South Shore Health’s 9th annual Luminaria to honor Rosemary and Jim Phalen; Christopher Oddleifson

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Passionate, driven and deeply committed to South Shore Health. These three words describe the honorees at this year’s 9th annual Luminaria – a special evening designed to raise support for South Shore Health’s Home Care Division.

Longtime South Shore Health supporters Rosemary and Jim Phalen will be named “Home Care Champions” and receive a unique Luminaria medallion alongside Christopher Oddleifson, Chief Executive Officer of Rockland Trust Company. The three honorees are being recognized for their unwavering commitment to South Shore Health, its Home Care Division, and for their unique vision to create and support health care programs and services vitally important to the community. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy.

The Phalens have a rich history with South Shore Health, beginning with Rosemary’s compassion and dedication to patient-centered care. A former nurse at South Shore Hospital, Rosemary helped establish The Pregnancy Loss Support Program which offers services to those experiencing the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Embracing South Shore Health’s mission of healing, caring and comforting, the Phalens also helped develop the Supportive and Palliative Care Program at South Shore Health – which aims to improve the quality of life of patients with life-threatening illnesses by addressing their diverse and unique needs through comprehensive, multidisciplinary, compassionate care.

“Both Jim and I are deeply honored to be selected as Luminaria medallion recipients,” said Rosemary. “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.”

Sharing the Phalens pride for South Shore Health is Christopher Oddleifson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockland Trusts parent company, Independent Bank Corp. Oddleifson will also be honored at this year’s event.

Active in industry and community affairs, Oddleifson has served in various roles on the South Shore Hospital and South Shore Health Foundation boards. He is currently on the Board of Directors for South Shore Health and a member of the South Shore Health System Finance, Compensation, and Nominating and Governance Committees where he served on a special committee to reconstitute the Health System’s governance structure.

“Chris is a visionary with a strong leadership track and a deep commitment to community development,” said Rose “His foresight and guidance has helped shape and strengthen South Shore Health’s 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 Care Division includes Hospice of the South Shore and South Shore Visiting Nurses Association – each strengthened by the community’s generous philanthropic support. Last year alone, South Shore Health home care providers made over 182,000 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], or visit