BOSTON (August 27) – Tufts Medical Center announced today that the new dining pavilion on the first floor Atrium has been dedicated and named the A. Raymond Tye Pavilion, to honor the altruism and kindness of former Tufts MC Trustee and Governor Ray Tye. The naming was made possible by a generous gift from four of Ray Tye’s children: Jim Tye, Mark Tye, Randy O’Brien and Carol Rose. The gift will equally benefit Tufts MC’s Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and the New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center.
“Ray Tye was a true friend and a steadfast supporter of Tufts Medical Center for many years,” said Michael Wagner, MD, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center. “He was passionate about ensuring that the Medical Center was best equipped to provide optimal patient care. And because he often donated quietly and unassumingly, without any expectation of recognition, we will never be able to fully appreciate the impact he made at Tufts MC in improving the health of our patients. Ray’s children honor his humanitarian spirit through their charitable endeavors and we are extremely grateful for the Tye family’s continued generosity towards the Medical Center.”
One of Boston’s foremost charitable benefactors for decades, Ray Tye was Chairman Emeritus of United Liquors and President of The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation, which funds lifesaving medical treatments for patients who do not have medical insurance and/or for whom no other financial resources are available. At Tufts Medical Center, he co-founded the Herbert J. Levine Foundation for Cardiovascular Research, generously supported innovative cancer research, provided funding for essential medical equipment in a variety of clinical areas and helped finance the launch of the Medical Center’s first electronic medical record system. Ray Tye was awarded Tufts MC’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Medical Center’s annual Working Wonders gala in 2010.
“We are so pleased that our father’s name and memory will live on in this beautiful space in the hospital he loved so well,” said Jim Tye, on behalf of the Tye family. “Dad had a special connection to Tufts Medical Center and truly believed in its mission and culture. It made complete sense for us to make a gift to this institution to ensure that dad’s legacy of helping those less fortunate continues to live on.”
The A. Raymond Tye Pavilion was officially named and dedicated yesterday evening at a private ceremony in the dining pavilion, a newly-constructed, glass-enclosed area, where Tufts MC employees, patients and visitors can sit and eat together. A portrait of Ray Tye and a plaque commemorating his altruistic efforts and support of Tufts Medical Center, also were unveiled at the event.
About Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Children's Hospital
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 Tufts Children's Hospital. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Children's Hospital 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 www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.