Service. Resilience. Community.
As 2022 comes to a close and we look ahead to the New Year, those three words exemplify the Southcoast mission in this moment … now, More than ever.
The health of our patients, employees, and all who call this region home drives everything we do.
That’s why we are steadfast in our efforts to meet you where you are, when you need us most – in our nationally recognized hospitals, practices, and other facilities, always … but also in neighborhoods, schools, workplaces through our vaccination clinics and Community Health & Wellness program … at your fingertips on mobile devices … and even in your homes, with Southcoast’s award-winning Visiting Nurse Association.
We continue to work toward greater access to high-quality health care and equity, across southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 2022, we expanded access and services in emergency care, maternity care, trauma care, and More, while looking ahead to expanded access and services in primary care, wound care, and other care centers in 2023.
Southcoast’s people make this possible. Our dedicated providers, nurses, and staff – the heart and soul of our system – have worked through significant challenges to restore day-to-day operations severely impacted by the pandemic.
Our people are skilled and passionate, and they take pride in providing exceptional care for our community. In turn, Southcoast takes pride in prioritizing employee wellbeing through enhanced programs and benefits to ensure that our 7,500-member family always feels supported.
Thank you to our patients and their loved ones for trusting Southcoast Health with your care. Thank you to our providers, nurses, and staff for everything you do, day in and day out, to save lives and change lives. Thank you to our partners, friends, and supporters for stepping up in so many ways.
One final note on 2022. Sadly, we lost Frederic “Rick” Dreyer in July. Rick was President and CEO of Charlton Memorial from 1975 to 1995, and a Trustee Emeritus for Southcoast Health from the system’s founding with the merger of Charlton Memorial, St. Luke’s, and Tobey in 1996 until his passing.
Rick always believed that regionalization would bring immediate benefits for the community through the health system he envisioned, and he was right. In 2000, he penned a message for a time capsule that was placed at Charlton Memorial. We have included his words in this short video, because they are as relevant – and resonant – as they were back then.
They endure – just like Southcoast Health and the South Coast region do.
From all of us here, we wish you and yours a joyous and healthy New Year!