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LRH Auxiliary Holds Annual Luncheon Meeting

October 6, 2015

Littleton, NH - The LRH Auxiliary recently held their annual luncheon meeting at the beautiful home of Dr. Richard and Sandy Monroe. This annual luncheon is attended by many of the 120 Auxiliary members.

President Cindy Mitchell presents Dr. John P. Sauter a $5,000 check to support the expansion of the LRH birthing center.
President Cindy Mitchell presents Dr. John P. Sauter a $5,000 check to support the expansion of the LRH birthing center.

Cindy Mitchell, Auxiliary President, presents the Elizabeth Tuttle Beattie Award to Maryann Langdoc, Auxiliary Secretary.
Cindy Mitchell, Auxiliary President, presents the Elizabeth Tuttle Beattie Award to Maryann Langdoc, Auxiliary Secretary.

Following a lovely lunch, President, Cynthia Mitchell opened the meeting with a special thanks to hosts Sandy and Dr. Monroe for opening their house for this annual meeting. 2015 marks the 37th year they have hosted this event.

Warren West, CEO reported on hospital happenings including the pending affiliation with other North Country hospitals, reporting the process is moving forward. The purpose of the affiliation is coordinated care in the North Country. West on to report on renovations being made at LRH, and mentioned new physicians who will be joining the medical staff. Dr. Irving Smith, Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine practitioner joined the medical staff in August; Dr. Jennifer Lucas, Adult and Pediatrics Urologist; and Dr. Toni Colacino, General Surgeon joined the staff this month.

Ms. Mitchell presented a $5,000 check to Dr. John P. Sauter, Board Chair of the LRH Charitable Foundation. The Foundation is currently raising funds to support the expansion and renovations to the John P. Sauter Birthing Suite. The Suite currently has three birthing rooms. The new space will have six birthing rooms. The current suite was built in 2001, when LRH did just 200 births per year. Today they do close to 400 annually, and need extra space to accommodate new moms.

Ms. Mitchell presented a $1,000 check to Warren West, CEO at LRH, for their annual contribution to support the use of the LRH space for the Moose Ledge Gift shop, and various office supplies.

Next a recap of Auxiliary activities for the year was shared with attendees. Ms. Mitchell mentioned that the Moose Ledge Gift Shop continues to be a major source of revenue for the Auxiliary. Other fundraising activities include a cookie sale, participation in the Dr. Moose Golf Tournament selling Mulligans, the Garden of Memories event, Dining for a Cause at the 99 Restaurant and a special event at the Opera House.

The fundraising efforts of the Auxiliary allowed them to award $17,500 in scholarships to area team going on to college. They also provided funds for the Reach Out and Read books for children who are under two years of age. These books are handed out to children ranging in age from newborn to age 6 to encourage them to learn how to read. In addition, the Auxiliary provided funds to support the North Country Women's Health Conference, Care-A-Van transportation, diaper bags for new parents, LRH Family Support Team, and a change of clothing for emergency or urology service patients in need.

Before closing the meeting, Mitchell presented the Elizabeth Tuttle Beattie Award to a very deserving Auxiliary member, Maryann Langdon. Every year an Auxiliary is chosen to receive this award for outstanding service to the LRH Auxiliary. Ms. Landgoc was chosen this year for her outstanding level of service to the Auxiliary and to LRH.

For information about becoming a member of the LRH Auxiliary, please email geninfo@lrhcares.org for an application.

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