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    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.

    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, L+M's "Community Benefits" totaled over $15 million last year, and 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.

    The broad range of L+M Hospital's community benefit activity includes educational programs, community disaster preparedness, health promotion, faith community outreach, and collaborative school programs. Furthermore, there are services for the homeless, injury prevention programs, student internships, and many 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.

    Another such program is a collaboration between L+M and the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center, to collect and distribute disposable diapers and baby wipes to families in need.  When the program first kicked off in 2009, more than 7,000 diapers were delivered in the first two months.

    Organizers found that in some cases, children were being left in dirty diapers all day until needy families could afford to buy more.  For many families, the program helped bridge that gap until the next paycheck, improving the health and quality of life for both the child and family. Said one organizer: "The diaper bank program is a much-needed addition to the region's safety net and has made a tremendous impact."

    But L+M's community commitment doesn't stop with infants. Outreach programs in schools also include such things as pediatric weight management to help children fight obesity, and health and exercise programs to encourage physical fitness.

    Another major aspect of L+M's community involvement is subsidized healthcare services for those in need, ranging from emergency and trauma visits to neonatal intensive care. The OB Clinic at the hospital provides education and testing for expectant mothers, and women who qualify can also receive free exams for breast and cervical cancer as part of a community benefit.