On Saturday, September 29, the 2018 Legacy of Caring Gala provided an opportunity for friends, supporters, staff, and community leaders to come together and celebrate the exceptional care provided by Lawrence General and all those who make it possible. Close to 400 guests attended the event in Burlington, MA.
As part of the program, Dianne Anderson, RN, CEO and president of Lawrence General, and Debra Silberstein, chair of the Lawrence General Board of Trustees, led a heartwarming tribute to Cardiologist Sunit Mukherjee, MD, Lawrence General’s recipient of the 2018 Santagati Award for Visionary Leadership. Dr. Mukherjee has been instrumental in developing the hospital’s cardiovascular program over more than two decades and has championed a number of leading-edge cardiac treatment techniques during his tenure. We also announced that Dr. Mukherjee will lead the development of Lawrence General’s new Heart and Vascular Center.
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, a longtime friend and advocate of Lawrence General both in Boston and Washington, was also honored. Congresswoman Tsongas accepted Lawrence General’s Community Leader Award in recognition of her many years of service and upon the occasion of her upcoming retirement.
There was also a moment taken to recognize and thank the many staff members who were involved in the emergency response eforts surrounding the gas fires and explosions that took place in early September. There were a lot of heroes that night, and we took a moment to honor one in particular. Orthopedic Traumatologist Jason Reid, DO, was honored with the first-ever Lawrence General Hero Award for his tireless – and successful – effort to save a patient’s life that night and in the days following.
Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera also took the stage to provide special proclamations to both Dr. Mukherjee and Congresswoman Tsongas, and to thank the hospital for the crucial role it plays in the community, especially in times of crisis. If you have any questions or comments about this event, please contact Director of Development Operations, Colleen Coco, at 978-946-8121.