Commitment to Community

North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) has a long-standing commitment to the health and vitality of our North Shore communities. NSMC was founded to serve our neighbors and those in need, a commitment that is just as strong today as it was a century ago.

Improving Health in Our Local Communities

North Shore Medical Center is committed to achieving health equity and measurable improvements in the local population's health status. Through our Community Benefit Program, we collaborate with community stakeholders to enhance existing programs and develop new programs to respond to the health care needs of priority populations in our community. Our commitment includes:

  • Reducing health care disparities
  • Increasing access to care for vulnerable populations
  • Expanding innovative community and school-based programs
  • Fostering social and family support systems
  • Improving knowledge of healthy habits and behaviors
  • Enhancing educational and career opportunities


Community Health Needs Assessment

The 2018 NSMC Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and implementation planning process was undertaken to inform our community-based efforts as well as to adhere to requirements set by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This assessment will be updated in 2021.

Community Health Needs Assessment 2018
Strategic Implementation Plan 2019 2

Community Affairs and Health Access Committee

The Community Affairs and Health Access Committee of the NSMC Board was established in 2004 to strengthen long-standing community relationships advance our community health objectives.

The committee is comprised of 20 members including NSMC Board Directors, NSMC clinical leaders, members of the Lynn Health Task Force, and representatives from the local community health centers and other community organizations. Together they serve as NSMC’s Community Benefit Advisory Committee with the responsibilities, functions and procedures outlined in the current Massachusetts Attorney General’s Community Benefit Guidelines.

The Committee shall have responsibility for the review of the community needs assessment and other information related to access and the availability of healthcare, as well as for the oversight, review and evaluation of the community affairs and community benefit programs and activities of NSMC.