North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Massachusetts, has announced a $5 million gift from Arthur J. Epstein in support of a behavioral health center.
The largest gift in the 144-year history of the hospital will support construction of a $207 million facility that consolidates hospital-based medical, surgical, behavioral health, and emergency care on one campus. As part of the project, NSMC will convert the former Spaulding Hospital North Shore into a ninety-bed behavioral health facility. To be named after Epstein, the facility will include twenty-four beds for patients in need of psychiatric or behavioral health care and will integrate addiction treatment with inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, mental health services, and community-based programs.
Epstein is an entrepreneur and investor who began his career with Midas Muffler in 1965 and eventually operated thirty franchises across New England. He has served on NSMC's board of trustees since 2006 and made his first major gift to the center in 2002, followed in 2007 by a $1 million gift to Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care in Danvers.
"North Shore Medical Center is deeply grateful for Arthur Epstein's extraordinary support," said NSMC president David Roberts. "There is increasing demand for behavioral health services across the country and throughout local communities here on the North Shore. Arthur's generosity will enable NSMC to build a state-of-the-art facility to provide much needed care to the children, adults, and seniors of this region."