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Working Wonders for Tufts Medical Center honors advocates in the medical community


Hospital Advocates to be Saluted for Contributions to Medical Center Community

BOSTON -- Working Wonders for Tufts Medical Center, presented by ARAMARK Healthcare, will be celebrating champions of the Medical Center community during a benefit evening on Wednesday, March 2, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.  Dr. Henry H. Banks will be honored with the Working Wonders 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Lawrence S. Bacow will receive the Working Wonders 2011 Visionary Leadership Award and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England will be recognized as the 2011 community honoree for its generous grant to Floating Hospital for Children.  Proceeds from the 8th annual Working Wonders event will support care and research at Tufts Medical Center.

Dr. Henry H. Banks dedicated over 25 years of his distinguished career to Tufts Medical Center and the Tufts University School of Medicine.  As Professor and Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical Center (1970-1983), Dr. Banks revamped the Orthopaedic Division, redefined Orthopaedic Surgery as its own department and founded research laboratories, a residency program, an annual visiting professorship and a fully endowed chair.  Under his leadership as the fourteenth Dean of the School of Medicine (1983-1990), the institution’s endowment increased from $3 million to $20 million.  An accomplished writer, Dr. Banks authored the centennial history of the School of Medicine, “A Century of Excellence: The History of Tufts University School of Medicine 1893-1993,” in 1993.

Dr. Banks received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.  He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1945 and completed his postgraduate training in Surgery and Orthopaedics at Harvard.  A World War II Veteran, Dr. Banks has served as Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery at Tufts Medical Center and Dean Emeritus of Tufts University School of Medicine since 1990. He currently resides in Boston, Mass.

Dr. Lawrence S. Bacow has served as the President of Tufts University since September, 2001.  A director of Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Bacow’s partnership with Tufts MC President and CEO Ellen Zane has been critical in strengthening the bond between the Medical Center and the University, as both institutions have flourished during their respective tenures.  Nationally acknowledged as one of the country’s foremost supporters of need-based financial aid and broader access to higher education, Dr. Bacow was appointed to President Barack Obama’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black College and Universities in February, 2010.  In addition, Dr. Bacow is internationally renowned for his research on the resolution of environmental issues and his role in advancing the commitment to civic engagement at universities.

Dr. Bacow received his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He holds advanced degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  In addition to his position at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Bacow is also a director of the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund, the Cummings Foundation and Campus Compact and chairs the Steering Committee of the Talloires Network.  He currently resides in Medford, Mass.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Eastern New England will be honored for making a generous gift of $500,000 to Floating Hospital for Children. The grant, the largest ever given by RMHC of New England, outside of a Ronald McDonald House, will be used to fund the Boston area’s first “Comfort Corner” sedation suite.  Founded in 1986, RMHC of Eastern New England was organized to improve the lives of children by providing financial support to organizations serving children and families through health care, education and non-profit social service.  Since its establishment, RMHC of Eastern New England has donated over $21 million to institutions and programs helping thousands of children and families throughout eastern New England.

Stephen R. Woods, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Banking for Citizens Financial Group, will serve as the corporate chair of the evening.  Local philanthropist, Jan Schmidt and Dr. Jonathan Davis, Chief of Newborn Medicine at Tufts Medical Center, will co-chair the event.


About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit

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