Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program announced June 28 it is the beneficiary of a multi-year $65 million philanthropic grant from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to continue participation in the Warrior Care Network, a first-of-its-kind medical care network connecting wounded veterans and their families with top-notch, individualized mental health care. The gift includes $3 million toward Home Base’s Capital Campaign to establish a new National Center of Excellence in the Charlestown Navy Yard. $62 million will go towards expanded clinical services, making it the second largest gift in the history of the MGH.
“We are grateful to Wounded Warrior Project for their steadfast support and ongoing commitment in helping the men and women who have defended this great country heal and reclaim their lives,” says Michael Allard, chief operating officer, Home Base. “This remarkable gift will expand our ability to provide both care and hope to thousands of veterans and military family members across the nation.”
Established in 2009, Home Base is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. In 2015, Home Base joined WWP as a founding partner of Warrior Care Network along with UCLA Health, Rush University Medical Center and Emory Healthcare. WWP made an initial challenge grant to the four academic medical centers. With those funds, Home Base expanded its Outpatient Clinic at Mass General and established an Intensive Clinical Program (ICP) open to Veterans across the nation suffering from invisible wounds. Remarkably, the ICP provides a year’s worth of treatments in two-weeks and includes families in the care plan. All treatment, support, lodging, transportation and meals are provided at no cost to veterans and families.
“We have an amazing team here at Home Base and they are saving lives every day. They truly provide hope to men and women who have lost theirs,” says retired Brigadier General Jack Hammond, executive director, Home Base. “Our Intensive Clinical Program has served veterans and family members from 42 states over the past three years. This new, significant gift is transformative; it will allow us to double the number of veterans and family members we care for while expanding our treatment programs for brain injuries and mental health.”
Statistics from the Department of Veterans Affairs reveal 20 veterans die by suicide every day, and one in three return home with an invisible wound. Home Base is the first private-sector program in the nation focused on healing the invisible wounds for veterans and families, which includes providing wrap-around, individualized care, combining evidence-based behavioral treatment, rehabilitative medicine, wellness, complementary alternative medicine, nutrition, mindfulness training and family support.
The WWP gift will not only allow Home Base to increase the number of veterans and families being served but it will also fuel the establishment of new models of care. These include a dual diagnosis intensive outpatient clinic for veterans struggling with opioid and addiction challenges and a weekend intensive clinical program to allow better access to care that is more convenient for veterans’ schedules.
“Massachusetts General Hospital was founded on the principle that when in distress, every man and woman becomes our neighbor. In that spirit, we strive to provide world-class care for those in need, and to partner with best-in-class organizations that can help us live up to those ideals. The partnership with Wounded Warrior Project is a shining example of delivering on this promise,” says Peter L. Slavin, MD, president, Massachusetts General Hospital.
“We send warriors in the greatest need to this critical program through Wounded Warrior Project’s Warrior Care Network,” says Michael Linnington, chief executive officer, WWP. “We know—through data outcomes and through the warriors, themselves—that the treatment provided at Home Base works. All of us at Wounded Warrior Project are proud to support the program and reinvest in their truly life-changing program.”
WWP will present a ceremonial check to Home Base leadership and founders Slavin and Tom Werner, chairman of the Boston Red Sox, tonight during the pregame ceremony of the Red Sox/Los Angeles Angels game.
“Home Base was created to help fill an important need for our veterans and their families, and in the nearly 10 years since the programs creation, it has become a model contemplated and replicated by other institutions across the country,” said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. “We are grateful to Wounded Warrior Project for supporting our work and mission with this generous donation, and look forward to expanding the program’s reach, and helping more families impacted by the invisible wounds of war.”
“Home Base is 94 percent philanthropically funded, and while other organizations may run on a grateful patient model, we run on a grateful nation model. Aside from this gift, Home Base must still raise significant funds for the mission,” explains Allard. “The need is great and collectively, we have more work to do.”
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