Monday, March 16, 2015

Research Symposium: Building Philanthropic Relationships

Guest Blogger, Katie Coyle, Vice President of Philanthropy, Centers and Institutes, MedStar Health 

Philanthropy Committee Member and UMH Board Member,
Jim Paquette (center)
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. 

Dr. Kenneth Means, Larry Kushner (Asst. VP of
Philanthropy for UMH and FSMC) and Chuck and
Sandy Goodman
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.

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.

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