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LRGHealthcare recognized for efforts to reduce inpatient harm and readmissions

LACONIA  — LRGHealthcare was one of three organizations in the country recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) for efforts to reduce inpatient harm and reduce readmissions.

Dr. Vercin Ephrem, President of the Medical Staff and Gloria Thorington, Director of Patient Safety and Quality attended the AHA and Health Research & Education Trusts' (HRET) 'Hospital Engagement Network Best Practice Celebration' in November and presented LRGHealthcare's journey to implementing best practices and evidence based care that won the organization the national recognition.

LRGHealthcare is proud to have been recognized for its success in reducing harm and achieving the AHA's goals and is committed to providing the highest quality of care to every patient. That commitment requires an aggressive ongoing quality assessment and improvement effort, as to achieve the AHA's goal of reducing inpatient harm by 40% and reducing readmissions by 20%, LRGHealthcare met all ten areas for quality improvement. The quality improvement efforts ensure that the practices and hospitals continue to evolve with the latest medical research.

For more information about LRGHealthcare initiatives email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Director of Medical Safety and Healthcare Management, Gloria Thorington at 527-2934.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 07:32

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Safe Driving for Mature Operator program in Meredith on March 26

MEREDITH — Join AAA Northern New England traffic safety specialists at Meredith Bay Colony Club for the AAA Safe Driving For Mature Operator Program on March 26 from 9:30-1:30.

This AAA defensive driving program is a 4 hour class designed for drivers 55 and older who are interested in learning about the effects aging has on driving ability. The DVD lecture- based course is designed to increase safe-driving awareness and confidence behind the wheel.

Cost is $15 for AAA members and $20 for non-members. Lunch will be available at 1:30 p.m. for $7 per person. Reservations required. For questions or to register for the program call MBCC at (603) 279-1500.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 07:13

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Altrusa scholarship deadline is March 28

MEREDITH — Friday, March 28, is the deadline for receiving Meredith's Altrusa Club scholarship applications. The Club will be awarding scholarship money geared to the "non-traditional" student twenty-three years of age and older, as of March 1,  continuing their education and either living or working in the following towns: Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor, New Hampton or Sandwich.

One of the scholarships given will be in memory of Professor Jeanette Ritzenthaler, Ed.D, founder of the Meredith Altrusa Club. Another scholarship will be given in memory of Mrs. Marian Touhey, a long-time member, past Treasurer and co-chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Applications may be picked-up at the following Public Libraries: Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor, New Hampton and Sandwich. Applications may also be picked up at Plymouth State University and the Lakes Region Community College. Also receive an application by emailing your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Altrusa Scholarship Committee will select candidates to interview.

For further information contact chairperson, Shirley Currier (279-8772) or co-chairperson, Lorraine Cahill (476-5919)


Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 10:30

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Author Thomas F. Lee to speak at Plymouth State University on April 2

PLYMOUTH — Author Thomas F. Lee will speak about the ethical implications of the human genome project as part of the Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University on Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m.

Lee, a retired educator and biologist at St. Anselm College, will speak in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts. Lee is the final speaker in this year's Sidore Lecture series.
Lee says we are living in an exciting era of modern biotechnology that allows us unprecedented control over life forms. He will discuss the rich opportunities and ethical perils this control presents. In his book "The Human Genome Project," Lee moderates the clash between scientific values and the new genetics that has built around the human genome project," according to Publisher's Weekly.

Lee retired from Saint Anselm College in 2002, after 35 years as a professor in the Department of Biology. His areas of interest include microbiology, marine algal development and genetic engineering. He has published and spoken widely on his research on plant tissue culture, cellular polarity and airborne microorganisms.

The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the university each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time.

The theme for this year's series is "Whatever Happened to Ethics."

All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 10:28

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