For decades, Boston Medical Center has stood as the city’s caretaker, providing exceptional care, without exception, to every patient who walks through its doors.
A majority of Boston Medical Center’s patients are low-income and also represent the true complexion of the city of Boston. Imagine the stress of a life-threatening health problem. Now, imagine dealing with that health problem while wondering if you will be able to afford rent. Or having to decide between buying groceries and paying for the electric bill. Under these circumstances, you might feel like you have nowhere to turn. But BMC is there for its patients, never one to turn a blind eye to a problem which might fall outside the scope of traditional medical care. That’s because instead of asking, “why?” BMC asks “why not?”
Caring for patients as a whole has led BMC to its newest endeavor: Vision 2030, a long-term goal to make Boston the healthiest urban population in the world by 2030. Under the traditional medical model, the outcome is focused on making a patient healthy. But what does it mean to keep a patient healthy and how does one do so? Vision 2030 sets out to answer this question, encompassing the longstanding belief that when an organization invests in the root causes of urban health issues, the community and its people greatly benefit and thrive.
The funds raised through this year’s Boston Triathlon will support Vision 2030‘s key areas of focus:
complex chronic disease, mental health disorders, housing insecurity and homelessness, other key social determinants of health (such as food) and, especially, substance use disorders.
With the support of Columbia Threadneedle Investments, our goal is to raise $125,000 to support Boston Medical Center’s efforts in making Boston the healthiest city in the world. Our race is paying homage to BMC’s commitment to making long-term recovery a reality for every patient through innovative treatment, education and research programs. We can’t make Boston a healthier community without facing the addiction epidemic head on, treating patients with respect, eliminating stigma and addressing underlying mental health disorders and finding supportive housing and other services to help remove barriers they face. By joining Team BMC, YOU have the opportunity to create impactful, positive change for those in our community who are struggling the most.
Thank you for supporting Boston Medical Center in their mission to create a better and brighter future for their patients and the city we all know and love.
To read more about BMC’s addiction treatment programs, click here