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South Shore Hospital Tops $22M Goal Thanks to $1M Gift from Retiree

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Beth Lynch
October 20, 2008
(781) 624-8970

South Weymouth, MA —  Mary Corbett loved South Shore Hospital.  Retirement after 40 years as a hospital employee didn’t stop her.  She simply continued as a volunteer.  And her death in September 2007 apparently hasn’t stopped her either: Corbett left $1 million in her estate to South Shore Hospital, a gift that has pushed the hospital’s capital fund-raising campaign over its $22 million goal.

Richard H. Aubut, hospital president/ceo, said, “Mary’s incredible gift is inspiring.  She has demonstrated what a difference one person can make. Her gift will advance urgent medical needs in cardiovascular care, maternal/newborn programs, and trauma services.  This important act of compassion will support our caregivers and patients for years to come.”

Corbett started working at the hospital in 1944 as an accountant.  Her diligence eventually resulted in her becoming chief financial officer.  When she retired in the early 1980s, she didn’t skip a beat and worked more than 3,000 hours as a volunteer and leader of the hospital auxiliary, The Friends of South Shore Hospital.

Aubut called Corbett “an accomplished professional.”  He said, “She was the first woman to be elected president of the Massachusetts chapter of the Hospital Financial Management Association, and served on its national board for six years.  She was also a neighbor of the hospital in South Weymouth with her beloved husband, Richard.

Aubut said that the $22 million raised in the fund-raising drive, called “Heart of the South Shore: The Campaign for Healing, and Comforting,” is being invested in addressing the most pressing health needs of the people of Southeastern Massachusetts.

“Our achievements in growing the preeminent maternal/newborn program in the region were in large part due to resources from donor support.  So, too, was the opening and daily success of the new Cardiovascular Center, which addresses two of the top three causes of death (cardiac and stroke) in the region.  Meanwhile, support for the trauma program helped address the leading cause of death of people under age 44.  These and other advances that help so many people are thanks to the margin of difference provided by philanthropy.”

Aubut said, “We are humbled and delighted, as well as immensely grateful not only to Mary Corbett but to every one of the more than 30,000 donors behind the success of this important fundraising effort.  We cherish their support and are honored by such generosity.”

In addition to Corbett’s generous gift, other donations ranged from a dollar to millions, including the following notable gifts:

  • $4.7 million from members of the Presidents’ Circle, a leadership group of 89 companies

  • $2.25 million  from the F.X. Messina family

  • $2 million from an anonymous donor

  • $1.7 million in grants from the State and Federal governments

  • Almost $1 million from South Shore Hospital employees and doctors

  • $500,000 from the McKim Family Foundation

  • $700,000 from other private foundations including the Yawkey Foundation, Ronald McDonald Charities of Eastern New England,  Sean McDonough Charitable Foundation and the New England Patriots Foundation. 

South Shore Hospital will next focus on generating support to advance cancer care.  The new initiative will be called “Journey of Hope: The Campaign for Healing, Caring, and Comforting.” 

South Shore Hospital leaders are asking anyone whose life has been touched by cancer to consider getting involved. People wanting to help can join the “Friends of Hope”, a group dedicated to supporting South Shore Hospital’s fight against cancer by offering their time and talent, or consider making a charitable donation.

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.



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