N.H. Lung Association to change name

The American Lung Association of New Hampshire has decided to change its name to Breathe New Hampshire.

Effective July 1, the change was prompted by the American Lung Association’s plan to require individual state organizations to merge into regional entities, officials said.

“After much consideration, the American Lung Association of New Hampshire determined that remaining an independent organization is in the best interest of the people of New Hampshire,” the New Hampshire association said in a statement. The decision was the result of a unanimous vote of the board of directors, it added.

The non-profit health agency filed a petition in Probate Court on March 6.

“We have a long history – over 90 years – of serving the people of New Hampshire,” said Daniel Fortin, president and chief executive officer of ALA NH. “We wish to preserve that history and continue to focus on that tradition. It is our belief that remaining independent will allow us the most flexibility to provide the best service to the people of New Hampshire.”

He said that the new name, Breathe New Hampshire, “speaks to the essence of our organization” and “is more reflective of the breadth of respiratory issues we address.”

The organization was founded in 1916 to “eradicate tuberculosis.” Since that time it has increased its focus to include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. – JEFF FEINGOLD

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