The gift from the foundation established by former Boston Red Sox owners Tom and Jean Yawkey closes the funding needed to complete the $42 million, 43,500-square-foot facility. Scheduled to open in March, the Yawkey Surgery Pavilion will replace the hospital's existing surgery suites and feature the latest equipment and technology, including four operating suites and two additional rooms for endoscopy and new procedures.
Completion of the pavilion is a significant milestone in the ongoing $124 million redevelopment of the Tidelands Georgetown campus. The multiyear project, which began in 2013 and is expected to be completed in 2019, includes new and larger patient rooms, expanded parking, a women's services unit, a laboratory, and entrance and first-floor mall area, among other enhancements.
Decades ago, Tom Yawkey donated funds for the construction of Tidelands Georgetown, as well as a nurses' home and a laundry building. In the 1960s, the Thomas A. Yawkey Wing at Tidelands Georgetown was named in his honor. After his passing in 1976, Jean Yawkey contributed toward the construction of a surgical suite at Tidelands Georgetown. In 2003, a $5 million gift from the Yawkey Foundations supported the construction of Yawkey Medical Park and the Tidelands Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Center. In addition, the foundation recently provided financial support for the Tidelands Community Care Network, which coordinates access to care for the uninsured and medically underserved residents of the region.
"Access to high-quality health care, particularly among disadvantaged members of the community, was extremely important to Tom and Jean Yawkey," said Yawkey Foundations president and trustee James P. Healey. "This donation toward improvements at Tidelands Georgetown continues a relationship that has extended for decades and resulted in tremendous benefit to the Georgetown community."