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.

2016 Community Health Needs Assessment Report

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.

We're determined to make southeastern Connecticut a better, healthier place to live, and that includes an array of community benefit programs. In fact, in 2015 L+M's community benefits investment totaled over $38 million. Our services are aimed at those who need it most, such as expectant mothers, infants, senior citizens, and those who are homeless. 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. Our community benefit story from 2013 captures the spirit. Watch here.

Our efforts are guided by a community health needs assessment (CHNA) conducted every 3 years. To take a look at the 2016 CHNA, click here. Taking all of the information from the CHNA, we partner with a broad range of community organizations and residents to develop a community health implementation plan (CHIP). The current CHIP can be viewed by clicking here.

The breadth of L+M Hospital's community involvement includes educational programs, community disaster preparedness, cancer screening for low-income persons, and child abuse prevention. 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 differences. 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.

L+M's community commitment also includes subsidized healthcare services for those in need, ranging from emergency and trauma visits to neonatal intensive care. The CT Early Detection and Prevention Program at the hospital provides women who qualify with exams for breast and cervical cancer and cardiovascular screening. Nurturing Families Network supports new families and Healthy Start ensures that pregnant moms have healthy babies. Our HIV Outreach program promotes prevention and healthy living for those with HIV.

L+M’s community programs are made better by the people who participate and who benefit. If you want to be a part of working toward our mission, to improve the health of this region, contact Laurel Holmes, director of Community Partnerships + Population Health at 860-271-4698 or lholmes@lmhosp.org.