$1 million gift lifts South Shore Hospital past $22 million fundraising goal

Sue Scheible

South Shore Hospital has topped the $22 million goal for its capital fund-raising campaign, thanks to a $1 million gift from a former hospital executive and volunteer.

When former chief financial officer Mary Corbett retired in the early 1980s, she knew exactly what she wanted to do. She came right back as a volunteer and served more than 3,000 hours. When she died at age 88 in 2007, she left $1 million in her estate to the hospital.

“Her gift will advance urgent medical needs in cardiovascular care, maternal/newborn programs, and trauma services,” said Richard H. Aubut, hospital president and chief executive officer. “Mary’s incredible gift has demonstrated what a difference one person can make.”

The hospital has also received a $2 million gift for the capital campaign from another individual who wants to remain anonymous.

Corbett started working at the hospital in 1944 as an accountant and rose to chief financial officer. After she retired in the early 1980s, she worked more than 3,000 hours as a volunteer and leader of the hospital auxiliary, The Friends of South Shore Hospital.

Aubut called Corbett “an accomplished professional.” She was the first woman president of the Massachusetts chapter of the Hospital Financial Management Association and served on its national board for six years.

She and her late husband Richard lived in So. Weymouth near the hospital.

The $22 million capital campaign has been called “Heart of the South Shore: The Campaign for Healing, and Comforting.”

The funds are being used for the maternal/newborn program, the new Cardiovascular Center, and the trauma program.

More than 30,000 donors participated. Aubut thanked them all for their generosity.

Aubut also announced that the 318-bed hospital has a new initiative focusing on cancer care.

The new campaign is called “Journey of Hope: The Campaign for Healing, Caring, and Comforting.”

Aubut is asking anyone whose life has been touched by cancer to consider getting involved.

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