LRGHealthcare salutes donors who put $4 million fund drive over the top

LACONIA — The lobby of Lakes Region General Hospital rang with the sound of clinking glasses early yesterday evening as officials of LRGHealthcare hosted and toasted those who contributed to the "Strengthening the Community's Well-Being" capital campaign to fund renovations at the corporation's hospitals in Laconia and Franklin.
Altogether the effort has raised $4,026,591.23 that will be applied to emergency department and endoscopy suite at Lakes Regional General Hospital and medical imaging technology and the dining room at Franklin Regional Hospital as well as to creating single patient rooms and providing new furniture and furnishings at both hospitals.
Dr. Paul Racicot, emergency services physician at LRGHealthcare, who co-chaired the campaign, said that all the trustees and senior executives and managers, together with nearly 60-percent of the employees, contributed to the campaign. He singled out the community banks — Bank of New Hampshire, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Franklin Savings Bank — all of them represented at the celebration, as "the cornerstone of this campaign."
Quoting Sir Winston Churchill, Racicot closed by saying "we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."
"This is a great endeavor," remarked Tom Clairmont, president and chief executive officer of LRGHealthcare, "and it has worked without a hitch." Noting that the corporation owns or leases some 600,000-square-feet of space, he said that the renovations will ensure that the quality of the space matches the quality of the care. He said that work will begin by converting rooms at both hospitals to single rooms to control infection and provide privacy.

CAPTION: Tom Clairmont (left), president and chief executive officer of LRGHealthcare, joins Dr. Paul Racicot, emergency services physician of LRGHealthcare, and Gil Schohan, a trustee of LRGHealthcare, who co-chaired the "Strengthening the Community's Well-Being" capital campaign in raising a glass of champagne to salute the donors whose contributions topped $4-million while celebrating the success of the fundraising effort  at Lakes Region General Hospital yesterday. (Laconia DFaily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)