Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has received the 2015 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, a prestegious national award honoring community service in health care. The $100,000 award, sponsored by the Baxter Allegiance Foundation, the American Hospital Association, and the Health Research & Educational Trust, is given to an organization that provides innovative programs that significantly improve the health and well-being of its community.
MGH was recognized for its continuing commitment to the communities of Chelsea, Revere, and Charlestown, especially for its work to address substance abuse and its response to the opioid epidemic. MGH developed a comprehensive new clinical initiative for patients battling substance abuse, which resulted from a 2013 community needs assessment.
The hospital was also recognized for additional community-based programs for youth and for programs to improve access to health care.