LRH Health E-News - September/October 2015
LRH Auxiliary Annual Luncheon Event
Award Ceremony and Donation Presentation

The LRH Auxiliary recently held their annual luncheon meeting at the beautiful home of Dr. Richard and Sandy Monroe. This annual luncheon is attended by many of the 120 Auxiliary members.
Auxiliary President, Cindy Mitchell presents Maryann Langdoc
with the annual Elizabeth Tuttle Beattie Service Award.  
Auxiliary President, Cindy Mitchell presents Dr. John P. Sauter with a $5,000 check to support 
the LRH Charitable Foundation capital campaign.  
Following a lovely lunch, President, Cynthia Mitchell opened the meeting with a special thanks to hosts Sandy and Dr. Monroe for opening their house for this annual meeting. 2015 marks the 37th year they have hosted this event.

Warren West, CEO reported on hospital happenings including the pending affiliation with other North Country hospitals, reporting the process is moving forward.  The purpose of the affiliation is coordinated care in the North Country.  West moved on to report on renovations being made at LRH, and mentioned new physicians who will be joining the medical staff.  Dr. Irving Smith, Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine practitioner joined the medical staff in August; Dr. Jennifer Lucas, Adult and Pediatrics Urologist; and Dr. Toni Colacino, General Surgeon joined the staff this month.  

Visit http://bit.ly/1LkU6xL for full story.  


 




LRH is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Anthony Colacino, General Surgeon specializing in endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures.  

Dr. Colacino attended the Medical University of South Carolina.  He completed his residency at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ, and his fellowship at Cooper University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Camden, NJ.  

He holds professional memberships in the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic, and the American College of Surgeons.  

Dr. Colacino joins Surgical Associates of LRH at 603.444.0997.  Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm.  


LRH Team Promotes the Need for Advance Directives



Littleton Regional Healthcare is excited to announce the formation of an Advance Directives Task Force. The Interdisciplinary team members have come together to brainstorm ways to increase the number of community members that have Advance Directives in place that describe their wishes regarding healthcare. Advance Directives provide instruction for caregivers when the person is not able to speak for themselves. The documents can describe personal wishes, as well as name a person authorized to make healthcare decisions on behalf of the individual if they are unable to do so.

The team is creating a variety of outreach methodologies to educate and assist with completion of the documents across our communities. Copies of the forms are available on the hospital Website, or by calling the LRH Case Management Department at (603) 444-9045. Any of our team members or your provider would be happy to assist you with completion of these documents.

Visit http://bit.ly/1OlJaFa to learn more about Advance Directives, and to download a copy of An Advanced Care Planning Guide today!  Take a moment and learn about the importance of Advance Directives.  


LRH Health Professional Earns 

Patient Safety Credential


Littleton Regional Healthcare is pleased to announce that Assistant Director of Nursing Services, Kimberly Force, RNC, MSN has been recognized by The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS).

The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) was established by the National Patient Safety Foundation, and was created to advance, standardize, and promote patient safety knowledge competencies for health care professionals. Successful completion of the rigorously-designed Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) exam attests to Kim's knowledge of essential patient safety competencies.

"Assistant Director of Nursing Services, Kim Force, is a vital member of our nursing leadership team at Littleton Regional Healthcare. Her continued efforts in nursing professional growth and patient safety demonstrate her commitment to the quality healthcare we provide at LRH. Earning this credential attests to Kim's specialized competency in patient safety science and application. Kim has proven herself a true patient advocate and we're very privileged to have her on our team." states Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Administrative Officer, Linda Gilmore.

Here's what one new mom is saying about the Sauter Birthing Suite at LRH!

Quite often we get letters from patients who take a few moments to thank the staff at LRH for the outstanding care they received during their stay.  We want to share one with you today:

 
"As first time parents with no support system nearby, my husband and I were able to attend Littleton Regional Healthcare's free childbirth class--which prepared us for what would happen and made us confident during labor and delivery instead of being scared. The help offered through the Birth & Parenting program didn't stop once I delivered though! After I went home, a lactation counselor called me to check in and make sure everything was going well. When it wasn't, I was able to go back and get one-on-one lactation help. That, along with the added benefit of the mom's group, gave me the information and support I needed to successfully breastfeed my little one. Knowing that I am able to reach out for help at any time (and that it's free), makes being a first-time mom less stressful."
 
Sarah C.


 Support the Sauter Birthing Suite Today

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Your gift can make a difference in the lives of families from all over Northern New Hampshire and VT, who will turn to Littleton Regional Healthcare for their prenatal care, for the birth of their new baby, and for pediatric care as their newborn grows.  Through each stage, our physicians and nurses will teach and support them so that they will be ready to deliver a healthy, happy baby.

When our campus on St. Johnsbury Road was built in 2001, the birthing center was designed to handle 200 births each year. We are now welcoming 350 newborns annually.  That is why we are going to expand and renovate our birthing suite.  We want to offer rooms where new parents and their families can enjoy the birth of their children and grandchildren.  This exciting project will make a stay in the birthing suite much more comfortable for laboring moms, their babies, and their family and friends.  We look forward to serving many families for years to come by offering a safe, peaceful, and comfortable Birthing Suite.  
 
The total cost to renovate and expand the Sauter Birthing Suite is $548,000. We have raised more than $200,000.  We have a long way to go to raise enough to pay for the entire project. Please support our campaign, "Delivering Our Future" now.  Healthy babies are the future of the communities served by LRH.

Please make a donation on-line today, <<Click here>> or mail your donation to: 

LRH Charitable Foundation
600 St. Johnsbury Road
LIttleton, NH 03561
603.444.9304
gclark@lrhcares.org

Ps...no gift is too small!  Your gift today will make a positive impact on our fundraising efforts.  We cannot continue to provide funds to support the programs and services at LRH without your help!  Call (603) 444-9304 to find out how your gift will help.

 Eye Injury Prevention Month

More than 180 million Americans have eye problems.  Over the years, a large number of clinical study results are showing that there are a lot of nutrients that can improve eyesight and heal certain eye conditions.  October is Eye Injury Prevention Month.  To learn more about keeping your eyes in good shape, read 
Healthy Vision: prevent and reverse eye disease through better nutrition, by Neal Adams, M.D.  He is a leading expert in diseases of the eye. 

This resource book is available at the Gale Medical Library as are many more for patients and their families.  Visit http://littletonhealthcare.org/department_details.php?DeptID=16 to learn more about what information is available.
October Fitness Tip

Fitness gadgets are all the rage as they are a fun way to keep track of your physical activity, provide motivation and keep you on track.  While there are many high tech options available, you do not need to spend a lot of money to track your physical activity.  Pedometers are an excellent, low cost option that tracks the number of steps you take in a day.  They are small, light-weight and accurate.
 
They do have limitations, as they can only provide information on steps taken, and cannot tell you about the intensity of those steps.  Despite these limitations, pedometers are excellent options to keep up your activity day to day.

Compliments of Hannah Peavey, BS, Athletic Trainer
Quick and Creepy Treats for Halloween!
 
Kids won't be afraid of these spiders - they are healthy and frightfully tasty too!
 
Quick and Creepy Chocolate Treats Ingredients:
 
1 cup pitted dates
cup raw almond butter
2 tablespoons natural cocoa powder
3 tablespoons ground chia seeds
 
 
Instructions:
 
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until very well combined.
 
Remove mixture from food processor and forms into balls or mold into spiders, worms or whatever creepy creature is desired.  Can be decorated with nuts, seeds or dried fruit.
 
For a more adult treat, roll balls in cocoa powder, ground raw almonds or unsweetened coconut.
 
Note:  Raw sunflower butter may be substituted for almond butter.

"Compliments of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, www.drfuhrman.com  "

Littleton Regional Healthcare
600 St. Johnsbury Road Littleton, NH 03561
800-464-7731
 www.littletonhealthcare.org