Butler Hospital receives $15K grant from Northwestern Mutual

BUTLER HOSPITAL, above, has received a $15,000 grant from Northwestern Mutual on behalf of Michael Matone, a financial adviser in East Greenwich, as part of Northwestern Mutual's 2019 Community Service Awards program, in which 16 NM advisers nationwide were selected to receive grants to benefit a nonprofit of their choice. / COURTESY BUTLER HOSPITAL

EAST GREENWICH – A $15,000 grant from Northwestern Mutual will go to Butler Hospital on behalf of a Northwestern Mutual financial adviser.

Michael Matone, a financial representative in East Greenwich, was one of 16 Northwestern Mutual advisers nationwide chosen to receive grants to benefit a nonprofit of their choice as part of the 2019 Community Service Awards program.

Money awarded to Matone will help provide Zero Suicide Initiative training for doctors and clinical staff at Butler as they work toward seeing zero suicides in inpatient and partial hospital programs, as well as for patients discharged within 30 days.

Matone, a former managing partner at Northwestern Mutual in Providence, has been involved with Butler Hospital for more than 18 years. A member of the Butler Hospital Foundation since its creation, he served as its chair in 2014 and 2015. Last year, he was named the hospital’s Corporation Member of the Year. He has also led fundraising campaigns and numerous events to benefit Butler.

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“I have always believed we have to ‘educate to generate,’ which means spreading knowledge about behavioral health to combat the stigma surrounding these health issues in order to raise funds in support,” Matone said. “It amazes me the extent to which Butler treats and helps so many people with mental illness, and I’m so thankful to be part of the efforts taking place.”

As part of the Zero Suicide training, hospital staff learns to regard suicide as a preventable medical error, Mary Marran, Butler’s president and chief operating officer said.

“We are extremely thankful for the support of Michael and Northwestern Mutual for helping us to create a patient safety net that will start within the hospital and eventually integrate with community-based care and the homes of family and friends of those at risk for suicide,” she said.

Northwestern Mutual’s Community Service Awards distributes nearly $300,000 in grants to nonprofits across the country annually. This year is the program’s 25th anniversary.

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