The Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion is underway at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BID Needham) and is receiving generous support from those who will use it the most—its clinicians. The BID Needham Medical Staff pledged $100,000 to the project last fall, making it one of the first and largest gifts to the fundraising campaign for the project.
"The medical staff is very passionate about the care that we give to our patients and our community here in Needham," said Deborah Wayler, MD, ScD, BID Needham chief of pathology and Medical Staff president.
The BID Needham Medical staff includes the 589 physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who are affiliated with the community hospital. They pay annual dues which are typically used for staff education and enrichment. When the new campaign was announced, the Medical Staff Executive Committee, led by Wayler, along with vice president Yatish Patel, MD, and secretary treasurer Diane London, MD, voted to pledge funds from
their budget over five years for the project. While the Medical Staff contributed to the previous campaign to support the South Wing expansion project, this donation is the group's largest to date.
"This significant and generous lead gift to the campaign is a signal to the broader community that the BID Needham Medical Staff is confident and excited about this project," said John Fogarty, BID Needham's president and CEO. "Not only does it reflect our Medical BID Needham clinicians pledge $100K for new expansion Staff's unique combination of experience, dedication, and commitment to this community, but it also sets the tone for others to get involved."
Philanthropy is playing a vital role in moving this work forward. Thanks to generous support from the community, staff, and the Board of Advisors and Board of Trustees, we are almost halfway to our $6 million fundraising goal two years into the campaign.
"We are excited for the growth, the improved working environment, and also what it will provide in caring for our patients," Wayler said. BID Needham Medical Staff Executive Committee members Yatish Patel, MD, Deborah Wayler, MD, and Diane London, MD.