Note from Kevin

Dear BIDMC Board Member,  

As we enter the warmer months, I want to express my gratitude for the philanthropic progress we have made at BIDMC during the first half of Fiscal Year 2024. Our team has raised $39 million as of March 31, 2024, and continues to make headway in our Where Extraordinary Lives Campaign, with a total of $693 million raised at the end of the second quarter.

In April, we celebrated the one‐year anniversary of the Klarman Building opening at BIDMC. With its state‐of‐the‐art technologies, welcoming public spaces, and comfortable single-patient rooms, the building has transformed how we deliver care. It stands as a testament to the vital importance of philanthropy and what can be achieved when we come together with a shared vision. We could not have succeeded in this enormous undertaking without you—our most dedicated advocates and supporters.

Just last week, I was reminded how the building is making a difference in people’s lives when I had the chance to spend a few moments in the Anderson and DeSimone Healing Garden. Within a short time, I saw a patient who came to do physical therapy with one of our providers and someone (a family member, perhaps) who sat and enjoyed a quiet moment during what I imagine was a trying time. Being in the garden and witnessing these brief moments was the most meaningful part of that day for me. As the weather gets warmer and the days longer, I know countless others will find peace, solace, and enjoyment in this outdoor space.

As a leader in cancer care and research, BIDMC continues to make advances in developing innovative treatments. I am pleased to share that Marc Garnick, MD, Trustee Advisor Emeritus, one of our talented medical oncologists, recently published an article in Scientific American on treating prostate cancer at any stage. Articles like Dr. Garnick’s enable us to extend our expertise and positively impact patients well beyond BIDMC.

BIDMC remains committed to advancing our work in the realm of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and continues to make important strides on this front. I invite you to read our latest Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH) DEI Progress Report, as well as our Focus on Diversity feature, which highlights Leverett Wing, Board Diversity Task Force Chair and Leadership Board Member.

In this issue’s Leadership Spotlight, we have a conversation with Cindy Rios, who—as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for BILH—leads the implementation of strategic initiatives to meet the system’s growth, sustainability, and financial goals.

We are saddened by the passing of Joyce Linde. Joyce was a beloved member of our medical center community, and she and her family continue to have a tremendous impact on BIDMC, particularly in the arena of primary care. She leaves behind an incredible legacy, and we are deeply grateful for her family’s ongoing dedication to advancing our mission. I offer my sincere condolences to her loved ones.

It is an honor to partner with you to further BIDMC’s efforts to provide extraordinary person-centered care supported by world-class education and research. Thank you for all that you do.

Kevin McAteer 
Regional Vice President, Philanthropy 
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

P.S. I would like to recognize and thank the remarkable individuals who ran the Boston Marathon on behalf of BIDMC in April. We are deeply grateful for their efforts.