapy specialists at LRH.

Patients at Littleton Regional Hospital are now offered alternative therapies including Reiki, hand and foot massages, Aromatherapy, and therapeutic music for healing. "This is just an introduction of a new volunteer program that provides alternative therapies for patients at no cost." stated Charron Sundman, Volunteer Services Director at LRH.


Sundman states, "According to the American Hospital Association at least forty two percent of all hospitals offer at least one type of complementary or alternative therapies for patients. LRH is fortunate to have licensed practitioners who are willing to donate their time to provide these services to our patients. Feedback from the patients has been very positive as these treatments not only provide relaxation but in some cases help reduce pain."


 More about Alternative Therapy at LRH

Healthy Living Tips

 Healthy Heart Information 



Heart Attack Signs in Women

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, or jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.


If you have any of these signs, don't wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.


Source: American Heart Association


More important information from the American Heart Association:


AHA - What is a heart attack?

AHA - What are the warning signs of heart attack? 

Staff Recognition

LRH Staff Celebrates Wear Red Day

Wear Red Day at LRH

LRH Staff Celebrated Wear Red Day in recognition of National Wear Red Day whose mission is "to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." LRH was joined by Kristen Weir owner of Fresh Salon and Day Spa in Littleton. In recognition of this special health recognition event, Kristen and her team offered red hair extensions to staff at LRH at a cost of $12 each. Money raised from this month long initiative will support LRH Cardiac Rehabilitation Services to purchase new fitness equipment for patients.

Upcoming Events

21st Annual North Country Women's Health Conference - Save the date! 


Click here for additional information about our North Country Women's Health Conference.


Visit for details on these events and much more!


LRH Fitness & Wellness Classes - March/April


Get fit at LRH through a series of wellness anb fitness classes offered on campus - convenient location, lots of parking and you can pick up a healthy dinner on your way home!  Please register for these classes through the instructor. For additional information or suggestions for future classes, please call Gail Clark at 603-444-9304 or email


For details, click on the link below: 


LRH Fitness & Wellness Classes

I Heart Yoga Class at LRH


Books Are Fun Book Fair


Littleton Regional Hospital Auxiliary will host its March - Books-Are-Fun - Book Fair on Tuesday, March 6th from 11:00 am until 6:30 pm and Wednesday, March 7th from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm.  It will be located in H. Taylor Caswell, Jr. Physicians' Office Building in the lower atrium by the cafeteria at Littleton Regional Hospital.

Support LRH Charitable Foundation 

Make and Honor or Memorial Gift Today


You can celebrate a significant occasion, remember a loved one, commemorate a milestone or recognize someone special with an honor or memorial gift in their name to the LRH Charitable Foundation. Your donation will honor your friends or loved ones and help support Littleton Regional Hospital.


Whether you make your gift on-line, by mail or by phone, we will gratefully acknowledge your thoughtful donation by notifying the person or family member you designate with a beautiful acknowledgement card (no gift amount is disclosed). For online gifts, your donation will be immediately acknowledged and donors will also receive an acknowledgement of your generosity.  


Thank you for giving generously by making a charitable contribution to the LRH Charitable Foundation.


Click here Honor Memorial Donations for more information about making an honor or memorial gift today!


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