$1 Million Donation for BID-Plymouth’s Substance Abuse Program
Donation to help provide needed services to tackle the substance abuse epidemic on the South Shore
PLYMOUTH, MA — Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth (BID-Plymouth) is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a $1 million donation from a local resident to help the hospital continue to develop its substance abuse program to tackle the growing epidemic impacting individuals and families on the South Shore. The multi-year donation from a thoughtful donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, includes $250,000 this year and $250,000 annually over the next three years.
“This donation is a much appreciated vote of confidence and investment in our organization and the health of our community,” says BID-Plymouth President Peter Holden. “Too many individuals and families are being ravaged by drugs and this donation will help us identify and provide the right treatment to those in need.”
The donor was inspired to make a major donation with meaningful impact after learning about the hospital’s launch of an Integrated Care Initiative (ICI) in late-2014 to address the opioid crisis engulfing the South Shore. Although still in development, the ICI brings together primary care providers, social workers, psychiatrists, emergency room physicians, and local behavioral health programs in a coordinated and integrated model of care to better support the medical, behavioral health, and substance abuse needs of individuals and families in the community.
The $1 million donation will also help the hospital fund the creation of an outpatient opiate addiction treatment program later this year to deter the use of opiates. The outpatient program will be designed to greatly reduce access to opiates while increasing help and treatment in order to address the epidemic and stop the deaths from overdoses.
“We are most grateful for this extraordinary contribution and our generous donor’s commitment to help us not only launch, but sustain this critical program,” says BID-Plymouth Vice President of Philanthropy Cindy Outhouse. “We encourage others across our communities to help fund our substance abuse program with any amount they can afford. Working together we can stop this epidemic of too many individuals dying at the grip of drug addiction.”
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth is a not-for-profit organization serving 12 towns in Plymouth and Barnstable Counties. BID-Plymouth is part of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, family of hospitals. Established in 1901 as Jordan Hospital, BID-Plymouth is a full-service, 155-bed acute care community hospital accredited by The Joint Commission, the College of American Pathologists, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and the American College of Radiology.
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