With sounds of machines beeping, and wires and cords everywhere, Yana and David Barton found themselves in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital after Yana went into labor eight weeks early and delivered their son, Josh. Nervous and anxious for their son, they soon met registered nurse Karen Riedel, who instantly provided comfort, information, and a shoulder to lean on. “Karen was our savior,” says Yana. “The doctors and nurses at the Brigham saved our son’s life, and we were inspired to give back and try to pay it forward.”
In gratitude for their care, the Bartons made a generous gift to the Brigham and in recognition, the hospital named a room in the NICU for their family. A few years later, Yana and David brought their son back to visit. “Being able to have our son finally meet Karen brought the story full circle for us. It was a very emotional moment.”
Since making their first gift, the Bartons have become annual Brigham donors, committed to making yearly contributions that provide vital support to patient care, research, and education across all areas of the hospital. As an added benefit, Yana and David’s employers match their donations, doubling their impact. With this annual commitment, the Bartons became part of The Brigham Circle Society, a group of dedicated donors committed to ensuring a continuum of care.
You can join Yana and David in The Brigham Circle Society when you make a gift to help patients and families receive the best care possible.