South Shore Medical Center Made a Difference in 2019
Throughout the year, South Shore Medical Center (SSMC) colleagues and patients demonstrated their generosity, both of time and of giving, to our surrounding communities through our outreach efforts. As we approach a new year, it is a good time to reflect on the many ways SSMC supported our local community during 2019.
Volunteering in the Community
In March, SSMC colleagues volunteered for a day with the South Shore Stars in Weymouth. Stars is a non-profit organization providing the highest quality early education and youth development programs for over 1,200 children and their families across local communities.
A group of SSMC volunteers spent the day at Carolina Hill in Marshfield in May. Carolina Hill is a transitional shelter for homeless families. They provide a safe haven, support, and guidance as homeless families strive to rebuild independent lives.
Educating the Community
Throughout the year, representatives from SSMC visited various communities and organizations throughout the South Shore, providing health, wellness, nutrition, and diabetes prevention seminars events.
Clinical health and wellness experts delivered guidance and education through health fair participation and presentations—for the South Shore Plaza and Hanover Mall Walkers programs; for 55+ residential communities like Keystone Senior Housing in Dorchester, Linden Ponds in Hingham, Fairing Way in Weymouth; for the Milton Council on Aging and the Whipple Senior Center in Weymouth.
Our colleagues also participated at the annual Health & Wellness and Senior Health Fairs at the South Shore YMCA and South Shore Health’s Health & Wellness Fair at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree; attended career exploration events at local high schools like Whitman-Hanson in November; and provided staff training for local organizations that care for individuals with diabetes, like Cardinal Cushing in Hanover and Aspire Health Alliance in Quincy.
Several of our providers also participated in events at Derby Street Shops over the summer as part of South Shore Health’s sponsorship of the Derby St. Green. Our colleagues read stories to children, gave talks about bone health, pregnancy, and nutrition.
Active in the Community
In April, a small group attended the Love of Literacy event in honor of South Shore Stars. SSMC participated in the 28th annual Walk for Hospice to benefit South Shore Health’s Home Care Division in June.
South Shore Medical Center’s 4th annual Family Field Day & Fall Festival took place in October, drawing over 500 participants from the community, and donations made to the “Pie in the Eye” event, helped benefit South Shore Health’s Youth Health Connection.
In December, SSMC’s Community Liaison Carol Trombetta, hosted sessions focused on guiding patients in getting their personal affairs (and personal affairs of loved ones) in order using the What If…Workbook©, by Gwen W. Morgan.
Giving Back to the Community
An additional note of thanks to our patients, providers, and staff who gave generously to our donation drives in 2019.
In February and March South Shore Medical Center collected 153 new pairs of pajamas for children in need, for the 12th Annual PJ Drive, presented by the Boston Bruins in partnership with Cradles to Crayons®.
Toiletry Donation Drive
In May and June SSMC donated travel size toiletries, to benefit Maura’s Hopeful Mission, a volunteer-driven organization that strives to eradicate the helplessness and despair often felt by individuals struggling with homelessness and other life-changing events.
Annual Garden Harvest
SSMC’s community garden produced another abundant harvest this year. Weekly deliveries of fresh produce were made to Carolina Hill in Marshfield.
Candy Donation Drive
In early November, colleagues collected 827 pounds of Halloween candy and donated to CarePacks, a local organization dedicated to sending care packages to U.S. troops, to benefit servicemen and servicewomen overseas.
Toys for Tots Donation Drive
Thanks to the generosity of patients and colleagues this holiday season, SSMC collected several large boxes of unwrapped toys to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots campaign.