Philanthropists of the Year Honored

02/14/13

Winchester Hospital Honors Philanthropists of the Year

Winchester Hospital was founded through a tradition of personal generosity, and after 100 years of caring for the community, that philanthropic spirit is one of the many reasons the hospital prepares to embark on its second century of care. 

Recently, Winchester Hospital celebrated its accomplishments of 2012 at the Café Escadrille in Burlington during its 26th Annual Meeting; the event also honored the three recipients of the Eugene Joseph McCarthy Philanthropist of the Year Award. The award recognizes donors who embody the spirit of giving.

Bill McCall and his late wife Jean of Winchester were selected as the individual recipients, which honors a community member for their loyalty and philanthropic leadership. “Bill is a respected friend who has provided advice and guidance to the hospital and its presidents as a board member and community member over the years,” said Maribeth Canning, vice president of the Winchester Hospital Foundation.

For many years, Bill and Jean have made generous gifts to Winchester Hospital in appreciation of the skilled care she had received there.

“Winchester Hospital is a marvelous asset to our community,” said Bill McCall. “What we can’t forget is that it needs our financial support to ensure its growth and continued top rankings. It has been around for 100 years, and I want to keep it going for another 100 years.”

Bonnell Ford of Winchester was recognized as the Business Partner recipient that recognizes the generosity of local businesses for its charitable tradition and leadership. Both organizations have stood the test of time – Winchester Hospital recently celebrating its centennial and Bonnell Ford has been a staple of the community for the past 85 years.

Steven Bonnell, current president said their commitment to community and to personal, small-town service is very similar to Winchester Hospital’s beliefs.

“We are a grass roots organization, not a distant conglomerate” Bonnell said. “That is what I like about this community hospital. If you need anything, Winchester Hospital is there for you.”

Each year a physician is selected as a philanthropist of the year and this year, Arlan Fuller Jr., MD, clinical vice president for the integration of oncology services and academic affiliations, was honored in this category. Dr. Fuller has been an integral part of the success and growth of Winchester Hospital’s cancer program, due in part to his personal generosity and by inspiring $2 million in gifts from grateful patients. He and his wife Alice gave in his mother’s honor to promote the development of the Center for Cancer Care at 620 Washington Street.

“People want their dollars to make a difference and to contribute to the public good, helping as many people as possible,” said Dr. Fuller. “Hospitals, which rely on philanthropy as their source of capital for future innovation, are perfect candidates.”

All of those honored share the common thread of investing their time, as well as resources, in Winchester Hospital through their leadership and volunteer activities.

“These generous donors and all who donate their time and money to Winchester Hospital have positioned us well to advance into our second century of care,” said Kevin Smith, president and CEO of Winchester Hospital. “We are fortunate to have relationships so deeply ingrained in the community.”

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.