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Warren K. West, CEO at LRH and Chief Paul Smith, Littleton Police Department, stand with the new Drug Disposal Box.

LRH Supports Drug Disposal Box at Littleton Police Department


Littleton Regional Healthcare and Littleton Police Department are concerned about the disposal of prescription drugs. That's why LRH sponsored the new Drug Disposal Box located at Littleton Police Department. Littleton Regional Healthcare supported the purchase of the drug disposal box and promoting its arrival.


Many people think that flushing or pouring prescription drugs is safe as it prevents accidentally taking outdated medications. The truth is that disposing of drugs this way causes environmental harm including water pollution and problems with septic systems, sewage treatment plants, and wildlife. In fact, in some cases trace amounts of drugs have been found in drinking water supplies.


To protect our environment and keep community members safe, Littleton Police Department now houses a new Drug Drop Box, conveniently located in the main lobby. 


Chief Paul Smith notes, "there are some restrictions to what can and cannot be disposed of in the disposal box including: Pharmaceutical drugs, to include controlled, non-controlled and over the counter drugs from households and residences only. Pharmaceutical drugs may be disposed of in the original containers or a sealed plastic bag, and liquid pharmaceuticals should remain in the original container. Used needles, syringes, or lancets cannot be placed in the disposal box."


The Drug Drop Box is located at Littleton Police Department, 2 Kittredge Lane, Littleton, NH and is open to the public Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Questions should be directed to (603) 444-7711 Ext. 2. 


North Country Pediatrics

North Country Pediatrics Receives Excellence in Immunization Award


Clinical staff at North Country Pediatrics play a major role in assisting physicians at North Country Pediatrics to ensure that our young patients receive their immunizations on time. From right: Shayna Poulton, LPN; Linda Culver, RN and Alissa Judson, MA proudly display the award.

 The North Country Pediatrics group at Littleton Regional Healthcare was recently recognized for the Excellence in Vaccines for Children Program: Childhood Immunization Initiative presented by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each year National Infant Immunization Week is recognized in April. Its purpose is to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunizations as a powerful public health tool. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Immunization Program takes this time to remind people to protect our most vulnerable citizens, infants and young children.


National Infant Immunization Week has been an annual event since 1994 with the goal of serving as a call to action for parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers. Because of the success of vaccines in preventing disease in the United States, parents are often unaware that their children are at risk for so many serious and life-threatening diseases. In the 1950s, most children contracted measles, and some died from this disease, but today few physicians graduating from medical school will ever see a case.


According to Dr. Jose Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS, "New Hampshire continues to be one of the healthiest states in the nation because our parents know the importance of vaccinations. In New Hampshire, the pediatricians, family physicians, and other medical providers have been instrumental partners in protecting children and infants. But we need to be careful about complacency. The number of pertussis cases, for example, is rising in the U.S. and here in New Hampshire."


For additional information on child immunizations, please visit the CDC website at http://1.usa.gov/10dni1M.

Healthy Message from North Country Pediatrics

Move it and lose it!   


Move it and lose it! Exercise is important for optimal health as well as weight control. Muscles are designed to move. We were meant to move every day. Moving on a regular basis keeps our muscles, including those of our heart and GI tract, healthy. Our circulatory system pumps better, and our digestive tract moves easier when we are moving our bodies. Flabby muscles contribute to weakness and disease.

Once upon a time our survival was dependent on moving. We had to hunt and gather and run from predators. Then farming or working the land required dawn to dusk labor. Survival was dependent on finding or producing as many calories as were expended in the work.


In this electronic age, we merely have to lift our hand to push a button or key pad to have all our needs met. This ready access to fast food and our lack of movement has created diseases of excess: obesity, diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension, mood disorders, constipation and diverticulitis. Our children are affected by these diseases at ever younger ages


The recommendation to combat this is to get at least one hour of physical activity a day for old and young alike. Whether the hour is all at once or broken up over the course of the day, the benefit is much the same. A 20 minute bike ride to school, followed later in the day by a 15 minute dance break and then a 25 minute post-dinner family walk could easily fit into most children's daily routine.


A combination of aerobic activity, stretching and strengthening gives our muscles their best workout. Some weight bearing every day helps prevent osteoporosis. Recent studies show dancing improves mood and memory. Research is showing that those engaged in regular outdoor activities have better physical and emotional well being.


Below are tips to keep your child moving. Start from infancy. Adjust and maintain the routines throughout the growing years.


  1. Be a good example: Let your kids see you exercise regularly. Lead other parents in activity while waiting for kids.
  2. Exercise as a family: hike, walk, swim, ski, snow shoe, dance, bike, skate- try it all
  3. Mix it up: Change with the seasons, change by the week, change on a whim. Cross training causes less repetitive injuries, works different muscle groups and keeps things more interesting
  4. Sports: Team sports like soccer, basketball, hockey, baseball and track are great. But not all kids gravitate toward them. Look into karate, gymnastics or fencing.
  5. Get outside: Put on layers and just get out there! There is evidence that the benefits of outdoor activity to our physical and emotional health outweigh indoor activity of the same duration.
  6. Always have a backup plan for bad weather: dancing, Wii competition, yoga, indoor basketball, skating in the basement.
  7. Have fun: Laugh, tell jokes, sing songs, rap, or point out wacky observations during your activity. Make it memorable.


Familiarize yourself with community resources. Weeks and Moose Brook State Parks, the Dells and Kilburn Crags are local gems for outdoor activities. Area recreation centers offer sporting activities as well as exercise classes. Contact the AMC for organized hikes, kayaks, skis and more. Get maps of local bike routes and hikes at your local bike shop or book store. Visit community pools. Sign up for fun runs and dance-athons. Work with your school to increase programs or combine resources with neighboring schools.


Being physically active can build community as well as strength and endurance.   Combining social outings with movement sets the stage for a healthy family. For your physical and emotional wellness, get out and move!

This article is provided by Dr. Traci Wagner, Pediatrician with LRH's North Country Pediatrics. 

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LRH Education

A Message from LRH Education Department


Learning CPR and AED skills can improve your ability to take action in an emergency.  Patients have the best chance for full recovery from a cardiac arrest when cardiopulmonary and defibrillation are administered appropriately and effectively. The Education and Staff Development Department at Littleton Regional Healthcare is now offering American Heart Association (AHA) classes for Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use.  The Heartsaver® CPR AED course uses interactive lessons and videos to teach CPR, AED and choking knowledge. Students will learn how to react in a cardiovascular emergency and activate the emergency response system.  This program is for individuals with limited or no medical training who want or need an AHA course completion card. You will learn:

  • Adult CPR and AED use
  • Adult choking
  • Child CPR and AED use (optional)
  • Infant CPR (optional)
  • Child choking (optional)
  • Infant choking (optional)

CPR instruction includes high-quality compressions, airway management, breathing, and how to use a mask. The courses are offered to non-clinical employees and volunteers at LRH as well as members of the community.  To find out more information about how to register for this and other courses offered by the Education and Staff Development Department, visit our web pages at http://www.littletonnhhospital.org/education.php




bLRH Auxiliary Corner

The LRH Auxiliary - Garden of Memories 



The purpose of the Garden of Memories is a "collection" of memories...a birth of a baby, a happy event, or the passing of a loved one, recently or in the past. Spring is here, the days are longer, we are more energetic and upbeat. This new event will reflect our feelings. The program we are planning will benefit LRH with lovely bulbs in the present gardens, and along the walk through the woods behind the hospital. There will be other areas identified as we move forward to ensure that the hospital grounds are full of life and color for patients and their families to enjoy.  Bulbs will be planted every fall to create an impressive show of spring color and encouragement.

The "first" Garden of Memories event will be held Thursday, May 16th at 5pm in the Upper Café next to the Moose Ledge Gift Shop at LRH. Refreshments will be served and those attending, weather permitting, will be encouraged to stroll outside to enjoy the garden. A harpist, a chorus and a guitarist will provide light soothing music, before, during and after the event.


A donation for each name is $2.00. The monies raised will benefit LRH's Family Support Services and Aftercare. A candle ceremony will be conducted by the Family Support members. Forms are available at the three floral covered donation boxes that can be found at the MOB desk, the lower atrium, and at the front desk.


The names being honored will be read during the ceremony and each donor, with their remembrances, will be listed in a floral memory book that will be available for guests to peruse at the event.


We hope you will take a few quiet moments to join us at 5pm on May 16th for renewal, reflection, remembrance and celebration.


If you have questions, please call (603) 444-9207. 

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LRH Staff Recognition - Employee of the Year
Warren West, CEO presents the Employee of the Year Award to a very deserving Cynthia Fagnant, RN

Cynthia Fagnant, RN at Littleton Regional Healthcare was named employee of the year. The prestigious Employee of the Year award is given to an employee who makes patients at LRH their highest priority, demonstrates quality customer service, and treats others with dignity, respect and courtesy. Fagnant was among many others nominated this year. She was recognized by her peers as an exemplary nurse who strives for excellence in all she does. Her reliability and honesty has earned the trust of everyone she comes in contact with both professionally and personally.


Celebrating 50 years of service: Linda Clark, RN; 35 years: Grace Bigelow, RN; Linda Culver, RN; Paul Degnan; Mary Ladouceur, RN; Deborah Pratt; Michael Richards; Mary Pat Simmons, 30 years: Sheryl Loveland, RN, 25 years: Hope Smalley; 20 years: Theresa Armstrong, RN; Rita Chadwick; Ed Duffy, MD; Melody Glines, RN, 15 years: Andrew Forrest, MD; Julie Hatley; Phil Lawson, MD; Lannette Madden, RN; Sonya Morse, NP; Henri Wante; George Whittum; Audrey Wright, 10 years: Vicki Bain; Charles Bjorklund; Gail Clark; Bill Covey; Michael Elliot; Bill Farrow; Megan Fletcher; Karleen Kelly; Jessica Lorenz-Armstrong, PA; Ritta Rylands, RN; Christine Russell; William Schanlaber, MD; Donna Therrien; Kristen Van Bergen-Buteau; Sandra Ward, 5 years: Rebecca Blake; Holly Blodgett, ARNP; Melanie Child; Lori Dodge; Barbara Daigneault; Bill Dufresne; Cindy Fagnant, RN; Deb Gallagher; Frank (Joe) Gauthier; Michelle Moren; Megan Rouillard; Carol Sheltry; Garry Spence; Ronda Tellier; Nancy Thomas, RN; Michael West; and Warren West, CEO.


Nursing Staff receiving Clinical Advancement Program awards in two different categories were: Clinical Nurse III, Krista Ash, RN; Cindy Fagnant, RN; Penny O'Dell, RN; Melissa Trahan, RN; Clinical Nurse II, Donna Driscoll, RN; Sonya Morse, RNFA; Stefanie Wilcox, RN; and Carrie Way, RN. And Michael West, LNA was awarded the LNA of the Year Nominee Award.


Warren West, CEO states, "This year we recognized 54 employees who have collectively provided 865 years of service to LRH. It is this demonstration of dedication, commitment, professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile that makes Littleton Regional Healthcare the very best place to work in northern New Hampshire".


How You Can Help



Make an 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 Healthcare.


Whether you make your gift online, 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.


For additional information about making an honor or memorial gift, contact Susan Durgy, Director of Development at (603) 259-7785  or click here Honor Memorial Donations.


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Littleton, NH  03561

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