A recently retired Lahey anesthesiologist has shown incredible support for the hospital and its staff in their time of need by making a leadership-level gift to the hospital’s Healthcare Heroes Emergency Response Fund. Sara Davies, MD, wanted to help the hospital where she worked for more than 30 years, but she was concerned about coming out of retirement, like some of her colleagues had. “I’m in a high-risk group,” she explained.
At the same time, the Women’s Leadership Council at Lahey, of which Dr. Davies is a member, decided to shift the focus of its annual fundraising to supporting the Healthcare Heroes Fund and the hospital’s efforts to treat COVID-19 patients. An email plea went out to its members, explaining the decision, and Dr. Davies thought, “That’s a great idea.” Since she couldn’t physically be there working on the front lines, she felt contributing to the hospital in its time of need was the next best thing.
“We are so grateful to Dr. Davies and the many current and retired physicians who have given so generously to our Healthcare Heroes Fund,” said Julia Parrillo, Lahey’s vice president of philanthropy. “These clinicians and more than 1,000 other donors have contributed almost $2.9 million to Lahey’s Heroes Fund, which will provide support to the men and women who have been selflessly caring for patients since the beginning of this crisis.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Davies is taking social distancing guidelines seriously and paying attention to hard-won lessons from the past. Her great-grandparents died in the flu epidemic of 1918 in the span of just four days. Growing up in England, she saw how hard that was for her grandfather throughout his life.
While she wishes she could be there for her colleagues, Dr. Davies hopes that this gift will make an impact at a place so near and dear to her heart. Every night, she eats dinner with a close friend over FaceTime. Before digging in, they both say a prayer. “We always pray for the sick, those who are grieving, and those who are looking after the sick.”