BankGloucester Donates $100,000 to Addison Gilbert Hospital

BankGloucester is making an investment in the community’s health with a $100,000 gift to support Addison Gilbert Hospital.  The funds will be used for Addison Gilbert’s capital needs, including expansion of the hospital’s rehabilitation and sports medicine department and the expansion of the Senior Adult Unit (SAU), which provides acute inpatient geriatric care.

“We are committed to providing the best care to our patients,” said Cynthia Cafasso Donaldson, vice president of Addison Gilbert Hospital. “We are grateful to BankGloucester for their generous gift, as this will enhance how our Cape Ann patients receive care. Through the Addison Gilbert Society, residents can help invest in the next generation of care right here at Addison Gilbert Hospital.”

The bank was honored during the Addison Gilbert Society’s annual Gloucester Harbor cruise on July 17 and was represented by President and CEO Patrick Thorpe, Board Chair Charles Nahatis, along with other members of the Board and Executive Team.

Focused Programs for Specific Patients
Addison Gilbert’s SAU provides interdisciplinary inpatient care to patients 65 and older who have experienced a sudden change in mental status or who are experiencing an acute phase of a chronic illness or mood disorder. These changes can cause behaviors that may place them at risk in their homes or in community-based settings. The SAU is a Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) Exemplar site. NICHE is a national geriatric nursing program designed to improve care for older hospitalized adults.

Addison Gilbert Hospital’s rehabilitation and sports medicine department provides acute care and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services for both pediatric and adult populations.   Staff provide treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal, neurological and communication diagnoses. As part of Addison Gilbert’s capital improvement plans, the hospital will increase the department’s space, allowing for more treatment areas for patients and additional workspace for staff.

“Addison Gilbert Hospital has been such an important resource to this community for well over 100 years,” said Patrick B. Thorpe, President & CEO of BankGloucester. “Gloucester and Cape Ann wouldn’t be the same without this organization providing the services it does for our community. When we heard that Lahey was planning on investing in the expansion of the Senior Adult Unit, an area that provides services that are needed at a rapidly growing rate, the bank was very interested in being part of it and we are happy to support this initiative with a gift of $100,000.”