LRH Health E-News January 2015


Kathy Hall, PT/CLT-LANA Joins The Alpine Clinic


Kathy Hill, PT/CLT- LANA

The Alpine Clinic, a division of Littleton Regional Healthcare, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathy Hall PT, a Physical Therapist specializing in Lymphedema Therapy.


Ms. Hall comes to the Alpine Clinic from Dan Wyand PT and Associates/Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, Vermont where she has practiced for more than 30 years.  She has spent most of her career specializing in Orthopedics, and for the last 10 years in Lymphedema Managment, post Breast Cancer Care, and Rehab related to other cancer disorders.


Kathy Hall received her BS from the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT.  Hall completed her certification in Complete Decongestive Therapy from Klose training.  She additionally qualified, tested, and received certification from the Lymphedema Association of North America (LANA).


"We are so pleased to have Kathy join our Alpine physical therapy team, as she brings a specialization in lymphedema management and years of orthopedic rehabilitation experience to Northern NH .  The Alpine Clinic, a division of Littleton Regional Healthcare, is excited to provide this new service to our community," states Jessica Thornton Sherman, PT and Director of Rehabilitation at The Alpine Clinic 


For additional information about physical therapy programs and services at The Alpine Clinic, please call (603) 823-8650 or (603) 444-3352.   Visit to learn more about the Alpine Clinic.

Lannette Madden Earns National Board Certification in

Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Lannette Madden, RN, LMT, ACE, AHFS

Littleton Regional Healthcare is pleased to announce that Lannette Madden, RN, LMT, ACE, AHFS, has successfully completed the required education, professional hands-on experience and successfully passed her exam to achieve her Board Certification from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.


"By studying for and taking the certification examination, Lannette has proven that she has the knowledge and skills required to be an exemplary massage therapist.


"Lannette has demonstrated her focus and commitment to the whole patient in her work in LRH's Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. She also exhibits her caring and concern for LRH staff by advancing healthy living with her Wellness Program for LRH employees," states Linda Gilmore, RN, CNO/CAO.  "By earning her certification Lannette continues to validate her commitment to excellence."


Visit to learn more about LRH's Cardiac Rehabilitation Department. 

LRH Obstetrics Nurse Receives Lactation Certification


Marla Casella, RNC-OB
Littleton Regional Healthcare is pleased to announce that Obstetrics Department Nurse Marla Casella, RNC-OB (Registered Nurse Certified in Inpatient Obstetric care)has received her certification as a Lactation Counselor from the Center for Breastfeeding, recognized by The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.


Achieving her CLC certification means that Marla has received training and competency verification in breastfeeding and human lactation support including assessing the feeding process, providing corrective interventions, counseling mothers, understanding of special circumstances and other commonly encountered situations. All of this gives Marla a strong foundation with which to help moms and babies. 


"Littleton Regional Healthcare is fortunate to have Marla as part of our Obstetrics Department Team. Marla's nursing skills and her positive approach to caring for mother and child help create a supportive and skilled experience for our OB families." states Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Administrative Officer, Linda Gilmore.


To learn more about the Agnes Norris Birthing Center at LRH visit



January Fitness Tip


January is a great month to enjoy your New Year's Resolution and new found motivation to get fit. Unfortunately, by the time February rolls around, this motivation seems to diminish and we are often right back to square one. Adopting a new exercise routine can take months to maintain. So how do we keep up the motivation to achieve our fitness goals?


Try using a rewards system to help maintain motivation. For every week you complete your routine, give yourself some time to watch a movie or take a relaxing bubble bath. If you complete the routine for one month, reward yourself with a new magazine subscription or a fun fitness gadget like a pedometer. When you accomplish a long time goal, get a new pair of running shoes or schedule yourself a massage. This reward system helps give you some external motivation to stay on track and allows you to schedule some time for stress reducing relaxation.


Some other methods to stay on track are to exercise with a friend, schedule time each day for your routine and have a back-up plan such as a quick 30 minute exercise DVD that you can use if your original plan is derailed. Just remember that as you work to meet your goals, you will have times when it all falls into place and times when it all falls apart. Stay positive and get back into your routine as soon as possible.


Visit for additional fitness tips. 


Provided by Hanna Peavey, BS,  Athletic Trainer




January Featured Recipe:


Homemade Hummus


"Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research,"


Try something new this year and make your own hummus. Made from five simple ingredients, it's name in Arabic literally translates to "chickpeas." These cream-colored beans are full of protein and rich in fiber. Tahini is ground sesame seed past that adds creaminess and a distinctive nutty flavor. Hummus can be serves with pita bread or used as a dip for raw veggies like carrots, celery and bell pepper slices.


Visit for entire recipe!

Anna Rioux, Featured LRH Volunteer
Anna Rioux, LRH Volunteer for 25 Years
Anna Rioux, Volunteer at LRH for 25 Years
Volunteer of the Month - "LRH is very fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who are willing to help as needed. Just a week before Christmas, Anna Rioux spent 5 days shopping to assist with The Caring Tree project. Because of her hard work, dedication, and good sense of humor at least 100 children enjoyed Christmas. Anna is a pleasure to work with. We are fortunate that she, like so many others, are willing to give of their time." stated Gail Clark, Director of Marketing & Community Relations.

If you would like to volunteer at LRH, visit learn more about the benefits of volunteering at Littleton Regional Healthcare.


Grace's Kindness


For 37 years, Grace Bigelow has been a member of the LRH family. Starting as a nurse on the Medical/Surgical Unit, Grace quickly became a House Coordinator on the 3PM to 11PM shift. After earning her Master's Degree in Nursing, Grace became an instructor at the Berlin Technical College, helping to train new nurses to serve the North Country, while continuing to do Per Diem nursing at LRH. After retiring from teaching, a call from her friend, Anne Wiggett, RN, led her back to LRH and becoming an Oncology /Hematology nurse.


When Grace's beloved husband of six short years, Harold, became seriously ill, she experienced another side of LRH...receiving the compassionate and skilled care she had always so willingly given. Harold was in the ICU for five days before being moved to the LRH Hospice Room, where he lived for three days. Grace was by his side and saw the comfort and understanding provided, not because he was the spouse of an employee, but because that's what our team does.


Grace's appreciation of all that was done for Harold and for her as a family member made her decide to make a very generous gift to LRH to benefit other families who would use the Hospice Room. Indeed, Grace's kindness will make a lasting difference for other families. We are grateful for all of the members of our LRH family, especially our donors who so graciously support our mission.


For more information about the LRH Charitable Foundation, visit or call Susan Durgy, MBA, CFRE, Director of Development at (603) 259-7785.

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