On July 28, Brigham and Women’s Hospital lost a special friend. Irene Pollin (1924-2020) was a passionate and tireless advocate for heart disease prevention, particularly in women, and played a key role in educating countless patients and their loved ones about heart health, advancing care, and improving outcomes.
Irene established the Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Center and Wellness Program at the Brigham in honor of her beloved daughter. The Pollin Center is a leading force in advancing cardiovascular research aimed at preventing heart disease, developing new therapies, and promoting cardiovascular wellness in women. Extending her vision and generosity, Irene created a collaborative network of similar centers at other leading academic medical centers across the globe.
In 2014, the Brigham honored Irene with the Heritage Key Award, the highest honor we bestow to recognize extraordinary service and generosity to our hospital and its mission. Irene was a great pioneer for women’s health, an ambitious and determined ally, and a compassionate philanthropist and friend. She created a powerful legacy that will continue to improve lives for generations to come.