October 26, 2011
"Caring for Our Diverse Communities" video by Scott Stephenson and Andy Volk
MGH Institute of Health Professions raised more than $388,000 at its 5th Annual Scholarship Gala on October 24.
More than 360 people attended the event, held in the new wing of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where guests had the opportunity to view the new Degas and the Nude exhibit.
Partners HealthCare President and CEO Dr. Gary Gottlieb was the evening's Special Guest.
“Since its founding in 1977, the MGH Institute has been educating some of the best health care professionals in the country,” Dr. Gottlieb told the audience. “Hundreds of graduates work throughout the Partners system, and they play a crucial role in caring for our patients. Producing highly qualified professionals who will care for an aging and increasingly diverse population is now more important than ever.”
The final amount included just under $45,000 pledged by audience members during a live auction.
Proceeds from the Gala will fund scholarships for students in nursing, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and medical imaging who attend the Boston health sciences graduate school.
"Our mission of educating the best health care leaders continues to resonate with people,” said MGH Institute President Dr. Janis P. Bellack. “Money raised at the event allows us to provide vital scholarship support to a wide range of talented students.”
Four individuals or organizations each underwrote scholarships of $25,000 that are going to a currently enrolled student. These Scholarship Champions are:
John Hancock Financial Services donated $15,000 as a Scholarship Investor.
Three members of the MGH Institute Board of Trustees served as co-chairs for the event: Ari Buchler, a technology advisor; John Connors III, president, Boathouse Group Inc.; and Joseph H. “Joe” Knowles, Jr., Executive Director, Institute for Health Metrics.
Gala Committee members were: Julie Atwood Drake, Susan Brown, Matthew E. Fishman, Shauna Gallagher, John Glaser, Lena G. Goldberg, MaryEllen Graham, ’09, ’10, Bette Ann (B.A.) Harris, Elizabeth (Trish) Joyce, and Eleanor M. Malloy.
More than 1,100 students attend the Institute, which is located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard along the Boston waterfront. The student population has increased 83% during the past six years as the school has expanded existing programs and added new degrees in response to the country’s shortage of health care professionals.
The school has several direct-entry programs highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report:
- Doctor of Physical Therapy is ranked 1st in New England, and tied for 7th in the country;
- Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is ranked 1st in New England, and 24th in the country; and
- Master of Science in Nursing is now ranked 3rd in New England, and in the top 10% in the country.