For over 100 years, New London Hospital has been caring for the health and wellness of the local and surrounding communities. An affiliate of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system, the nonprofit community hospital provides a continuum of care spanning primary care and specialty medicine, to surgical services and acute inpatient care. New London Hospital also has a 24/7 emergency department and ambulance service to service our local communities.
Our medical provider team is comprised of specialists in more than 20 medical fields. The medical providers on our staff are supplemented by specialist from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Concord Orthopaedics Professional Association, Concord Hospital Center for Urologic Care, Upper Valley Neurology/Neurosurgery, and other affiliated providers. In addition to primary care and surgical and emergency services, our Specialty Services include Oncology/Infusion, Pain Management, Coumadin Monitoring and Cardiology. With this wide range of services, New London Hospital is able to provide access to much needed care close to home for the communities we serve.
New London Hospital offers a very robust Community and Employee Wellness program through the Wellness Connection Coalition. The coalition focus is on the health of the Lake Sunapee Region. At regular meetings, representatives from each organization share the wellness initiatives in their sector. The sectors represented are from schools, municipal government, recreation departments, faith community, local businesses, community members, and community resources. They support and communicate initiatives in other organizations and collaborate on community-wide initiatives.
A subgroup of the Wellness Connection, the network focuses on Employee Workplace Wellness. Employers share best practices, ideas and collaborate on local initiative or healthy employer competition.
New London Hospital has also recently built a beautiful walking trail where employees, patients and visitors can enjoy more time outside by strolling along the Hospital Community Trail, a 1-mile walking loop on the hospital’s property. “The trail provides a resource for the community to move more and take advantage of the beautiful area in which we live by staying active,” said Catherine Bardier, director of wellness and community health at the hospital. The Hospital Community Trail is part of New London Hospital’s community health initiative, “The Wellness Connection for a Healthy Lake Sunapee Region,” which emphasizes active living, healthy eating and stress reduction for local residents. With entrances just off the parking lot of the hospital, the new trail is easily accessible.
New London Hospital is a community hospital committed to safe quality care in a patient and family centered care environment resulting in a healthier community.
New London Hospital provides safe quality care for every patient, every time in partnership with patients, families and healthcare providers.
New London Hospital (NLH) is a 25-bed rural community hospital serving the Lake Sunapee region in central New Hampshire. Although our mission is virtually the same today as it was at our founding in 1918 – to provide quality primary care and specialized clinical services in a caring environment – we continue to grow and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of the communities we serve.
New London Hospital offers primary care for the entire family, ambulance and emergency services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, a 24-hour emergency department, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, acute and critical care, and a full array of surgical services including orthopedics. We offer a wide range of wellness and prevention programs, such as CPR and first aid, and sponsor several community benefit programs such as a school-based health care center.
A Critical Access Hospital
In April of 2003, NLH received designation as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) after a successful survey of the hospital by the state of New Hampshire. CAH is a federal program designed to support small rural non-profit hospitals across the country. Under CAH, New London Hospital maintains 15 acute care inpatient beds and 10 swing beds (beds for patients who need hospitalization but are not considered acute care patients) for a total of 25 beds. Another important part of CAH status includes an established relationship with a tertiary care hospital, met by a collaborative agreement with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
A Rich Community History
During the First World War, community sentiment brought about the organization of New London Hospital. Dr. Nathan Griffin, Dr. Charles Lamson and Dr. Anna Littlefield encouraged a group of local women to found the New London Nursing Association. In this group, Emma Colby, Florence Griffin and Eliza Robbins were especially active. Jane Tracy made the old “Morgan House” available (it is now known as Tracy Memorial Library), and the six-bed hospital first opened to the public on October 1, 1918. In the spring of 1923, the decision was made to erect a completely new building. Fred Pressey of New London offered an attractive site on the upper end of Main Street, and during that summer, a new 12-bed hospital was erected (now known as the Griffin House Condominium Association).
As early as 1946, a study was begun on the possibility of erecting an even larger and more modern building. By that time, New London Hospital had become a regional institution with strong support and patronage from neighboring towns. A gift of 50 acres of land by summer resident Harold Allen to the hospital, along with Hill-Burton funds and a capital campaign, allowed construction of a new building on County Road, which was dedicated in 1958.
Continuing its legacy of being responsive to the health care needs of a the growing community, New London Hospital received a Certificate of Need in March of 2007 to renovate existing services and to construct a 46,000 square foot addition. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in August of 2007. Main attributes of this Building Towards the Future project included the construction of all private patient rooms, the expansion and renovation of Specialty Services, and the construction of a new Medical Office Building to house provider offices, patient examination rooms, leased space for medical tenants and other administrative offices. The project also included the relocation of Pediatrics and Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation services to the main campus. The project was completed in the fall of 2009.
Today, New London Hospital is accredited by the State of New Hampshire as a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, providing primary care, emergency and specialized clinical services to the community it serves, continuing its rich tradition of quality service and caring.
Collaboration with Dartmouth-Hitchcock
A unique collaborative relationship with Dartmouth-Hitchcock went into effect on April 1, 2003, when Bruce P. King became the President and CEO of NLH. The Board of Trustees of NLH approved a management contract with DH, which allows NLH to retain its independence and autonomy while providing a wide range of management services.