June 15, 2005

WORCESTER — John G. O’Brien, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, today announced that the Remillard Family Foundation has made a charitable $10 million leadership gift to the UMass Memorial Emergency Care Campaign.  The gift will support the construction and equipping of the new Emergency and Trauma Center on the UMass Memorial Medical Center University Campus, scheduled to be completed in early 2006.

The hospital expansion, centered on creating the region’s most advanced new emergency department, will more than triple the current space devoted to emergency services and will dramatically enhance the hospital’s capacity to provide care to the people of Central New England. The project also includes the addition of several surgical suites and intensive care beds, as well as an update of radiology services.

Mr. O’Brien recognized the gift as “extremely generous support for which we are deeply grateful. The Remillard Family Foundation’s gift will have an enormous impact on our health care system and our ability to care for the people of Central New England; this remarkable gesture will resonate for generations.”

“It has long been our family’s belief that our success is due in many ways to a trusting partnership with the people of Central New England,” said Arthur J. Remillard Jr., of the Remillard Family Foundation. “By providing life-saving care to hundreds of thousands of patients each year UMass Memorial Medical Center serves a vital role in this region. It is our hope that this gift will contribute to the important relationship between this remarkable medical center and the people of the region who have come to rely on UMass Memorial.”

In recognition of the leadership gift, the main entrance and lobby of the Medical Center’s University Campus will be named the Remillard Family Pavilion.

“Countless patients and visitors come to our medical center each and every day,” said Mr. O’Brien. “When they walk in the door, they’ll be reminded that the Remillard family cares deeply about the health and well being of people all across this region. The Remillards have taken to heart our mission of improving the health of the people of Central New England and our goal of providing them with the most modern addition to their academic medical center.”

Walter H. Ettinger, Jr., MD, President of UMass Memorial Medical Center, is elated and energized by the generosity of the Remillard Family Foundation. “Our vision for UMass Memorial Medical Center is to be one of the top ten academic medical centers in the United States; the support of the Remillard Family Foundation will have a real and immediate impact on our ability to perform our mission. This state-of-the-art emergency care facility will not only provide the most up-to-date diagnostic and treatment services to patients, but lead our entire medical center on our trajectory to excellence.”

Aaron Lazare, MD, Chancellor and Dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the academic partner of UMass Memorial Health Care, said, “In addition to helping deliver the highest quality emergency and trauma care for the people of Central New England, the Remillard Family Foundation, with tremendous generosity, is helping to educate and train the physicians of tomorrow by helping create not only a treatment center, but also a comprehensive teaching and learning environment for our medical students and residents.”

The Remillard Family Foundation has been recognized by the people of Central Massachusetts for unfailing community spirit and goodwill. The Foundation has been a generous donor to UMass Memorial Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, having made several major gifts to the UMass Memorial Foundation.Arthur J. Remillard, III, currently serves as a member of the UMass Memorial Foundation Board of Directors.

“The Remillard Family Foundation’s leadership gift is an extraordinary gesture and, we think, will encourage others to join us in supporting this important endeavor for the community,” said Arthur M. Pappas, MD, chair of the Emergency Care Campaign and founding chair of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. “This project is the single most important capital effort affecting health care in the community, and for the Remillards to commit themselves so strongly and so publicly is a testament to their love of the community.”

Through the UMass Memorial Foundation, UMass Memorial Health Care will kick off the public fundraising phase of the Emergency Care Campaign at a gala dinner at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, at the DCU Center in Worcester. Liz Brunner, WCVB-TV Channel 5 news anchor, will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, will be the guest speaker.

“Our Emergency Care Campaign theme of ‘pulling together’ underscores our philosophy that it takes an entire region to undertake a capital project of this magnitude,” saidBarbara R. Greenberg, chair of the UMass Memorial Foundation Board of Directors. Noting that the Emergency Care Campaign seeks to raise $40 million toward funding the project, she said, “The Central New England community is extremely generous, and we are humbled, deeply grateful and excited for our future.”

The Remillard Family Foundation gift marks the second eight-figure charitable contribution received by UMass Memorial Health Care for this major capital project. In January 2005, David “Duddie” Massad, Chairman of Commerce Bank & Trust and a well-known businessman, developer and entrepreneur in the region, made a $12.5 million leadership gift to the campaign, saying he wanted to “give back to friends and neighbors” in the community where he has been a business leader for decades. In recognition of his gift, the emergency department will be named the Duddie Massad Emergency and Trauma Center when it opens in 2006.

UMass Memorial Health Care is Massachusetts’ second-largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, with 1,500 physicians and more than 12,000 employees. Its comprehensive network of care includes teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial Health Care is the independent, private clinical partner of the public University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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