Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals Award Community Grants Totaling more than $100,000
Beverly and Gloucester, MA – Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, has awarded more than $100,000 in grant funding to five community-based organizations focused on addressing housing stability, the digital divide, and job training. Grant recipients were selected by the Beverly and Addison Community Benefits Committee, comprised of Hospital Board Members, hospital leaders and community-based organizations from across the service area.
“As a community hospital, our number one priority is serving the vital health care needs of our extended family, friends, and neighbors in the towns that we call home,” said Phil Cormier, President of Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals. “Too often, our citizen’s healthcare is affected by housing insecurity, unemployment or underemployment and other factors. Investing in local organizations helps to strengthen the communities in our service area and improve the quality of the lives of its residents.”
“In an incredibly difficult year, there is increased pressure on local charitable organizations to fill critical safety nets, and it is important that we all work together to meet the challenges facing our communities,” said Nancy Palmer, Chair of the Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals Board of Trustees. “This funding will help reach some of the most vulnerable populations with essential services.”
Grant recipients include:
Cape Ann Mass in Motion: Cape Ann Mass in Motion (MIM) is partnering with the Gloucester Housing Authority Gloucester Council on Aging and long-term care facilities to provide Cape Ann seniors with access to the internet. With this vital link to the internet, residents will be able to participate in free, online fitness classes; access telehealth visits with their primary care doctor for preventative health screenings; order groceries online through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); and engage with family and friends virtually.
Centerboard: Centerboard’s HOPE Program seeks to increase access to permanent housing and prevent homelessness in Lynn and the North Shore. These funds will allow Centerboard to provide emergency housing to about 35 homeless families and ultimately facilitate a transition to safe permanent housing.
Greater Lynn Senior Services: Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS) has developed virtual programs to alleviate social isolation and provide tools for health monitoring, health self-management, and education, as well as telehealth visits with appropriate counselors. Grant money will support Project Uniper, through which consumers can participate in a 1:1 telehealth session through their televisions.
YMCA of Metro North: The Lynn YMCA will be home to a new space called the Herring Community Technology Center, which aims to bridge the digital divide to make internet access more accessible for residents in the city of Lynn, specifically low-income residents, seniors, youths, and Spanish speakers. The free working space, which includes fast Wi-Fi and helpful staff, is designed to support access to health, educational, and economic opportunities. The partner for this project is Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, who will support staffing of the Tech Center through its Cooperative Education program.
Wellspring House, Inc.: Grant money will allow Wellspring House to provide intensive educational and career advising to more than 100 students currently enrolled in and/or recently graduated from Wellspring’s programs, which offer education, job training and readiness programs.
About Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals
Beverly Hospital is a full-service 221-bed community hospital founded in 1888 that serves more than 13 communities across Massachusetts’ North Shore and Cape Ann. With a medical staff of more than 500 physicians, the hospital provides quality, patient-centered care in maternity, pediatrics, surgical, orthopedics and cardiology, as well as other specialties.
Addison Gilbert Hospital is a 44-bed community hospital located in Gloucester, MA. Since its founding in 1889, Cape Ann residents have turned to the hospital when they needed care. Specialties include radiology, cancer care, pain management, cardiology, chronic disease management, inpatient geriatric services and emergency medicine.
Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals are a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,800 physicians and 38,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.