For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Sarah Darcy
June 19, 2007
South Weymouth, MA — The biggest fundraising campaign ever in Southeastern Massachusetts has been announced with a goal of raising at least $22 million for South Shore Hospital by December 2008.
Philip O’Sullivan, MD, board chairman of the hospital’s fundraising foundation, said, “This campaign will help fund new or expanded programs that advance patient care and fund sophisticated facilities and equipment for premature babies as well as trauma, heart attack, and stroke victims.”
The campaign, called “Heart of the South Shore: The Campaign for Healing, Caring, and Comforting” has already passed the $16.5 million mark. Donations have come from individuals, businesses, foundations, civic groups, and hospital supporters.
“We’re asking anyone who has benefited from South Shore Hospital or knows someone who has, to give or to become involved in some way,” said Richard Aubut, hospital president. “Now is the critical time when everyone’s support can have the greatest impact on patient care. Making a contribution will help the entire community. We are grateful to all who have given, but more help is needed.”
Aubut said the campaign will offset more than $24 million invested by the hospital in new programs. They include $15 million for a new cardiovascular center, $4.8 million for expanded nurseries and a maternal newborn medicine program for high-risk pregnancies, and $4.2 million for an expanded emergency trauma initiative.
Dr. O’Sullivan, a 30-year member of the hospital medical staff, said, “Our new Cardiovascular Center has become a vital resource for victims of heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. Our medical teams can perform life-saving procedures like coronary angioplasty 24-hours-a-day. The Hospital also has the region’s first 64-channel CT scanner. This new, non-invasive imaging technology offers remarkably detailed views of the heart and arteries.”
Dr. O’Sullivan said that heart attacks and strokes aren’t the only emergencies that are increasing. South Shore Hospital is the third busiest Emergency Department in Eastern Massachusetts. As many as 85 ambulances a day bring victims from car crashes, sports injuries, falls, and other trauma to South Shore Hospital. Campaign funds will be used for facility renovations and emergency equipment. The Emergency Medical Team is currently seeking a higher level of sophistication and designation as a Trauma Center.
For more information about “Heart of the South Shore: The Campaign for Healing, Caring, and Comforting” please call Beth Sylvester at (781) 624-8174, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Shore Hospital is a tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital employs 3,500 full- and part-time employees and features Southeastern Massachusetts’ largest and most clinically diverse medical staff, with more than 800 members.