Supporting Beverly Hospital Is This Family’s Tradition

Joanie and Tim Ingraham Make Leadership Gifts

For Joanie and Tim Ingraham, Beverly Hospital is part of the family. Joanie’s grandfather Samuel Vaughan was president of the hospital’s Board of Trustees. Tim’s father, Dr. Franc D. Ingraham, was a neurosurgeon who was associated with Beverly Hospital from 1942 until his death in 1965.

Joanie gave birth to their two sons at the hospital, and her father Samuel died there at the age of 97.

“I’ll be forever grateful to the team at Beverly who helped us get through that experience,” she said. “My father was very comfortable right until the end. They provided exquisite care.”

Both Joanie and Tim have been patients at Beverly. “We’ve had many joints replaced there between the two of us!” Joanie noted.

Donating to Beverly Hospital is also a family tradition. “As Beverly Hospital grew, my parents were committed to helping that happen,” Tim said. “They strongly believed the community benefited from having a strong local hospital, and they wanted to support it.”

When Tim’s father died, Tim’s mother, Martha Wheatland Ingraham, along with Tim and his sister, donated the funds for the Doctors’ Lounge at Beverly Hospital, equipped with subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and the Beverly Times.

Gifts will benefit mothers and babies

The Ingrahams have been generous supporters of Beverly Hospital and Lahey Health Behavioral Services over the years. Their recent leadership gifts to Beverly Hospital will help the hospital reach its goal of constructing a new two-story pavilion for its signature maternity service, which provides comprehensive specialty care for mothers and their newborns. The hospital delivers 2,400 babies each year  — more than any other hospital on the North Shore — and demand is climbing.

By expanding and modernizing its facilities, the hospital can provide new parents with spacious, comfortable surroundings where mothers can recuperate and families can share the early moments of bonding with their newborns. In turn, the existing maternity facilities will be converted to additional medical/surgical rooms.

“When I had an emergency C-section, I was in a room with four other women, and it was a little disconcerting,” Joanie said. “When I heard the goal for the new maternity building was to give every woman her own space, it struck a chord with me.”

Devoted to good causes

Beverly Hospital is one of many local causes to which the Ingrahams have devoted themselves. Joanie, a retired mariner, is descended from Joseph Peabody, who was a successful Salem merchant.  Her father was also master of the Salem Marine Society, as was her brother.  Joanie was the first woman member, and in October 2015, became the first female master of the society.

Joanie serves on the Board of Overseers for the Peabody Essex Museum. She has been involved with the Children’s Center for Communication (formerly the Beverly School for the Deaf) ever since she was a student at Simmons College, and eventually became president of the Board of Trustees. She also is the former board president of Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC), which addresses domestic violence.

Tim, a director of Acadia Management Company, Inc., an investment management company in Boston, is a vice president of the Board of Trustees of the Peabody Essex Museum.

“I first worked for the museum right out of college, when there were 13 people on staff,” he said. “Now we have 260. Its transformation has been remarkable. We are able to reach a much wider audience.”

A devoted environmentalist whose family has been in forest management for generations, Tim is also a trustee of Maine Timberlands Charitable Trust and the New England Forestry Foundation. Tim served on the board of the Children’s Center for Communication, and supports his alma maters, Milton Academy and Lake Forest College.

The Ingrahams have gained great satisfaction in helping several young people pay for their college education. One, who was a student at the Island School in the Bahamas, is now the head of the science department at the school where she teaches in Nassau.

“An important part of life”

“Philanthropy is such an important part of life,” Joanie said. “It’s a lesson we’ve imparted to our children, from the time they were little and we collected change we would find on the street and bring it to the Beverly School for the Deaf. We’re especially committed to investing in local causes, including having a strong community hospital. We have benefited from it, and we want to make sure others do, too.”