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Friends of New London Hospital March/April 2012
“To raise money, we did things like selling popcorn
for 10 cents a bag at the movies – which at that time
were shown at New London’s Town Hall – and running
spaghetti suppers,” recalls Rebecca. “Finally, a space
became available at the hospital (at that time New
London Hospital was located on Main Street) for a
laboratory – it was a bathroom that was located under a
staircase, and one of the first pieces of equipment was a
centrifuge.” In 1953, New London Hospital hired a full-
time medical technician for the lab. Says Rebecca, “At
that time the lab was running a small number of tests –
now, the lab runs thousands of tests!”
Today, the B.J. Baker Memorial Laboratory is fully
equipped with state-of-the-art, automated laboratory
equipment and computerized instruments that are
capable of performing a number of tests simultaneously.
Last year, New London Hospital installed an analyzer
to enhance the accuracy and efficiency of patient lab
testing. The analyzer minimizes unnecessary repeats
or redraws of samples using advanced specimen
management technology. The lab performs over 270,000
patient tests on this analyzer each year.
Laboratory sample collection and analysis is performed
by a highly qualified team of 21 technicians,
technologists, and technical support personnel.
All of the technicians and technologists are college
graduates in the field of medical technology,
and certified by the American Society of Clinical
“The Baker Memorial Laboratory is accredited by the
College of American Pathologists, which means that
it meets and exceeds rigorous Federal laboratory
standards of excellence,” says Laboratory Director Cloie
Bridgeo. “The procedures and methodologies we use
here are equivalent to those that a patient would receive
at a larger institution. The greatest advantage for our
patients is that we are close by and they don’t have to
travel far to be tested or get a blood transfusion.”
Cloie has been working in the laboratory for 33 years.
“We strive to make patients feel like they are treated as
individuals and we don’t keep them waiting. We get to
know our patients and they get to know us.”
Patients with a lab procedure referral by a physician
can walk in to the B.J. Baker Memorial Laboratory at
their convenience after registration. It is open Monday-
Friday, 7 am to 5 pm; Wednesday, 7 am to 7:30 pm; and
Saturday, 7 am to noon. There is also a blood collection
center at Newport Health Center that is open Monday
through Friday by appointment.
A Lasting Tribute to Charles “Bob” Nulsen
Memorial gifts, motivated by a desire to create a lasting
tribute to a loved one, also benefit the non-profit
organizations that receive them. New London Hospital
recently received a gift in memory of Charles “Bob”
Nulsen, a resident of the William P. Clough Extended
Care Center in the later years of his life. Bob’s son,
Charles “Charlie” Nulsen III, made a gift on behalf of his
family in his father’s memory. The donation also honors
the staff of the Clough Center who provided expert and
compassionate care to Bob. The gift will be used for two
purposes: to improve the Clough Center facility and to
create a scholarship program for New London Hospital
“This gift is a wonderful testament to Bob Nulsen and
to the care we provide at the Clough Center, and we are
truly grateful for the family’s generous support,” said
Bruce King, President and CEO of New London Hospital.
“We want the atmosphere within the Clough Center to
be warm, inviting and comfortable for our residents.”
Improvements to the Clough Center include upgrading
the flooring in the Welcome Center, Nurses’ Station, and
hallways. This renovation will be done within the next
few months.
The Charles K. Nulsen, Jr. Employee Education
Scholarship Program will provide funds for employees
who exemplify the characteristics that Bob Nulsen
demonstrated throughout his lifetime - dedication to a
job well done and involvement in the community - and
who are seeking to further their education in healthcare-
related studies to better meet the needs of the patients
they serve. Catherine Budd, Senior Director of Human
Resources, will lead the committee overseeing the
Nulsen Scholarship Program.
New Art Exhibit on Display
Is there something different about the hallways of New
London Hospital? Of course! Four local artists introduced
their varied styles of exhibited work to the community
during a January 19 event presented by the Friends of
New London Hospital Art Program.
Matthew Brown, color woodblock artist, Kimberly Russell,
acrylic and oil painter, Alan Shulman, pen and ink artist,
and Kittie Wilson, photographer, have filled the hallways
with welcome scenes of nature, imaginative whimsy, and
familiar New Hampshire locales. The exhibit will be on
display through early May and is for the appreciation of
every patient, family member, and visitor to New
London Hospital.
A sincere thank you to Chef Mathew Mitnitsky, chef
and owner of Nonni’s Italian Eatery, and his staff, for
generously donating and serving delicious hors
d’oeuvres for the evening.
For more information about New London Hospital’s Art
Program, please contact Casey McMorrow at 526-5373
Participating artists, L-R Alan Shulman, Kimberly Russell, and Kittie Wilson with Bruce King CEO. Not pictured: Matthew Brown
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