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L+M announces retirements for two long-serving executives

Mary Lenzini, VNASC

Mary Lenzini, president of the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNASC), and Bill Stanley, vice president of Government and Community Relations at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, will retire at the end of 2020 after decades of service to L+M and the community.

Mary Lenzini has led the VNASC since 1996, overseeing a staff of more than 240. An affiliate of L+M Hospital, the VNASC provides more than 100,000 home care visits annually to patients in the region, including new mothers, the elderly and the homeless. Lenzini was recognized in 2017 when the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut honored her as its Citizen of the Year. Lenzini still oversees the soup kitchen at the Second Congregational Church in New London which she co-founded in 1987. She has served on the board of directors of the New London Homeless Hospitality Center since 2006.

“Mary has dedicated her life’s work to caring for others and in doing so she has enriched our families and our communities,” said Patrick Green, president and CEO, L+M. “She has been a remarkable leader and her commitment and engagement have made a profound difference that will have a lasting impact on us all.”

Bill Stanley

Bill Stanley joined L+M’s administrative team in 1999.

He oversaw the hospital’s Centennial Capital Campaign, chaired by retired Pfizer executive Dan Brannegan, which raised a record total of more than $30 million to fund the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center in Waterford. Stanley’s community service includes 20 years served on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, with two terms as chair.

In 2017, he received the Chamber’s William Crawford Distinguished Service Award. He has served nine years on the Three Rivers College Foundation Board, including eight years as chair. Stanley continues to serve on the boards of the Connecticut Mirror and the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut.

“Bill has devoted more than two decades to L+M in one of its most challenging areas - fundraising. Bill’s talent and skills have resulted in his having played an important role in the growth and development of this hospital. My sincerest thanks and best wishes go to Bill as he enters this new important phase of his life,” said Green.