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Beverly Hospital names surgical suite after longtime donor and former board chair Mike Ruane

Posted by Christina Jedra  March 28, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Beverly Hospital: 

Beverly Hospital announced today it has named its new state-of-the-art operating room suite after longtime donor and former Chairman of the Board Mike Ruane. 

Ruane and his wife Liz have been among Northeast Health System’s top philanthropic supporters and leaders for more than a decade – contributing over $800,000 and inspiring a strong culture of giving within the health system. 

“Mike and Liz are wonderful community leaders who have exhibited tremendous commitment to Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals, and they have done so much to help build a culture of philanthropy at our organization,” said Denis Conroy, interim president of Northeast Health System. “Our local hospitals provide top quality care and are remarkably vibrant centers of caring and healing in part due to the leadership and support of individuals like the Ruanes.” 

In 2010, Mike and Liz Ruane made a significant gift to the $2.75 million Operating Room Campaign that helped lead to the construction of three new operating rooms at Beverly Hospital. As a local Wenham resident and Salem native, Ruane continues to actively demonstrate his strong commitment to community hospitals through his unwavering dedication and service.

“Without doubt, I am a strong believer in community hospitals – particularly in this day and age where healthcare has undergone tremendous change,” Ruane said. “Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals play an even greater role in healthcare today, and I’m incredibly honored to be able to contribute to these two vital institutions.” 

Mike Ruane and his wife became involved with Beverly Hospital in the late 1990s. His involvement grew when he joined Northeast Health System’s philanthropic board in 2004. As the head of the Committee for Corporations and Foundations during the “Care You Deserve” capital campaign for Beverly Hospital, Ruane played a key role in achieving the campaign’s goal of $7.5 million in gifts. In 2008, he was named chairman of NHS’ Foundation board. 

“The Ruanes have inspired millions of dollars in philanthropic investment towards our hospital system over the last decade and their impact has helped us deliver a superior standard of care that our community expects and deserves,” added Conroy. “Being able to provide healthcare locally in the community has never been more important, and I want to thank the Ruanes for their service to our organization.”

Beverly Hospital anticipates completion of this four phased project by July 2013 at which point we will be able to bring all ten state-of-the-art Operating Rooms fully on line.  Surgical capacity will increase by 30% and patient experience will improve through increased privacy and enhanced recovery.  A private tour of the project will take place for donors, elected officials and hospital trustees in April.

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