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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham Breaks Gala Records

Raises $360,000 for new cancer center and surgical pavilion

  • Date: 11/2/2012
  • BIDMC Contact: Rose Lewis, Director, Marketing and Communications
  • Phone: 617-754-0559

John Fogarty, President and CEO of BID-Needham, and gala emcee Susan Wornick, WCVB-TV anchor/investigative consumer reporter

Needham, MA - Thanks to an outpouring of generosity from the community, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham's 14th Annual Gala broke fundraising and attendance records last week. More than 500 guests raised a record-breaking $360,000 to benefit the new Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion, a collaboration of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and BID-Needham, slated to break ground next spring. These funds are in addition to the $1 million already raised as part of the hospital's $6 million capital campaign for the new building.

BID-Needham employees enjoying the live auction

"We are so grateful for everyone's support of the new Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion," said John Fogarty, President and CEO of BID-Needham. "The success of this year's Gala is an important signal of the community's commitment to continue to bring world class care to Needham and surrounding communities."

The $24 million cost of the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion will be financed by a combination of community-raised capital campaign funds and significant investments by BID-Needham and BIDMC. BID-Needham must raise $6 million to make this cancer center and surgical pavilion a reality.

Julie Callahan, RN, and Natasha Glushko, RN

"The success of our capital campaign relies on the vision of the community," said Rick Davis, Chair, Board of Trustees. "We are off to a great start. We are so fortunate to be in a community that recognizes the importance of advancing health care in the community for ourselves, our children, and all future generations."

Hospital trustees Michael Lombard and Greg Hoffmeister, both Needham residents, were co-chairs of the event. They led a Gala Committee comprised of more than 60 employees and community leaders who carefully planned the 100th Birthday Bash Gala celebrating the hospital's century of caring in the community.

BID-Needham employees and guests snap a photo with NECN TV Diner and KISS 108's Billy Costa, who hosted the evening's live auction

For more information about our Capital Campaign, please contact Chief Development Officer Samantha Sherman at or 781-453-3743.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion

The 30,000 square foot, three-story building will be home to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's world renowned cancer care, giving patients in the western suburbs even greater access to a full array of services. Patients will also have access to the same leading-edge clinical trials and novel treatments available at BIDMC. Radiation oncology services previously provided at BIDMC's facility in Waltham will move to Needham. The new surgical pavilion will feature two new operating rooms with the equipment and capabilities that can accommodate more advanced surgeries including cancer, colorectal, orthopaedic, urology, otolaryngology and general surgery. The expansion will also include a large post-anesthesia care unit (PACU).

About Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham (BID-Needham) is a licensed, 58-bed acute care community hospital affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. BID-Needham has served residents in Needham, Newton, Dedham, Dover, Medfield, Wellesley, Westwood and other surrounding communities for nearly 100 years. In 2002, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Deaconess-Glover Hospital formalized their long-standing, collaborative relationship with a direct affiliation. The two hospitals' emergency departments have been clinically integrated since 2000. The direct affiliation has facilitated the integration of staff and resources in other clinical areas such as hospital medicine (hospitalists), cardiology, radiology, general surgery, oncology and pathology. For more information, please go to .