Winchester Hospital Makes Major Commitment to Local Youth Through $20,000 Grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield

10/13/16

Grant will support development of a program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield that will identify and combat substance abuse and assist those with behavioral health issues

Winchester, MA (October 13, 2016) – Continuing its tradition of giving back to the communities it serves, today Winchester Hospital is proud to announce that it has awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield with a $20,000 grant to launch a Screening, Brief Intervention, Training, and Referral (SBIRT) program at its locations in Stoneham and Wakefield.

“Winchester Hospital recently completed its tri-annual community health needs assessment and we saw the profound impact substance use and behavioral health issues have on families throughout our community,” said Christine Healey, Director of Community Relations at Lahey Health. “We take great pride in our ability to support the needs of the communities we serve, and with this grant, we are able to provide the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham and Wakefield with an evidence-based program that will improve the health and well-being of the youth they already do so much to support.”

SBIRT is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs as well as provide early intervention for potential mental disorders. This early intervention approach targets those with non-dependent substance use and provides effective strategies for intervention prior to the need for more extensive, specialized treatment.

“Winchester Hospital’s grant allows the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield to join primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, and local trauma centers as community settings that provide early intervention to at-risk youth. Club staff will be trained to recognize warning signs of substance abuse or a behavioral disorder, and provide early intervention before more severe consequences occur,” said Adam Rodgers, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield.

He continued, “When we saw the data from local emergency rooms, from the youth risk behavioral survey distributed in our public schools , we knew we wanted to invest in SBIRT. It is proven, effective, and part of the national discourse in combating the current opiate crisis. Along with our partners in the Substance Abuse Coalitions, Municipal Government, businesses, and other civic groups, we are all joining together to meet this challenge.”

George Getty, Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield Board Chair, concluded that “Our plan is to directly confront addiction and break the stigma around mental health that stops so many from seeking the treatment they need. We can do that now because of Winchester Hospital and Lahey Health.”

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital, a member of Lahey Health, is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield

The Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham actively seeks to enrich the lives of girls and boys whom other youth agencies have difficulty in reaching. We are dedicated to ensuring that all children within and around our community have greater access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures. Currently, we serve over 1,100 deserving boys and girls who have access to a broad range of programs in five Core Program Areas: Education and career development, character and leadership development, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness and recreation. The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham is to inspire and enable all young people especially those who need us most to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

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CONTACT:

Andrew Mastrangelo
Lahey Health Media Relations
781.744.9665
Andrew.J.Mastrangelo@Lahey.org


Anthony Guardia
Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham
781.718.0456
AGuardia@BGCStoneham.org