Gift of a Lifetime

Gift of a Lifetime
Bert and Pauline Grand

Pauline Grand has always counted on Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) to take care of her family. This relationship began as a child, when her mother was struck with a terrible illness and rushed to the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital, a predecessor hospital to BWH.

“We thought she was having a stroke because she couldn’t speak or move, but it turned out to be a virulent arthritis attack,” Pauline says “After a week at the hospital, she was up and walking around again.”

When Pauline and her husband Bert decided to include BWH in their will, they reflected upon how the hospital has touched their lives. Recently, Bert felt his abnormally fast heart rate, which had severely impeded his quality of life for decades, was getting out of control. Pauline and their son, Russell, became worried about his risk for a serious heart event. They called Bert’s cardiologist, Leonard S. Lilly, MD, who advised them to immediately take Bert to BWH. It was then determined by specialists at the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center that a procedure known as an ablation would be the best course of action.

The procedure was a success, and Bert made a remarkable turnaround. 

“I can hardly remember how poorly I felt before; it’s like it never happened!” says Bert. Pauline adds, “Our doctors didn’t just cure Bert, they brought him back to life.”

Thankful for the exceptional care they received, they chose to include the hospital in their estate plans.  In recognition of their bequest, the Grands were proudly welcomed into Legacy Society.  Additionally, the couple supports the hospital with unrestricted annual gifts as members of the President’s Pillar Society.

“Our intention is to give what we can,” Bert says, “whether it’s a little bit every year or through our estate plans.”

“Our family got a brand new life at the Brigham, and it has been so good to us,” says Pauline. “We couldn’t be more grateful. We want to be good to our hospital.” 

To learn about The Legacy Society and how you can include BWH or BWFH in your estate plans, contact Kathleen Duffy at 617-424-4326 or