Having access to high-quality healthcare close to home is not something that Bill Gagnon takes for granted. Residents of Duxbury for more than three decades, Bill and his wife, Judy, have visited Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Plymouth (BID Plymouth) on a number of occasions over the years for both emergency and routine care. After each visit, regardless of the circumstances, he always walks away feeling both impressed and grateful. “We’re truly blessed to have such an exceptional hospital right in our own backyard, as is everyone who lives in southeastern Massachusetts,” says Bill, who believes BID Plymouth’s connection to the broader Beth Israel Lahey Health system is a significant additional benefit. “Should a higher level of care ever be needed, we have easy access to specialists in Boston.”
The founder and president of a successful tax consulting firm that works with a roster of large corporate clients, Bill has shown his appreciation to the hospital through both philanthropic support and board work. He served on the BID Plymouth Board of Trustees from 2013 to 2021, is a current member and former chair of the Finance Committee, and serves on the Advisory Board. “I enjoy board and committee work because it’s not only a great way to give back, it’s also an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the hospital and stay informed on all the new initiatives being planned,” says Bill, who has shared his expertise with a number of nonprofit organizations over the years.
In addition to making yearly gifts to the BID Plymouth Annual Fund, Bill has also donated to a number of the hospital’s fundraising campaigns, including the Healthcare Heroes Fund and the Annual Innovation Fund. More recently, he and his wife made a significant, five-year commitment to the Integrated Healthcare and Substance Use Collaborative. “Serving on the board over the past eight years, I’ve become increasingly aware of the need for more behavioral health and substance use services in the Plymouth area,” says Bill. “BID Plymouth has long been a leader in this area, but the needs have grown exponentially since the pandemic started, and that’s one area where we want to focus our financial support moving forward.”
Bill is also in discussions with the BID Plymouth philanthropy team about establishing a planned gift, which he sees as a great way to invest in the hospital’s long-term prosperity. “There are many ways to structure a planned gift that benefit both the donor and hospital,” explains Bill. “They make it possible for donors to make a larger charitable gift while also achieving their own financial and estate planning goals. It’s a win-win for everybody.”