Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. Campaign Takes Center Stage in Palm Beach

Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. Campaign Takes Center Stage in Palm Beach
L-R: BWH Board Chairman Scott Sperling, BWH President Betsy Nabel, MD, and BWH Campaign Chair John Fish at The Breakers on January 23.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) hosted more than 200 supporters at The Breakers Palm Beach on Thursday, January 23, to celebrate Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. in Medicine and Philanthropy. The evening served as an opportunity to thank benefactors for making medical breakthroughs possible—and for helping BWH reach 67% of its $1 billion fundraising goal just months after publicly announcing its Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. campaign.
Dan Ponton at Palm Beach
“Live-giving breakthroughs represent all of us—donors, doctors, scientists, and staff—coming together to take on some of the toughest medical challenges, with the goal of improving the lives of our patients and our families, locally and globally,” BWH President Betsy Nabel, MD, told the crowd of supporters in her opening remarks.

With its new fundraising campaign focused on increasing the pace of discovery, Nabel introduced attendees to two new hospital leaders who will speed the process along. Terrie Inder, MD, who is leading BWH’s new Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine, hails from Washington University School of Medicine, where she served as professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, and Radiology, as well as the director of the Neonatal Development Research Team. Ross Zafonte, DO, who formerly served as the chief of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at BWH, now serves as the chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

“Terrie and Ross, we're so delighted to have you both part of the Brigham family. You are assuming your new roles at a remarkably exciting time for all of us," Nabel said.

The evening continued with Palm Beach resident Daniel Ponton, a longtime supporter of BWH, sharing his personal story of patient care and why he supports the hospital.

"Back in December 2006, I was in a dark place,” he said, recalling the diagnosis of his grapefruit-sized brain tumor. “With the support of some friends and some family, I quickly found my way to the Brigham…and because of the Brigham, my life is mine again.”

Campaign Chair John Fish thanked members of the Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. campaign cabinet and guests for bringing BWH closer to the next life-giving medical breakthrough. “I would argue this is the single most important moment in the history of Brigham and Women’s Hospital,” said Fish “It is not a question of if we will reach our ambitious goal, it is a question of when.”

Attendees were given a sneak peak of the hospital’s Brigham Building of the Future, which will debut in 2016. Another of the many highlights of the evening was a video recapping the top news stories of 2013 at the Brigham.

“From flu outbreaks to face transplants, through tragedy and triumph, the Brigham was there when our patients and families needed us most, thanks to all of you,” Nabel said.

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Brigham's top news stories of 2013

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