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.
Born in Springfield’s North End, Theresa Sorel Swanson raised six children while advancing a successful, 25-year career at MassMutual. Several of her children – including Greg – followed in her footsteps as MassMutual employees. In 2000, Theresa began another long relationship – with Baystate Medical Center – when she was rushed to the hospital for emergency cardiac surgery. She was hospitalized twice last year, ultimately passing away at the end of October. “Her room was absolutely beautiful, and I can’t say enough about the care she was given – and that we were given as a family – by her doctors and nurses by her social worker and by her palliative care team,” Greg remembers.
“They made my mother as comfortable as possible, and they were so good to all of us.” Throughout his mother’s stay, Greg was mindful of the spirit of generosity that fuels Baystate Health. “I was greeted by a volunteer at the reception desk who had worked with my mother at MassMutual,” he remembers.
“Walking through the corridors, taking the elevator, everywhere I went, I kept seeing the names of people we knew on plaques. It really hit me that the hospital needs all the help we can give. I knew that I wanted to be part of it.” Greg decided to include a bequest to Baystate Health in his will. “I believe that we’re here to help other people, and I’ve tried to give back to our community through board service and other volunteer activity with community organizations,” he says. “I’m now very proud to support Baystate Health Foundation as well.”
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