History of the Deland Fellowship Program

The Deland Fellowship in Health Care and Society honors the memory of F. Stanton Deland Jr., a key figure in a remarkable initiative that merged four Harvard teaching hospitals – the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, the Boston Lying-in Hospital, the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital and the Free Hospital for Women – into Brigham and Women’s Hospital, one the world’s most renowned medical centers.

Mr. Deland guided the board and administrators of the merging hospitals with vision, leadership and compassion. In 1969, he was elected to the Board of Overseers of the Affiliated Hospitals Center, which later became Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and served as board president from 1972 to 1975. Throughout the extensive period of planning and navigating through the dynamics of health care management and institutional relations, he inspired all parties to advance a unified objective – to provide premier health care and to promote innovations in clinical care, research and education.

The Deland Fellowship was established in 1988 with philanthropic contributions from Mr. Deland’s admiring colleagues. The annual fellowship is awarded to accomplished individuals who aspire to shape the future of health care delivery.