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LRH Service Excellence News

  

 LRH Accredited by the American Diabetes Education Program

 

From Left: Christine Mealey RN, MSN, CEN, Diabetes Educator;

Lannette Madden, RN ACE-AHFS LMT Dept. Coordinator; Deb Tewksbury, Deborah Tewksbury, RD, Registered Dietitian

 

 

Littleton Regional Healthcare was recently accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.  Accreditation of the Program signifies the high quality of education provided and will allow residents in and around Littleton additional access to critical diabetes education services.  Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with diabetes or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self manage their diabetes and related conditions.

 

The AADE's accreditation program was created to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care. 

 

For additional information about LRH's Diabetes Education Services, please contact Christine Mealey, RN, MSN, CEN, Diabetes Educator at (603) 444-9323 or at cmealey@lrhcares.org

 

 

What Our Patients are Saying!

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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!

 

Dear LRH,

 

You have an amazing, adept, knowledgeable, and capable office staff, who helped me quickly with courtesy and satisfaction.

 

A very happy patient from Littleton

 

 

Words simply cannot express our appreciation for the care you provided to our entire family as our dear matriarch spent her last days in your ICU.

 

Every employee we encoutered was friendly, helpful and so very respectful during those difficult hours.  When my husband and I were trying to find out way back from the cafeteria when two women in scrubs and OR type caps, not only told us where to go, but walked us right to the waiting room.

 

The special care offered to our family in the ICU went above and beyond anything we expected.  On the final days of my mother in law's life, they provided us with coffee and pastries for breakfast, and a very nice lunch.  Along with this, they gave us tender privacy.  They answered our questions and went out of their way to make us as comfortable as possible while providing our loved one with excellent palliative care.

 

On behalf of our entire family, I want to extend our sincere appreciation.

 

Grateful and Satified Dauther 

 

 

A Healthy Message from LRH

The Benefits of Physical Activity

 

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help:

If you're not sure about becoming active or boosting your level of physical activity because you're afraid of getting hurt, the good news is that moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking, is generally safe for most people.

 

Start slowly. Cardiac events, such as a heart attack, are rare during physical activity. But the risk does go up when you suddenly become much more active than usual. For example, you can put yourself at risk if you don't usually get much physical activity and then all of a sudden do vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, like shoveling snow. That's why it's important to start slowly and gradually increase your level of activity.

 

If you have a chronic health condition such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease, talk with your doctor to find out if your condition limits, in any way, your ability to be active. Then, work with your doctor to come up with a physical activity plan that matches your abilities. If your condition stops you from meeting the minimum guidelines, try to do as much as you can. What's important is that you avoid being inactive. Even 60 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity is good for you.

 

The bottom line is - the health benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks of getting hurt.

 

If you want to know more about how physical activity improves your health, visit http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/getactive/index.html.

 

 

Visit CDC.gov for more information about being well! 

 

 LRH Upcoming Events

       

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

 

Staff Recognition

LRH Nurse Receives Specialty Certification

 

Littleton Regional Healthcare is pleased to announce that Geri Garneau, RN, has received her CGRN certification from the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses (ABCGN).

 

Geri Garneau, RN at LRH received her CGRN Certification

Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse) is the designation awarded by the ABCGN to GI nurses who have successfully passed the certification exam, demonstrating the full range of knowledge and the complete inventory of skills required of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy nurses. By achieving her CGRN, Geri has validated her qualifications and advanced competence.

 

 

This certification also demonstrates her professional aspirations and desire to improve the quality of patient care and delivery of services.

 

"Geri Garneau is a dedicated and well respected nurse here at Littleton Regional Healthcare and I'm so proud of her accomplishment. By becoming certified in Gastroenterology Nursing, Geri has proven her competencies, skills and her commitment to improve the quality and delivery of patient care. We're very fortunate to have Geri at LRH, as are the many patients that she will continue to care for in her exceptional manner."

 

For more information on Littleton Regional Healthcare, contact Linda Gilmore, RN, Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Administrative Officer at 603-444-9280.

 

 

 

 

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