On Friday, June 9, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) celebrated members of its Luminary Society at a special event held in the newly renovated Johnson Building of the Boston Public Library. BWH President Betsy Nabel, MD, expressed heartfelt gratitude to the members for generously contributing $1 million or more to advance BWH’s mission. “Your generosity fuels our work at every level. Because of you, the Brigham is able to assemble the world’s best clinicians, researchers, and staff to make meaningful and significant progress in every area of medicine.”
Guests were treated to a keynote presentation and conversation with BWH surgeon and bestselling author Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, who shared his vision for BWH’s role in the future of healthcare. “Whether it is learning the cures for metastatic cancer or Alzheimer’s disease, the study of precision medicine is being pioneered here [at the Brigham]. But we are also pioneering precision delivery. The systems of science and innovation are going to be the next big opportunity to advance human health and wellbeing.”
The event also included touching reflections from Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. campaign chairs Melissa Weiner Janfaza and John Fish.
Janfaza remembered the way the BWH nursing staff took exceptional care of her grandmother at the end of her life. “They kept her dignity intact and made her last days of life peaceful and filled with comfort. Today, the Brigham remains the place I trust most to care for my family’s health.”
Fish recalled a time when more than one member of his family required critical care at BWH. “Within a one-week span, our entire family was in the hands of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. We literally trusted this institution with our lives, and today, we are so grateful and honored to be part of the Brigham family.”