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LRH New Board of Trustees Provide Outstanding Leadership

March 19, 2011

Littleton Regional Hospital Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of John Starr to the position of Chairperson of the LRH Board of Trustees and Bill Bedor to the position of Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. Also serving on the Hospital's Executive Committee is Stevan Trooboff as Treasurer, Mell Brooks as Secretary and Guilbert Vickery as Immediate Past Board Chair.

Starr has served on LRH's Board of Trustees for four years and also serves on the Governance, Executive, Finance, and Quality Committees. Starr served as Chair of the Facilities and Planning Committee for the past four years, advising LRH on the recent expansion project of the newly expanded medical office building.

Starr and his wife Maggie live in Bethlehem, NH. Starr is the Owner and President of Starr Construction, Inc, a family owned business that they have operated since the early 1980s. In addition to his role as Board Chair at LRH, Starr is actively involved in community initiatives including Habitat for Humanity where he serves as Board member and Chair of the Building Committee. Starr is a former board member of Profile School where he served for nine years, and he previously served on the Bethlehem Redevelopment Association.

In addition to the members of the LRH Executive Committee, LRH Board of Trustees members include Milton Bratz, Dr. Edward Duffy, Dr. Nicholas Marks - President of the Medical Staff, Wayne Rioux, Dr. John Sauter, Maggie Starr - LRH Auxiliary Representative, Dr. Charles Wolcott, Dr. Deane Rankin, George Brodeur and Warren West, CEO. West states, "We recognize and are grateful for the members of our current Board of Trustees as well as immediate past chair, Guilbert Vickery. Their knowledge and leadership is instrumental to the strategic direction of Littleton Regional Hospital

LRH's mission is, "to provide quality, compassionate and accessible healthcare in a manner that brings value to all." John Starr, Board Chair states, "I am honored to accept the leadership of the Board of Trustees that is dedicated to ensuring quality healthcare for our North Country community. LRH's Trustees support the mission of LRH and want to assist during this critical point in healthcare."

Littleton Regional Hospital is a community based non-profit facility serving the Littleton Area as its primary service area and the North Country and parts of the Northeast Kingdom as its secondary service area. Since its founding 104 years ago, Littleton Regional Hospital has evolved from a small, community based hospital into a broad based regional healthcare center. With 54 physicians and 16 allied health professionals on the Medical Staff, and 400 full time, part time and per diem professionals in nursing, clinical, technology and a wide variety of other specialties, LRH is the largest employer in Littleton and an indispensible healthcare provider to our North Country community.

Today, LRH has Board Certified physicians practicing in cardiology, emergency medicine, family practice, gastroenterology, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, oncology and hematology, orthopaedics, otolaryngology (ENT), pediatrics, and pathology. Physicians at LRH have access to the most modern and advanced health care systems available from a 64-slice CT Scan to our latest addition to advanced orthopaedic surgical equipment, a HANAŽ Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Table which allows for less invasive hip and knee replacement surgery for patients. In 2010, LRH's diagnostic imaging services performed 24,892 x-rays on patients; our orthopaedic surgeons performed more than 102 joint replacement surgeries.

LRH's campus with its newly constructed 63,000 square foot medical office building is conveniently located off I-93 for easy access for patients and their families. The expanded medical office building has alleviated overcrowding for our staff, allows rehabilitation services and patient financial services to be brought back to the LRH campus, and has space for future growth.

While many may still think of LRH as a traditional hospital focused on care for hospitalized patients, today approximately 80% of procedures performed do not require an overnight stay. Last year LRH saw more than 63,000 outpatient visits. Overnight stays are here when needed, but the majority of procedures done at LRH from diagnosis to treatment; from trauma management to rehabilitation are done on an outpatient basis. LRH Level III Trauma Emergency Department treated 9,000 patients in 2010. LRH provides high quality, personally responsive and timely care right in Littleton. This is a significant benefit to patients from Littleton and surrounding towns.

John Starr, Board Chair states, "In the coming years, there is no question that there are going to be many changes in healthcare delivery. New technology, increased government intervention, an aging population and rising costs will require change. No one person can predict the impact on hospitals across New Hampshire and the US. What we do know is that we will be required to improve the quality of our services, lower our costs, increase our productivity, and increase our investment in technology, while continuing to attract and retain 1st class skilled providers of medical services. This is a tall order, but LRH and its leadership and staff are committed to meeting this challenge."

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Newly appointed, John Starr, LRH Board Chair

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