August 17th, 2016
A $680,000 bequest from the estate of former New London resident Patricia Kelsey has been applied to the current $2.2 million Building for Health capital campaign of New London Hospital (NLH). The NLH Board of Trustees has determined that using this unrestricted gift in support of the $9 million project for a new Newport Health Center matches well with the generous spirit with which Mrs. Kelsey supported her community and with her personal commitment to health and wellness. Mrs. Kelsey, who passed away in August of 2014, held a bachelor's degree in physical education and was an accomplished athlete.
Says NLH President and CEO Bruce King, "Pat was a dear friend and a strong supporter of our mission. I am pleased that her parting gift to us will be used for this new structure in Newport, which will facilitate decades of enhanced service to our patients."
The new building will be 75% larger than the current health center. In addition to continued support for primary care for all ages and rehabilitation services, the 28,600 square foot facility will provide expanded space for behavioral health, laboratory, radiology and women's health along with a new on-site pharmacy and room for various new provider services from affiliate Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
Construction, which began in October of 2015, remains on time and on budget. It is anticipated that the new building will be occupied and operational in mid-October, after which the current health center will be razed and parking and landscaping on the property completed.
Gifts and pledges continue to be received for Building for Health. With the addition of the Kelsey estate gift, about $300,000 remains to be raised to meet the minimum goal established for the campaign. To contribute or for more information about the project, call 603-526-5373 or visit www.newlondonhospital.org/buildingforhealth.