Gift is earmarked for maternity care
Peter and Lucy Robbins decided to make Manchester-by-the-Sea their new home base in 1999 after suffering through too many traffic jams on their commute from Marblehead to Manchester. Ever since, they’ve been enjoying the benefits of being closer to their friends and favorite activities. “Cape Ann and the North Shore offer so much natural beauty,” said Peter. “From Rockport down the coast, there is such a variety of activities and opportunities.” “We’re outdoorsy people,” Lucy added. “On a beautiful day in Manchester, you will likely find us playing pickleball, golf, tennis, swimming or cycling. We love it here!”
Doing good in the community
Over the past two decades, Peter and Lucy have bonded with the North Shore and Cape Ann community in many ways, not the least of which has been through their generous philanthropic involvement. In 2001, the couple established the Robbins Nest Foundation, with the overarching mission of doing good wherever they could. After a son suffered a traumatic brain injury, Peter and Lucy spearheaded a successful campaign that built Old Farm Rockport, a residence for people recovering from brain injuries that opened in 2012.
Additionally, Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital have always been high on the couple’s list of community causes. The Robbinses recognize the intangible benefits of the personalized attention that is possible in community-based care.
“The level of care in the city is excellent, but it can sometimes feel as if the provider picked up your folder just two minutes ago,” said Peter. “Especially with the care of our son at Beverly Hospital with Dr. Tim Kelleher, we have benefited from all the ‘customer service’ plusses of good community hospital care. And if anything more specialized is needed, they make sure we get that too.”
Longtime philanthropic leaders
Through their foundation, Peter and Lucy have helped to ensure that families on the North Shore and Cape Ann have access to the best health care possible. In August, the foundation donated $50,000 to help Beverly Hospital bring to life its exciting plans for a state-of-the-art maternity pavilion.
“We are thrilled to support this important initiative,” said Peter. “When our son was receiving care in New Zealand, we learned about the importance of private rooms, offering space for friends and families to gather and for healing to progress more quickly.”
The plans for the new 2-story maternity pavilion call for new obstetrical operating rooms, birthing facilities and private rooms where mothers can recuperate and families can experience the joy of bonding with their newborns. “Whether it is in ICU or Maternity, emotional support for patients matters,” said Lucy. “Across the board, the right setting helps healing, and we’re excited to support it.”
This gift is only the latest in a long series of gifts going back for years.
They offered critical support when Beverly Hospital expanded its Operating Suite earlier this decade and when Addison Gilbert Hospital enhanced its regionally revered Senior Adult Unit. Through a gift to the Frederick Thorne Nursing Scholarship Fund, they honored the memory of their good friend and fellow loyal donor while helping Beverly Hospital nurses pursue further education.
The couple also supported Lahey’s Breast Health Centers in Danvers and Beverly, which offer 3D mammography. “Anytime we have the opportunity to support early detection technologies for cancer, I’m all for it,” said Lucy.
Making things better
Peter and Lucy’s original commitment to their community hospitals was embedded in the mission of the Robbins Nest Foundation — to do good wherever they could. Year after year, their dedication to community health care for North Shore and Cape Ann families has made a critical difference. They see it as simply doing the right thing.
“People arriving at a hospital are generally in a bad situation,” said Peter. “It’s satisfying to feel that we can help make things go a little better at a difficult time.”