Winchester Hospital’s busy cafeteria recently underwent transformational renovations thanks to the generosity of loyal supporters Indu and Gita Muni. The entrepreneurial couple, who humbly credit their success to hard work and good fortune, are committed to giving back to Winchester Hospital.
“I was delighted to at last find ourselves in a city large enough to have its own airport,” laughs Gita Muni, MS, MT, as she and her husband, Indu Muni, PhD, recall their early years in the United States. After having met studying pharmacy in Mumbai, India, the couple came to America in the mid-1960s and lived in several small cities and towns. With the happy advantage of an airport, Boston is where the couple put down roots, calling North Reading and Andover home for the last four decades. It is also where they founded both CutisPharma and ROMEG Therapeutics. Since 2016, the Munis have steadfastly supported Winchester Hospital, recently making a $300,000 gift to the Replenish. Restore. Renew. Campaign.
Supporting cafeteria enhancements was an easy choice for the Munis, according to Indu, who is a member of the hospital’s Board of Trustees. “Winchester Hospital employees are heroes,” he explains. “We were thrilled to fund improvements that brighten mealtime for all staff and show our personal gratitude to the Food Services team, who are like family to us.” The Munis’ son Sheel is a valued member of that team who recently proudly received his 20 Year Service Award. Gita, too, was a longtime Winchester Hospital employee, having worked in the laboratory at the Family Medical Center in Wilmington.
“The impact of Indu and Gita Muni’s gift is felt by scores of colleagues, families, and visitors who can now enjoy well-deserved respite in a comforting setting,” says Rick Weiner, MD, President of Winchester Hospital. “Indu and Gita’s commitment to our community is inspiring.”
From floor to ceiling, the cafeteria has been beautifully renovated. “The dining room is a bright and welcoming space, extending encouragement, hope, and excitement to our staff who work especially hard,” says Lauren Reardon, Director of Guest Services and Patient Experience, who led an inclusive process to determine paint colors, tiles, and wall art. “We have seen firsthand how Lauren models the highest standards and inspires a sense of belonging,” says Gita.
“We came from humble families,” says Indu. “We had the good fortune of education and no major difficulties in life. Now, it is time to give back.” In addition to supporting Winchester Hospital, the Munis are pleased to support area nonprofits serving people with all levels of intellectual and developmental abilities, as well as survivors of domestic abuse.
For the Munis, who laugh easily and see good fortune everywhere, it is appropriate that their generosity is brightening the days of countless others. It is often said that a kitchen is the heart of the home. Thanks to the generosity of this couple, the Winchester Hospital cafeteria is truly the heart of the hospital, lifting spirits and offering an extra helping of comfort.