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Friends of New London Hospital January/February 2013
Getting Involved
Miriam and Charlie Nelson had enjoyed visiting
the Lake Sunapee Region and New London for over
15
years. After falling in love with the area and the
people, they decided to sell their home on Cape Cod
and make New London their permanent residence.
Having a deep belief in community engagement,
the Nelsons quickly became involved in numerous
organizations and efforts that help strengthen the
community, including NLH.
Miriam and Charlie are the founders of Nelco Products,
an employee-owned manufacturer and distributor
of cable ties, zip ties and cable tie accessories
located in Massachusetts. The Nelsons started the
company in 1984 after Charlie spent nearly 15 years
developing the domestic and international sales
team for Dennison Manufacturing Company. Nearly
30
years later Nelco employs 40 families. Miriam
and Charlie are semi-retired now, leaving the
day-to-day management of the company to their
two daughters and son-in-law.
While vacationing in the area over the course of many
years, the Nelsons made appointments with NLH’s
Family Medicine practice for routine visits. Then
in the fall of 2011 when they began moving into their
new home, Charlie needed to go to the emergency
room and ended up spending close to three days
as an inpatient. “Every interaction we had with NLH
employees — from the Emergency Room to Admissions
to the doctors and nurses working in the hospital —
was exceptional,” said Charlie. “The staff couldn’t
have been nicer and more caring, and everyone we
interacted with made me feel very reassured that
everything would be fine. And it was.”
Since that time, Miriam and Charlie have been
actively involved with NLH. In the summer of 2012,
the Nelsons brought their family and friends
together and designed a float for the Hospital Day
Parade. Driving
Rusty
,
a 1947 farm tractor, Charlie,
dressed in surgical garb, towed the “Circa 1947
NLH Ambulance Service,” a children’s float that
won a prize for first place. “We enjoy volunteering,”
Miriam commented, “We have always believed
in community service and it’s a chance to meet
wonderful people who have a similar mindset.”
This year, the Nelsons have already started helping
out with hospital events. Miriam is an active member
of the Friends of New London Hospital committee
helping to plan the 2013 summer fundraising event
and they are thinking about their entry in the
Hospital Days Parade this year. “All too often
when you have a gem in your backyard you take
it for granted. It’s our role to help promote NLH
and the benefits of having a community hospital
here,” said Charlie.
The area residents need to know how wonderful
our hospital is,” said Miriam. “As newcomers we
thought it would be beneficial to express our
feelings. Our hope is that people who may not be
involved yet might say, ‘there have to be reasons
why the Nelsons and others are donating their time
and their funds to the hospital. Maybe I should
look into this.’” Charlie agrees, adding, “We are
committed to New London being our home and
we recognize the many worthy causes with which
we can be involved. Giving back is very important
to us.”
Miriam and Charlie Nelson