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A Legacy of Heartfelt Giving

ALTThe Davis Family Heart & Vascular Center is a symbol of excellence, and a tribute to committed philanthropy


“My grandmother was the one who…instilled in her children and grandchildren a sense that we should all do everything we can for the community we live in,” recalls John Davis. For it was his grandmother, Irene Davis, who founded the Irene E. and George A Davis Foundation with her son, and John’s father, James E. Davis.


Since that time, the Davis family has given back to the people of western Massachusetts. Their support of our region’s cultural, heritage, religious, and health care organizations has been profound and meaningful.


So when it came time to support Baystate’s hospital of the future project, Davis says, the family didn’t hesitate. And in recognition of the Davis family’s contribution to our mission—from John Davis’s leadership of the Baystate Health Foundation Board of Trustees and The Campaign for Baystate Medical Center, to the family’s generous support of the campaign—we have named the new cardiovascular facility in their honor.


“It is clear that this hospital affects everybody in this community at a lot of different levels: as a major employer, as a major trauma center, and as a teaching hospital that attracts top talent,” Davis continues. “Baystate Medical Center genuinely needed a new facility…and this one is premier.”


Davis’s mother, Mary, who passed away as the project was well under way, was an enthusiastic supporter. Her children—John, his brother Stephen, and sister Jane Kusek—share her commitment to the future of the hospital and the community.


“We all grew up here,” Davis says. “This is home.”


“It’s incredible how much the Davis family has done for the community. We were thrilled when John agreed to chair the campaign, and doubly thrilled when the family got behind the project in such a meaningful way. It’s philanthropy that helps us to be the great health care organization that we are.”
– Richard Steele, chair of the Baystate Health Board of Trustees