Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pamela and F. Gardner Jackson - Creating a Legacy to Advance Women's Health

Pamela and Gardner Jackson

Pamela and F. Gardner Jackson have experienced Mass General as patients, volunteer leaders and supporters.

Deborah Kelly Center for Outcomes Research

Edmund and Deborah Kelly established the Deborah Kelly Center for Outcomes Research in 2009. The center provides training and mentorship for clinical and translational research by residents, fellows and faculty in the Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It focuses on initiating and evaluating epidemiological and public health research studies to advance patient care. The center provides assistance and infrastructure for investigators and their projects.

“What makes the Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mass General different is not just the vision and leadership of its chief, Dr. Isaac Schiff,” says F. Gardner Jackson. “It is the culture of teamwork that enables the department to implement the vision. This teamwork has created a successful record of executing the research and clinical care projects to which they commit.”

Pamela and Gardner Jackson have been involved with the department for more than 30 years and have seen it grow and evolve. As part of the Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine, the department has set a goal of raising $25 million to advance women’s health. “Mass General is a worldwide leader in women’s health, and this campaign will help the hospital further the discipline and expand knowledge,” says Mr. Jackson.

Mr. Jackson is the co-chair of the Vincent Philanthropy Committee, which is charged with helping to reach this ambitious goal. To support the campaign, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson made a gift to the department to support the Deborah Kelly Center for Outcomes Research. “This type of research is exciting,” says Mr. Jackson. “It helps direct the future of clinical care, as physicians try to understand the end result of a particular treatment or intervention. Like the bench research of the Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology, outcomes analysis is a critical component in the future of clinical care. It is the combination of basic science and outcomes research that will help doctors provide care that is more effective, safer and cost efficient.”

They made their gift by establishing a deferred charitable gift annuity. “It allowed us to make a more significant gift to the campaign,” says Mr. Jackson. “With a deferred charitable gift annuity, we can support a program that is important to us and also generate a return to us. We were able to make our gift today and choose to receive an income in later years when we are closer to retirement.”

With their gift, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson have created a legacy that will help the Kelly Center to continue to grow. “We are committed to the hospital, and this gift continues our giving,” explains Mrs. Jackson. “I am proud of the Vincent, Gardner’s volunteer leadership, and the statement our gift makes. We are invested in the campaign.”

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