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.
A Living Legacy
"It was a great day," Laura says. "Our family has always had a special connection to the hospital and I grew up going on rounds with my father here. It was wonderful to see our family name engraved there, as a permanent part of the building." During the tour, Harold's grandchildren got to try their hand at tying surgical knots and "performing" laparoscopic surgery in the Goldberg Surgical Skills Lab; peruse surgical books and journals purchased through the Arthur Gramse, MD, Memorial Fund at the Baystate Health Library; and view the new orthopedic suites in the South Wing, a building made possible in part by Edward's gift.
The structure of his gift offered benefits to Edward Gramse during his life as well as created a wonderful gift in support of new facilities for Baystate, explains their attorney, Hyman G. Darling. "The Gramse family was interested in making a charitable contribution to Baystate Medical Center, and at the same time, wanted to sell a parcel of real estate. They also wanted to receive some income while Dr. Gramse and his sisters were alive," recalls Darling, an attorney at Bacon Wilson, P.C. "I suggested creating a charitable remainder trust, with Baystate receiving the remainder to support the new patient rooms and the other spaces created through the Hospital of the Future Campaign. The Gramse family benefited with nominal tax costs and was able to make a significant and meaningful gift to an organization that they loved."
Darling adds that a veteran staff member of his firm, who knew Dr. Gramse, was recently admitted to Baystate Medical Center for a procedure and was delighted to discover the plaque upon arrival at the hospital. "Every gift makes a difference in the lives of our patients," explains Kathleen Bronner, director of philanthropy for the Baystate Health Foundation. "This plaque reminds everyone that we are a community of generous people who take care of each other — inspiring philanthropy while providing resources and comfort to our patients."
The Next Generation
The Gramse family has now planted even more seeds for the future at Baystate Health. Laura's children wholeheartedly helped gather and deliver toys given by themselves and Laura's dental patients to brighten the holiday season for the young patients at Baystate Children's Hospital. They are looking forward to taking another tour during summer vacation to see the impact of their gifts and the philanthropic legacy of their great-aunts and great-uncles.
Provide for Your Loved Ones — And a Cause You Love
It's never too early — or too late — to plan for the people and causes you care about. A thoughtful, up-to-date estate plan will ensure your wishes are carried out, creating and preserving your lasting personal legacy. While each family's situation is different, there are some planning strategies that can help you provide for your heirs and make a difference in quality healthcare now and for generations to come.
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