Over $377,000 in Scholarships Raised at MGH Institute of Health Professions’ 35th Anniversary Gala

MGH Institute of Health Professions celebrated its 35th anniversary at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel on October 25, raising over $377,000 for scholarships for its students in nursing, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology.
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Oct. 26, 2012 - PRLog -- MGH Institute of Health Professions (http://www.mghihp.edu/) celebrated its 35th anniversary in grand fashion at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel on October 25.

With more than 300 people in attendance, over $377,000 was raised to fund scholarships for students in nursing, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology who attend the Boston health sciences graduate school. The final amount included $94,000 pledged by audience members during a live auction.

“The scholarships we are able to award each year promote access to a professional education for a broad spectrum of our students who will go on to make exceptional contributions in their fields and touch the lives of many patients, and their families and communities,” President Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN, told the audience.

Since the first Gala occurred in 2007, nearly $2 million has been raised for student scholarships at the MGH Institute.

Four of the event sponsors each donated $25,000 to support student scholarships: Minute Clinic; John Hancock Financial Services; Massachusetts General Hospital; and Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Sanders.

Five sponsors each donated $10,000: Sumner W. Brown; The Knowles Family; MGH Nurses' Alumnae Association; Putnam Investments; and George and Barbara Thibault.

Gala Honorary Co-Chairs for the event were Mrs. Francis H. Burr and retiring Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Bette Ann Harris '83, DPT, MS, the Institute’s first graduate. Mrs. Burr’s late husband “Hooks” was a Trustee of the Massachusetts General Hospital during the Institute’s founding, and Chair of the MGH board when Dr. Harris graduated from the Institute.

Two members of the MGH Institute Board of Trustees served as co-chairs for the event: Joseph H. “Joe” Knowles, Jr., Executive Director, Institute for Health Metrics whose father, Dr. John Hilton Knowles, was one of the school’s founding visionaries; and Elizabeth “Trish” Joyce, whose father, Dr. Charles A. Sanders, was Managing Director at Massachusetts General Hospital when the Institute was founded in 1977.

Other members of the Gala Committee were: nursing alumna Cynthia Cardon Hughes ’88; Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing alumna Margery Eramo, SON ’57; physical therapy alumna Roya Ghazinouri ’99; ’07; communication sciences and disorders alumna Janis Greim ’07; Andrea Kwiatkowski of Minute Clinic; and Eleanor Malloy of John Hancock Financial Services.

The 35th Anniversary Gala was an opportunity to commemorate the Institute’s position as one of the country’s only graduate schools devoted solely to health professions education.

“From its inception, the MGH Institute has been on the forefront in educating tomorrow's health care leaders,” said Board of Trustees Chair George Thibault, MD. “With more than 1,200 enrolled students and almost 4,500 graduates, we continue to educate leaders who significantly impact the delivery of health care across the country and around the globe.”

More than 1,200 students attend the Institute, located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard along the Boston waterfront. The student population has doubled during the past nine years as the school has expanded existing programs and added new degrees in response to the country’s shortage of health care professionals.

The Institute has several direct-entry programs (for admitted students with a Bachelor’s degree in any field who wish to change careers) that are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report (http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-gr...): 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 2nd in New England, and 25th in the country; and Master of Science in Nursing is now ranked 3rd in Greater Boston, and in the top 10% in the country.

The MGH Institute was recently named for the third consecutive year as a Great College to Work For by the highly regarded Chronicle of Higher Education.

“As we celebrate the Institute’s 35th Anniversary,” says President Bellack. “I am reminded that the Institute is what it is because of the people who are here now and because of those who have come before us. We are all part of the legacy - all of us, working, studying, and putting our care for others into practice.”

An inspiring video, which premiered at the 35th Anniversary Gala, honors the legacy and the impact of donor support at the MGH Institute.

Founded by Massachusetts General Hospital in 1977, the MGH Institute is a member of Partners HealthCare. A progressive leader in developing compre­hensive models of health care education, the MGH Institute is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

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[Editors: Our style preference is to not spell out ‘MGH’ on a first reference to our name, as it incorrectly implies the Institute is a department within the hospital. Alternately, we recommend, “MGH Institute of Health Professions, a graduate school founded by Massachusetts General Hospital …”]
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