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Senior Management

Thomas A. Clairmont – President & CEO

Thomas A. ClairmontMr. Clairmont has been affiliated with LRGH since 1971. Prior to being appointed President & CEO in March 1989, Mr. Clairmont served, at varying times, as Executive Vice President, Vice President of Operations and Finance, Director of Fiscal Services, Comptroller and Accountant at LRGH. He also has served as CEO of FRH since July 2001. He is an Honors graduate of St. Michael's College, Winooski, Vermont, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business. In 1985, Mr. Clairmont received his Masters in Business Administration with High Honors from Boston University, with a concentration in Healthcare Management. He currently serves as a member of several community organizations.

Mr. Clairmont was the recipient of the 1996 Jim Irwin Award for Community Service in the Lakes Region and was one of eight recipients of Business NH Magazine’s New Hampshire Leaders for the 21st Century in the category of Health Care.


Henry Lipman – Senior VP/Financial Strategies & External Relations

Henry LipmanMr. Lipman joined LRGH’s administrative staff in 1984 as the Budget Planning Director. In 1985, he was appointed Vice President of Professional Services. In 1990 he assumed the role of Vice President of Professional Services and Finance and in 1997 became Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lipman was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2000.

Mr. Lipman graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire’s Health Care Management and Policy Program and received his Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in health care management from Boston University. In 2003, Mr. Lipman, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, was elected Regent for the State of New Hampshire to the American College of Healthcare Executives.

In November 2005, Mr. Lipman was elected to Laconia’s City Council, and in 2012, became Senior VP/Financial Strategies & External Relations. Prior to joining LRGH, Mr. Lipman was employed at Concord Hospital in Concord, New Hampshire as a Management Engineer Assistant.


Ellen Wolff, RN, MS, – Chief Nursing Officer/Senior VP Patient Care Services

Ellen WolffEllen Wolff, RN MS is Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President/Patient Care Services for LRGHealthcare, a two hospital system.  She has been affiliated with Lakes Region General Hospital since 1977. Prior to being appointed, Mrs. Wolff served as CNO-Vice President of Patient Care Services, Vice President of Patient Care and Surgical Services, Associate Vice President, Patient Care Services, Director of Patient Care Services and Program Coordinator of Women and Children’s Health Services, Cardiology, Vascular and Sleep Lab.

Mrs. Wolff received her diploma in Nursing from Cheshire Hospital School of Nursing in Keene, New Hampshire in 1978. Mrs. Wolff is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the College for Lifelong Learning in Henniker, New Hampshire where she received her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management in 2000. In 2005, Mrs. Wolff received her Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration, graduating with honors from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire.

Mrs. Wolff is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Hillside ASC, LLC. She is a member of the Massage School Advisory Board at Lakes Region Community College and a member of the Genesis Behavioral Health/LRGHealthcare Collaborative. Mrs. Wolff is an alumni Leadership Lakes Region member and active participant in the Granite Health Network CNO Group.  She also participates on a state level as a member of the New Hampshire Hospital Association's Behavioral Health Committee, looking at the legal rights of patients with mental issues.

Professional memberships include:

  • New Hampshire Hospital Association of Nurse Leaders
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • American Nurses' Association
  • National association of Professional Women

Mrs. Wolff lives in Gilford, NH with her husband Scott. She enjoys spending time with her Black and Yellow Labs, and tending to her chickens and bees.
 

Suzanne L. Stiles. – Chief Human Relations Officer/Senior VP Administrative & Support Services

Suzanne L. StilesSuzanne Stiles is the Chief Human Relations Officer and Senior Vice President/Administrative & Support Services. She has been affiliated with Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH) since 1985, serving as a member of the LRGH Board of Trustees from 1985 through 1994, and as Chair from 1991-1992.

Prior to being appointed as Senior VP, Ms. Stiles served as Vice President/Administrative & Support Services for LRGHealthcare, and as the Director of Human Resources and Employee Relations for Franklin Regional Hospital (FRH) from 1997-2002. She joined LRGHealthcare in July 2002, in conjunction with the merger of LRGH and FRH.

Prior to her employment at FRH, she served as Assistant Administrator for the law firm, Martin, Lord and Osman, P.A., and Business Administrator for Orthodontist David Livingston. She also held several management positions with New England Telephone from 1967 through 1982.

Certified as a Professional in Human Resources, Ms. Stiles is active in the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration.


Andrew Patterson. – Senior Vice President, Provider Relations and Contracting

Andrew PattersonMr. Patterson joined LRGHealthcare in March 2002 as Director, Contracting and Corporate Compliance and was appointed Senior Director, Provider Relations and Contracting in January 2005. In August 2005, Mr. Patterson was promoted to Vice President and assumed the additional responsibility of chief executive officer of the Laconia Clinic. In 2012, Mr. Patterson became Senior Vice President, Provider Relations and Contracting.

Mr. Patterson received his BS from the University of New Hampshire – Whittemore School of Business in Durham, New Hampshire. Prior to joining LRGHealthcare, he served as Manager, Provider Network Development and Reimbursement of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (New Hampshire) in Manchester, New Hampshire.


Leo Goddu – Vice President, Ancillary Services

Leo GodduLeo Goddu, RT(R) RDMS, RDCS joined LRGHealthcare in 2000, as Director of Medical Imaging, and was appointed Senior Director of Medical Imaging, Cardiology, Sleep Lab, Vascular and Respiratory Services in 2011. In 2012, Mr. Goddu was promoted to Vice President of Ancillary Services, overseeing LRGHealthcare’s Medical Imaging, Laboratory Services, Sleep Lab, Neurology, Cardiology, Vascular Lab, Respiratory Services, Rehabilitation Services and Wellness Centers.

Leo and his wife Irene reside in Laconia where they enjoy all that the area has to offer. They have three grown children and two grandchildren and enjoy spending as much time with them as possible.


Kevin H. Irish – Chief Information Officer

Kevin H. IrishKevin Irish is the Chief Information Officer, responsible for information technology, in support of mission-critical business operations for LRGHealthcare.

Mr. Irish earned an Associates Degree in Computer Science from Champlain College in 1984, and his Bachelors of Science in Information Managed Technology from Daniel Webster College in 1999.

He began his career in healthcare, working for IDX Systems as a Systems Engineer, responsible for setting up hospital computer systems all over the United States. He served as a Systems Manager for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center; Director of Information Technology for Catholic Medical Center and Chief Information Officer for Heywood Hospital in Gardner, MA.

Mr. Irish joined LRGHealthcare in 2011, and is a member of Laconia Kiwanis.


Marge Kerns – Vice President, Clinical Support Services

Marge KernsMarge Kerns is the Vice President for Clinical Support Services at LRGHealthcare. She joined the organization in 1992 as a Staff Pharmacist. She was promoted to Director, Pharmacy Services in 1995 and continued in that role until 2001 when she added Co-Directorship of Medical Safety. While serving in that position, Marge had shared responsibility for developing and maintaining safe systems throughout the organization. She assumed the additional responsibility of Director of Hematology/Oncology in 2012 and was promoted to her current position in 2013.

Marge received her BS in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island and began her career in hospital pharmacy and administration in the Philadelphia area. She has published articles in the area of pharmacy as well as patient safety and is often a speaker throughout the state on associated topics. Marge is a current member of the NH Commission on Healthcare Quality, is active in a number of community organizations, and is a past School Board member and chair in the Laconia School District.