Published on September 23, 2020

Concord Hospital Trust Navigating Forward Fund Gift

A generous legacy created by beloved Concord teacher Alice J. Reen has taken on an important new role to help Concord Hospital keep the community’s most vulnerable residents healthy.

The Alice J. Reen Charitable Trust has made a two-year gift of $25,000 to Concord Hospital Trust’s Navigating Forward Fund. The Fund provides help for out-of-pocket expenses for low-income, uninsured and underinsured patients in Concord Hospital Medical Group (CHMG) practices.

As part of CHMG’s Medical Home Navigation program, nurse navigators support patients with complex illnesses. They have found that a seemingly small investment can have a large impact on improving their patients’ health and better managing illnesses, sometimes preventing patients from being admitted to the Hospital.

The Fund has been used for everything from buying an air conditioner to help relieve a patient’s chronic breathing difficulties, to providing gas cards or cab fares for patients to get to appointments or the pharmacy, to helping with insurance copays.

“We are so grateful that the Alice J. Reen Charitable Trust recognizes the value of the Navigating Forward Fund,” said Diane Davis, Medical Home Navigation Director. “With this support, we will be able to continue helping our patients with out-of-pocket expenses that can be obstacles to their health and well-being.”

The Alice J. Reen Charitable Trust was funded in 1998 when Alice passed away at age 92. She taught English at Concord High School from the mid-1930s until her retirement in the early 1970s.

Donald Mason, who was Alice’s close friend and accountant, and Maureen Kimball, SVP, Senior Wealth Advisor of Charter Trust Company, carry out Alice’s wishes to make funds available year after year to support special Hospital projects.

The Trust has donated nearly $300,000 to Concord Hospital.