The Virtual Annual Kenneth B. Schwartz Compassionate Healthcare Dinner

Honoring Our Nation of Caregivers

Thank you for joining us as we honor a nation of compassionate caregivers at the Schwartz Center’s 25th Anniversary Kenneth B. Schwartz Compassionate Healthcare Dinner. This virtual event celebrated the response of healthcare workers to the nation’s coronavirus pandemic and honored their commitment, resilience and compassion in the face of this public health crisis.

The Schwartz Center’s mission to promote compassionate care has never been more relevant and important. We invite you to learn more about our response to the crisis and to support the caregivers who have given so much to their patients during these difficult times.

This event brought together leaders from the hospital, health plan, biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device industries as well as from banking, real estate and law around a common commitment to equitable and compassionate healthcare. 


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Thursday, December 3, 2020
Networking - 6:40-7:00 p.m.
Program - 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:

Ashish Jha, MD, MPH

Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health
Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice, Brown University School of Public Health




Callie Crossley

Radio and Television Host, Commentator and Public Speaker
WGBH’s Under the Radar with Callie Crossley


2020 Dinner Chairs

Jack Connors, Jr.

Lois Cornell, Executive Vice President, Massachusetts Medical Society

Andrew Dreyfus, President & Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

2020 Dinner Event Committee

Ellen R. Cohen, MSW, President, Schwartz Center Board
Robert K. Coughlin, President and CEO, MassBio
Kerry Flynn, Vice President, Chief IP Counsel, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Betsy Pingree Frawley and James M. Litton
Ruth Kilduff, Member, Schwartz Center Honorary Board
Sharon McNally, President, Camp Harbor View Foundation; Chief of Staff,
Connors Family Office
Jo Frances Meyer, Director, Puddingstone Consulting
Jay Shiland, Partner, MTS Health Partners LP
Marjorie and Paul Stanzler
Lynn Wiatrowski, Executive Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

National Business Members
Chairman Circle
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital  


Executive Circle
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care  


Leader Circle
Benchmark Senior Living
Genesis HealthCare
MedPro Group
Tufts Health Plan

Organization Sponsors

Dinner Program Underwriter

Leader – $100,000+


Champion – $50,000-$99,999
Trustee – $25,000-$49,999
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Community Foundation of East Central Illinois
In honor of Gloria Valenti

Benefactor – $10,000-$24,999
Beth Israel Lahey Health
Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Patron – $5,000-$9,999

Baystate Health
Beaumont Financial Partners
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Medical Center/Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Dept. of Nursing and Patient Care
Cambridge Health Alliance
Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
The Colony Group, LLC
Commonwealth Care Alliance
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Foley Hoag LLP
Marsh USA
Massachusetts Medical Society
MERGE Boston
Middleton & Company, Inc.
Pierce & Mandell, PC
Prime Therapeutics
Rasky Partners
Ropes & Gray LLP
South Shore Health System
State Street Corporation
Sunstein LLP


Friend – $3,500

Alliance Health and Human Services
Barrett & Singal, PC
MGH Institute of Health Professions
St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
WS Development Associates LLC & WS Asset Management, Inc.
Individual Sponsors
Founder – $100,000+
Ellen R. Cohen and Daniel Haber
The Connors Family
Marjorie and Paul Stanzler


Champion – $50,000-$99,999
Anonymous (2)
Brian Halligan
Liz and Phill Gross
Jack and Kathy Shields

Trustee – $25,000-$49,999

Anonymous (2)
Stephen Corman
Fran and Michael Goldberg
Ruth Kilduff, RN, and Jay Carrigan 
In memory of Christian Minard
Clare Villari and David Weinstein
Lynn Wiatrowski and Joren C. Madsen, MD


Ambassador – $15,000-$24,999
Andrew C. Dreyfus
Rev. Judith Swahnberg and Carl Novotny


Compassionate Care Circle – $10,000-$14,999

Michael J. Astrue and Laura W. Mali-Astrue

Michael Blau and Ann Muschett
Michael Carson
Kerry A. Flynn, CLP
Ruth G. Koblenzer
Sharon and Brian McNally
Jo Frances Meyer
Mark Reynolds and Clare Reilly
Jay A. Shiland and Elizabeth Maringer
Tony and Kathy Starr
Patron – $5,000-$9,999
Howard Cohen and Myra Musicant
Wendy and Richard Cohen
Lois and Linc Cornell
Peggy Crawford, PhD
Ellen Feldberg Gordon and Michael Gordon
In memory of Julian and Eunice Cohen
The Fischman Family (Nancy, Steven, Ben and Wendy, Laura Fischman and Tony Schwenson)
Elizabeth Floor
Betsy P. Frawley and James M. Litton
Beth Lown and the Piken Family 
Thomas Lynch, Jr., MD, and Laura Pappano
Pamela Mann and David Baron, MD
Jim Manzi
Joyce A. Murphy
Michael and Audrey Straight
Kate Walsh and Erik Garpestad, MD
Ellen and Peter Zane

Host – $1,500-$4,999
Kristen and Konstantinos Andrikopoulos
David C. Astrue and Susan Coakley
Rich and Liz Bane
Peter and Lisa Biagetti
Drs. Brad and Andrea Buchbinder
In memory of Frances and Jerry Gold
Wayne and Jacqui Budd
Robert and Christine Coughlin
Tom and Midge DeSimone
Rich and Kris Doherty
Drs. Jon and Heidi DuBois
Tom Glynn and Marylou Batt
Brett and Abby Gordon
Barbara Guilfoile and Bernard Lebow
Matt Herndon
Sally Jackson
Stephen Kidder and Judith Malone
Jeffrey L. Kraines, MD, and Linda Kaplan
Ruth Lazarus and Michael S. Feldberg
Dick Marks and Jennifer Morrison
Steve and Moira Mitus
Britain W. Nicholson, MD, and Celeste Robb-Nicholson, MD
Jan and Stuart Rose
Jeffrey Wisch, MD and Cindy Crofts-Wisch

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