L+M in the Community
At L+M Hospital, doctors, nurses and staff are also your neighbors and friends, so it's no wonder we're deeply committed to the health of our region far beyond the doors of our buildings.
Lawrence + Memorial Hospital has served New London County, Connecticut for over 100 years and has been involved in ongoing community needs assessment and community health collaborations working to improve the health of area residents. Read Full Report
At L+M, we're determined to make southeastern Connecticut a better, healthier place to live, and that includes an array of outreach programs. In fact, in fiscal year 2012 L+M's "Community Benefits" totaled over $12 million, and our services are aimed at those who need it most. Our efforts are guided by a community health needs assessment conducted on a regular basis from which we develop a community health implementation plan (CHIP). The current CHIP, approved by the L+M board of directors on August 26, 2013, can be viewed by clicking here.
There are many reasons for what we do, but the most obvious is quite simple: we believe in giving each other a hand up. Because we live here, too. And, like you, we care.
The range of L+M Hospital's community involvement includes educational programs, community disaster preparedness, cancer screening for low-income persons, and child abuse prevention. Furthermore, there are services for the homeless, pregnant moms, student internships, and other programs that simply wouldn't exist if not for the staff and resources provided by Lawrence + Memorial.
When it comes to community benefits, it's often the little things that make the biggest difference. Consider what happens each day at the Homeless Hospitality Center in New London: an employee from the shelter drops off dirty sheets at L+M Hospital; they return to the shelter with clean ones. It happens every day, all year, free of charge, thanks to L+M. The service saves the shelter time, boosts the moral of the guests who always sleep on clean linens, and, most importantly of all, the service saves the shelter many thousands of dollars.
Laurel Holmes, Director, Community Health, Outreach + Partnerships
L+M's community commitment also includes a pediatric weight management program to help children fight obesity and subsidized healthcare services for those in need, ranging from emergency and trauma visits to neonatal intensive care.