GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

May 13, 2013

Letter: Dr. Wolfe's impact will be felt for years to come


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — To the editor:

I was extremely saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of Dr. John Wolfe (the Times, Friday, May 10).

A long-time champion for health care on Cape Ann, he provided quality care with compassion and dignity to all of his patients and their families.

Dr. Wolfe was an avid supporter of Addison Gilbert Hospital (AGH), and his passion resonates with the entire Cape Ann community. We are all extremely grateful for his advocacy and commitment to ensuring access to the best possible healthcare for Cape Ann and its residents.

I have known Dr. Wolfe for my entire professional career and have had the opportunity to work with him and learn from him on many occasions. He was the first infectious disease expert at Addison Gilbert Hospital. I was impressed not only with his knowledge of antibiotic therapy, but also with his respect and gentle consideration for others.

He was instrumental in implementing the Emergency Department Screening Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment (ED-SBIRT) program at AGH, which benefits individuals who suffer from mental health issues and/or substance abuse. As a physician on the forefront of providing support to those affected by substance abuse, Dr. Wolfe brought a physician’s perspective to the process and helped to ensure this program would effectively meet the health needs of the community.

Among his many contributions to AGH and the community, Dr. Wolfe served as an active member of the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, working on a variety of community-based initiatives to improve the quality of life for Gloucester residents.

Most recently, he was an active member of the AGH Cape Ann panel, bringing guidance and insight to the hospital’s role as a member of Lahey Health. We are so appreciative of his support.

We have lost a special person. For decades, the Cape Ann community benefited from his work and dedication, and he will truly be missed.

His impact will endure the hands of time, and we will continue to benefit from all he has done for us for years to come.

CINDY CAFASSO DONALDSON

Gloucester

Vice President, Addison Gilbert Hospital