The Vision of the Foundation for Seacoast Health is to be leaders in the advancement of a healthy Seacoast community through initiatives that impact and promote the well-being of its residents. We envision a Seacoast where all individuals have access to a variety of community-based supports and services so they may enjoy good health wherever they may be in life.
We recognize that health care should not be considered only from a curative point of view but should also include a broader sense of a positive state of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Improving the health and well-being of Seacoast residents has been the core Mission of the Foundation for Seacoast Health since 1984.
In keeping with the above we define health broadly: “Health is the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (World Health Organization).
Our values shape who we are and guide our work. They include Respect, Empathy, Integrity, Partnership and Stewardship.
The vision of the Foundation for Seacoast Health is that the total health needs and well-being of the community are met.
The Foundation for Seacoast Health is a nonprofit, private non-operating foundation established in 1984 following the sale of Portsmouth Hospital to Hospital Corporation of America in 1983.
Established in 1984, the Foundation has been a catalyst for positive change on the Seacoast, promoting a wide range of initiatives to improve the health and well-being of area residents. Over the years we have convened several community partnerships to explore pressing needs awarding specific program grants as a result of what we learned. Two multi-year projects addressed childhood obesity in elementary schools and promoting healthy eating and active living in communities. Understanding the importance of infrastructure to a nonprofit’s sustainability, the Foundation has been a leader in the area of providing unrestricted operating grants to organizations. Many of the Seacoast’s strongest nonprofits have benefited from this funding over multiple years.
In 1999, the Foundation took another bold step forward with the development of the Community Campus, one of the very first non-profit multi-tenant centers in the country. Today, the Campus is home to eight unaffiliated nonprofits and serves over 15,000 individuals annually.
By the end of 2018, the Foundation had awarded over $31.2 million in grants and $2.2 million in scholarships. In addition, the cost of building and operating the Campus represents another $45.2 million in community investment.
For a detailed history of our first twenty years please refer to our 2004 Annual Report.
Board of Trustees
The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. As the governing body they lend their experience and advice to the organization helping to shape strategic direction and assuring attention to mission. In addition, the organization relies on a robust committee structure that includes other experts from the community. Committee members are nominated by the Chair of the Board of Trustees and elected by the Board. Committees are focused in the areas of Governance, Finance & Investment, Audit, Strategic Planning, Property and Scholarships.
John Lyons, Chair
Timothy J. Durkin , Vice Chair
Stephen H. Witt, Treasurer
Andrea Daly, Secretary
Mark I. Jacobs, MD
Archie McGowan, MD
The Foundation Staff
The Foundation staff communicates the vision and mission of the Foundation and represents the Board of Trustees in all aspects of operations.
Debra S. Grabowski
The distinction of honorary member recognizes individuals, in perpetuity, who have had a lasting impact on the organization. This includes founding members of the Foundation and others whose contribution has been so great that others aspire to meet the standard set. Honorary members are nominated by the Governance Committee and elected by the Board of Trustees.
Donovan Albertson, MD
William Bradley, MD
Wendy McLaughlin, MD
C. Peter Rasmussen, MD
J. Gregg Sanborn
G. Warren Wilder