Littleton Regional Healthcare Partners with Dartmouth-Hitchcock to Provide Intensive Care to Patients via Telemedicine

December 10, 2019

TeleICU program improves patient outcomes, allows for critical care close to home

Intensive Care to Patients via Telemedicine

Littleton, NH (December 10, 2019)- Patients at Littleton Regional Healthcare (LRH) who are in need of intensive care can now benefit from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Center for Connected Care’s Tele-Intensive Care Unit (TeleICU) Program. LRH, a not-for-profit community hospital, is dedicated to serving the communities of Northern New Hampshire and Vermont.

The D-H TeleICU hub, located within Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, is staffed by board-certified intensivists - physicians who have undergone advanced training in providing care for critically ill patients - and critical care nurses, who also provide direct patient care in a DHMC Intensive Care Unit in addition to TeleICU. The TeleICU team collaborates with LRH bedside clinicians to provide real-time care, support, monitoring and clinical consultations 24/7, allowing even the most critically ill patients to receive care close to home. The clinicians communicate using state-of-the-art, two-way, interactive audiovisual technology.

"The D-H TeleICU team is thrilled to work collaboratively with Littleton Regional Healthcare to provide patients with the right care in the right location," said Steve Surgenor, MD, Medical Director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock TeleICU Program. "Our critical care clinicians will work with the outstanding team in Littleton to care for patients in their own community whenever possible, and to make decisions to move some patients to high-acuity hospitals, such as Dartmouth-Hitchcock, when needed."

Through bedside support, standardization of care and early intervention, TeleICU improves patient outcomes, including reduced mortality rates, fewer complications and reduced lengths of stay, both in the ICU and in the hospital after discharge from the ICU. TeleICU allows patients in rural areas to receive care in their communities, near family and other familiar supports.

"Littleton Regional Healthcare is pleased to partner with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Connected Care to offer critical lifesaving services to the patients we serve," said Robert Nutter, President & CEO, Littleton Regional Healthcare. "The ability to provide high-quality intensive care in partnership with D-H's TeleICU hub is a critical component in our mission to deliver the best possible healthcare to the people in our region."

Earlier this year, LRH announced a partnership with Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Connected Care to provide critical neonatal services to its patients via telemedicine. Through the use of state-of-the-art telemedicine technology, a board-certified D-H neonatologist now works with the local bedside team in Littleton to provide neonatal care and support for a wide variety of diagnoses.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-HH provides access to more than 1,800 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named in 2019 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 13 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock also includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 50 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state's only children's hospital; affiliated member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-HH system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.

About Littleton Regional Healthcare: Littleton Regional Healthcare was founded in 1906. Littleton Regional Healthcare has a long tradition of delivering comprehensive, award-winning care close to home. LRH is proud to respond to the diverse health care needs of the region we serve by offering over 50 specialty services - including sports medicine, cancer treatment, urology for pediatrics and adults, ear, nose and throat treatment including facial plastics and urgent care. These services are provided by board-certified physicians who live and work in New Hampshire and Vermont.

At LRH, we make an impact on more than just physical health. As a cornerstone of our community, we impact the economic health of the region through charitable contributions, salaries and benefits, educational programming and the purchase of goods and services. Each year, LRH contributes as much as $57 million to the local economy. In addition, our staff offers wellness workshops to area residents and provides educational support to 10 colleges and universities to train the next generation of health care professionals.

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