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Van Sluyter Named Interim President & CEO at LRGH

LACONIA — An interim management specialist has been named interim president and chief executive officer of LRGHealthcare, the organization's Board of Trustees announced yesterday. Charles Van Sluyter's appointment to  succeed Tom Clairmont, who announced his retirement last week after 43 years, takes effect immediately, said Scott Clarenbach, chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Van Sluyter specializes in interim management situations and will serve under a one-year contract with his employer, HealthTech Management Services of Brentwood, Tenn. During his 30-year career, Van Sluyter has served as chief executive officer or chief operating officer on an interim basis in at least 15 community hospitals and academic medical centers in 10 states.

"We are fortunate to be able to benefit from the broad experience provided by Mr. Van Sluyter from his many previous Interim CEO roles, experience that should serve him well as with LRGHealthcare," Clarenbach said in a prepared statement. "Chuck has an impressive track record of working collaboratively with all stakeholders in improving quality of services and ensuring strong financial performance. He is noted for his commitment to a collaborative culture drawing upon the knowledge and professionalism of the healthcare personnel with whom he serves."

Clarnebach said under the terms of its contract with HealthTech Management Services, LRGHealthcare can draw not only on Van Sluyter's knowledge, experience and skills, but also on the resources of the corporation, which has similar arrangements with some 40 other hospitals, and directly manages nearly that many.

Explaining that the trustees were in the midst of a strategic planning process, Clarenbach said that although renovations of the emergency department at Lakes Regional General Hospital in Laconia and a restructuring of electronic medical record keeping were being contemplated, LRGHealthcare would not undertake any major initiatives in the interim. He anticipated that nine months would be required to seek and appoint a permanent president and chief executive officer. Clarenbach said that while Van Sluyter would not participate directly in that decision, the board would likely seek his guidance and counsel.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Sluyter earned a master's dregree in hospital administration at the University of Minnesota. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:30

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Man accused of burglarizing neighboring homes

BARNSTEAD – A local man is being held on $750 cash-only bail after allegedly burglarizing two homes on Dam Site Road.

Officer in Charge Joe McDowell said Adam Jenna, 34, came to the attention of local police when a witness identified him and his vehicle as being in the area of the two burglaries.

McDowell said his department worked with police from Gilmanton, Bristol, and Pittsfield, and executed a search warrant at Jenna's home on Andover Road.

He said they found items consistent with items reported stolen from two Barnstead homes.

McDowell said police are continuing to investigate, and said additional charges against Jenna could be forthcoming.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:44

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Police Detail Rates Lower in Meredith than other communities (391)

MEREDITH — A discussion of the town budget at a work session of the Meredith Selectboard Monday afternoon revealed that police detail rates are much lower in Meredith than in surrounding communities.

Board member Hilary Seeger told the board she was surprised by how reasonable her company's bill from the Police Department was for an event her company held earlier this year.

''It was half of what we paid for the same detail in Laconia last year,'' Seeger told her fellow board members. Her statement was borne out by Town Manager Phil Warren, who said that a survey of surrounding communities taken a few years ago showed that police detail rates were generally much higher in other communities compared to Meredith.

That statement prompted board member Lou Kahn to ask who the biggest user of the police detail services from the town was. Brenda Vitter, town administrative services director, said that it was the state of New Hampshire which pays its bills on time. That prompted Kahn to say, tongue on cheek, ''We're definitely billing them too little.''

Vitter gave a report on the town's fiscal situation through the first seven months of 2014 in which she said that while revenues were basically flat, so were expenditures. ''There's no significant change to where we thought we would be,'' she told the board.

She said that boat tax revenues were up abut 10 percent over what was estimated in the budget, to $33,000 to date, while revenue from motor vehicle permits was running at about the $1.2 million level of last year.
Revenue from building permits is running 20 percent behind last year, with mostly small projects being undertaken and boat launching revenues are dwn by 15 percent. Members of the board said was likely due in part to the fact that launch ramps are only manned from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. most days, and that boaters appeared to be waiting until later in the day to launch in order to avoid thec $20 fee.
Vitter said that welfare spending has been dropping and that year to date only $53,693, or about 39 percent of the $140,000 appropriated, has been spent.

That was attributed in large part to landlords no longer accepting payments from the town for rents.

''They don't want to be a vendor,'' Warren explained.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 01:05

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Belmont selectmen field complaint about building permit process.


BELMONT – A resident complained to selectmen last night about the Planning Department and her inability to get a building permit for a temporary storage container.

Donna Cilley, who is a former selectman, said she had hoped to rent a container to help out one of her relatives who is staying with her temporarily, but was told by the rental outlet that Belmont doesn't allow temporary storage containers unless they are in commercial or industrial zones.

She said she would agree to buy one and get a building permit, but was told that it would take 18 to 21 days to get one.

Cilley said there should be different levels of building processes, and said the building inspector should be able to issue building permits more quickly.

Selectman Jon Pike said he would prefer to see homeowners rent temporary storage containers because when the rental agreement on the container expires, the company that owns it comes and gets it.

He said when many people buy what they say is a temporary storage container it often ends up staying on the property forever. He said that after two years, the container should be taxed.

Pike also told Cilley that there was nothing the selectmen could do. He said she needs to take her complaint to the Planning Board.

In other business, Pike said he was not necessarily in favor of the Department of Transportation spending $6 million dollars to improve the intersection at Seavey Road and Route 106.

"Somebody's got to have a number wrong," he said. "They can't spend $6 million dollars on a two-lane road in Belmont."

Pike said his real objection is that since the DOT told the town it qualified for a federal government highway safety program improvement, the state hasn't done any paving on that section of Route 106 and that it's falling apart.

Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin explained that the improvement project has already been designed and the only role left for selectmen is to say if the town wants it or not.

The vote on the acceptance of the project was delayed until Aug. 18 because Selectman Ron Cormier wanted to weigh in on it and he was unable to attend last night's meeting.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:35

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