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Winchester Hospital reaches $10 Million fundraising goal

Posted by Christina Jedra  January 24, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Winchester Hospital: 
 
After embarking on the most ambitious fundraising effort in its 100-year history, Winchester Hospital has successfully completed the Our Second Century Campaign, exceeding its $10 million goal. 

Thousands of community members, physicians, employees, businesses, and foundation donors contributed to the campaign that supported construction of the Center for Cancer Care and Ambulatory Surgery Center at 620 Washington Street in Winchester, as well as renovations to a patient floor at the main hospital.    

Many of the campaign gifts came with remarkable stories – gratitude for compassionate care, honoring a family member, or supporting the community hospital that had always been there in a time of need.

“We had been looking for something big to do for Winchester Hospital. When we heard about the hospital’s expansion, a light went on,” said Winchester resident, John Reno. He and his wife, Suzanne, made their $1 million gift in honor of Winchester Hospital physicians – Arlan Fuller Jr., MD, clinical vice president for the integration of oncology services and academic affiliations; and Jonathan Adler, MD, an internist who has been on the hospital’s medical staff for more than 30 years.

Dr. Fuller, whose care inspired more than $2 million in donations, was a true visionary for the Center for Cancer Care, making his generous contribution in his mother’s memory. 

“Dedicating all the resources at our disposal to this cause is amazingly satisfying to me and my wife Alice,” said Dr. Fuller. “I feel we are accomplishing a shared dream, witnessing optimal care for cancer patients right here in our home community and providing a level of support and comfort to them that would make my mother proud.” 

For the physicians at StrataDx – a Lexington-based company that provides pathology services to area medical providers – their $2 million gift was given in honor of Richard Heidbreder, MD, who founded Winchester Hospital’s radiation oncology program in 2007 and passed away last year. The Dr. Richard Heidbreder Center for Radiation Oncology is now named in his honor. 

It’s the value of having a high-quality community hospital close to home that prompted local resident Bill McCall and his now late wife Jean to support the campaign. 

“Winchester Hospital answered the call for us, and the McCall family will always answer the call for them,” McCall said. “Jean and I wanted this hospital to be here for others: our friends, our neighbors, our grandchildren. Supporting Winchester Hospital is both a responsibility and an honor.”

In addition to the generous monetary support provided by more than 150 volunteers, countless employees and so many community members, others dedicated their personal time to ensure the success of the Our Second Century Campaign. These devoted individuals, who spent hours serving as chairs of the various campaign committees, are: Jack and Peggy Roll, Ann Blackham, John Sullivan, Dr. Arlan Fuller, Dr. Kelley Cornell, Rich Salter, Dick Sayre, Donna Sherrill and Gerry O’Neill.

“The generosity of our communities has just been incredible,” said Kevin Smith, president and CEO of Winchester Hospital. “For 100 years, people have looked to Winchester Hospital for care and comfort. Achieving this campaign goal ensures that we can continue our commitment of advancing the heath and care of those we serve.”

About Winchester Hospital:

Winchester Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.

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