KICK OFF EVENT
View a slideshow of the Campaign for the Third Century Kick Off on October 15.
A historic evening: Slavin, far right, at the Oct. 15 event, with former MGH patient Eddie Martin, second from right, and his parents Karin and Edward Martin
In the presence of nearly 500 supporters and friends gathered at the Westin Boston Waterfront on Oct. 15, the MGH announced the public launch of the largest fundraising effort in its 200-year history: the Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine.
Believed to also be the largest-ever such initiative in New England, the campaign aims to raise $1.5 billion for the hospital by 2013. The campaign's theme is "Individual Care, Global Impact," and it already has reached the $1 billion mark.
Cathy E. Minehan, chair of the MGH Board of Trustees, welcomed attendees to the event and introduced Tim Johnson, MD, medical editor of ABC News. Johnson narrated a multimedia presentation highlighting many of MGH's specialized programs as well as several poignant patient stories. Two of the former patients featured in the video presentation - Frank Robinson, who had a heart attack in 2008 and needed a heart transplant, and Eddie Martin, who suffered multiple brain injuries following an accident at the age of 16 - were at the event with their families and reflected on the high quality of care they received at the MGH. "Good Morning America" contributor and best-selling author Lee Woodruff, whose husband Bob was injured while working as an ABCnews reporter in Iraq, shared her family's experience. She emphasized the importance of the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program, which provides services for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their families.
Following remarks by hospital supporter Mark Schwartz, MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, officially announced the capital campaign. "This is our time to lead and uphold a tradition," Slavin said. He reminded attendees that the MGH was built on philanthropy, when in 1810 James Jackson, MD, and John Collins Warren, MD, wrote to Boston's community leaders asking them to donate funding to establish a hospital for the poor.
Slavin then announced a recent $35 million gift to the campaign from Peter and Paula Lunder and the Lunder Foundation. The gift will in part help fund a new education initiative, the James J. Dineen, MD, Maine-MGH Health Education Partnership. In recognition of the Lunders' generosity, the Building for the Third Century of MGH Medicine will be named the Lunder Building. The event concluded with remarks by Terry and Susan Ragon - founding supporters of the Ragon Institute of MGH, Harvard and MIT - and Jack Connors Jr., chair of Partners HealthCare. The Ragons, Connors and his wife Eileen, and John and Linda Henry, are honorary co-chairs of the campaign. W. Gerald Austen, MD, chair of the MGH Chiefs' Council and surgeon-in-chief emeritus, and Patricia Ribakoff, MGH trustee, are campaign co-chairs.
Funds raised through the Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine will support five top priorities at the hospital: building medical facilities for the present and future; promoting innovative research; enhancing medical education; supporting multidisciplinary care centers; and subsidizing the unrestricted MGH Fund, which allows the hospital to quickly respond to emergencies and opportunities.
To learn more or make a donation, visit the campaign website at www.thirdcenturyofmedicine.org.