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.
For five generations, starting with Scott and Jeff Grodsky’s great-grandparents and continuing with their children, Grodsky family members have been born and cared for at Baystate Health. Jeff’s father-in-law and brother-in-law — Richard Engelman, MD and Daniel Engelman, MD — are cardiac surgeons on the medical staff at Baystate Medical Center.
In 2015, the Grodsky family became an intrinsic part of Baystate Health’s future, as well as its history – through a meaningful outright gift to endowment. “We’re involved in other charities, as well, and we know that endowment income is essential,” says Jeff. “We also know that, relative to peer organizations, Baystate’s endowment is relatively small. And they do so much. We’re so lucky to have such easy access to the kind of specialty care Baystate Health provides.”
“The more you see in the world, the more you realize how important it is to have Baystate Health in western Massachusetts,” says Scott. “They have the capability to handle just about anything, and so many of our family members and friends – including our own employees at Harry Grodsky & Co. – have been treated there. Everybody in the area is impacted in some way by Baystate.”
“That’s why we set up an endowment fund,” Scott continues. “There’s a permanency to it – a way to invest in the long-term future of the region.”
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