LACONIA, NH – LRGHealthcare wishes to thank the LRGH Auxiliary for its donation of $4,000 toward the purchase of a new base radio and antenna for Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH).
Previously, through a tower lease with the State of New Hampshire DRED office and telephone connection through Fairpoint Communications, LRGH was using a radio and antenna that sat on top of Belknap Mountain for its primary communications between the hospital and the ambulances that service it. This communication allows ambulances to radio the hospital with a patient assessment and estimated time of arrival, so the hospital may prepare to receive and care for the patient. Towns that benefit include Laconia, Gilford, Alton, Ashland, Barnstead, Belmont, Center Harbor, Gilmanton, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Hampton, and Sandwich.
With the hardware on the mountain approaching its “end of life,” a change was needed. But, a purchase for a new radio to meet the requirements of being atop the mountain would come at a substantial cost, not to mention the limited access to it due to its location. Often times too, poor weather would cause an outage making the radio useless.
To that end, the decision was made to move the primary transmitter site from the mountain to the roof of the main building at LRGH and purchase a “tuned” antenna to optimize the radio signal and install it on the highest part of the building. The 100 watt high power radio and commercial “high performance gain” antenna now share their new home with all the other transmitters. This means they’re covered by emergency power and the tuned antenna helps make up for the loss of altitude. This radio/antenna combination will provide excellent coverage and a long life cycle for LRGH.
This project not only provides LRGH with more reliable communications, but will also save the organization financially relieving it from both monthly and yearly service fees and agreements that will only increase in the years to come. The donation from the LRGH Auxiliary along with federal grant money attained by LRGHealthcare Emergency Prep Coordinator, John Prickett, RN made this upgrade possible. For that, LRGHealthcare is grateful.
LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.
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