Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont has become the only Alpha-1 Clinical Resource Center in NH. Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency is a condition where the body does not make enough of a protein that protects the lungs and liver from damage. The condition can lead to emphysema and liver disease.
Valley Regional Healthcare was designated as an Alpha-1 Clinical Resource Center by the Alpha-1 Foundation. Dr. Donald Mahler and his team were invited to apply to the Alpha-1 Foundation to be a Clinical Resource Center due to their work in this field. The hospital has diagnosed four patients with Alpha-1 deficiency emphysema in the past 18 months thanks to diligent testing of all of patients with COPD who come into the Kane Center at the hospital. Dr. Mahler was Director of a Clinical Resource Center while at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, until his retirement there in July 2014.