Annual Meeting

The Friends of South Shore Health System Give $146,000 in Support of Mission Critical: The Campaign for Our 2nd Century
November 7, 2017

Honoring their commitment to a pledge of $1.25 million in support of South Shore Health System’s Mission Critical Capital Campaign, The Friends of South Shore Health System recently presented a check at its annual meeting for $146,600 towards their fundraising goal.

Mission Critical: The Campaign for Our 2nd Century  is the largest capital campaign in the Health System’s history and one of the largest ever undertaken by a community health system in this state.

“Friend-raising and fundraising is an integral part of providing the very best care at a local level,” said Cathy Foley, President of the Board of Directors for The Friends. “The check we’ve presented is the first payment on this pledge to Mission Critical and I’m thrilled that our members can share the news of our continued commitment to the South Shore Health System.”

On Thursday, November 2, The Friends held its annual meeting at South Shore Country Club in Hingham, where more than 80 members gathered to learn more about the System’s growth and development and reminisced about The Friends tremendous legacy of giving.

During the past year, the group worked to raise funds in support of the Richard and Joanne Aubut Critical Care Unit (CCU) at South Shore Hospital - a 24-bed, state-of-the-art facility which opened to patients in early October. The completion of the Aubut CCU is phase one of the recently announced $70 million Mission Critical Capital Campaign, which includes renovating the hospital’s former critical care unit into an additional 24-bed patient care space. The campaign is also raising funds for ongoing equipment and technology needs and other programs within the Health System.      During the meeting, members listened to several presentations made about the hospital’s mission and vision, including remarks by Gene E. Green, MD, MBA, President/CEO, South Shore Health System; Edward Marcaccio, MD, Chief of Vascular Surgery, South Shore Hospital, who spoke about vascular health management; Chris O’Connor, Senior Vice President, Philanthropy, South Shore Health System; and several others who spoke about the direct impact The Friends have made on the organization.

Members also had an opportunity to tour the Mobile Sim Lab, donated by Best Chevrolet, to learn more about the impact educational technology is providing to people in the community. Mobile Sim Lab annually trains hundreds of first responders on emergency procedures throughout the South Shore.

**All South Shore citizens can help inform others about Mission Critical by using the hashtag #MyMissionCritical when posting photographs to social media. The hashtag will collect and connect our stories to highlight the role our Health System plays in our community.