New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) announced today a $2 million gift from The Yawkey Foundation that will help to underwrite the construction of a suite of three operating rooms. When the suite opens this summer, it will mark the completion of the Baptist's master facilities plan and also cap the hospital's Campaign for Care, whose main fundraising goal is to create a new environment for surgery. The gift is the largest ever received by NEBH from a foundation.
The suite has been named to honor Russell S. Boles, Jr., MD, a NEBH physician who had a long and distinguished career at the Boston hospital. Dr. Boles, a gastroenterologist, cared for Tom Yawkey, the late owner and president of the Boston Red Sox. The Yawkey Foundation gift acknowledges the unique brand of personal care for which the Baptist is known.
The Baptist's need to expand its surgical capacity is partly in response to a projected nationwide growth in musculoskeletal care, including orthopedic surgery. The hospital, which specializes in all facets of musculoskeletal care, performs more complex orthopedic surgery than any other Massachusetts hospital and more joint replacement surgery than all other Boston hospitals combined.
At the dedication of the Russell S. Boles, Jr., MD Suite of Operating Rooms on Thursday, June 30, Trish Hannon, NEBH president and CEO, thanked the foundation and described what the gift will accomplish. "We are immensely grateful to the Yawkey Foundation for their generous support for this important project," said Ms. Hannon. "This gift will carry on the spirit of Tom Yawkey, while helping us provide care to the growing numbers of people who come to the Baptist. It also allows us to honor Dr. Boles, a beloved Baptist physician, steward and ambassador."
Yawkey Foundation representatives attended the dedication, which included a tour of the new surgical suite. "Throughout their lives, and through their charitable foundations, Tom and Jean Yawkey have provided consistent, significant support to Boston's outstanding hospitals," said James P. Healey, Yawkey Foundation president and trustee, in his remarks. "This gift to New England Baptist Hospital is an endorsement for how the Baptist puts the patient first—something that Mr. Yawkey experienced himself while being cared for by Dr. Boles here at the Baptist."
Dr. Boles, who retired from the hospital in the mid-1990s and now lives on Cape Cod, also attended the event with family members. He joined the Baptist in 1952 and also served on the Board of Trustees. His wife, Margaret S. Boles, was an active member of the New England Baptist Hospital League.
The new operating rooms are state of the art. Each is 650 square feet—the ideal size for modern orthopedic surgical space and double the size of the original NEBH operating rooms.