LRH Biomass Plant Fully Operational
From left: Henri Wante, Director of Engineering & Facilities at LRH; Dick Blanchard, Bio Mass Technician and Project Coordinator; Dan Hebert, Contractor; Warren West, CEO; and LRH Trustees Erin Hennessey, Roger Gingue, Gail Tomlinson, Mel Brooks, and George Brodeur get a tour of the new Bio-Mass plant at LRH.
Littleton Regional Healthcare Trustees and staff are pleased to announce that the new biomass heating system installed this year is operational. This new energy efficient heating system will replace at least 240,000 gallons of heating oil. The biomass heating system uses hardwood bole chips to provide energy at one quarter of the cost of oil, half the cost of natural gas and half the cost of wood pellets. LRH is believed to be the second hospital in Northern New Hampshire to convert to a biomass heating and among other businesses and municipalities who have recently converted including the State of New Hampshire Grafton County Jail that includes a nursing home as well as other departments. National Life Insurance Company out of Montpelier, VT recently converted as well.
The Messersmith Automated Wood Chip Heating Systems boiler installation began in June and is now operational. This six month project costs 2.8 million which resulted in major hospital infrastructure improvements.
LRH administration did not overlook any details in the planning and implementation of conversion to a biomass system. The new system will warm the hospital's air and provide hot water. Two biomass boilers will replace three existing oil burners, leaving two burners as a back-up to the new system.
The project included a large chip storage bin that can hold two semi-trailer loads of chips which would be enough for about one week during the peak heating season and approximately one half to one load per week during the remainder of the year.
The biomass operations will generate non-toxic ash. The benefits of using the waste ash include being the best source of organic potassium for farms, it raises soil pH, making nutrients in the soil more available to plants, it is USDA compliant and listed by (Organic Material Review Institute) OMRI for use by organic growers.
It is also important to note that 90 to 99 percent of all particulates will be removed before exhaust exits the stack which provides an opportunity to improve the local air quality. People passing by LRH will see what appears to be smoke coming from the stack, but it is actually water vapor/steam. The use of high tech emission control was part of LRH's overall plan to install the biomass plant, and was based on their desire to protect the environment and provide a cleaner than oil based system.
It is also of interest to mention that LRH has recently surpassed its 11th year of their recycling program with a total weight of recycled items at 1,010,086 pounds. Through a collaborative effort between LRH administration, staff and volunteers, items recycled include paper, cardboard, all metals, bottles, plastics, batteries, fluorescents, cooking grease, ink cartridges, clinical devices, and computer parts. The cost savings to LRH includes solid waste tipping fees at $178,727; surgical devices recovery at $126,869; metal salvage at $6,485 totaling more than $312,081. What is really remarkable is that through this project LRH has saved 40 acres in our land fill.
Henri Wante, Director of Engineering and Facilities at LRH stated, "We are very pleased with this project. In our current economy LRH feels the need to seek opportunities to save costs in as many areas as possible, and this is just one example, with an estimated cost savings of $400,000 annually. We are confident that this project will fully pay for itself in just a few years."
What Our Patients are Saying!
At LRH we take great pride in caring for patients and their families. We'd like
to share some of the comments we receive, and we think you will agree that LRH is a very special hospital!
Both my wife and I received emergency room attention at your hospital. My wife had pneumonia and I ended up having pneumonia, and later that day I was admitted to the hospital for an emergency colonoscopy (which was performed by Dr. Leon Kogan). I am writing to tell you of the high esteem in which we hold your staff members. We could not have wished to have any better care and handling. I would like to specifically note our immediate attention from Dr. Duffy and his emergency department staff. The registered nurses, although I don't have their last names, I'm sure that they will be recognized starting with Linda, Kevin, Sandy, Larry and both Michael and his wife (who was the anesthesiologist).
Grateful patients from Canada
To all the young ladies in Oncology...Thank you for all you have done for me every day for more than a month. You made my daily trips for my infusion worthwhile.
For everything you've done, for being the special people that you are, thank you so very much.
A Grateful Oncology Patient
I would like to express my thanks to your awesome nursing staff. During my mother's final days in Hospice care at your facility, I was endlessly impressed with the care and compassion shown to her and my family. I'd like to particularly thank Kristen who was informative, friendly, kind and compassionate.
As an RN of over 40 years myself, I am all too aware of what is and isn't good care and you are lucky to have an exceptional staff. If I was looking for a job in NH I would certainly consider working with your staff. I cannot say enough about all who were involved in my mother's care during her final days.
My thanks to all of you!
A Healthy Message from LRH
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
Most people who get influenza will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications (such as pneumonia) as a result of the flu, some of which can be life-threatening and result in death.
Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections are examples of complications from flu. The flu can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of this condition that is triggered by the flu.
People at Higher Risk from Flu
Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems related to flu can happen at any age, but some people are at higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.
Flu is unpredictable and how severe it is can vary widely from one season to the next depending on many things, including:
- what flu viruses are spreading,
- how much flu vaccine is available,
- when vaccine is available,
- how many people get vaccinated, and
- how well the flu vaccine is matched to flu viruses that are causing illness.
Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths
in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older.
Visit CDC.gov for more information about the 2013-2014 flu vaccine!
LRH Upcoming Events
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.
|LRH Auxiliary Corner|
LRH Auxiliary Valentine's Jewelry Sale
Carol Beth Jewelry
Stop by Littleton Regional Healthcare on Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 9 am until 4 pm in the Dr. H. Taylor Caswell, Jr. Physicians' Conference Center - lower atrium.
A beautiful selection of sterling silver and custom jewelry will be available. There's no better time than now to get your Valentine's Day gift!
For more information about the jewelry sale, please contact, Amy LaSalle, Director of Volunteer Services at LRH at (603) 444-9207.
|LRH Staff Recognition |
LRH Laboratory Services Receives College of American Pathologist Accreditation
Littleton Regional Healthcare Main Laboratory, New Hampshire based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP's Accreditation Programs.
Front row left to right: Laura Tanner, Lab Aide; Melissa Wright, MLT; Cynthia Clements, Pathology Assistant and Bridgette Bean, Lab Aide.
Back row left to right: Mary Pat Simmons, MLT; Elizabeth Andross, MLT; David Saikin, Blood Bank Supervisor; Evelyn Chadwick, CLS; Jean Sapere, MT and Administrative Lab Director; Marcy Petriccione, MT; Linda Moore, MT and Hematology Supervisor; Robert High, MT and Micro Supervisor; Dr. Armando Ciampa, Medical Laboratory Director and Lori Dodge, Phlebotomist.
The facility's director, Armando Ciampa, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Littleton Regional Healthcare Main Laboratory is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960's, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government's own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.
About the College of American Pathologists
The college of American Pathologists (CAP), celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the world-wide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care. More information about the CAP can be found at www.cap.org.
|Your Gift Makes a Difference|
Community support has made an enormous difference.
Contributions made by friends of LRH over the past 106 years have helped assure that great care will be right here as our family, friends and neighbors need it. Gifts to support LRH are funneled through the Littleton Regional Healthcare Charitable Foundation, thus guarantying gifts will be used locally, benefiting our community and furthering our mission, "to provide quality, compassionate, and accessible healthcare in a manner that brings value to all."
How Can You Help?
Make an Annual Gift
Gifts to the LRH Charitable Foundation are used to support LRH health programs and services and to improve our patient experience. The Board of the Foundation, in collaboration with LRH Administration and the LRH Trustees, make decisions on funding priorities each year. These gifts help create a sustainable health system in the North Country.
Become an LRH Champion
Making a commitment of gifts of $5,000 or more per year enables you to wear the title of LRH Champion. These generous individuals, businesses and families recognize the value of giving back to their community and making an investment in care that will be here for all of us when needed. Champion gifts support capital improvements and investments in critical equipment or our Century Fund Endowment. It is through our Champions that innovation and state-of-the-art medicine become a reality here at LRH.
Become a Member of our Legacy Society
Members of our Legacy Society are individuals who have made provisions in their estate plan to benefit LRH. These gifts are truly the means to assure that LRH will continue to be the North Country's center of medical excellence. An estate gift really is the gift of your lifetime. Just as bequests made years ago resulted in the LRH we have today, your gift will make an impact on people in the North Country for years to come.
Susan Durgy, MBA, CFRE
Director of Development