Guest Blogger, Katie Coyle, Vice President of Philanthropy, Centers and Institutes, MedStar Health
Following Monday evening’s very
successful research symposium at the Columbia Sheraton, MHRI was delighted to
host a philanthropy dinner for community leaders and philanthropists. The
purpose of the event was to promote the idea that research efforts across
MedStar Health are significant and require private funding. Nearly 40 guests from the Baltimore and Washington region joined Drs. Neil J. Weissman, Steve
Evans, Dana Frank, Bill Oetgen, Mark Smith and David Mayer for
a lively discussion about the scope of research across MedStar.
Some guests were not aware that
1 in 5 people in the greater Washington metro area are treated at one of the
MedStar Health facilities. Dr. Evans stressed the importance of
MedStar Health to serve this population through research. Both Evans and
Weissman reinforced the economic ramifications of healthcare costs.
Research is the key to the future of unraveling the mystery and burden of
diseases like diabetes and heart failure, to name a few. With a population
as diverse as that in the Washington and Baltimore metro areas, it is
the responsibility and mission of MedStar Health to help better understand and
treat these diseases. Those in attendance recognized that this will take a partnership with community members.
|Philanthropy Committee Member and UMH Board Member,|
Jim Paquette (center)
|Dr. Kenneth Means, Larry Kushner (Asst. VP of |
Philanthropy for UMH and FSMC) and Chuck and
Monday’s philanthropy event was among the first organized effort to actively cultivate leaders and philanthropists around research activities across the system. Follow up conversations, meetings and other strategic actions will continue over the next several months. The goal is to partner with our community to support the important research efforts of MedStar Health.