Statement from Robert Nutter, President and CEO of Littleton Regional Healthcare
December 11, 2019
We are very disappointed that the Grafton County Superior Court dismissed our case against the NH Department of Health and Human Services. We strongly believe the Department misinterpreted and misapplied an important state law designed to protect Critical Access Hospitals like Littleton Regional Healthcare from harmful competition within a 15-mile radius. Instead of applying the law as drafted, the Department broadly interpreted statutory terms to allow another urgent care center - which offers duplicative services - to open three miles away despite all evidence produced by LRH and others demonstrating that the new facility will cause an adverse impact on delivery of essential health services in the region such as obstetrics and behavioral health.
As a result of the Department's flawed decision, ConvenientMD has received a license and is now open for business in Littleton. The presence of an additional urgent care center in the region will deplete essential health services. We firmly believe that this license should never have been granted.
We are confident that the people in the greater Littleton area will realize the significant benefits of going to an urgent care center that is directly linked to an independent, comprehensive hospital like LRH that provides high-quality health services to the region, regardless of the ability to pay. Last, the cost for procedures at our urgent care center are in line with those as other urgent care centers. Thank you for supporting your local and regional healthcare center.