South Shore Health Golf Classic Raises $320,000 for Behavioral Health Services

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Kristen Perfetuo
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More than 300 business leaders and supporters of South Shore Health gathered at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth to help raise money for Behavioral Health services on the South Shore.

The South Shore Health annual Golf Classic, held on May 20, generated a record-breaking $320,000 – with all proceeds earmarked for the organization’s implementation of Behavioral Health services and initiatives.

“We all know a family member or a friend, a colleague or a neighbor who suffers from anxiety or depression, alcoholism or addiction to pain medication,” said Matt Havens, Partner, Global Vision Advisors and Chair of the Golf Classic committee. “By participating in this event, we are bringing to light an issue that has been kept in the dark for too long.  As we work together to find solutions, we are supporting the doctors, nurses, caregivers, families and patients who rely on South Shore Health in the direst of circumstances to care for our loved ones.”

As part of South Shore Health’s Mission Critical: The Campaign for Our 2nd Century, funds raised from the Golf Classic will help integrate Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Behavioral Health services and initiatives within the newly established Grayken Center for Treatment at South Shore Health. Driven by a magnanimous $10 million grant – given by John and Eilene Grayken of Cohasset – the Grayken Center will allow South Shore Health to integrate Behavioral Health clinicians in its ambulatory sites; establish a rapid care treatment location for people with SUD;  launch a Mobile Integrated Health program which will include Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services working alongside local police and fire agencies; support South Shore Health’s collaboration with Aspire Health Alliance (formerly South Shore Mental Health); and further South Shore Health’s strong relationship with the Office Based Addiction Treatment program at Boston Medical Center.

“South Shore Health realizes that mental health and physical health are deeply related,” said Gene E. Green, MD, MBA, President & CEO of South Shore Health. “We are responding by creating integrated programs and allocating resources to treat the two as one medical aspect of well-being.”

Following a beautiful day on the course, Golf Classic attendees got a chance to meet former Patriots linebacker, Ted Johnson, who shared his own battle with SUD and encouraged people to rally behind South Shore Health’s vision and compassion.

“The number of people who are dealing with some kind of behavioral disorder or substance use disorder is staggering,” said Johnson. “It is critical that we continue to have a conversation about how to help those impacted, get them the help they need and show compassion for their struggle.”

For more information on next year’s Golf Classic including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Angela Floro at (781) 624-8142 or afloro [at] southshorehealth.org ().