For as long as the Needham community can remember, the Petrinis have been builders. A long-time fixture in the community, Needham-based Petrini Corporation has developed and restored hundreds of commercial properties and fine homes in Needham and surrounding towns. But this passion for building extends far beyond the family business. For more than 30 years, the generosity of the Petrini family has helped expand and strengthen BID–Needham. Their most recent gift, to the hospital’s Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion Campaign, underscores the family’s instrumental role in BID–Needham’s evolution and growth.
Laying the long-term foundation
The Petrini family has been lending their generous support to BID–Needham since the beginning. In addition to contributing to the hospital’s last three major capital campaigns, Lynn and Gary have at various times served on the Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors, and supported the gala and annual fund. “Between the two of us, we’ve been involved in almost every way possible,” says Lynn of her and Gary’s involvement. “We share a long-term commitment to this hospital’s growth and success.”
Lynn and Gary’s son Greg, who is the current President and CEO of Petrini Corporation, is continuing the family’s tradition of engagement. He was elected to the Board of Advisors in 2006 and the Board of Trustees in 2007. He is also Chair of the Compensation Committee, a member of the Master Facilities Planning and Gala Committees, a former member of the Governance and Nominating Committee and has served on the Construction Oversight Committee for two major projects.
Contributing to world-class care
In 2013, the family made one of its most significant gifts, naming the Consult Room on the first floor of the Lank Cancer Center. It’s a quiet, warm space where patients and family members can meet with their care team to discuss treatment options. It embodies the intersection of world-class medicine and patient-focused care that makes BID–Needham unique.
“We all recognize that the hospital’s expansion—both in its physical size and its offerings—is a great benefit to the community,” says Greg. “People expect to receive world-class health care close to home and we’re lucky to have that right here in Needham.”
Support comes full circle
The Petrinis’ 30-plus years of support took on new meaning when Gary recently became a patient at BID–Needham. Suddenly, the family experienced firsthand the patient-centric, personalized care that they have been so instrumental in building. “From intensive care to the emergency room, everyone was so compassionate to Gary,” says Lynn. “We’ve always believed in the hospital, but having Gary there really gave us a new perspective on everything it offers. We’ve had that experience personally.”
When asked to reflect on the impact of his family’s contributions to BID–Needham, Greg says he is most proud of the hospital’s physical transformation. “As a builder and developer, it is very gratifying to see the tangible results of giving,” he says. “You can literally see the progress from donor support over the years. Seeing those changes and knowing what it means for the community is incredibly rewarding.”
Supporting BID–Needham has become a cornerstone of the Petrinis’ philanthropy and an important part of the family’s legacy. “All of us in the family are highly committed to giving back locally and the hospital is an important way to demonstrate that type of community impact,” says Lynn. “When you commit your time and resources, you can see the benefit of your efforts. For our family, the hospital is proof of that.”