Luminaria honors Jim and Mary Bristol and Rose Di Pietro

Luminaria 2019 Bristols

Two visionaries, deep-rooted in the South Shore community and within the walls of South Shore Health will be honored at this year’s 8th annual Luminaria – a special evening designed to raise support for South Shore Health’s Home and Community Care programs.

Jim and Mary Bristol and recently retired South Shore Health executive Rose Di Pietro, MSN, MBA, RN are this year’s recipients of a unique Luminaria medallion honoring “Home Care Champions.” The event will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy.

The Bristols are pillars of the South Shore community and have supported South Shore Health for more than 40 years, beginning in 1974 when Jim served on South Shore Hospital’s Board of Directors. He later served as Chair of both the hospital and its parent organization, South Shore Health and Educational Corporation before the organization ultimately evolved into South Shore Health in 2018.

A World War II veteran, Jim married Mary in 1953 and joined her family’s business, Bates Brothers Seam Face Granite Company. As the granite market grew, the Bristols acquired J.F Price Company, a landscaping and excavation business. The couple has deep ties to the South Shore: Mary is a former Weymouth school teacher and Jim has served on Weymouth town boards, is a member of the Weymouth Rotary and the South Shore Savings Bank Board of Directors.

Throughout the years, the Bristols have made many philanthropic donations to South Shore Hospital and have taken great pride in the growth, development and advancement of South Shore Health.

“Both Mary and I are honored to be selected as Luminaria medallion recipients,” said Jim. “To receive this award and to be recognized by our peers is humbling. Our involvement with South Shore Health has been a fulfilling and important part of our lives.”

Rose Di Pietro is a beloved recently retired senior executive of South Shore Health and a longtime champion of home care. Dedicating 38 years to the organization, Rose has made a difference for countless patients and caregivers through promoting compassionate patient care in the community.

“It is wonderful that Rose is being recognized and appreciated for her unwavering commitment to Home Care services,” said Jann Ahern, Vice President of South Shore Health’s Home & Community Care Operations. “Rose truly is an example of a visionary who helped to guide and strengthen South Shore Health’s Home and Community Care Division presence in the community.”

Providing care in the comfort and familiarity of one’s home for a variety of medical needs is why Luminaria has become such an important event. South Shore Health’s Home and Community Care programs include Home & Health Resources, Hospice of the South Shore, and South Shore Visiting Nurse Association – each strengthened by the community’s generous philanthropic support. Last year alone, South Shore Health home care providers made over 170,000 home visits in 33 South Shore towns.

For more information about Luminaria, including how to purchase tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact Angela Floro at (781) 624-8142 or AFloro [at] SouthShoreHealth.org (), or visit SouthShoreHealth.org/Luminaria.