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South Shore Hospital part of regional group to receive Patrick Administration Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund grant

South Weymouth, MA—February 3, 2014--South Shore Hospital is pleased to be one of the organizations participating in a community health initiative led by Manet Community Health Center. The purpose of the initiative is to forge and coordinate relationships among organizations, communities and health care providers to fight chronic illness, improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs for the people of our region, and are financed through The Patrick Administration’s Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund.

            The South Shore region grantee group includes eight entities: Manet Community Health Center; Bay State Community Services, Inc.; City of Quincy (Quincy Health Department); Quincy Medical Center; South Shore Elder Services, Inc.; South Shore Workforce Investment Board; South Shore YMCA, Inc.; Town of Weymouth, and South Shore Hospital. The group will design a plan to address these pressing health needs and then be eligible for up to $1.5 million per year for three years to implement the plan.

            The local group’s focus will be prevention of hypertension, substance abuse, tobacco use, and falls in the elderly population. 

            “Through this collaboration, programs will be developed and implemented to focus on conditions that lead to chronic illness. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for South Shore Hospital and our community partners, to make an even  bigger impact on disease prevention and management to improve our community’s health outcomes,” said Patty Smith, director of Home and Health Resources, Home Care Division, South Shore Hospital.

            South Shore Hospital is a 378-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 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,800 people, supported by a team of 700 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. South Shore Hospital has been ranked among the top five hospitals in Massachusetts, according to the 2013 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals report and named a Top Place to Work by The Boston Globe. Please call (781) 624-6673 or visit southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.



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