The primary goal of Shattuck Partners is to support and provide programs and services that improve the quality of life of patients of the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital and support their healthy transitions back to the community.
“It’s like getting a musical shot instead of a medical shot. I feel better!” -Patient after music session supported by Shattuck Partners
“I feel good, it makes me happy, my mood changes. Music relaxes my brain and gives me confidence. I’m getting better.” -Norman (patient participant in our songwriting program)
Programs we’ve supported including therapeutic music, open mic nights, and songwriting engage patients with local artists in a relaxing, positive environment. Sessions and workshops offer patients a chance to feel better, connect with others, and learn new skills, supporting therapeutic outcomes and life-skill development.
“It helps exercise my brain, and reduces stress of the hospital setting.”-Patient (discussing the new media carts and ping pong tables provided by Shattuck Partners)
“The speakers have been really important in our world of social distancing, they are portable to bring room to room as we work individually with folks.” -Hospital Therapist (reacting to our support of Bluetooth speakers for therapeutic group use)
Sports and game equipment, activity supplies, year-end celebrations, community garden, video/computer equipment and other enrichment and recreational opportunities are important for patients who typically experience long hospital stays. Group activities offer positive experiences and life skills practice. Recreational equipment and technology gives patients healthy activity options.
“This journal helps me get these unhappy thoughts out of my head.” -Patient (learning time management and journaling skills with Shattuck Partners sponsored supplies)
“I came here with nothing in the hopes of starting a sober new life, and getting this pack… feels like the last step of my process here and it will be easier for my next transition.” -Patient (receiving a backpack of life essentials from Shattuck Partners)
Programs that supplement efforts of hospital staff to treat a challenging array of mental and physical health issues include sensory modulation, which teaches patients stress management; nutrition and transportation support; life skills support; treatment support for patients with tuberculosis; supplies for therapeutic groups; reading glasses for information access and recreation; life essentials for patients returning to the community; and more.
“It’s given me responsibility and showed me what it’s going to take to work in society.” -Patient participant (gift shop program)
The Shattuck Partners Gift Shop (on site at the hospital) serves as an important vocational rehabilitation site for patients of the MA Department of Mental Health and also a benefit for the hospital community. Patients learn from a vocational coach and receive real-world business experience in the gift shop. Temporarily closed during the pandemic, it is scheduled to reopen Fall 2023.