LRGHealthcare, Laconia, NH

New Hampshire's LRGHealthcare, which includes Lakes Region General Hospital and Franklin Regional Hospital, is using materials from the AHA's "We Care, We Vote" toolkit  to encourage its employees to vote in the upcoming election.

"This will be a critical election year, and the individuals we elect
 will make many important decisions concerning the future of
health care in New Hampshire and our country - and ultimately, what we can do for our patients and community," wrote LRGHealthcare President and CEO Thomas Clairmont in a
memo to employees.

In the memo, which also was published in LRGHealthcare's newsletter, Clairmont urged employees to register to vote, and learn about the candidates and important issues being debated in this year's election.

"We have an important role in choosing who gets to make these decisions," he wrote.

LRGHealthcare has posted flyers throughout the hospitals encouraging employees to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election. In addition, it has provided useful information about registration deadlines and requirements to employees through its internal website.

The AHA launched We Care, We Vote this summer as a nationwide effort to get hospital executives, medical staff, employees and board members to express their concerns about cutting hospitals' Medicare and Medicaid payments, and to ask questions about where congressional candidates stand on these and other health care issues. The initiative includes materials for hospital leaders to help make their employees, trustees, medical staff, volunteers and others more aware of the challenges facing the hospital and health system field and what's at stake in the coming federal budget debate. There also is a toolkit hospital leaders can use to help their employees register to vote.

For more on how your organization can get involved, click here.

For more information about the “We Care, We Vote” initiative, or for help planning any of these activities, please contact AHA Member Relations at 1 (800) 424-4301 or


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