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Capital Campaign Funds Help to Renovate Patient Unit

LACONIA, NH – LRGHealthcare hosted an Open House on January 26th to celebrate the opening of their newly renovated patient unit on North 4 at Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH).  LRGHealthcare’s “Strengthening the Community’s Well-Being Capital Campaign” raised over $4.5 Million in support of renovation projects for both LRGH and Franklin Regional Hospital (FRH).  This campaign has already helped support the new Endoscopy Suite at LRGH.  North 4, which took eight months to complete, is the latest project to come out of this campaign.
The patient unit on North 4 has been completely gutted and upgraded to better serve its patients who include general medical surgical, pediatric surgical, general medicine, and palliative care patients.  The unit officially opened to patients yesterday where they will be cared for in comfortable, homey rooms with local artwork adorning the walls, new furniture, and great views of the city of Laconia.  Every room is private and equipped with its own bathroom and shower as well as a sleep sofa, or chair for the comfort of visitors.  And, with three nurses’ stations throughout the unit, nurses will never be too far away from their patients. 
Some high tech items have been installed as well including state of the art patient lift systems to assist the patient in getting from their chair to the bed and from the bed to the shower.  The lift systems will help to ensure the safety of both the patient and clinical staff and a new nurse call system will provide enhanced communication and interaction.  An upgraded heating and cooling system will also serve to make the environment more comfortable.
The private rooms will help greatly with controlling the spread of infection and are ideal to allow the patients to sleep better, heal faster, and have private discussions with their family and healthcare providers.
Some behind the scenes upgrades have taken place as well to make the hospital more energy efficient.  The installations of both an energy recovery unit and LED lighting will help reduce cost and environmental impact.
Sandy Marshall, Director of Philanthropy, Public Relations/Marketing, and Volunteer Services comments, “We’re so thankful to those who have supported LRGHealthcare in all ways big and small.  Renovations like this would not be possible without the generous support of our donors.  Our patients, staff, and community appreciate it.”
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