History of L+M
Lawrence + Memorial Hospital has a long history of caring in southern Connecticut. The 40-bed Joseph Lawrence Free Public Hospital opened in 1912, merging with the Memorial Hospital Association and, in 1930, with the Manwaring Memorial Hospital.
Today, L+M is a not-for-profit, general, acute care, private hospital licensed for 280 beds and providing patient care to medical, surgical, pediatric, rehab, psychiatric and obstetrical patients. The renowned Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliate at Lawrence + Memorial, a state-of-the-art Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and the region's only Newborn Intensive Care Unit is located on the main hospital campus at 365 Montauk Avenue in New London.
Lawrence + Memorial operates satellite facilities in various areas throughout southeastern Connecticut, including: Pequot Health Center in Groton, Flanders Health Center in East Lyme, the Lawrence + Memorial Medical Office Building at Old Saybrook, and the Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliate at Lawrence + Memorial in Mystic. Pequot also is home to an Occupational Health Center that serves over 500 employers in our region. In nearby North Stonington, L+M operates the state's second largest hospital-based Employee Assistance Program that cares for over 50,000 employees and their families.
In addition, the Hospital manages eight physician practices in Old Saybrook, Mohegan Sun, Groton, East Lyme, Lyme, Pawcatuck and Fishers Island, New York. In 2004, L+M introduced a Hospitalist program, which supports our physicians through after office hour coverage for their patients. The VNA of Southeastern Connecticut is a hospital affiliate that provides about 125,000 home care visits annually to patients in our region.
In addition to our collaborative affiliation with Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut, L+M and Backus collaborate in a new outpatient dialysis center located at Shaw's Cove, in New London, with Gambro, a national dialysis company. In 2000, L+M established the Community Partnerships Program to promote collaborative initiatives to improve the health of the region.
Our primary service area includes ten towns along the Connecticut shoreline between Rhode Island and the Connecticut River and inland to include Montville. The hospital also is an important health care provider for the residents of Fishers Island, New York, the area known as Washington County, Rhode Island, and other parts of eastern Connecticut. Our total service area population is approximately 180,000 people, expanding to 250,000 in the summer.
Our staff has 2,500 highly skilled professional, technical and support personnel representing virtually every diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative specialty. Specialty areas include a cardiac catheterization lab, critical care, inpatient rehab unit, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, CT scanning and magnetic resonance imaging, interventional radiology and a nationally recognized cardiac rehabilitation program which supports acute and step-down coronary care units caring for people who have had heart attacks. Staff participate in more than 30 clinical trials.
Healthcare in the New Century
In September of 1990 phase one of Lawrence + Memorial's modernization program was completed. The program added 50,000 square-feet to the hospital. In 1995, phase two was completed which included the six-story Chester W. Kitchings Wing housing the Community Cancer Center and a new emergency room. The entire program was completed in 1996 adding 254,000 square-feet to an existing 392,000 square-foot facility. In 2002, L+M completed construction of its new inpatient rehabilitation unit and, in 2003, opened its renovated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a second Cardiac Catherization lab.
In 2005, L+M completed the expansion of its Pequot Health Center. The expansion added ambulatory surgery and diagnostic imaging services to our Groton facility. Through all of these efforts, L&M has continued uphold its mission of improving the health of the community. We continue to respond to the needs of the individuals we serve, while offering excellent, top-quality care.