Yawkey Foundation contributes $25 million
to Massachusetts General Hospital
Grant to expand access to care and
services for all patients
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BOSTON - May 6, 2002 - The Massachusetts General Hospital
(MGH) today announced that the Yawkey Foundation has committed $25
million over the next eight years to support the hospital's efforts
to expand access to vital outpatient care and services. The gift
represents the largest contribution to MGH in its history.
To recognize the generosity of the foundation, the MGH will name
its new outpatient facility, currently under construction, the Yawkey
Center for Outpatient Care.
Jean R. Yawkey, who with her husband, Tom, were long-time owners
of the Boston Red Sox, received her medical care at the MGH. She
was a strong advocate of the work of the hospital and supported
many of its programs and initiatives both personally and through
her foundation. Since Mrs. Yawkey's death in 1992, the trustees
of the Yawkey Foundation have continued her tradition of charitable
giving to the MGH.
The $25 million Yawkey commitment will enhance access to many of
the services that were important to Mrs. Yawkey, including women's
health, pediatrics, cancer and cardiology. Outpatient programs in
these clinical specialties will be located in the new Yawkey Center
for Outpatient Care, which is scheduled to open in 2004. MGH will
receive $1 million of the grant this fiscal year with the remaining
contribution phased in over the next seven years.
"The MGH is truly honored by the Yawkey Foundation's magnificent
gift," said James. J. Mongan, MD, president of the MGH. "Through
this contribution, the foundation's trustees are honoring Mrs. Yawkey's
well-known dedication and resolve to make the highest quality health
care available to all citizens in our community, particularly the
underserved. This is a commitment that has long been shared by this
hospital. We are very grateful that the Yawkey Foundation has looked
to the MGH as its ally in fulfilling this critically important mission."
The MGH provides care for all patients, regardless of ability to
pay, offering more free care than any other private hospital in
the commonwealth. Last year, the MGH and its physicians provided
nearly $70 million in unreimbursed care and services to patients.
In addition, the hospital offers many programs and services aimed
at addressing the special needs of high-risk and underserved individuals.
The MGH in recent years has made significant investments in its
community health centers - in Chelsea, Revere, Charlestown, the
North End and Back Bay - and as a result, visits to these facilities
have increased by more than 50 percent since 1996. Similarly, at
the MGH's main campus in Boston, programs that serve the homeless,
infants and children, low-income families, pregnant women, immigrants,
domestic violence victims, the elderly and the disabled have expanded
in both scope and demand in recent years (link
to more information about MGH community programs).
Coupled with the expansion of special programs for high-risk individuals
has been a dramatic increase in the number of patients seeking care
in the hospital's many outpatient programs in primary and specialty
care. In the past 20 years, more and more care has moved from the
inpatient to the outpatient setting. Ambulatory visits at the MGH
in recent years have been rising anywhere from 5 to 10 percent annually,
with visits last year numbering more than 1.3 million. Despite this
growth trend, which is projected to continue, the MGH has not built
a facility dedicated to outpatient care for 20 years.
"Simply put, we are out of space for outpatient care,"
said W. Gerald Austen, MD, MGH surgeon-in-chief emeritus and co-chairman
of the MGH Leadership Campaign. "But we are very pleased and
excited that construction of our new ambulatory building is under
way, and in just a few years, we will be opening the doors to the
state-of-the-art Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care. In this wonderful
new facility we will offer the excellent care that patients and
families expect and deserve in a much more organized, convenient
and comfortable way. We are enormously appreciative that the Yawkey
Foundation understands the importance of timely access to high-quality
care and has chosen to support our efforts to ensure that outpatient
services are available to all who need them when they need them."
John L. Harrington, executive director and trustee of the Yawkey
Foundation said: "This gift to Mass General Hospital, a place
of healing and hope for countless New Englanders, will ensure that
the Yawkeys' impact will be felt in our community for generations
to come. Throughout their lives, Tom and Jean Yawkey set an inspiring
example by contributing generously to those institutions that serve,
support and have a direct impact on people in our community."
When completed in 2004, the MGH's Yawkey Center for Outpatient
Care, will be the largest and most comprehensive ambulatory care
resource in New England. The 10-story, 320,000-square-foot facility
will house the outpatient activities of the MassGeneral Hospital
for Children, the MGH Women's Health Program, the MGH Cancer Center,
the Cardiovascular Program and the Musculoskeletal Program.
Yawkey Foundation I was established
in 1976 by Thomas A Yawkey, and Yawkey
Foundation II was established in the early 1980s by Jean R.
Yawkey to further serve the family's charitable goals. Since the
deaths of the Yawkeys, the foundations' Boards of Trustees have
continued the Yawkeys' legacy, contributing in excess of $40 million
to organizations large and small that share the foundations' charitable
objectives. Since the sale of the Yawkey family's primary asset,
the Boston Red Sox, the Yawkey Foundations have experienced exponential
growth, which will allow them to have a transformative impact on
the social issues the Yawkeys cared about: health care, social services,
youth, education, sports and conservation.
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