LACONIA — LRGHealthcare held its 14th Annual Meeting of its members Wednesday night at Beane Conference Center in Laconia, with over 100 people in attendance.
As part of the evening's program, two recipients were honored with the 2016 Rhoda C. Ladd and Sally Proctor Awards, which are given annually to individuals who give of themselves to improve the community's health care system.
On behalf of LRGHealthcare, Scott Clarenbach, chairman of LRGHealthcare's Board of Trustees, presented the Laconia based Rhoda C. Ladd Award to Vascular Surgeon Samuel Aldridge, MD, and the Franklin based Sally Proctor Award to Family Practitioner Paul Friend, MD.
Aldridge joined LRGHealthcare in 1994 and is one of their five-star patient-review providers, just like his other two practicing partners at the Vascular Surgery and Wound Healing Center. Though most people would know him as a down-to-earth physician who's willing to make house calls and loves swapping fishing stories, he's been a true asset to LRGHealthcare. Patients and colleagues alike are fond of him. He's always happy to help and has a way of bringing out the best in people with a knack for bringing them together to work toward a common cause. Also a member of the U.S. Army, his support goes well beyond the Lakes Region having provided care for our soldiers overseas during multiple deployments and he will once again be deployed in a few months.
"He's humble and an all-around good guy," said Chairman of the Board Scott Clarenbach. "We're so lucky to call him a provider and friend of LRGHealthcare."
Friend has been with LRGHealthcare the better part of 20 years and has been an active member of the Franklin community. Whether it's a hospital event, Franklin Community Day, a safety fair, or anything to represent LRGHealthcare and the community at large, he is there. His colleagues and staff describe him as kind, caring, compassionate and incredibly supportive. Known for taking a situation from chaos to calm by his rational thinking and steady demeanor, he leads by example. Yet, he's never too busy to care for a patient in need. He's professional, personable and still makes house calls. Most recently, he joined Dr. Paul Racicot and Horizons Counseling Center in opening the Suboxone Clinic at FRH to treat those addicted to opioids. Clarenbach said, "We have immense respect for him and appreciate all his contributions to this organization and our community."
The theme for this year's Annual Meeting was "Winds of Change," and in addition to the awards, the program for the evening included the medical staff report and the financial report as well as a guest presentation given by Ken Lowrie of Prism Healthcare Partners, LTD. He discussed the benefit of having Prism at LRGHealthcare to work with staff and leadership and went over several of the positive changes already being implemented through this collaborative effort. To close out the evening, there was a question-and-answer session which opened the floor to all attendees to ask any questions pertaining to the evening's program and/or the many changes taking place at LRGHealthcare. The panel taking the questions included Scott Clarenbach, outgoing Chairman of the Board; Scott Sullivan, incoming Chairman of the Board; Bob Evans, MD, interim CEO; Henry Lipman, CFO; John Vignati, MD; and Ken Lowrie of Prism.
LRGHealthcare Chairman of the Board of Trustees Scott Clarenbach, center, stands with this year's Sally Proctor Award winner, Paul Friend, MD, left, and Rhoda C. Ladd Award winner Samuel Aldridge, MD.
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