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Littleton Regional Hospital Provides Transportation for Patient Unable to Drive

Many of us who call northern New Hampshire home love its natural beauty and quiet charms. Our rural environment, however, makes it difficult for people with various transportation challenges to access medical care and services.

Recognizing this growing problem, Littleton Regional Hospital introduced the Care-A-Van service in 1994. Each year, the Care-A-Van logs 30,000 miles over the course of 2,800 trips, providing free scheduled rides to LRH and our other facilities for more than 100 patients annually.

One of the regulars on the Care-A-Van is 85-year-old Abel Gonzales of Bethlehem, N.H. Abel has volunteered at LRH for six years and also attends cardiac rehabilitation classes here.

"I live about 20 minutes away from LRH,” Abe said. “I had driven to the hospital until last winter, when cataracts made it impossible for me to drive. I don't know how I'd be able to get to LRH for my volunteering and rehab classes without the Care-A-Van. I thank LRH with all my heart for this tremendous service. You could say it has saved my life."  

This is just one of the many ways Littleton Regional Hospital provides support to patients and their families in northern New Hampshire.