Tobey Hospital Guild donates $81,000 to help expand ER

Part of a five-year, $250,000 pledge
Jack Dresser, Senior VP and Chief Philanthropy Officer, accepts gift from Tobey Hospital Guild President Elaine Meredith. Southcoast Health photo.

WAREHAM, Mass. — Southcoast Health announced today that the Tobey Hospital Guild recently donated $81,000 as part of its five year $250,000 pledge to renovate and expand the Emergency Department at Tobey Hospital in Wareham. The balance of the pledge after this second installment is $43,000.

At the annual meeting and 76th birthday of the Tobey Hospital Guild held on September 29 at Rosebrook Event Center in Wareham, Guild President Elaine Meredith presented the check to Jack Dresser, Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer. Guest speakers at the meeting were Dr. David McGinnis, Chair of Tobey Hospital’s Emergency Department; Kevin D. Walsh, Chief of Police in Wareham; and Jeanne Flynn, mother of the late Brian Flynn, who spoke on the opioid crisis that is affecting both the young and adult population in our communities. Guild members, as well as members of the community, attended.

The Tobey Hospital Guild is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to render service to Tobey Hospital, its tax-exempt subsidiaries, its patients and to assist in promoting the health and welfare of the community. Joining the Guild is a great way to become involved in your community hospital. Members serve as ambassadors to the community on behalf of the hospital. For more information, please call Sandy at 508-748-0794.

Southcoast Health is a community-based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island. Southcoast Health’s mission is to promote the optimal health and well-being of individuals in the communities it serves. To achieve this aim Southcoast Health has built an integrated “Community of Care” that delivers safety, quality, convenience and an exceptional patient experience in an environment that offers the greatest opportunity for improved health.

Southcoast Health is comprised of four hospitals — Charlton Memorial in Fall River, St. Luke’s in New Bedford, Tobey in Wareham and Southcoast Behavioral Health in Dartmouth — two Centers for Cancer Care, two Urgent Care Centers, a physician’s network, an employed physicians group, a visiting nurse association and numerous additional ambulatory facilities and serves more than 719,000 residents in 33 communities covering over 900 square miles.

Southcoast Health is the largest provider of primary and specialty care in the region with more than 600 physicians, hospitalists and mid-level practitioners in the Southcoast Physicians Network — 450 of whom are employed by Southcoast Physicians Group (SPG). SPG unites Southcoast Health’s primary care, surgical, and specialty services into one seamless, region-wide provider. SPG is comprised of a wide-range of specialties and offers advanced care locally. Physician practices are located throughout the South Coast region and parts of Rhode Island.

Southcoast Health is the largest employer south of Quincy, Mass., and the 17th largest employer in the Commonwealth according to the Boston Business Journal, with over 7,500 employees.

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