Since 2002, Boston Medical Center (BMC) has proudly participated in Boston’s historic marathon, raising more than $6.24 million for the hospital. However this year, for the first time in history, the Boston Marathon has been postponed until September in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—a decision not made lightly but made for the health and safety of our community and our runners. And while the date has changed, support for BMC has never been more crucial.
Boston Medical Center is critical to the entire Boston community and that is especially so during this public health emergency. Being the largest and busiest provider of trauma and medical services in New England and a national model of excellence in emergency medicine, BMC will be instrumental for thousands of patients who turn to the hospital for its exceptional medical care in the weeks and months ahead.
Additionally, BMC stands as New England’s largest safety net hospital and a national leader in caring for the urban and working poor. This unique role in caring for the city’s most vulnerable and underserved is more important than ever as BMC’s patient population—particularly the poor, homeless and marginalized—is at heightened risk during the COVID-19 crisis.
Boston Medical Center needs your help now more than ever.With your support, BMC will remain a source of world-class care, resources and aid for all patients that walk through our doors including our most vulnerable patients whose lives have been upended by COVID-19. Patients will desperately need the excellence, ingenuity and commitment BMC is known for as they charter incredible challenges now and into the foreseeable future. More so, your generosity safeguards BMC’s position as the centerpiece of Boston’s public health system for the underserved, and will help alleviate strains on both the hospital and patients. These are just some of the ways your gift will make an impact:
· Food cards for grocery stores as well as home-delivered meals and necessities to families
· Housing stabilization
· Transportation to the hospital or health center for patients and their families
· Temporary screening facilities, additional staffing, equipment and supplies
· Temporary lodging for homeless patients upon hospital discharge or clinic visit
Your support is truly critical during these challenging times. By donating to Team BMC you are showing your commitment to the entire city of Boston.
As always, BMC is grateful to John Hancock and the Boston Athletic Association for making Team BMC possible and for recognizing the unique role BMC plays in keeping Boston healthy and strong—particularly in the coming weeks and months.
We can’t wait to see all our Team BMC runners this September! Be safe and well.