Grateful Nation runs for Bowdoin Street
With BIDMC's Team Grateful Nation raised $37,649.40 to support Healthy Champions at the Bowdoin Street Health Center. Representatives of Team Grateful Nation, including runner Julia Lindenberg, MD, John Hancock Financial's Yasmin Cruz, and retired Vice Chairman for John Hancock Life Insurance Company and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Trustee, Foster Aborn, presented a check to Bowdoin Street staff this week and toured the facility and community garden.
Grateful Nation, a new BIDMC Development program that brings together patients, family, staff and friends in support of the medical center's mission, organized a team of five runners. Team Grateful Nation was inspired to support the hospital's Dorchester community health center.
"Bowdoin Street has a very strong reputation for providing excellent care to the community in Dorchester," said Aborn, who began serving on the New England Deaconess Hospital board of trustees more than 30 years ago. "There is a positive aura associated with Bowdoin Street throughout the BIDMC community."
Bowdoin Street Executive Director Adela Margules detailed the health center's 38-year history and the long list of services it provides to its 11,000 patients. "We are extremely grateful for the support of Team Grateful Nation to help us care for our patients and families."
Cruz, a corporate social responsibility official for John Hancock, which sponsors the Boston Marathon, said marathon efforts this year raised more than $4 million for many area charities and non-profits. "Team Grateful Nation and Bowdoin Street serve as a great example of the marathon's impact. John Hancock is a strong community partner, and we are proud to leverage our sponsorship of the Boston Marathon to support Beth Israel and the Bowdoin Street Health Center," she said.
Healthy Champions has a busy summer planned with:
• Community Garden: Staff and volunteers will work with local children and youth to maintain a flower and vegetable garden and even sell their produce at a farmer's market.
• Neighborhood Nutrition: By working with local stores and business, Healthy Champions aims to improve healthy eating options for the community.
Bowdoin Street Health Center has been an active participant in the Dorchester community for nearly 40 years, offering care for infants, children, teens, adults and seniors. Its multicultural staff of physicians and nurse practitioners specialize in each of these areas to meet the needs of all age groups. Health center staff often team up with Dorchester residents, local businesses and other community-based agencies to identify and design programs that address community health concerns.
The Health Center is a member of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School. BIDMC consistently ranks among the top four in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org
A program of the BIDMC Development Office, Grateful Nation brings together patients, families, friends, and staff of BIDMC to support the quality care and groundbreaking research at the Medical Center. Through new and traditional media, members of Grateful Nation share experiences, thank our caregivers and researchers, participate in sweepstakes, and gather to sponsor and host events and much more. There are more than 8,000 people actively involved with Grateful Nation. Visit www.GratefulNation.org
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