‘Hugs and Kisses’ Wi-Fi system enhances infant safety at LRGHealthcare


LACONIA — LRGHealthcare has implemented the Hugs Wi-Fi Infant Protection Solution in the Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH) Family Birthplace. LRGH is the first hospital in the state to have the Hugs and Kisses system on Wi-Fi.

The solution known as Hugs and Kisses is a state-of-the-art infant protection system that not only protects the infant while it's in the Family Birthplace, but has the technology to track the baby throughout the hospital including the parking lots. This greatly aids the ability to locate the baby should it be taken out of the Family Birthplace by tracking "live time" the baby's travel route.

The Kisses portion ensures that baby and mother are always correctly matched. Each mother is given a Kisses tag, which is bonded with her infant's Hugs tag, and whenever the two are brought together, the technology checks for a proper match. If they're a correct match, it will emit a pleasant tone and if not, an unpleasant one.

Last December the local community embraced the Hugs and Kisses security program by donating over $17,000 to help fund this program in addition to a grant of $22,500 from the NH1 Children's Auction.

The Family Birthplace is a small community unit that provides exemplary care to moms, babies, and families following the National Best Standards of Care. There are eight suites which are arranged to allow for a mother to labor, deliver, and recover in one room without separating the baby from family. The Family Birthplace also supports mothers through triage care; meeting their needs before their due date and on through supportive nursery care for their infant. Family Birthplace expects to deliver 325 babies this year.

Lauren Murphy RN, MSN, Coordinator of Family Birthplace said, "LRGHealthcare strives to achieve organizational excellence and superior care in patient safety, security, and protection of our infants. Hugs and Kisses is just one of many initiatives we have recently implemented and our staff continues to seek innovative solutions, educational opportunities, and technology to advance the care and experience we provide our families, moms, and babies."

Hugs Wi-Fi offers multiple benefits:
— Hospital-wide infant security – Exits are monitored and infants are tracked anywhere within the hospital's Wi-Fi signal.

— Out of unit alarm – If an infant is detected outside the Family Birthplace with no record of a staff member transporting him/her, an alarm will sound.

— Stand-alone exit protection – Exits are protected even in the event that communication to the server is disrupted.

— Anywhere information – System can be monitored on any Windows device with network access. Alerts will be pushed to staff via mobile digital devices.

William Losefsky, CHPA, Chief of Security Services said, "LRGHealthcare Security is constantly looking to utilize cutting-edge technology in its protective services role. The Hugs and Kisses wi-fi project is an excellent example as traditional infant protection systems limit the protection of the baby to within the family birthing center only. This is a multi-layered comprehensive security strategy utilizing best practices and mitigating risks."


Lions Club helps screen 225 students in 2.5 hours

MOULTONBOROUGH — Lions Club members, with assistance from the school nurse Carolyn Nelson, conducted free vision screening on over 225 students and faculty at Moultonborough Academy on a recent Friday. And they did it in less than 2 1/2 hours.

Thanks to a matching grant of $53,000 from Lions Club International Foundation, 15 Spot Vision Scanners were purchased for Operation KidSight (OKS) by New Hampshire Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. These scanners are being shared for vision screening between the 79 Lions Clubs in New Hampshire.

The Spot Vision Scanner has state-of-the-art technology that can detect the following vision issues: near-sightedness (myopia), far-sightedness (hyperopia), unequal refractive power (anisometropia), blurred vision, eye structure problem (astigmatism), pupil size deviations (anisocoria), and eye misalignment (strabismus).

The scanner can be used on children as young as 6 months and is 98 percent accurate. In less than a minute a summary printout is provided indicating "screening complete" — no problems were detected or "complete eye exam recommended" — measurements were out of the expected range and your child should be seen by an eye care professional.

Lion Mark Cotrupi is coordinating the OKS program for the Moultonborough Lions. He has been busy contacting local schools and day care facilities to coordinate screening dates. This is a free screening; it takes only seconds and it could make a big difference in a child's life. If you would like the Moultonborough Lions to screen the children of your organization, contact Mark Cotrupi at 476-5140.

The "ultimate" goal of OKS is to screen every child in the state from age 6 months through grade 12 over the next few years.

If you would like to find out more about Lionism please contact Joe & Pat Keegan at 253-9916.

St. Charles youth ministry harvests food, gives to pantry

St. Charles Borromeo Youth Ministry participated in its Annual Second Harvest at Moulton's Farm in Meredith. The group picked tomatoes, lettuce and beets as well as 17 bags of corn that were delivered to the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry and St. Vincent DePaul in Laconia. Youth ministry members believe that they are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ reaching out into the community to serve with an open heart. They appreciate and thank John Moulton for his generosity in their efforts.

Historical talk in Center Harbor rescheduled to Nov. 5

CENTER HARBOR — A talk being hosted by the Center Harbor Historical Society about the early settlers of the Great Bay on New Hampshire's Seacoast has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict.

The talk by Neill DePoali will take place on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Center Harbor Schoolhouse Museum, 94 Dane Road (Route 25B).

The program, which had originally been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, is being funded through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

The program is free and open to the public.

More information can be obtained by calling Roland Garland at 603-968-3902 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.