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Friends of New London Hospital March/April 2012
Your Philanthropy at Work
Julie DeGalan
Senior Director of Development
Each year, your unrestricted annual fund gift supports the capital equipment and facilities plan that is
established to best serve the needs of the patients we serve. I’m pleased to report that because of your
generosity the gift total given in the first quarter of our current fiscal year exceeded the first quarter of last
year. From October 1 through December 3, a total of $257,375 was received for the annual fund.
Several areas of the hospital will benefit from your donations. They include the Medical/Surgical Unit,
Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Services, the Emergency Room, the Ambulance Service, the Pharmacy, the
Laboratory, Food and Nutrition, and Information Systems. Each of these departments will obtain new
equipment that is directly related to patient care. Just a few of the items include: operating room beds, slip
lamp, power stretcher, intravenous medication pumps, plasma thawing system, freezer, and software related
to implementing Meaningful Use for our health information system.
The Physician Practices are scheduled to receive a new EKG machine and a bladder scanner, while the
William P. Clough Extended Care Center will get a portable dental clinic.
The New London Hospital and Newport Health Center Mammography Program has also grown because of
your generosity. During the past two decades, NLH and NHC have provided over 2,000 free or reduced cost
mammograms and other related services, and this work will continue thanks to you. The many gifts that the
hospital received in memory of Brian Prescott were directed to the Mammography Program, and 67 gifts
totaling over $3,750 have been received.
I hope you will join those who have already made their annual fund gift this year by including New London
Hospital in your philanthropic plan and budget. Your support is critical in helping us achieve our mission of
providing safe quality care for every patient, every time in partnership with patients, families and healthcare
providers. Please don’t hesitate to contact me (603-526-5023) if you have any comments or questions about
making a gift to New London Hospital.
In Their Own Words
It was December, 2008. The exact date escapes my
memory, but the events remain locked away in vivid
detail. It was the coldest day of the year and there was
nothing more that I desired than to carve up the snow
and ice on my snowboard. The mountain conditions were
deteriorating, and the rain turned to an icy glaze on the
snow. I couldn’t have chosen a worse day to snowboard.
I was too inexperienced for the rails and jumps I chose;
I was trying to prove I was a natural at something I
had just learned that month. But snowboarding and
skateboarding are what I wanted to do for the rest of
my life. I enjoyed the thrill of flying through the air and
the satisfaction of landing a new jump. It filled me with
adrenaline and excitement. On that day, I pushed my
limits and finally they pushed back.
I took a spill and woke up in a daze, gasping for air. I had
no strength and I couldn’t move. I told myself, “Get up
Matt, you are not worthless!” over and over. The feeling
in my belly and back was bad, like someone had hit me
with a big object. I forced myself down the mountain. I
called my Mom: “Mom, can you come get me? I’m still
at the mountain and I ate it hard.” She got there as I was
returning my rentals. Then came a barrage of questions:
“You look like a ghost, Matt! How do you feel? How bad
was your fall?” “I’m fine I just need to lie down and rest
at home,” I replied in a stubborn tone.
When I got home, my mom took my blood pressure.
She insisted on taking me to New London Hospital to
get checked out. I will remember the hospital staff for
the rest of my life. The level of care I received seemed to
me to go beyond what they are required to provide – they
gave me the impression that this was more than a job for
them. They asked me questions and examined me to find
out what was wrong, but they did it in a way that made me
smile and made me feel that I was still okay.
After 40 minutes of questions, exams, a blood test, and
a CT Scan, the diagnosis was in – a lacerated liver with
internal bleeding and a contused pancreas and kidney.
They wanted to rush me to a pediatric trauma surgeon
at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) but
the Dartmouth Hitchcock DART helicopter wasn’t flying
due to the rain and fog. I was going to be transferred by
New London Hospital ambulance staff. In the rush of my
transfer, something unexpected happened. My doctor,
Steven Powell, MD, raised his hand and said “Wait, let
him say goodbye to his mother.” My mom ran over and
between all the tubes, and monitors she squeezed me, told
me she loved me, and said she would see me at DHMC.
I have no memory of the ride at all, so I’m assuming
it was fast. Soon after arriving at DHMC, I was in the
trauma area getting my clothes cut off, and I saw wires,
(L) Dr. Steven Powell and Matt Humphrey
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Because of the
Mammography Program,
NLH and NHC have
provided over 2,000 free
or reduced cost
mammograms over the
past 20 years. (Director
of Radiology Deb Wilson
is shown here with NLH’s
digital mammogram