Littleton Regional Healthcare E-News                                   October, 2014
   LRH Welcomes Dr. Richard G. McKenzie, Family Medicine Specialist

Littleton Regional Healthcare is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Richard G. McKenzie to LRH's North Country Primary Care - RHC.


Dr. McKenzie comes from Elliot Family Medicine, Elliot Health System in New Boston and Bedford, NH.   During his tenure at Elliot Health System, Dr. McKenzie served at Section Chief, Family Medicine. 


Dr. McKenzie received his BA in Biology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, and his BE with an emphasis on Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. He received his MBA in Marketing and Finance, graduating with distinction from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.   Dr. McKenzie is Board Certified in Family Medicine.


Warren West, CEO at LRH states, "Dr. McKenzie will be an excellent addition to our primary care physician practice. LRH continues to enhance its primary and family care practice to meet the growing needs of the communities we serve. We look forward to working with Dr. McKenzie."


For additional information about programs and services at LRH visit or to contact Littleton Regional Healthcare - North Country Primary Care - RHC to schedule an appointment, please call 603-444-7070. Office hours are Monday - Friday 8am - 5 pm.

Dr. Umashankar Receives Another ABPN Subspecialty
Certification in Epilepsy 


Dr. Gopalan Umashankar, Neurologist at LRH pictured with a grateful patient, Irene Bergeron of St. Johnsbury.

If a patient of Dr. Gopalan Umashankar were asked to describe him, they would say things like gentle, kind, respectful, modest and extremely knowledgeable in the field of Neurology. Irene Bergeron, from St. Johnsbury, VT stated, "When I came to Littleton Regional Healthcare to see Dr.

Umashankar I did not know what to expect. His gentle manner put me at ease immediately. I felt that during my visit, I was his most important patient. He did not rush through the appointment, but rather took his time to explain everything in detail, answered several questions and most of all made me feel comfortable. There are not many doctors like Dr. Umashankar, LRH is very lucky to have him on the medical staff."


Dr. Umashankar joined the medical staff at LRH in 2007. He attended medical school in M.L.B. Medical College in India. He received postgraduate education in Internal Medicine from M.L.B. Medical College and in Neurology from King George's Medical College, Lucknow, India, and completed his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Littleton Rock, Arkansas. He went on to complete his Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio.


Since joining LRH, Dr. Umashankar has become board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in several important fields of neurological medicine. In 2009, Dr. Umashankar received board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the subspecialty of Neurology. In 2011, Dr. Umashankar received certification by the
American Board Psychiatry and Neurology in the subspecialty of Neuromuscular Medicine. Neuromuscular medicine which includes the sub-specialization in diagnosis and management of disorders of nerve, muscle or neuromuscular junction.


Recently Dr. Umashankar received certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the subspecialty of Epilepsy, specializing in the field of Neurology/Child Neurology. Epilepsy is a subspecialty that involves the evaluation and treatment of seizure disorders and their complications. Dr. Umashankar is one of on four physicians board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the subspecialty of Epilepsy in New Hampshire, and there are currently no physicians in Vermont certified in this sub-specialty.


Warren West, CEO at LRH stated, "LRH is fortunate to have Dr. Umashankar as part of our medical staff. He exemplifies all of the qualities that patients search for in a physician. He treats patients' young and old who may be facing a difficult health issue. There is not one patient that I know of who has not complimented Dr. Umashankar on his outstanding care and compassion."


To schedule an appointment or for additional information regarding services provided by Dr. Gopalan Umashankar, please call his office at (603) 444-9609 located in the Medical Office Building at LRH, 580 St. Johnsbury Road, in Littleton.

November Fitness Tip
Proper Snowshoveling

With snow about to fall, we will soon find ourselves shoveling driveways, walkways and even the occasional roof.  While shoveling can act as a great workout during the winter, one must be cautioned that the risk of heart attack increases significantly.

One study from the UK showed that with each 1.8 decrease in Fahrenheit temperature, there is an increase of about 200 heart attacks per day.  So what can you do to stay safe while maintaining a clear yard?

Try using a smaller shovel.  Lifting a lighter load of snow will help reduce the effort involved in shoveling.  Make sure that you are continuing to breathe and are careful not to hold your breath with each pass.  Take frequent breaks and if at all possible, ask for some help.

Compliments of Hannah Peavey, BS, Athletic Trainer


Recipe of the Month
Apricot Cookie Bars
Consider the apricot to be a great food that provides you with the protective effects of antioxidants while adding very few calories to your daily total.


Feature in the revised edition of The New American Plate - "reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research,"


Visit for the complete recipe.   


Christine Mealey, RN, MSN

Receives Certification in Diabetes Education

Christine Mealey, RN, MSN


Littleton Regional Healthcare is pleased to announce that Christine Mealey, RN, MSN has obtained certification as a Diabetes Educator through the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. In order to sit for the exam Ms. Mealey had to meet a discipline/licensure requirement, obtain 1000 hours of professional practice experience providing Diabetes Education, and obtain minimum continuing education hours.


The Certified Diabetes Educator certification is a robust 4-hour exam that requires a broad base of knowledge. Of the candidates who sit for the exam only 70-80% will be granted Certification.


Lannette Madden, RN, LMT, AC-AHFS and Diabetes Education Coordinator states, "We are incredibly proud of Christine, and grateful for her dedication to her patients and the evidenced based education she provides at LRH."


Robert W. Mach, FACHE Appointed to the Council of Regents - American College of Healthcare Executives


Robert W. Mach, FACHE, Executive Director of Operations


Robert W. Mach, FACHE, Executive Director of Operations, Littleton Regional Healthcare, has been appointed to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The Council of Regents serves as the vital link between ACHE and members by approving governance and membership regulations as well as promoting ACHE programs, services and activities within their respective areas.


Mach will take office at the Council of Regents meeting March 14, 2015, during ACHE's 58th Congress on Healthcare Leadership at the Hilton Chicago. As a Regent, Mach will represent ACHE's membership in New Hampshire.


Mach is also Board Certified in Healthcare Management as an ACHE Fellow; Mach received his MBA at Aspen University in Colorado.

Featured LRH Volunteer
Virginia Dickman

Virginia Dickman, Dedicate Volunteer at LRH


"I enjoy the job of volunteering at Littleton Regional Healthcare. I have some management responsibilities here in the Moose Ledge Gift Shop. Being here gives me the opportunity to meet and get to know people that I otherwise wouldn't, since originally I'm not from this area. I have been volunteering here about 4 years, and I also volunteer at RSVP Bone Builders in Bethlehem."

For information on how you can volunteer at LRH, please call Amy LaSalle, Director of Volunteer Services at (603) 444-9207.

Maximize your year-end gift to LRH Charitable Foundation

Eliminate/ Offset Capital Gains



One of the most tax-efficient ways to make a gift is to donate appreciated securities with unrealized long-term capital gains, rather than selling securities first and donating after-tax proceeds. The stock markets have gone up over the past few years and you may have long-term appreciated stocks or mutual funds. If you sell them, you will have to pay capital gains taxes. However, if you donate the stock itself, LRH Charitable Foundation gives you the tax deduction for the current market value up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income, not what you originally paid for it.


So, not only are you giving to a valuable cause and investing in your community, you are saving yourself money! It's a win-win!


If you are interested in talking about how you can help LRH, call Susan Durgy, Director of Development, at (603) 259-7785.


Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Littleton Regional Healthcare
600 St. Johnsbury Road Littleton, NH 03561

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