Nursing Scholarship Fund Honors Longtime Leader

The North Shore community has enthusiastically embraced the Frederick Thorne Nursing Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2016 in honor of Beverly Hospital’s longtime friend and steadfast ally Fred Thorne. Thorne’s legacy of giving now lives on in the fund, which will assist Beverly and Addison Gilbert caregivers who wish to obtain a nursing degree.

An Invitation to New Generations of Philanthropists

Thorne (1935-2016) was a visionary supporter of Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals, which affiliated with Lahey Clinic in 2012 to become Lahey Health. In a relationship that spanned nearly 25 years, he volunteered his expertise in a variety of capacities, including as a trustee and as founding chairman of the Northeast Health Foundation. He was a respected community leader, philanthropist and mentor at Beverly Hospital and throughout the North Shore and beyond.

In June 2016, Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals recognized Thorne with their first-ever Philanthropy Award. In accepting the award, he spoke of his gratitude to the entire hospital community. He noted the strong impact every individual can have and invited new generations of philanthropists to support the hospital, just as their forebears have done since 1888.

John and Susie Buck Make Challenge Grant

The Thorne Fund perfectly reflects Thorne’s firm belief in the value of education and community-based health care. This endowed fund — supported by the generosity of longtime friends and community members — will assist certified nursing assistants, paramedics, Emergency Department technicians and others who desire a pathway to nursing.

Already, the outpouring of support for the fund has been overwhelming. And in a heartwarming gesture of generosity, Thorne’s longtime friends, John and Susie Buck, offered to match up to $25,000 in gifts to the scholarship fund. The response to their challenge has seen the fund grow significantly; more than $250,000 has been raised.

“Vital Importance” of Caregivers

The Thorne Family has been touched by this response. “Fred believed deeply that families on the North Shore deserve a great hospital close by,” said Sue Thorne, Fred’s wife of 59 years. “Whether to care for a broken arm on a Sunday or chest pains in the middle of the night, our community relies on Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals. We saw firsthand the vital importance of having excellent caregivers there for us whenever the need arose. I know Fred would be pleased with this scholarship. I am so grateful to everyone who has contributed to this meaningful and enduring tribute to my husband.”

Kim Perryman, RN, MMHC, Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, also noted the valuable impact donors can have when they support the fund. “We care for tens of thousands of patients every year,” she said. “It is a dynamic and demanding environment. People drawn to this work are dedicated and, thus, very willing to invest the time and energy to tackle new subjects and skills. The Frederick Thorne Nursing Scholarship Fund is a terrific benefit to offer our colleagues, who are eager to advance their professional careers for the good of their patients.”

Click here to make a gift to the Frederick Thorne Nursing Scholarship Fund.