Friends of New London Hospital | November/December 2012
Supporting New London Hospital through active service and philanthropy
Holiday Message from Bruce King
As we close out this calendar year, I am very grateful for the tremendous
community support enjoyed by this hospital. During times of challenge
and uncertainty in healthcare, your gifts to the hospital’s Annual Fund
and your support of our events have been generous, heartfelt, and helpful.
I am privileged to receive letters each week from patients who write
to tell me about the extraordinary, compassionate care they experienced
at New London Hospital. This care is provided to every patient, regardless
of insurance or ability to pay. Your gifts and support make this possible.
We hear about the
challenging future
for healthcare each
day from one source
or another. Yet when I think about the many ways in which this
community shows how much value this hospital has in our lives,
I am encouraged to believe that we will continue to meet and
surmount the issues we face.
Thank you for your generosity and thoughtful support
of New London Hospital.
As you share the holidays with family and friends, please accept
our deepest thanks for your gifts. On behalf of the Board
of Trustees, the physicians and the more than 500 employees
of New London Hospital, I wish you a joyful holiday season.
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New London Hospital Chaplain Cheryl Fitzgerald
New London Hospital’s 2012 holiday postcard,
Snowy Slope, by photographer Fred Parsons
Inside This Issue
Donor Spotlight
Employee Scholarship Program
In Their Own Words
Trustees Leave Legacy
Art Exhibit on Display
Melissa Nelson Joins Newport
Donor Recognition Event
Promoting Healing through Spiritual Care
Every day, Chaplain Cheryl Fitzgerald comforts others who are asking the big questions of life such as “Why is
this happening? Why is it happening to me? How do I feel about changes in my life? How do I make sense of
everything?” This is the commitment that Cheryl brings to the Spiritual Care program at New London Hospital
and the Clough Center.
With a philosophy that accentuates the positive, Cheryl moves
competently and quietly from comforting a patient and family
on the hospital’s Medical/Surgical Unit to daily interactions with
residents in the extended care unit. “Spiritual Care is the gift
of helping individuals tap into their strengths and use those
strengths to get through a crisis,” said Cheryl. “Whether I am
with a family in the Emergency Department who has just lost
a loved one or sitting with a resident at the end of life, the goal
is to focus on thankfulness—for the gift of the individual’s life
and the experiences that life has given others.”
Spiritual Care activities in the Clough Center are particularly
revealing of this philosophy. In addition to a weekly spiritual group