South Shore Health and the South Shore Health Foundation in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, have announced a $10 million gift from John and Eilene Grayken in support of behavioral health and substance use disorder initiatives and services.
The Graykens' gift, the largest in the not-for-profit health system's 97-year history, will enable South Shore to integrate behavioral health clinicians at its ambulatory sites; establish a rapid-care treatment location for people with substance use disorders; launch a mobile integrated health program that includes the emergency department and emergency medical services working alongside local police and fire departments; support collaborations with Aspire Health Alliance (formerly South Shore Mental Health); and advance joint efforts with the Office Based Addiction Treatment program at Boston Medical Center. South Shore's clinical staff have worked closely with BMC's Grayken Center for Addiction — which was established in 2017 with a $25 million gift from the couple — to learn from its models of care.
Eilene Davidson Grayken, a theater producer, acknowledged her own struggles with addiction during an event where she announced the gift. "I have had a very fortunate life. John and I know how important it is to give back. With addiction and overdose deaths burgeoning in the Boston area, the lifesaving work of our medical community has never been more needed."
"The use of drugs such as opioids, the prevalence of alcohol over-consumption, and the ever-increasing needs of those faced with behavioral health challenges is overwhelming our communities and the people on the front lines who care for those in need," said Jason Tracy, chief of emergency services at South Shore Hospital's emergency department."This gift will enable us to continue a strategic and collaborative approach — partnering with behavioral health and recovery organizations, government agencies, and first responders — to address the health crisis in our communities."