LACONIA — Registered nurse Theresa L. Champagne has been named the new chief nursing officer for LRGHealthcare, the organization announced Wednesday.

She will replace Kendra Peaslee, who has been serving in the post since her predecessor, Patricia Strohla, was moved out of the position following reports that she lacked an active nursing license, as is required under state law and federal regulations.

LRGHealthcare President and CEO Kevin W. Donovan welcomed Champagne to the organization.

“We are excited to welcome Terri to LRGHealthcare. She has a great deal of experience in nursing leadership and I know she will bring value and expertise to our organization,” Donovan said.

She is currently the Associate Chief Nursing Officer of Surgical Services for Vassar Brothers Medical Center-Poughkeepsie New York.  

She will begin at LRGHealthcare on May 28. She recently received an active nursing license in New Hampshire, having completed the New Hampshire Board of Nursing licensure process. She holds a bachelor of science in nursing, a master of science in nursing with focus as a clinical nurse specialist and a doctor of nursing practice.

Champagne said, “I am excited to begin my role at LRGHealthcare and work with all the outstanding nurses, medical staff, and support staff.  I look forward to the work and challenges ahead.”

Champagne graduated from St. Anselm College and owns a home in Moultonborough.

In March, the health organization agreed to pay $40,000 to the state to resolve a Consumer Protection Act complaint over Strohla's lack of an active nursing license. Strohla was to pay $1,500 to the state.

LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital and affiliated medical providers.

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