BOSTON (WHDH) — Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the Kraft Family Foundation have donated $50 million to Massachusetts General Hospital to support community health and health equity — the largest donation for those causes in 211 years history of the hospital.
The gift will “address inequalities in healthcare caused by race, ethnicity, geography and economic status,” according to a press release from MGH.
“I’m proud to live in a city that has what I believe to be the largest hospitals in the world run by the Mass General,” Kraft said. “Even so, I have always been concerned about health care inequalities, knowing that there are many in the surrounding communities who do not have health care and do not have access to the excellent care that others are receiving here.”
Kraft added that this was the inspiration for the creation of the Kraft Center for Community Health in 2011, which brings clinical care and harm reduction services via mobile units to communities hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, including Boston, Brockton, and Springfield Worcester.
“With this gift, we not only want to grow and expand the size of the Kraft Center, but also help bring more visibility to the equity issues that exist in treatment and therapy development,” he said.
“On behalf of the hospital, I would like to express our deep gratitude to the Kraft family for this transformative and inspiring act of philanthropy, which is not only the largest of its kind in our history, but is also the latest culmination of their already long history of supporting MGH” said Dr. David FM Brown, President of MGH.
The donation will also support an enduring Robert K. Kraft Endowed Chair in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to address health care inequalities in clinical care at MGH and beyond.
It will be chaired by the medical director of the hospital’s sickle cell center, which is a serious genetic blood disorder that primarily affects African Americans. Research into this disease has historically been underfunded, leading to unfair access to adequate treatment.
“By creating a foundation office focused on addressing clinical healthcare disparities, Robert Kraft and the Kraft family are creating important pathways for patients with sickle cell disease to receive comprehensive medical care that has traditionally not been available to them.” said Dr. Joseph Betancourt, Sumner M. Redstone Endowed Chair in Equality in Health and Senior Vice President of Equality and Community Health at MGH.
The gift will also fund expansion efforts of the Mass General Blood Donation Center, which will be renamed in honor of the Krafts.
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