“We Didn’t Want Anyone Else to Go Through That”
Following heart surgery, Bob Regnault wanted to ensure nobody else had to go through what his wife, Frances, did while waiting for him. Now, Frances is ensuring their work at Baystate Health continues for years to come. More
Thanks for the Love, Mary!
In 1943, Mary Therese Dvarecka graduated from what was then the Springfield Hospital School of Nursing. Fifty-five years later she made what would be her most powerful charitable gift. More
Honoring a Legacy With a Legacy Gift
Benjamin Liptzin, MD, former chair of psychiatry at Baystate Health, is widely recognized for the extraordinary care and kindness he provided to his patients and for his commitment to bringing the best in psychiatric care to western Massachusetts. More
Not Forgotten: A Life Dedicated to Mending Broken Hearts
Dr. Jesse G. Hafer Jr. cared for thousands of patients during his 31-year career at Baystate Health. Thanks to his and his wife’s thoughtful planning, their legacy will improve quality care and support medical advancements now and far into the future. More
A Child’s Life Is Saved. And a Nurse Is Born.
On a snowy day in 2005, then 10-year-old Danielle D’Agostino underwent brain surgery at Baystate Children’s Hospital to remove a non-cancerous tumor the size of a lemon that she and her family had learned about only two days before. When Danielle reflects on this scary time, what she remembers most is the love she felt from her Baystate nurses. More
Honoring a Last Wish: To Be Remembered
Walking the halls of The Birthplace at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, you’ll notice a captivating portrait of a woman’s profile gleaming into the eyes of a newborn baby. That painting captures the essence of Susan Liddell’s iconic career in midwifery — 25 years providing OB/GYN care and delivering over 2,000 babies to the families of Franklin County and beyond. More
Three Generations Gather to Honor Family Legacy
In July 2016, Dr. Harold Gramse, DDS, proudly came to Baystate Medical Center with daughter Dr. Laura Gramse, DMD, and her three children — all of whom were born at Baystate — for a tour and for dedication of a plaque in the Chestnut Day Surgery lobby honoring the Gramse family's generosity. Edward Gramse, DDS, and his sisters, Erna and Milda Gramse, contributed to the campaign to expand Baystate Medical Center with funds from a charitable remainder trust. Another brother, surgeon Arthur Gramse, MD, also generous, donated funds that have made a difference in strengthening and maintaining crucial resources for our physicians and residents. More
He Cared About Community. So He Gave.
William Russell lit up the world, literally. In 1886, he founded the Franklin Electric Light & Power Company to provide county residents with brightly lit streets. Over 100 years later, William is still brightening Franklin County through a charitable trust. Established in 1921, the trust benefited family members and, at their passing, started gifting crucial support to Franklin County Public Hospital. More
Mia Was a Happy Teen. Then She Lost Her Smile.
It happens just like that. And when it happens, thanks to generous people like you, Baystate Children’s Hospital is here. For most children, life is occasionally interrupted by illness. For a child with significant health challenges, it’s the other way around. At age 14, Mia Gasperini knew something was wrong when she started having trouble doing things most teens do every day, like brushing her hair. Then, one day, says Mia, “I lost my smile.” More
Retired Employee’s Generosity Fuels Tomorrow’s Care
The Piepul Family and Baystate Medical Center go way back — almost 60 years. Jan was born down the street and enjoyed getting to know the many Baystate Health care providers who came by his family business, Piepul’s Camera Center. Bernadette served as a surgical nurse for 36 years, working in the operating room, post-operative care and then as manager of general surgery until her retirement last year. More
Superheroes Come in all Sizes. So Must their Chariots.
Ben Manzi is busy. He’s raising funds to buy pediatric wheelchairs for Baystate Children’s Hospital. He’s in the second grade at Academy Hill School in Springfield. And he’s battling leukemia. Seven-year-old Ben Manzi and his little brother, 5-year-old Gabriel, had an exciting summer — including visits to Lego headquarters in Enfield and family in New Mexico. One not-so-fun activity was also included. Ben had to make time for chemotherapy. More
Carr Family Legacy
"There are no roads back, only other roads forward." Many remember Thomas Carr voicing that sentiment during his tenure as president of Bay Path College. It was a guiding principle of his life – one that reflected the spirit in which he had approached his future after a car accident left him a paraplegic at the age of 38, and even after he became legally blind years later. More
Sadowsky Family Legacy
As a father, grandfather and business leader, Jim Sadowsky knows that Baystate Health plays a vital role in the lives of everyone in our region. As chair of the Baystate Health Board of Trustees, he knows what it takes to ensure that Baystate will always be there for western Massachusetts. More
Greg Swanson is Ensuring that His Generosity Will Live Forever Through a Bequest
When Greg Swanson’s mother was admitted to the MassMutual Wing of the Davis Family Heart and Vascular Center for the last time in October 2015, she was embraced in the compassion of her care teams – as well as the generosity of hundreds of people she knew. More
Grodsky Family Sustains Baystate Health with a Gift to Endowment
Jeff Grodsky recently spent an afternoon in Baystate Medical Center’s Sadowsky Family Pediatric Emergency Department with his daughter, who had been hurt in a ski racing accident. It wasn’t the first time. There was the time that Jeff’s son was rushed by ambulance from Vermont to Baystate Medical Center at the age of 10, after another, more severe, traumatic injury on the slopes. And, long ago, there was a diagnosis that saved his infant daughter’s life. “We’ve had our share of stitches and broken bones,” he says. The history of the Grodsky family has long been entwined with the history of Baystate Health. More
Life Insurance Gets a New Life
As part of the campaign for Baystate Medical Center’s expansion, Ronald Burkman, MD knew he wanted to make a charitable impact. When considering a gift in support of the expansion project, Dr. Burkman and his wife decided to name Baystate Health Foundation as an owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy. More
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