On a beautiful Monday afternoon in September, nearly 200 friends gathered to commemorate the opening of Thea and James M. Stoneman Centennial Park at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and celebrate the visionary generosity of Thea and James M. Stoneman.
Jack Connors, member of BWH’s Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. Campaign Cabinet, emceed the program with his usual trademark wit while thanking the Stonemans for their incredible gift to “the greatest hospital in the world."
President Betsy Nabel, MD, echoed Connors' sentiments, warmly thanking the Stonemans for their shared vision in making BWH a more welcoming place for patients, their families, and the community. “The Brigham is a second home for so many patients and our staff, and the Thea and James M. Stoneman Centennial Park transforms our front door, creating a space where our entire Brigham community feels cared for and welcomed.”
City of Boston Chief of Health and Human Services Felix Arroyo—who knows BWH well from his early days as a security guard—spoke about the park’s greater impact on the citizens of Boston. “For neighborhood residents, this park will be a place for recreation, inspiration, and respite for all to enjoy, regardless of income or status. You have created a place that will bring light and joy to the lives of so many Bostonians.”
And BWH Board of Trustees Chair Scott Sperling thanked the Stonemans for their philanthropic leadership and foresight while sharing personal anecdotes about both the joyful and stressful moments he and his family have spent at BWH. “I speak firsthand about the profound influence these surroundings can have on patients and families.”
The speaking program concluded with Nabel issuing a proclamation and the Stonemans joining her to officially cut the ceremonial ribbon. The event was followed by a reception where all guests were invited to explore and enjoy the new park.