Not Forgotten: A Life Dedicated to Mending Broken Hearts

Dr. Jesse G. Hafer Jr.

Dr. Jesse G. Hafer Jr.’s photo hangs in the Jesse G. Hafer Jr. MD Noninvasive Cardiology Unit at Baystate Medical Center.

A founding member of Baystate Health’s cardiac program, Dr. Jesse G. Hafer Jr. built a loyal following among the thousands of patients he cared for during his 31-year career with us.

Director of the Coronary Care Unit from 1969 to 1997, Dr. Hafer was a natural teacher as well as physician, earning “Teacher of the Year” and “Career Educator” awards for his work in training and mentoring medical students and physicians. His wife, Ruth, researched blood pressure medicines at Smith-Kline labs early in her career and then served as an active leader in local politics and community organizations.

A Legacy That Keeps a Heart Beating

Dr. Hafer had often made his wishes known about creating a legacy that would benefit the hospital and his patients after his death. He and Ruth wanted to make a gift that resonated long past their lifetimes.

His family helped carry out their wishes, ensuring their legacy would not be forgotten. Ruth provided a generous gift in her estate to establish the Jesse G. Hafer Jr. MD Cardiology Fund. Before she passed in 2003, Ruth had the satisfaction of knowing this fund would support cutting-edge technologies to advance the quality of cardiac care and delivery for patients — a project Dr. Hafer, who passed in 2000, would have loved.

In May 2002, Ruth and their daughters also saw their generosity fuel the opening of the Jesse G. Hafer Jr. MD Noninvasive Cardiology Unit at Baystate Medical Center. A game-changer when it was established, the Hafer Unit continues to support innovative care. Baystate Medical Center is ranked now as one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals* in the country.

Dr. Jesse G. Hafer Jr. plaque

Plaque hanging in the Jesse G. Hafer Jr. MD Noninvasive Cardiology Unit at Baystate Medical Center — “In Memory of Dr. Jesse G. Hafer Jr. who served the Cardiology Department for 31 years. He dedicated his life to mending broken hearts.”

Keeping Annual Support Going for Generations to Come

The Hafers also planned for continuation of their annual support by creating the Ruth M. and Jesse G. Hafer Jr. endowed fund, which carries on their generosity in support of Baystate’s transformative visiting nurse and hospice programs.

The Hafers’ memory lives on as their thoughtful generosity continues to propel treatment innovation and improve quality care now and far into the future.

Create Your Own Heart Saving Legacy

Plan a gift to advance lifesaving and life-changing treatments. Explore your options by calling Kylie Johnson at 413-794-7789 or emailing kylie.johnson@baystatehealth.org. All calls are confidential.

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