Norwell Couple Invests $5M in South Shore Health’s Vision for Community Care

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Kristen Perfetuo
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South Shore Health has received a $5 million gift from Digger & Susan Donahue of Norwell, President and CEO Allen L. Smith, MD, MS announced today. The Donahues are long-time donors to the healthcare organization. The gift is a testament to the impact of the exceptional work that the health system provides in service to South Shore residents.

“In making this generous gift, the Donahues express their gratitude for the compassionate care South Shore Health has provided to their family and friends over the years and for its commitment to serving the health and wellness needs of our community,” Smith said. “Our recent decision to remain independent is the ultimate expression of that commitment.”

The Donahues’ generosity underscores nearly a century of philanthropy’s impact on the evolution of South Shore Health. Most recently, tremendous support from the community has allowed it to expand its service offerings and provide exceptional, specialized care to patients.

To see the impact of the past two decades of philanthropic support, one need look no further than facilities such as the Messina Center, Emerson Building expansion, Cancer Center, Messina Family NICU, and the Aubut Critical Care Unit, or programs such as the Level II Trauma Center and the Grayken Center for Treatment.

Further, the community’s support deeply inspired health system workers during the pandemic, when South Shore residents donated thousands of pieces of PPE and a seemingly unending supply of meals for caregivers.

“We have experienced excellent care and been inspired by the health system’s strong new leadership and commitment to sustain a local, high quality healthcare organization, which is vital to our community. We are privileged to join others in investing in this vision,” said the Donahues.  

The Donahues' donation will specifically support a planned expansion of diagnostic imaging capabilities. The proposed plans, pending DPH approval, will add a new 3.0T MRI at the hospital and upgrade the 1.5T MRIs in the Cancer Center, South Shore Hospital, and at 2 Pond Park in Hingham.

This project will not only enhance imaging qualities and further reduce the need for some patients to go to Boston for their imaging needs, it will increase the speed of exams and play a role in addressing patient flow throughout the health system. The expansion will help reduce the delay of care that can exist in our Emergency Department, ultimately making care more accessible and convenient for the South Shore community.

In recognition of the Donahues' generosity, the health system will be naming its Emergency Department the Digger and Susan Donahue Emergency Department in the couple’s honor. It is fitting that a gift that will so deeply impact the health and wellness of the region be recognized in a department that cares for so many South Shore residents.

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