Longtime Donor Carries on Family Tradition of Philanthropy
Carolyn Savage’s connection to Milton Hospital goes way back. Her father, a longtime hospital supporter named John F. Sullivan, Jr., helped create a book fund that bears his name, to keep the hospital’s medical staff library stocked with the latest research and advancements.
“My father cared very deeply about things in the local community,” said Carolyn, who, like her father, has generously supported the hospital for decades. “He’s passed that trait on to me.”
A longtime Milton resident, Carolyn first became active at the hospital in the mid-1970’s. She supported and participated in events and fundraising. She served on the hospital’s Board of Directors and Development Fund Board, and is now the community representative on the hospital’s Safety Committee. She was a member of the Partner’s Circle during the hospital’s recent Generations Campaign, giving generously to support a major building expansion and renovation project.
The hospital has changed in many ways over the years that she and her family have been involved. New buildings, staff and services, along with changes within the healthcare industry, have reshaped the hospital continually. Now, as Milton Hospital becomes Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Carolyn feels as committed as ever. She views the new corporate affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, announced in January, as a means of enhancing the hospital in many ways.
“I believe this affiliation allows the hospital to keep the same local feel when one comes here, and to provide good medicine,” she said. “It also provides smoother transition to Beth Israel Deaconess specialists.”
Though the name has changed, she still calls the hospital her own, and feels that it is a local institution worthy of community support. “Through fundraising, we’ll continue to build the best hospital we can in Milton.”