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Westerly Hospital welcomes heartfelt donation to cancer patients from Valenti Subaru

suburu blanket donation

Wednesday, July 12, 2023


L-R: Nick Stahl, major gifts officer for The Westerly Hospital Foundation; Carrie Kenyon, RN, executive director, Patient Care Services, Westerly Hospital; Bruce Morrow, Valenti Subaru; Dr. Legare, and Kerin Da Cruz, MSN, RN,  chief nursing officer for Westerly and L+M hospitals.

Westerly, RI (July 11, 2023) ꟷ  Westerly Hospital recently accepted a donation of blankets for patients at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Westerly from Valenti Subaru of Westerly and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The keepsake blankets have been provided for many years to comfort patients with cancer. 

“Our goal is to provide comprehensive and integrative oncology cancer care for our local population, and this donation from Valenti Subaru helps tremendously on a couple of different levels," said Robert Legare, MD, medical director, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Westerly and Waterford. “First, there's the practical level that a lot of our folks are struggling with different medical conditions, so they are often times colder. And, symbolically, I think it just speaks to caring. It speaks to community support. Folks with cancer are going through situations in their lives and it can't be overstated how these kinds of gestures from others can positively impact our patients."

“Everybody knows someone who has been impacted by cancer," said Bruce Morrow, general manager at Valenti Subaru in Westerly who delivered the blankets. “Sometimes, when patients need treatment or have to stay in the hospital, that's when they can get chilly, even in summer. So, we hope this gift is comforting for the patients.”

Valenti Subaru has donated blankets in past years.,This year's blankets have a new twist – zippers so the blanket can be rolled up and used as a pillow. The donation also included boxes of gifts for children, including coloring materials.



Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit, 308-bed general and acute care hospital providing patient care to medical, surgical, pediatric, psychiatric and obstetrical patients in southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island since 1912. Lawrence + Memorial offers cardiac acute, step-down and rehabilitation programs and is the only eastern Connecticut hospital that performs emergency and elective angioplasty.