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BWH is celebrating the largest philanthropic gift in its history. Carl and Ruth Shapiro, longtime supporters of BWH, are donating $25 million—a gift that will change the landscape of cardiovascular medicine at BWH. The face of the project is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to innovation and coordinated care, which will be located at 70 Francis St.
In recognition of the Shapiros’ generosity, the facility will be named the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The gift was announced by Michael Zinner, MD, chair of BWH’s Department of Surgery, during a January 27 gala dinner at the hospital’s annual event in Palm Beach, Florida.
BWH President Gary Gottlieb, MD, MBA, thanked the Shapiros for their philanthropic spirit and commitment to BWH. “Their generosity will allow us to transform patient care as we know it today,” said Gottlieb. “I am extremely grateful to them for their trust, leadership, and vision for health care and healing at BWH.”
In addition to the Cardiovascular Center, the Shapiros’ contribution will support the Research and Education Fund in the Department of Surgery, headed by Zinner. It will also fund the expansion of the existing Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Pavilion, which offers private suites and other amenities.