MANCHESTER, CT – January 27, 2022 – The Manchester Land Conservation Trust, Inc. (MLCT) is pleased to announce the contribution of an 11-acre parcel of land located in Manchester, CT.

The property, donated by Eastern Connecticut Health Network’s Manchester Memorial Hospital (ECHN), is being formally presented on Thursday, January 27 at 10:00 am in the Main Lobby of Manchester Memorial Hospital. This process includes documentation finalization and signatures to confirm the transfer process which facilitates the donation to the benefit of MLCT. ECHN’s land parcel donation is valued at approximately $100,000. The parcel is of particular interest to the mission of the MLCT, due to its potential as habitat for the eastern spadefoot toad.

The parcel is a wooded area bounded on three sides by neighborhoods which include Manchester Memorial Hospital, a subsidiary of ECHN, and on the fourth side by the Cheney Rail Trail. In addition to this donation, ECHN has provided additional monetary donations to the MLCT to assist in covering costs for an A2 Survey by a Registered Land Surveyor, as required for recording of the transfer deed. ECHN will also contribute toward the clean-up efforts for this parcel.

“I would like to thank the Trust and ECHN team that worked together to bring us to this point,” said Dermot Jones, President of Manchester Land Conservation Trust, “To paraphrase conservationist President Theodore Roosevelt, we will have done well by treating this donated natural resource as an asset to ‘turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value’.”

“ECHN’s Manchester Memorial Hospital is pleased to donate this land parcel to the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and participate in the establishment of a walking trail in the town of Manchester. We hope this walkway encourages people to pursue a healthy lifestyle to benefit their mind, body and overall well-being,” said Deborah Weymouth, Chief Executive Officer of ECHN, “ECHN is also pleased that the Manchester Land Conservation Trust will provide protection of the eastern Spadefoot Toad.”

ECHN’s contributions represent the continuing partnership with the MLCT and, by extension, their commitment to environmental, and social pursuits. In making this donation possible, ECHN provides the residents of Manchester a beneficial use of a verdant resource and serves as a tangible symbol of their goodwill.

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About ECHN

Eastern Connecticut Health Network operates acute care hospitals and emergency services in Manchester and Rockville, serving a region of 300,000 people in 19 towns. Its affiliates include Manchester Memorial Hospital, Rockville General Hospital, ECHN Medical Group, and the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center. Dedicated to providing compassionate health care services in over 30 specialties, ECHN is training the next generation of resident physicians in primary care, osteopathic neuromuscular manipulative medicine, and a Transitional Year program. ECHN is recognized as a “Network of Distinction” to provide seven surgical care services for high-quality and high-value outcomes. ECHN specialty programs include Breast Imaging, Diabetes care, Gastroenterology and Digestive Health, General Surgery, Heart and Vascular Services, Integrative Health, Maternity, Occupational Health, Pain Management, Primary Care, Pulmonary, Sleep Disorders, Stroke Care, Urgent Care, Wound Care, and the Women’s Center for Wellness. Follow-up care services are supplemented by Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut ECHN is a member of Prospect Medical Holdings, a national family of hospitals and health networks.

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