The Auxiliary of L+M Hospital

Steadfast support for the hospital and its mission has made the L+M Auxiliary on of the region’s most distinguished charitable organizations.

Founded just two years after the opening of the Joseph Lawrence Free Public Hospital in 1912, the small but dedicated group of women led by Nanine Lawrence Pond has grown to include hundreds of women and men who have given thousands of hours helping L+M meet the medical needs of southeastern Connecticut.
With almost 400 members, the Auxiliary always welcomes new members who participate on our fundraising events and support our activities through annual membership dues. Our most recent fundraising efforts allowed us to turn over more than $90,000 to the hospital in 2016 with $40,000 of these funds being used to support programs such as: “Special Needs Closet” providing clothing and personal items to patients who are in need; blanket warmers for the inpatient units; sleep swaddles for the maternity unit to help provide a safe way for infants to sleep; supplies for the magazine and beverage cart for the comfort of patients families; funding for a community lecture for stroke and cardiology education; and stuffed animals for dementia patients to help calm.

These are just a few of the many programs we have funded over the years, and we look forward to providing many more. Auxiliary funding has supported many programs at the hospital with a powerful sense of purpose and camaraderie carried through the decades.


Ocean House Tea
Saturday, April 28
For reservations, please email

“Run for your Life”  Walk/Run
Saturday, Oct. 27, Great Neck School
This event is a collaborative with Center for Hospice Care and Emerson Theater. For registration and information, please email

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Executive Committee
President - Pamela Atkins
Vice-Presidents - Debra Gash and Marie Hewitt
Corresponding Secretary - Patricia Giordano
Finance Chairperson - Rose Cawley
Treasurer - Dan Karp
Immediate Past President - Karen Neilan
President Appointee - Deborah McGrath

Join us!

To learn more about our programs, or if you would like to join us to help our community hospital, please email Pamela Atkins, president, at  We look forward to hearing from you.