For Immediate Release: Media Contact: Al Becker February 25, 2009 (781) 871-0080 ext.316
Norwell – Jack Conway & Company will recognize South Shore Hospital President and CEO Richard H. Aubut as its 2008 Citizen of the Year for his dedication to health care on the South Shore, and his leadership in the construction of the new Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital.
Aubut will accept the recognition at the annual Conway Country Convention, Feb. 13 at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood. Conway has been honoring its Citizen of the Year since 1988, and it’s presented annually to recognize and honor people in Conway Country who have stood out above the crowd.
“I am humbled to receive the Citizen of the Year Award,” said Aubut. “I accept it as an honor on behalf of my colleagues who serve the people of our region with compassion each day.”
Aubut oversees a hospital with nearly 3,500 employees, and more than 800 physicians. In the fall of 2009 the hospital’s new cancer center is scheduled to open. The center is a place to bring all of the hospital’s cancer-related services and affiliates under one roof, to be able to provide service to patients so they won’t be on the road from doctor’s office to doctor’s office.
“This cancer center is so vitally important to the area,” said company Chairman Jack Conway. “And Richard Aubut is at the helm, guiding the project to its completion.”
The completion of the cancer center is vital to the future of the hospital as a regional health care provider. Aubut told the Patriot Ledger that the new center, “…has the opportunity to allow us to bring even more talent to this community, to see more patients and therefore continue to grow.”
The new $95 million medical complex will be run by South Shore Hospital as a joint venture with Boston hospitals Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“We are so honored that Jack Conway Co. chose the team effort that has resulted in a new outpatient cancer center at South Shore Hospital for this prestigious award,” said Aubut. “Jack has generously supported our charity through serving on our Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He leads by example and has encouraged thousands of his team members to advance our mission of healing, caring, and comforting.”
Aubut joined South Shore Hospital as vice president of nursing in 1988. He was promoted to vice president of patient care services in 1989, to senior vice president of patient care and support services in 1992, to executive vice president of patient and community health services in 1994, to executive vice president and chief operating officer in 1998, to hospital president and chief executive officer in 2003, and was also named SSHEC president and chief executive officer in 2005.
Mr. Aubut is a trustee of the Massachusetts Hospital Association and a director of the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals. He also serves on the board of Voluntary Hospitals of America/New England. He is a member of American College of Health Care Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives, and Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives.
The Jack Conway Company was founded in Hingham Square in 1956 and operates 40 sales offices from Boston, to the South Shore, South Coast and Cape Cod. The firm also has its own full-service mortgage company, Conway Financial Services.
South Shore Hospital is a 318-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 800-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,500 people, supported by a team of 500 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care.