Full Circle

NO on Question 1

South Shore Health System, and nurses across the state, opposes Question 1

This November, Massachusetts voters will consider Question 1, which would require every hospital in the state to adopt rigid, one-size-fits-all Registered Nurse-to-patient ratios at all times. South Shore Health System (SSHS), along with virtually every nursing organization across the state, stands in strong opposition to Question 1 because if this goes through, IT CHANGES EVERYTHING.

As a local business owner and a supporter of South Shore Health System, we would ask you to become educated and informed on this ballot question and consider the long term financial implications to your business. It is also important to note that statewide Chambers of Commerce, including the South Shore Chamber, have voiced opposition to this ill-conceived proposal.

Several of the most critical impacts of this ballot initiative include:

  • The potential closure of 1,000 behavioral health beds in the state of Massachusetts;
  • Drastically increased wait times in Emergency Departments;
  • Additional pressure on the labor shortage, in general, on the South Shore.

This law will have a severe and lasting impact on all aspects of healthcare in the state, only a few of which will be:

Elimination of flexibility to meet patient needs. Hospitals and patients are different across Massachusetts. Having the identical staffing plan at every hospital, for every patient, makes no sense.

The negative impact on our patients and their families CANNOT be ignored as they will experience tremendous barriers to access and longer wait times. It will cost SSHS up to $33 million annually to implement Question 1. There is no way that this can be absorbed without the reduction or elimination of key programs and specialty services.

Adding more nurses may sound like it would benefit staff, patients and their families but ratios are not proven to improve quality of care. Massachusetts is one of the top three states in the country with consistently high quality outcomes and we’ve done so without government mandated ratios. In California, the only state that has mandated ratios, there is no evidence it has improved the quality of care.

Please consider participating in the following ways:

  • We have Vote No on 1 lawn signs, please consider displaying a sign on your property. You can stop by the Foundation office, or we can drop them off to you.
  • Like the Health System’s Facebook Page (Facebook.com/SouthShoreHospital) and share our posts.
  • The Coalition to Protect Patient Safety (coalitiontoprotectpatientsafety.org) is organizing a robust sate-wide campaign. Educate yourself and your friends, family, and community members that a NO vote on Question 1 is the best thing for our Health System and the community it serves. You can also follow them on Facebook.com/ProtectPatientSafety.

We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us if you would like more information or to get involved with the Health System’s campaign.

Presidents’ Circle Night at the Red Sox – A Home Run

On a beautiful night in July, more than 70 Presidents Circle members and their guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening at Fenway Park to watch the Boston Red Sox take on the Minnesota Twins. The Presidents’ Circle Night at the Red Sox was a new event hosted by the South Shore Health System Foundation as another way to bring this prominent group of business leaders and supporters of the Health System together for networking and fellowship.

Guests were treated to a fantastic view of the game from the Right Field Roof Top Terrace. They enjoyed a delicious Backyard BBQ style dinner buffet and plenty of peanuts and Cracker Jack to go around.  The group event made it onto the Jumbo Tron!  “It was a great night and a great set-up,” said Matt Havens, Partner of Global Vision Advisors.

“It was really fun to connect with friends from South Shore, meet new people and take in the Sox. I can’t wait to do it again next summer!” The success of this event and the positive feedback from those in attendance has secured this as an annual event and one many members will look forward to next year.

See more of our photo on our Facebook page.

Photo Credit(s): © 2018 Rob Schroeter | www.silverpeakstudios.com.

PC Spotlight– Anderson Insulation

Eric R. Anderson founded Anderson Insulation after returning home from World War II. At that time, insulation was being slowly introduced into the housing market, and Eric saw the great need for the use of insulation to offset the cost of electric heat. He started with two trucks, a loading dock and a 2,000 square foot warehouse on Temple Street in Abington.

Today, the second generation of Andersons runs Anderson Insulation. They have grown the business into a multi-location company. Their headquarters operates out of their 40,000-square-foot facility on Brockton Avenue in Abington, and they have opened a satellite warehouse in Saco, Maine. With a fleet of 30 trucks, Anderson Insulation can be at more than 60 building/remodeling projects on any given day. Anderson is the insulation contractor of choice for the Emmy award-winning show “This Old House” and is the only RESNET Energy Smart Contractor in Massachusetts.

Eric Anderson and Jamie Anderson, now third generation Andersons, spent many summers from when they were kids to the time they went off to college, helping their fathers at Anderson Insulation. From sweeping the warehouse floors to hanging insulation, those invaluable summer jobs have now given the cousins a depth of knowledge that will allow them to take the reins of the family business.

Anderson Insulation is a proud family business that creates jobs, invests in the communities and gives back to society through the Anderson Foundation.

Eric Anderson (third generation) spent some time with Full Circle to talk about his family’s business.

Q1: What is one thing about Anderson Insulation that you would like your fellow Presidents' Circle members to know?
"Anderson Insulation is not just a company that services builders, developers and big General Contracting companies; we can tailor our service and expertise to any homeowner on the South Shore.  We can provide a broad range of service to our clients – both big and small."

Q2. Why is supporting South Shore Health System so important to you and your company?
"We are headquartered in Abington and so many of our employees live on the South Shore. It is important to us that they are able to get the best possible care available to them. We hope they never have to use it, but we are glad to know an incredible Health System is in our backyard."

Q3. What is your belief in maintaining strong community values and how does that philosophy influence your business?
"Without maintaining strong values, you become just another company. A lot of our business is word of mouth. When you ask anyone on the South Shore who to call for insulation, nine times out of ten, they refer us.  We are proud of the excellent reputation we have earned over the years, but we are also proud to stand behind the values of our company… and it shows in our employees.  We feel that it is important to support South Shore Health System because we are doing our part for a healthier community."

Boston Marathon Team SSHS Raises $1 Million to Support Cancer Care on the South Shore

This year’s team– running “As One” in the Boston Marathon – raised more than $192,000 for cancer care services and other Health System programs on the South Shore. The final amount was enough to push the team’s collective seven-year fundraising total to over $1 million dollars!

On August 1, several runners from Team SSHS celebrated this milestone by thanking representatives from the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program for their unwavering support. Colleagues from South Shore Health System and the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital also attended the event.

Adding to the news of the fundraising milestone our Boston Marathon Team achieved, we are excited to announce that South Shore Health System will field a team of 15 runners for the eighth straight year, thanks to the ongoing partnership of our lead sponsor John Hancock Financial!  We are so grateful for their continued support. 

The South Shore Health System’s Boston Marathon Team SSHS is open to staff, friends, patient families and community members - all applications welcome!  If you or someone you know is interested in joining our team, please visit www.southshorehealth.org/bostonmarathon to learn more about our program. There is no fee to apply and runners must be at least 18 years old.

South Shore Hospital Opens New Intermediate Care Unit

South Shore Hospital, part of South Shore Health System, successfully concluded the second phase of its major construction project to enhance the Critical Care platform in Weymouth with the opening of a 24-bed, Intermediate Care Unit on Pratt 6 on September 5th.

The $62-million project began with the construction and opening of the Richard and Joann Aubut Critical Care Unit last October. “The opening of Pratt 6, along with the Aubut CCU, will help make it possible for our highly-skilled team of physicians, nurses and other caregivers to provide a level of care unavailable elsewhere in the region,” said Gene E. Green, MD, MBA, President and CEO of South Shore Health System. “We are transitioning to a Health System model where only the sickest of the sick should be seen in the hospital setting. We firmly believe having access to essential, critical care resources benefits the communities we serve in many ways.”

The 24 patient rooms are all private occupancy and have windows for proper lighting, which studies have shown helps enhance patient recovery. All rooms are equipped with bedside hemodynamic monitoring as well as telemetry monitoring. Each room was built with the patient and their families in mind. Private bathrooms and a shower are in each room, as well as a couch that converts to a bed, which allows families to stay close to their loved ones during their recovery process.

Just like the design of the Aubut CCU, a group that included nurses, physicians, support staff and members of the Patient-Family Centered Care committee collaborated to design the rooms to create an atmosphere that promotes healing. “We wanted to make sure that patients have access to the best care, but also access to their families in their time of need,” Dr. Green said. “It was important to us that these rooms were built with the patient in mind”

Colleagues who will work on Pratt 6 have been training weeks to prepare for the opening of the unit to get them accustomed to the new space. “The Aubut CCU allowed us to create a cutting-edge medical environment for patients, as well as family and staff. This next phase ensures patients have the opportunity to be cared for in an environment that is ‘just right,’” said Mark Hershey, MD, Chair of Critical Care Medicine of South Shore Health System. “Patients who are well enough to not be in the ICU, but too sick to be cared for on the general medical-surgical floor, will now be cared for on Pratt 6 in a setting that is most appropriate.”

New & Renewed Presidents' Circle Member:

  • Cadete Enterprises / Dunkin Donuts
  • South Shore Race Management
  • Quincy Mutual Group