Boston, MA, October 28, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- MGH Institute of Health Professions celebrated its 35th anniversary in grand fashion at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel on October 25.
With more than 300 people in attendance, over $377,000 was raised to fund scholarships for students in nursing, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology who attend the Boston health sciences graduate school. The final amount included $94,000 pledged by audience members during a live auction.
“The scholarships we are able to award each year promote access to a professional education for a broad spectrum of our students who will go on to make exceptional contributions in their fields and touch the lives of many patients, and their families and communities,” President Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN, told the audience.
Since the first Gala occurred in 2007, nearly $2 million has been raised for student scholarships at the MGH Institute.
Four of the event sponsors each donated $25,000 to support student scholarships: Minute Clinic; John Hancock Financial Services; Massachusetts General Hospital; and Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Sanders. Five sponsors each donated $10,000: Sumner W. Brown; The Knowles Family; MGH Nurses' Alumnae Association; Putnam Investments; and George and Barbara Thibault.
Gala Honorary Co-Chairs for the event were Mrs. Francis H. Burr and retiring Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Bette Ann Harris '83, DPT, MS, the Institute’s first graduate. Mrs. Burr’s late husband “Hooks” was a Trustee of the Massachusetts General Hospital during the Institute’s founding, and Chair of the MGH board when Dr. Harris graduated from the Institute.
Two members of the MGH Institute Board of Trustees served as co-chairs for the event: Joseph H. “Joe” Knowles, Jr., Executive Director, Institute for Health Metrics whose father, Dr. John Hilton Knowles, was one of the school’s founding visionaries; and Elizabeth “Trish” Joyce, whose father, Dr. Charles A. Sanders, was Managing Director at Massachusetts General Hospital when the Institute was founded in 1977.
Other members of the Gala Committee were: nursing alumna Cynthia Cardon Hughes ’88; MGH School of Nursing alumna Margery Eramo, SON ’57; physical therapy alumna Roya Ghazinouri ’99; ’07; communication sciences and disorders alumna Janis Greim ’07; Andrea Kwiatkowski of Minute Clinic; and Eleanor Malloy of John Hancock Financial Services.
The 35th Anniversary Gala commemorated the Institute’s position as one of the country’s only graduate schools devoted solely to health professions education.
“From its inception, the MGH Institute has been on the forefront in educating tomorrow's health care leaders,” said Board of Trustees Chair George Thibault, MD. “With more than 1,200 enrolled students and almost 4,500 graduates, we continue to educate leaders who significantly impact the delivery of health care across the country and around the globe.”
“As we celebrate the Institute’s 35th Anniversary,” says President Bellack, “I am reminded that the Institute is what it is because of the people who are here now and because of those who have come before us. We are all part of the legacy - all of us, working, studying, and putting our care for others into practice.”
Founded by Massachusetts General Hospital in 1977, the MGH Institute is a member of Partners HealthCare. A progressive leader in developing comprehensive models of health care education, the MGH Institute is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).