LITTLETON, NH – In late January of 2020, Littleton Regional Healthcare saw its first suspected case of COVID-19. This was just after the first confirmed case was reported in the United States. These events set in motion Littleton Regional Healthcare’s fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic, which continued through all of last year and is still ongoing today.
Over the past two years, LRH has worked tirelessly to provide extensive community testing and vaccination clinics. LRH’s top priority has remained the safety of its patients and workforce by following stringent disinfecting protocols, reconfiguring areas of its facilities, adjusting operations to provide safe and comprehensive care related and unrelated to COVID-19, and providing resources and factual information about the ever-changing world that we live in today.
Registered Nurses of Littleton Regional Healthcare’s Intensive Care Unit provide care for a COVID-19 positive patient.
All of the changes implemented were made possible by the fearless frontline workers of LRH. President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Nutter, noted, “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the leadership at Littleton Regional Healthcare, and our community, I want to extend my sincerest appreciation to every member of the LRH workforce. We would not be where we are today without each and every team member. They have conquered adversity every step of this pandemic, going above and beyond their call of duty, and are truly healthcare heroes.”
Every member of LRH’s resilient workforce, regardless of title or department, has stepped up to care for the region and overcome each challenge COVID-19 has presented, including administering COVID-19 vaccines in freezing temperatures earlier this year. These dedicated individuals report to the frontlines of this health emergency, making sacrifices and putting themselves and their families at risk. Not unlike other industries across the nation, this pandemic has placed an enormous strain on hospitals and healthcare systems – financially, but also on other essential resources, like its people. The effects are still felt today as the number of COVID-positive patients and demand for COVID-19 testing, vaccines, and treatment are at the highest levels since the outbreak. These services related to COVID-19 are in addition to the other critical healthcare services the region depends on, but LRH’s workforce continues to uphold its mission of “providing quality, compassionate, and accessible care”.
“The entire LRH family is thankful to the community for supporting and standing by LRH over the last two years and entrusting LRH with their healthcare,” added Nutter. “As we enter our third year of this battle against COVID-19, it is more important than ever that we all do our part. We are, as we have been since the beginning, in this together.”LRH remains committed to meeting the needs of the region and encourages all individuals to receive their COVID-19 vaccine, including a booster dose when eligible, seek testing when needed, exercise caution, and stay home if sick. More information can be found on the Littleton Regional Healthcare COVID pages.