Strengthening the Community’s Well-Being
Paul Racicot, MD
Co-Chair, Capital Campaign
just as you need us, we need you.
A century ago, Lakes Region General Hospital and Franklin Regional Hospital
made a promise to provide healthcare for the people of our community. We have
kept that promise, and have been here for our community in good times and
bad. But in order for this organization, and our local provider network, to remain
viable, we must look to the future.
There are many exciting things happening at LRGHealthcare today. Completion
of the new Interlakes Medical Center in Meredith; completion of a newly
expanded Emergency Department at Franklin Regional Hospital; and the
completion of a 97,000-square-foot addition at Lakes Region General Hospital—
all of these projects, funded through an innovative program offered by the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development, will help position us to meet
our community’s healthcare needs today and in the future.
However, one critical need remains: converting all of our remaining patient
rooms to single-patient rooms to enhance quality of care, safety, and privacy for
our patients, while meeting their expectations for their hospital experience.
Today, LRGHealthcare’s “Strengthening the Community’s Well-Being” Capital
Campaign is underway. Through this Campaign, we seek to fund this conversion
to single-patient rooms, which is vital to the continuing delivery of our commu-
Just as you need us, we need you. LRGHealthcare is committed to being here
for you and your loved ones, not just today or tomorrow, but for many years
to come. Your gift to this Campaign is not just an investment in your local
healthcare system; it is an investment in your future health, and the future
health of your loved ones and your community.
Co-Chair, Capital Campaign
ore than 100 years ago, Lakes Region General Hospital and Franklin
Regional Hospital were founded by visionary philanthropists commit-
ted to strengthening the community’s well-being by providing patients
with high quality healthcare. In 1893, Rhoda Ladd left her entire estate to the
Town of Laconia to build its first hospital, Cottage Hospital, which opened in
1898. Franklin’s Sally Proctor made a similar bequest, and Franklin Regional
Hospital opened in 1910. The two hospitals merged in July of 2002 to become
With each passing year, our commitment to quality care grows. Our vision for
the future is simple: strengthening the community’s well-being by providing
patients with the highest quality healthcare.
Our Focus Remains the Same
ear after year, we continue to fulfill the mission set forth by our founders.
In the last year, Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional
Hospital, and our affiliated practices provided more than $42 million
in community benefits, much of which assisted families and individuals who
needed medical care, but could not afford to pay.
to provide the highest level of clinical care. Our passion shows through the
intense dedication of our skilled doctors, nurses, and staff. During an average
year, our more than 150 staff physicians, 50 associated physicians, representing
35 medical specialties, 57 allied medical providers and 450 nurses and allied
health and support personnel care for 50,000 patients needing emergent and
non-emergent medical care.
Throughout the history of our organization, our goal has been to anticipate and
adapt to the ever-changing healthcare needs and concerns of our community.
How? We listen to you. We work tirelessly to ensure our community members
receive a superior level of healthcare in a modern, technologically-advanced
facility. We remain focused on providing the best care for our patients and
A Need for Growth and
t LRGHealthcare, we understand the importance of adapting to the
changing healthcare climate and our region’s aging population. As an
organization, we are prepared to meet the critical care and day-to-day
health and wellness needs of patients and families. Our comprehensive plans for
the Lakes Region and Franklin campuses include state-of-the-art ambulatory
services, expanded medical facilities, and much more.
Our master facilities planning process identified opportunities for growth and
advancement to meet the needs of our community. We are committed to meet-
ing those needs. Our focus has been, and will continue to be, providing our
community with the highest level of quality healthcare. Our vision for growth
and expansion will enable us to:
• Position ourselves to meet the critical and intensive care needs of our
growing senior population;
• Improve infection control and privacy standards by offering single
• Build infrastructure to support current and future healthcare technology
improvements and emergency capabilities during times of crisis;
• Provide greater, more convenient access to primary care, specialty care, and
Building a Stronger Community
ur goals may seem ambitious, but our focus on improving patient
care for the Lakes and Three Rivers Regions remains grounded.
LRGHealthcare has already taken the initiative to invest in your future:
we have completed a 97,000-square-foot patient care addition, which includes
new Intensive Care and Progressive Care Units; Senior Services Unit; power
plant and a renovated and reconfigured lobby with space for future development
of diagnostic and outpatient services. These major
renovation plans became a reality because the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) and the Federal Housing Authority (FHA)
insured the bonds, and allowed LRGHealthcare to
refinance existing loans. This provided a long-term
savings of nearly $27 million over the life of the loan.
Separate from this project, we identified additional
projects needed to enhance and modernize our current
facilities. As a result of our dedication to the people we
serve and care for, we have launched the “Strengthening
the Community’s Well-Being” Capital Campaign. This
Campaign addresses immediate and long-term patient
Private Patient Rooms
Studies reveal that patients in private rooms experience faster recovery and
have a reduced risk of infection, resulting in improved patient outcomes.
Technology is a vital factor in meeting the diagnostic needs of our patients,
which is why LRGHealthcare must utilize newly-updated imaging equipment
including mammography and CT scanners, and a new endoscopy suite.
Renovate and expand the emergency department for
enhanced patient care.
TOGETHER, We Can Make it Happen
ur focus on providing the highest quality patient care, facilities, and
technology remains strong, but we need your help. It is our promise to
you to provide excellent healthcare supported by dedicated and skilled
medical professionals. When you or a loved one receives care at Lakes Region
General Hospital or Franklin Regional Hospital, you can be assured that we will
be here to meet all of your needs and answer all your questions.
Our community has a strong tradition of philanthropy, generosity and compas-
sion. Let’s work together to continue to meet our mission of providing quality
patient care, state-of-the-art facilities and technology, and a healthier commu-
nity for us all.
Furthering Our Healthcare Mission
Capital Campaign Committee
Paul Racicot, M.D.
have been involved with LRGHealthcare for more than 15 years. This
organization is committed to making sure the whole community is healthy.
I have a strong personal belief in LRGHealthcare’s mission of providing
quality, compassionate care.
I give to LRGHealthcare because of
that belief. I make annual gifts every
year, and have made a planned gift
through my will—but I am also giving
Well-Being Capital Campaign.
This Campaign is about the future.
It is about providing our friends,
neighbors, loved ones, and ourselves
with the healthcare services we need
today, and the care that we will need
I see my gift to this Campaign as an
investment in my future, and in the
future of my community.”
Jim Dirubbo, Laconia
Malone, Dirubbo & Company, P.C.
An investment in the future