Fisher Island Campaign THANK YOU for L+M Emergency Department Renovation

Click on this image to find the brochure for The Fishers Island Campaign for L+M Emergency Department

November 22, 2022

Dear Members of the Fishers Island Community,

I once read that “Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving.”  This is so applicable to the generosity you have demonstrated in your support of L&M’s Emergency Department.

The accompanying video is a first-hand account of the impact your philanthropy has had in the daily lives of patients and clinicians.

Thank you for allowing us to celebrate Thanksgiving every day.

Christine M. Meola
Vice President
Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Development
Westerly Hospital Foundation
Yale New Haven Health System

365 Montauk Avenue
New London, CT  06320

September 12, 2022

Please join us in supporting the renovation of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department. We believe this is a very important cause for the health and sustainability of the Fishers Island Community.

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health since 2017, is an integral provider of health care services for Fishers Island. Through its partnership with the Island Health Project, the Fishers Island Fire Department and Sea Stretcher, L+M is the primary destination for emergencies and critical care needs for the Island’s year-round and summer residents.

The expansion is part of an $84 million upgrade of L&M primarily funded by Yale New Haven Health. The expansion of the Emergency Department will entail nearly doubling the number of treatment rooms from 37 to 57, having all the treatment rooms be enclosed and private, adding a pediatric unit, a psychiatric unit and isolation facilities.  It also involves expanding and improving the waiting room area and upgrading all equipment.

The Fishers Island Campaign for L+M Emergency Department is targeting $5 million to help with the enhancements of the facilities, which have not been upgraded since 1995. The Crisp family has spearheaded this effort with a $2 million matching grant to seed our collective efforts. Reaching our goal of $5 million will allow us to name the new Emergency Room and recognize Fishers Island’s commitment to L&M.

Please join us in supporting this essential project.  We are close to reaching our goal and hope to have broad participation from the whole Island community to get there in the coming weeks.   If you have given already, we greatly appreciate your generous support. Below is information about the campaign and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.


Tracy and Jim Rutherfurd, Chairs
Fishers Island Campaign for L+M Emergency Department

The Day: L+M unveils new emergency department waiting room

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital announces $2 million lead matching gift from the Peter O. Crisp family to seed a $5 million campaign from the Fishers Island community to name the Emergency Department

“We are tremendously thankful for the philanthropy of the Peter O. Crisp Family, as well as to Tracy and Jimmy Rutherfurd and their committee, and to the residents of Fishers Island who have given so generously to our organization. This gift greatly enhances this project and our ability to enhance the care we provide to our patients. The support of the Fishers Island community further solidifies that L+M and Yale New Haven Health are the trusted health partner for this community.”  – Patrick L. Green, President and CEO.

“For the people of Fishers Island, L+M’s Emergency Department is a vital part of their health care. This extraordinary gift will support L+M as it sustains and grows vital services that benefit island residents as well as all those across our service area.” – Christine. M. Meola, vice president, Development.

Please join us as a contributing community member and help reach the Fishers Island Campaign Goal with a gift today!

Participation at any level shows how important this is to our island population.

Donate to FI Campaign for L+M Emergency HERE

Fishers Island donors should select the “Fishers Island Campaign” from the drop-down menu.

Prefer to donate by check?

L+M Donor Gift by Check Form for Emergency Dept.


For more information contact:
Tracy & Jim Rutherfurd, Fishers Island Campaign Chairs
(914) 482 -7292;

Christine Meola Vice President, Development
(860) 300-9740;

Fisher Island Campaign for L+M Emergency Department Renovation Committee

Tracy and Jim Rutherfurd, Chairs

Jane and Ace Ahrens
Diane and Jim Baker
Heather and David Burnham
Leslie and Kevin Coleman
Missy and Peter Crisp
Catherine and Jeff Edwards
Robin and Brad Gibbs
Kathy and John Harris
Wendy and Ted Henderson
Kathy and Ged Parsons
Susie and Bob Parsons
Isabel and Scott Phillips
Anne and Edmund Redd
Kandi Sanger
Margaret and Glenn Solomon
Emily and Lupo Talamo
Ann and John von Stade
Erik and Casey Waldin
Kelley and Donald Young

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