LRGHealthcare part of Granite Heath Summit on emergency department services

BEDFORD — On September 9, a diverse group of over 70 leaders representing each of the five health systems within Granite Health (LRGHealthcare, Catholic Medical Center, Concord Hospital, Southern New Hampshire Health, Wentworth Douglass Hospital) came together to discuss implementing recommendations for better patient throughput.

For about a year, the group has been working to formalize specific recommendations that have proven to be successful in managing the way patients are cared for in the emergency department and directed throughout the care process. It identified four focus areas to help with enhancing a seamless patient experience including rapid assessment and up front sorting of incoming patients, bed management using designated bed coordinators, bridge orders, and team based rounding. Some of the recommendations that the group discussed at the summit have already been piloted or are in place at Granite Health member systems but the group feels strongly that implementing their recommendations will improve patient throughput, satisfaction, and safety across Granite Health.

During a panel discussion with four Granite Health member hospitals, Chief Medical Officers, Stephanie Wolf-Rosenblum, MD from Southern New Hampshire Health said, "We have an amazing opportunity to speak to colleagues on the ground where different pieces of (patient flow) have worked." Adding, "We're here today to challenge you to be the change that is needed."

LRGHealthcare Chief Medical Officer and Family Practioner, Peter Doane, MD commented, "Working with the leaders from Granite Health has been a great collaborative effort to help improve the throughput in the emergency department at Lakes Region General Hospital and Franklin Regional Hospital. We learn much from each other and are able to support each other as we work on this and other areas of healthcare."

Joseph Pepe, MD, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Medical Center (CMC) attended the summit and said, "By bringing together this group of leaders within Granite Health we are able to relay our success at CMC and learn more about what is working at other health systems. This in turn, helps us be informed about the most effective practices for better quality, patient experience, and outcomes."

The summit included panels of experts from each of the Granite Health member systems who shared best practices, process improvement strategies and implementation challenges. Although each health system will need to identify their own path and timetable for improving patient flow, this unique collaboration of clinicians provides a tremendous opportunity to enhance the high quality, patient centered care Granite Health provides to the patients in our communities.

Granite Health was formed in 2011 and is a partnership of five independent New Hampshire health systems dedicated to leading the transformation of healthcare delivery in the communities they serve.

JAG Construction

NH-Jobs for America's Graduates students from Laconia Middle School and Laconia High School traveled to New Boston to participate in Construction Career Days. Middle school students and high school students learned about careers available to them around NH in the Architecture and Construction Career Cluster.

Speaker to talk about hiking Appalachian Trail


SANBORNTON — Outdoor enthusiast Charles Dona will give and illustrated talk about his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail, on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Sanbornton Public Library.

Dona works in Holderness, but spends much of his spare time in the outdoors doing a varied selection of activities: fishing, canoeing, backpacking, cycling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. His most valued recreational accomplishments involve travel under his own power, including through-hikes of the Appalachian, Long, Colorado, and John Muir trails. He has completed two 50-mile ultra marathons, a marathon on snowshoes, the world championship Spartan race at Killington, placed second at a 24 hour solo mountain bike race, climbed the highest peak in each New England state and New York in the winter in record time, and climbed each of the 48 4,000-foot mountains in New Hampshire twice, including once in the winter months.

His presentation will be on his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail. Dona's presentation will include slides, music, a brief history of the trail, concept of committing to completing the trail, and fun facts about the 2,200 mile trail that runs from Georgia to Maine.

His presentation about hiking the John Muir trail left people wanting to hear more of his adventures, so we are delighted to have Charles back again. Sanbornton Public Library is located at 27 Meetinghouse Hill Road, just off Route 132.

For information about this free program, all 286-8222 or visit our website at

092915Ashland High School Class of '55 meets for 60th reunion

Members of the Ashland High School Class of 1955 got together on Saturday at the Country Cow Restaurant in Campton for their 60th class reunion. Seated from left are: Barbara Dunlap Farnum, Neale Bavis, both from Ashland; and Joan Melanson of Plymouth. Standing from left are: Donald Marsh, Ashland, Leslie Wheeler, Laconia, Daniel Golden and Kenneth Vachon, both of Ashland,; Raymond Paquette, Hebron, Conn. and Gordon King, Laconia. (Courtesy photo)