Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation Donates $7,820 to Franciscan Hospital for Children

Grant to Support Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology Clinic

ROCKLAND, Mass. (June 26, 2013) - The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation today announced a grant of $7,820 to Franciscan Hospital for Children. The donation will support the hospital's Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology Clinic, which provides services to children who are unable to communicate effectively through speech. Specifically, the grant allowed the hospital to purchase a Dynavox Maestro, a communication device that can be accessed through touch, visual, and auditory scanning, head tracking or a joystick to facilitate digitized speech, and which will enable children to communicate and interact with family members, peers, and adults in a variety of environments

"Franciscan Hospital for Children provides vital services to those who need specialized assistance, a cause Rockland Trust is happy to support," said Jane Lundquist, Director of the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation. "It is a pleasure to support an organization that values community as much as we do."

Franciscan Hospital for Children promotes the integrity and well-being of children and their caregivers though family-centered programs, and a strong team of dedicated physicians, nurses, clinicians, and educators.

"At Franciscan Hospital for Children, our programs and services provide opportunities for children with a variety of challenges," said Ruth Crowley, Director of Rehabilitative Therapies at Franciscan Hospital for Children. "We are so grateful for this donation from Rockland Trust, which will help us use state-of-the art technology to best meet the needs of children from our local communities."

For more information on the programs and services offered at the Franciscan Hospital for Children or the Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology Clinic, please visit www.franciscanhospital.org.

About the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation

The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation serves the communities of Bellingham, Blackstone, Foxboro, Franklin, Hopedale, Medfield, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, Newton, Norfolk, Waltham and Wrentham. The Foundation focuses on four primary areas: education, health and human services, youth programs and community development in our service area. For information about the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, please contact Jeanne Travers at 781-982-6637 or visit www.RocklandTrust.com.

About Rockland Trust

With $5.7 billion in assets, Rockland Trust is a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts which provides a wide range of consumer, business, investment, and insurance products and services. Named a Boston Globe "Best Place to Work" for four consecutive years and one of America's "Best Banks" by Forbes for three consecutive years, Rockland Trust's network consists of nearly 80 retail branches, 10 commercial lending offices, four investment management, and three residential lending centers throughout Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. To find out why Rockland Trust is the bank "Where Each Relationship Matters®", please visit www.RocklandTrust.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

About Franciscan Hospital for Children

Franciscan Hospital for Children, located in Boston's neighborhood of Brighton, is the leading pediatric rehabilitation center in New England. The hospital offers medical, behavioral and educational services for children with complex issues requiring interdisciplinary care. For more information on the hospital visit www.franciscanhospital.org, find it on Facebook or follow it on Twitter @FranciscanHFC.