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    Monday, December 05, 2022

    New London hospital places pieces of history in wall at construction site

    Patrick Green, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital president, carries the 3-foot-long time capsule, during a ceremony at the construction site Wednesday, April 6, 2022, to place it in the wall, right, without drywall at this time, in an area of what will be the patient waiting area of the emergency department at the hospital in New London. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    New London — People gathered at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital at the emergency department construction site Wednesday for a ceremony to place a time capsule in a wall located in what will be the patient waiting area.

    Items in the capsule are from the last three years when the construction project began and the hospital had its first COVID-19 patient.  Those include a box of surgical masks, an N95 mask, empty vials of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, hand sanitizer, COVID-19 tests and other medical items. Also included was a USB flash drive containing news releases, employee newsletters, annual reports, photos, videos and other digital items, and a special message for the people who open the capsule. 

    The capsule will be opened March 18, 2070, exactly 50 years from the day that L+M admitted its first COVID-19-positive patient.

    A/Z Corporation of North Stonington is providing construction management services to the hospital for the project.

    Patrick Green, president of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, says a few words at the construction site of the new emergency department at L+M in New London on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, during the ceremony to place a 3-foot-long time capsule, right, in a wall of what will be the patient waiting area. In the background, Dr. Craig Mittleman, director of emergency services, left, and Denise Fiore, chief operating officer, stand next to the open wall area, right, without drywall at this time, where the time capsule will be placed. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    People gather at the construction site of the new emergency department at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, for the ceremony to place a 3-foot-long time capsule in a wall of what will be the patient waiting area. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Patrick Green, president of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, says a few words at the construction site of the new emergency department at L+M in New London on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, during the ceremony to place a 3-foot-long time capsule, right, in a wall of what will be the patient waiting area. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Patrick Green, president of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, places a the 3-foot-long time capsule within the wall, without drywall at this time, while Dr. Craig Mittleman, director of emergency services, watches during a ceremony at the construction site Wednesday, April 6, 2022, of what will be the patient waiting area of the emergency department at L+M in New London. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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