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Meet Aleksandra Stark, MD

Dr. Aleksandra Stark cares for patients who have difficulties with memory loss,
confusion, depression or other behaviors resulting from brain disorders such as
dementia or from traumatic brain injury. A neurologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
and an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Geisel School of Medicine
at Dartmouth, Dr. Stark is seeing patients at NLH.

She earned her medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla,
NY and completed her neurology residency at the University of North Carolina
Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC. She completed two neurology fellowships, at
the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience in Boston and at Boston
University Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

For a consultation with Dr. Stark at NLH call 603-526-5172.

Decision to Close William P. Clough
Extended Care Center

At its annual meeting on June 16, 2016 our New London Hospital Board of Trustees reached the
unanimous decision to close the William P. Clough Extended Care Center. This followed extensive study by
management over a period of nearly two years that led Trustees to conclude that it is financially necessary
to close the Clough Center to better assure the sustainability of New London Hospital and our many other
services for all in our 15-town region.

The Clough Center was established in 1971, with 58 beds licensed for both long-term and skilled nursing
care. It has been a much loved and appreciated service in our community, primarily for our frail elderly.
But recent rates of reimbursement for care provided to those who do not pay privately—typically about
two-thirds of residents—has fallen to a point far enough below the cost of care that the daily financial
losses add up to amounts the institution cannot bear. This situation is expected to continue and perhaps
worsen in the future. Regrettably, there is no reasonable choice for us except closure.

We value each current Clough Center resident, as well as our dedicated Clough Center staff. We are
sorry for the disruption this decision will cause them. Between now and the end of September, residents
and their families will be assisted with finding other homes that will meet their individual needs. And
our impacted staff members are receiving help in obtaining alternative positions within New London
Hospital or employment elsewhere.

Please know how difficult this decision is for our organization. Do contact us at 603-526-5241 with any
questions or comments.

Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN  Bruce P. King
Chair, Board of Trustees  President and CEO

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